Sagawau Nordic Ski Program

Woman cross-country skiing

Groomed and tracked trails provide both novice and advanced skiers an excellent cross-country ski experience.

Sagawau Nordic is open the third week of December through the first weekend in March, weather permitting. Call for exact opening date. Rentals are available on a first come, first served basis. Facilities include a warming lodge, restrooms, drinking fountains, picnic tables and free parking.


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Location & Hours


Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
12545 West 111th St
Lemont, IL 60439
Contact: 630-257-2045


Trails: 9 am – 4 pm daily, conditions permitting (call 630-257-2045 or visit Sagawau’s Facebook Page for current conditions)
Lodge: 9 am – 3:45 pm daily


Note: Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day




Tracked & Groomed Trails


Our trails provide both novice and advanced skiers an excellent cross-country ski experience. We groom and track our trails after fresh snowfall or as needed. When planning a trip, please remember:

  • All ski programs are snow dependent. Call 630-257-2045 for trail conditions.
  • Trail pass (free from the Lodge) must be displayed while skiing.
  • No pets or alcohol, please.


(View PDF map)Sagawau Ski Map




Ski Equipment Rental


Rentals available from 9 am to 2 pm. Equipment must be returned by 3:45 pm. Rental Package includes skis, bindings, boots and poles. Classic and skate skis available. All children and adult sizes. Rates range from $5 to $30 per person:

  • Individual: $15/person
  • Senior: $10/person
  • Family: $40/family
  • Group (10 or more, must schedule in advance, Mon-Fri only): $5/person
  • Lesson/Rental Combo: $30/person


To Rent Equipment:

  • You must supply a valid driver’s license or $100 deposit.
  • You must be 18 years or older, or accompanied by parent or guardian.

Equipment is for use at Sagawau only.




Cross-Country Ski Lessons


Learn to ski with a PSIA-certified professional ski instructor! Lessons cover the basic skills of flatland skiing and getting up and down easy hills.

  • Saturdays and Sundays at 9:30 am from January through the first weekend in March.
  • $20/person.
  • For ages 12 and up.
  • Limit 12 skiers per lesson. Registration begins the Monday prior to lesson date, by phone or in-person.
  • A parent or guardian must sign for children under 18.




Skiers’ Responsibilities


  • Be aware, ski with care. Use courtesy and common sense.
  • Ski within your ability. Consider visibility, speed and terrain, especially on hills.
  • Keep to designated trails.
  • Obey all signs; ski trails are one-way.
  • Respect Ski Lesson Zone when students are present.
  • Left side of trails are groomed for skating, right side for classic skiing.
  • Trail users ahead or downslope have the right of way. Announce your presence when passing.
  • Keep a safe distance from other skiers.
  • When stopped, please move off track.
  • Please do not litter.
  • Trail pass must be displayed.



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