Minocqua Winter Park & Nordic Center needs snow to operate in its full capacity. We work throughout the spring, summer, and fall to prepare our trail system, equipment, and buildings. We budget carefully for the ski season, and we open our non-profit business as appropriate. We open as soon as there’s groomable, skiable snow.
Typical Season | December 1 – March 31
2014/2015 Season | November 12 – March 15
2013/2014 Season | December 3 – April 5
Chalet & Trails
Enjoy 100+ km of cross-country and snowshoe trails. Our large, heated chalet has bathrooms, free wifi, a restaurant, a ski shop & ski school, and friendly, knowledgable staff.
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed on Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day
Open on New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day
Skijoring – Open!
Our 6 km skijoring loop includes Silver Strider, Red Pine, X-C Express, and Nepco’s Cruise ski trails. New for 2015/2016, skijor an extra 2 km on X-C Express from Nose Dive Alley to Manhardt Road!
Sunday – Friday | Also: Saturday and Holiday Weekdays with light ski trail traffic. Call ahead!
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Leashed dogs are welcome on our snowshoe trails.
Fat Biking – Open!
New in the 2015/2016 season, roll your fat tire snow bike down our 15km, three-loop Wilderness Trails and our 4.3km Breaking Free snowshoe trail!
Wilderness Trails | Sunday 1:00 pm – Tuesday 5:00 pm
Breaking Free Snowshoe Trail | Daily
Snow Tubing on Squirrel Hill – Call for latest update
It’s a 70′ vertical drop and 400′ of sliding on Squirrel Hill with our lift-assisted snow tubing run, visible from the big picture windows of our chalet.
Saturday & Sunday | All season through March 13
Daily | December 19 – January 1
Session A: 11:00 am – 1:30 pm | Session B: 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Night Skiing & Lakeland Ski League – Open!
Build and test your skills with our weekly Ski League classes, games, and mini-races. Cost is $5 per night or $20 for the season. Meet in the chalet around 5:45 pm, as Ski League will begin at 6:00 pm.
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
All guests are welcome to ski on their own until 8:00 pm.
Nordic Wolves & Pups
Our youth skier development program for children in grades K-8th and their parents. Learn more!
Sunday Classes | 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Monday & Thursday Ski Sessions | 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Locals Learn to Ski for Free – Open!
Residents of Oneida, Vilas, Iron, and Prentice Counties are welcome to join us for a free trail pass, free equipment rental, a free small group lesson, and a free tour of our cross-country ski trail system. This program is funded by the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation and St. Matthias Thrift Store. Pre-registration required; call or email for details.
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm+
Ski Shop & Ski School – Open!
Rentals & Retail: Daily | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Lessons & Demos: Daily | By Appointment
Beginner & Skate Specials: Saturday & Sunday | 11:00 am, Noon, or 1:00pm
Minocqua Winter Park is about a 15-minute drive from downtown Minocqua via US 51 and Wisc. Hwy 70 West. Our physical address is:
7543 Squirrel Hill Road
Minocqua, WI 54548
GPS Navigation Users, Take Note
If you are traveling from the south and following instructions from a turn-by-turn GPS system, you may be directed to exit US Hwy 51 in Hazelhurst, WI, by turning left onto Oneida Street or Lower Kaubashine Road and to take the backroads to Minocqua Winter Park. While this is the fastest way when the roads are dry in the summer, this is typically not the fastest (nor the safest) route in winter as the gravel roads may not be plowed, as many of these backroads become snowmobile trails during the snow season. Please follow the directions from downtown Minocqua, Wisconsin, detailed below.
From Minocqua by Car
From US Hwy 51, turn onto Wisconsin Hwy 70 West and travel 6.8 miles. Then turn left onto Squirrel Lake Road and go 4.5 miles to Scotchman Lake Road and follow the signs into the park via Squirrel Hill Road.
From Minocqua by Snowmobile
On the map and trails maintained by the Minocqua Forest Riders Snowmobile Club, Minocqua Winter Park is listed as Trail Stop 14. Access Wisconsin Corridor Trail 10 near Wisconsin Hwy 70 West, and ride west to Squirrel Hill Road, located between intersections 609 & 610. Snowmobile parking is available next to our parking lot.