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Cross Country Skiing faq

Questions & Answers

Q: What is a good location for beginning cross-country skiers?

For ease of movement and navigation, we recommend starting with a short loop on flat, open terrain.

Try circling the lake at Old School. Park in the lot with the playground. The lake is on the east of the main circle road.

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Q: What is the most challenging ski trail?

The 1-mile loop trail at Lakewood Forest Preserve’s Winter sports area offers a series of hills. The trail begins east of the sled hill.

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Q: Does the Lake County Forest Preserves rent skis?

No but rentals are available at several outdoor equipment stores in the county. Search online with the words “ski rental Lake County Illinois.”

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