Nordic Ski Trails


Although we can't shred together this ski season, Hoofers Ski and Snowboard still wants to give you the opportunity to explore trails with your friends. Here's a list of some resorts to give you some inspiration! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook in case we drop some deals!

Winman Trails

Cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Usually a lot of snow!

  • Location: Manitowish Waters, WI
  • Skiable Acres: Overall 12 miles of groomed trails
  • Pros: Dog friendly. Literally one of the best places to cross country ski Up North. Can come and go as many times as you want. Lots of loops and trails. Warm chalet with free WiFi and pizza oven (might be closed due to Covid). Wax bench and tools available in chalet, bring your own wax.
  • Cons: Gets a little crowded throughout the day, and grooming is not as smooth.
  • Website
  • Lift Ticket Price: $10-20 recommended donations- runs entirely on donations so try to donate if you can!
  • Rental Price: None at Winman, but can rent skis at BJ’s sportshop in Minocqua, WI for $20 per day
  • Distance from Madison: 3 hours, 45 minutes; 232 miles
  • Tips and Tricks: Go early in the morning to beat the crowds and have first dibs on the freshly groomed trails. Dixie’s coffee in Manitowish Water has fantastic coffee/breakfast, Angler’s is a great dinner spot, the Pea Patch is a great bar. Also has mountain biking and hiking in the summer.
Winman Trail

Michigan Tech Trails

  • Location: Houghton, MI
  • Average Annual Snowfall: 202 in
  • Skiable Acres: ~360
  • Pros: Warming hut and dog friendly (skijoring trails available)
  • Website
  • Pass Price: $10 per day, $100 for seasonal pass
  • Rental Price: $25 - First come first serve basis with limited equipment
  • Distance from Madison: 5 hours, 21 minutes; 327 miles
  • Tips and Tricks: Checkout the Hairpin Loop
Michigain Tech Trails

Elver Park

  • Location: Madison, WI
  • Average Annual Snowfall: 42 in
  • Skiable Acres: 250
  • Pros: Warming hut, man-made snow 3k loop, lighted paths, Tuesday night sprint races
  • Cons: Snow for the other trails is unreliable and can get busy
  • Website
  • Pass Price: $35 for seasonal pass
  • Rental Price: $9 per hour, $5 for every additional hour
  • Discount: A nordic team discount may be in the works. . .
  • Distance from Madison: ~25 minutes
Elver Park


  • Location: Hancock, MI
  • Average Annual Snowfall: 202 in
  • Skiable Acres: 1,900
  • Pros: Warming hut and these trails are BEAUTIFUL on a snowy day
  • Website
  • Pass Price: $80 for seasonal pass
  • Distance from Madison: 5 hr 20 min; 327 miles
  • Tips and Tricks: Stop somewhere for pasties! A yooper delicacy