Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

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Rusk County has an extensive and growing selection of silent sports trails and endless opportunities for backcountry cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The Blue Hills Trail System offers 26 miles of groomed routes. The Sisters' Farm Trail System, located southwest of Ladysmith, runs along the Flambeau River. And, the Ladysmith High School Trail lighted loop is a popular skiing opportunity. Snowshoers can trek along the Greenwood Park Trail in Ladysmith or at the Reclaimed Flambeau Mine Nature Trails. Snowshoes are available free of charge for day use at the Rusk County Visitor Center.

Latest Information


Snow and Trail Conditions Update

February 2, 2023 12:21 pm Published by

As of 2/2/2023:

Rusk County trails are in excellent condition! Have a great and SAFE weekend! RIDE RIGHT!

Make your Saturday plans for a stop by the Ladysmith Driftbusters Chili & Pulled Pork Feed at JS Supper Club & Catering. Cash, guns and many more raffles. Guaranteed good time. Groomers have been running steady and trails are in MINT condition and the forecast says 27 degrees on Saturday!

*Unfortunately we still have not been able to clear 27 north of Cedar Lodge or 99 north of Flambeau River Lodge. Storm damage, deep snow, no frost - soft swamps and beavers have stalled our efforts.

-Please check the Ride Rusk page for confirmation on your trail routes and for updates on trail maintenance and grooming.

 

Cross Country Ski Trails

Blue Hills Trails report:     

News Flash!

With an exceptional snow depth mixed with ice, the infamous Blue Hills Bill set his alarm for an early awakening this morning. He knew he'd have to work hard to exit his burrow before sunrise. Following the rain, ice and BIG snows of December, Bill's burrow has been insulated and cozy. Bill munched a quick breakfast today, and started digging. Just in the nick of time, he crawled out of his burrow at 7:27 this morning and delivered his annual prognostication to downtown Bruce, WI. Despite the cold morning, there was a nice crowd on hand. Read on...

Blue Hills Bill,
Has been sleeping real nice;
Ever since December covered
Everything with ice.

After exiting his front door,
Bill glimpsed a bit of sun;
Went back inside his burrow,
Told skiers to have more fun!

Comments from the crowd in Bruce

  • 2/2: I've heard the ski trails are in great shape. Should be a super weekend! -Eau Claire, WI
  • 2/2: Winter in southern Wisconsin has been crummy, head for the Hills. -La Crosse, WI
  • 2/2: Bill says winter's gonna stick around. More time to get our kicks! -Rice Lake, WI
  • 2/2: Thanks for the advice, Bill. Lots of snow, loving it... -Sumner, WA

Grooming ReportThe classic track on many of the East Side trails was in need of improvement. So last evening, groomers ripped out the old classic track and set fresh classic track on the opposite side of the trail on many of the East Side trails; at the same time they touched up the skate deck on those same trails, then touched up the skate deck on Excelsior Road on the West Side.

Note: due to the destructive December ice storm, open trails are currently limited to about 45% of the East Side of the trail system, and Excelsior Road on the West Side. Click on 'Trail Conditions' at the center top of each page on our website to view the daily updates and informative maps.

-Be sure to visit their website or Facebook page for more trail conditions.

 

Ladysmith Area Trails report:

(January 27th)- Sisters Farm Trail update. The crew was out grooming today. All trials were groomed. The East side ski trails should be excellent tomorrow. The west side trails are groomed, tracked and rolled. The track for skiing should be hard and fat biking should be excellent after everything gets set in with tonight's cold temps. Get out and enjoy! You're not going to let a little cold spoil your fun are you?

-For more updates, check out the Ladysmith Area Trail Association Facebook page.

 

Christie Mountain

6 more weeks of winter...
Thanks Punxsutawney Phil!!

We will be closed Friday 2/3 for Skiing, Snowboarding & Tubing due to the forecasted dangerous wind chills. But good news is the rest of the weekend looks BEAUTIFUL!!! As always, you can check our website for updates before driving out.

-Check out their website or Facebook page for more updates.

Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing Options


Trails

Blue Hills Trails System

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Blue Hills Trails System 45.536475 -91.407087


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(715) 532-6595 https://ruskcountywi.com/blue-hills-trails-system/

Trails

Copper Park Equestrian Trails

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Copper Park Equestrian Trails 45.436722 -91.113589

N4100 WI-27
Ladysmith,WI 54848

(715) 415-2400 https://ruskcountywi.com/copper-park-equestrian-trails/

Trails

Flambeau River State Forest Trails

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Flambeau River State Forest Trails 45.691724 -90.758888

W1613 County Rd W
Winter,WI 54896

(715) 332-5271 https://ruskcountywi.com/flambeau-river-state-forest-trails/

Parks

Greenwood Park

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Greenwood Park 45.470909 -91.083010


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https://ruskcountywi.com/greenwood-park/

Trails

Ice Age Trail

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Ice Age Trail 45.574058 -91.512483


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https://ruskcountywi.com/ice-age-trail/

Trails

Ladysmith High School Trail

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Ladysmith High School Trail 45.471588 -91.075274

1700 Edgewood Ave E
Ladysmith,WI 54848

https://ruskcountywi.com/ladysmith-high-school-trail/

Wildlife Areas

Potato Creek Wildlife Area

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Potato Creek Wildlife Area 45.340025 -91.400090


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https://ruskcountywi.com/potato-creek-wildlife-area/

Trails

Reclaimed Flambeau Mine Nature Trails

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Reclaimed Flambeau Mine Nature Trails 45.442353 -91.117859

N4100 Highway 27
Ladysmith,WI 54848

https://ruskcountywi.com/reclaimed-flambeau-mine-nature-trails/

Trails

Riverview Trail

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Riverview Trail 45.457946 -91.082157

716 Co Hwy G
Ladysmith,WI 54848

https://ruskcountywi.com/riverview-trail/

Wildlife Areas

Silvernail Wildlife Area

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Silvernail Wildlife Area 45.625941 -90.980550


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https://ruskcountywi.com/silvernail-wildlife-area/

Trails

Sisters' Farm Trail System

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Sisters' Farm Trail System


https://ruskcountywi.com/sisters-farm-trail-system/

Recreation

Snowshoes

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Snowshoes

205 W 9th St S
Ladysmith ,WI 54848

715-532-2642 https://ruskcountywi.com/snowshoes/

Wildlife Areas

Ten Mile Creek Wildlife Area

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Ten Mile Creek Wildlife Area 45.318301 -91.532371

Ricebed Road
Chetek,WI 54728

https://ruskcountywi.com/ten-mile-creek-wildlife-area/

Recreation

The Blue Hills

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The Blue Hills 45.536475 -91.407087


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(715) 532-6595 https://ruskcountywi.com/the-blue-hills/

Wildlife Areas

Washington Creek Wildlife Area

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Washington Creek Wildlife Area 45.336835 -91.244196


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https://ruskcountywi.com/washington-creek-wildlife-area/

What you need to know about the Blue Hills

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What you need to know about the Blue Hills


https://ruskcountywi.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-blue-hills/

Your guide to winter fun in the Blue Hills

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Your guide to winter fun in the Blue Hills


https://ruskcountywi.com/your-guide-to-winter-fun-in-the-blue-hills/