Try Cross-Country Skiing this Winter in Oshkosh!

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Spend some time this winter with your family and try cross-country skiing! Cross-Country skiing offers a fun exercise to get some fresh air outside. This outdoor adventure is easy to learn and can be relatively inexpensive.

Beginner Cross-Country Ski Lessons

The Oshkosh Recreation Department is offering beginner cross-country ski lessons at the Winnebago County Community Park, starting January 15, 2023. Learn the basics of classic cross-country skiing! Skis, poles, and boots are all provided free of charge with each lesson. Sessions begin and end at the Menominee Park Zoo entrance.

  • Who is this for?: Age 7 +
  • Fees: $15 per person for residents; $7.50 free/reduced
  • Non-Resident Fees: $20 per person
  • Day: Saturdays
  • Date: January and February 2023
  • Time: various times
  • Location: Menominee Park Zoo
  • Registration Required Here

Cross-Country Ski Demos

The International Youth Sailing of Oshkosh club will also provide FREE cross-country ski rentals on January 7 – 8 and February 18 – 19, 2023 at Menominee Park Zoo.

Cross-Country Ski Rentals

Looking to cross-country ski, but don’t have the equipment? Check out this is a brand new program in 2022! The Oshkosh Recreation Department will be renting out classic cross-country ski packages that include boots, poles, and skis for $25 (plus a $25 security deposit). Rentals will be for select weekends only, Friday through Sunday.

  • Who is this for?: Age 5+
  • Fees: $25 per kit (boots, skis, poles) + $25 deposit per kit
  • Non-Resident Fees: Same
  • Day: Alternate weekends in January and February 2022
  • Date: Weekend of January 15/16, 29/30 and February 12/13, 26/27, 2022
  • Time: Pick up on Friday; Return on Monday
  • Location: Rentals are picked up at the Oshkosh Recreation Department Office but can be used wherever you’d like. Ski where you want!
  • Registration Required Here
Winnebago County Community Park Trail Map

Cross Country Trails

This winter, Winnebago County Community Park has nearly five miles of groomed cross-country trails. These trails are flat and great for beginners! For the open/close status of the cross-country ski trail please call (920)232-1960 and select option 5.

Wisconsin’s state parks and forests also have trails. Find trails and trail conditions on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website.

Bubolz Nature Preserve in Appleton transforms all their normal walking trails into cross country ski trails in the winter. These groomed trails range from .5 miles to 4.5 miles. Trail fees are $5/person. They also rent out equipment.

Appleton Parks and Recreation grooms cross country ski trails at Reid Golf Course and Memorial Park in Appleton. 

Groomed cross country ski trails are maintained (when snow conditions are favorable) at the following Neenah parks – Memorial Park (1131 Tullar Rd.), Southview Park (200 W. Bell St.) and Riverside Park (500 E. Wisconsin Ave).

Iola Winter Sports Club is a hidden gem in central Wisconsin with over 12.5 miles of groomed cross country ski trails for both classic and skate techniques, with 4 miles of lighted trails (the longest in the state of Wisconsin!). Open to the public with the option to purchase a daily or annual pass. They also offer equipment rentals.

If you head out on a cross-country skiing adventure share your experience with us on Facebook!

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    2 thoughts on “Try Cross-Country Skiing this Winter in Oshkosh!”

    1. So happy to have found this article! Full disclosure: I’m not even CLOSE to being a kid! I’m 55 and decided to try XC Skiing to get in shape. First time out I did Zillmer in Kettle Moraine and took some hard falls on the hills. (Who knew Kettle Moraine would have, y’know, kettles … and moraines!) I hated the idea of giving up already, then searched for flat beginner trails. Everything was hours from Oshkosh for trails that were less than a mile. So I can’t tell you how pleased I am that you’ve provided this information. Can’t wait for my tailbone to heal up and give it another go! Thank you again. 🙂

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