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. Lessons and 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 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, 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.
  • First come, first served; limit 12. No reservations.
  • 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.



Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County