Welcome to Ski Machickanee

The Machickanee Cross Country Ski Trails were originally planned and developed by local skiers in the Oconto County Forest with the cooperation of the Oconto County Land, Forest, and Parks Committee.The current trail system has resulted from the efforts of many volunteers who have donated their time, money, and energy since 1978. In 1982, the Machickanee Cross Country Ski Club was formed to organize these efforts.

The trails lead through a series of forest types, including red pine plantations, coniferous swamps, oak ridges, and birch and aspen stands. They undulate through topography ranging from creek bottoms to ridge tops. Numerous hills and curves of various slopes and lengths make this course a challenge for the intermediate to advanced skiers.

The Machickanee Cross Country Ski Trails also include a beginner loop that can be enjoyed by skiers of all ability levels.

Next Events

Meet and Greet (rescheduled):  The first event of the new season is scheduled for Saturday January 22nd from noon – 3:00pm.  It will be your chance to meet with ski club members at the trailhead to find out information about the ski club, trail maintenance and grooming, and upcoming events and activities.  There will be a bonfire to enhance the experience.  It will be bring your own food and beverage with a table set up for sharing.

Candlelight Ski:  The first Candlelight Ski of the season is scheduled for Saturday January 15 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm on the Blackberry Ramble Trail.  Bring your own food and beverages.  There will be a table set up for sharing, if you want to do so.  A bonfire will be blazing for cooking wieners,  marshmallows, and whatever else you can dream up and for warming your fingers and toes.

Click on the Calendar of Events tab above for any additional events and information.

Trail Conditions

Thursday January 6:  All trails were groomed Thursday afternoon with fresh tracks set throughout. Multiple passes were made to get the new snow packed into the base. Altogether, 30 miles were put on the groomer. The cold weather Thursday night should help make for a firm track Friday morning. Conditions should be great for the weekend.

Pre-season:  A lot of work went into the trails this summer and fall —

Major repairs were made on the Boardwalk Bridge.  It took a number of workbees to get it all accomplished.  This has been ongoing work for the Club the past couple of years.  In previous years this work was done by the County.  The Club has been reimbursed by the County for all of our material costs and expenses.

The loggers finished their work on the Brehmer Creek Trail and the Club  completed “fine tuning” that section of the trail to get it back up to our “standards.”

All of the prep work for the trails (bridge repairs and inspection, mowing, brushing, culvert installation, new highway signs, some new trail signage, snow machine repairs and readiness, etc.) were completed.

Numerous wind storms and wet, heavy snowfalls took a huge toll on the trails this summer and fall.  That work was finally completed this week just in time to get the trails ready so you can ring in the new year on your skis.  It seems like they should have been ready some time ago.  We have had around 30″ of snow already this year but it kept melting and the high winds coupled with the wet heavy snow kept knocking down trees and breaking down branches.  January 1st is actually pretty normal for the start of our season.

General:  Most all trail maintenance, including removing dead-fall trees and branches, mowing, brush cutting, bridge building and repairs, grooming, equipment purchases and repairs, and more are provided by the Club.  We rely on volunteer effort, Club memberships, and trail donations to keep the trails in such good condition.  Perhaps you can consider joining the Club or providing a donation to help us along.  Download the “Brochure” from the “Donation” tab at the top of this page to mail in a membership or donation.  Or you can remember us with a donation via the cashbox located at the trailhead when you ski.