Traveling Ted is a blog that takes readers along on my adventures hiking, canoeing, skiing, and international backpacking. Many blogs focus on one aspect of backpacking, but I tackle both the outdoor adventure side and international exploration as well.

Sharing is caring!

Kettle Moraine skiing

Kettle Moraine skiing in the southern unit

Although it is only November, it is time to start thinking about cross-country skiing in Wisconsin. I just got new ski boots, and I had my skis hot waxed and the ends sealed. I am ready to go.

One of the best places to ski in Wisconsin, the Midwest, and in the country are the Kettle Moraine Parks in Southeastern Wisconsin. There are several reasons why the parks are so great. Terrain is of course the number one factor. Nature and the glaciers took care of this for skiers as the last ice age carved hills and depressions called kettles and moraines.

Lapham Peak

Lapham Peak

The other factor is the fantastic upkeep by the park. They regularly groom the trails and inform the public through websites and phone hotlines regarding the condition of the snow and the trails. What I love best though is it is an actual crime to walk on the groomed trails. When hikers are allowed to walk the same trails as skiers they invariably decided to walk on the tracks and ruin them.

Kettle Moraine

It is illegal to walk on the cross-country ski trails in Kettle Moraine

The Kettle Moraine State Forest consists of four parks. North Kettle Moraine is located just north of Kewaskum and West Bend, South Kettle Moraine lies just north of Whitewater, Lapham Peak is just west of Delafield, and Pike Lake is between Fond Du Lac and Milwaukee.

McMiller South Kettle Moraine

McMiller trail system in South Kettle Moraine

Zillmer North Kettle Moraine

North Kettle Moraine Zillmer trail system

All of these parks are part of the wonderful Wisconsin State Park system. There is a fee system to enjoy all of these parks. For more information on the fees click here.


The goal of Traveling Ted is to inspire people to outdoor adventure travel and then provide tips on where and how to go. If you liked this post then enter your email in the box to get email notifications for each new entry. Daily travel photos are excluded from your email in order to not flood you with posts. There is no spam and email information will not be shared. Other e-follow options include Facebook (click on the like box to the right) or twitter (click on the pretty bird on the rainbow above).

On the right sidebar is a donate button. If you would like to donate in order to support the site, it would be appreciated. All donations would cover travel expenses and improvements to make the site better.