5 places to try cross country skiing in Chicagoland

5 places to try cross country skiing in Chicagoland

We’ve been wanting to try cross country skiing and today was the perfect day. I went cross country skiing once or twice when I was in Girl Scouts so that will tell you how long it’s been for me. Lilia has never strapped on a pair of skis so this was all new to her.

Watching the Olympics, I realize some kids start skiing when they’re what, three months old? Well, our local cross country ski rental has gear for kids six-years-old and up so we had to wait a little longer than that.

We rented our boots, skis and poles this morning and headed out on the slopes. Okay, paths, but some of them were at a downgrade so we’ll just go ahead and refer to those as the slopes. We weren’t out long when it really started snowing heavily, although we were moving at a pretty good pace so we didn’t feel cold.

With just the two of us seemingly alone in the forest and surrounded by the quiet snowfall, it seemed magical. I’ve been shaking my fist at the bitter cold and snow lately, but this reminded me of the reasons I still welcome snow every winter. When you don’t have any place to be and you’re bundled up on skis, it really is quite beautiful.

Find cross country ski rentals in your neck of the woods:

1. Northerly Island, Chicago

2. Morton Arboretum, Lisle

3. Heller Nature Center, Highland Park

4. Arrowhead Golf Club, Wheaton

5. Sagawau Nordic Ski Program, Lemont

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