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.
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.
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.
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.
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