Cross-County Skiing

Sagawau main entrance

Cross-Country skiing:

  • Provides muscle-toning for every major muscle group.
  • Super calorie-burner
  • Great low-impact exercise for seniors; 13% of skiers are over age 55.


Cross-country skiing is fast becoming the most popular winter pastime in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Visitors may cross-country ski in all areas of the forest preserves (except golf courses and most nature centers), from 8am to sunset. Please take note of our Rules of the Trail before your visit.


Sagawau Nordic Ski Season

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center in Lemont offers a complete Nordic Ski Program, including lessons for all ability levels, nature ski tours and ski rentals. Groomed and tracked cross-country ski trails provide both novice and advanced skiers an excellent cross-country ski experience.

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Rules of the Trail:

Following these rules for cross-country conduct will make your skiing safer and more fun.

  • RESPECT OTHERS: Ski so that you don’t endanger or offend others.
  • SKI RIGHT: Ski the right-hand track. Groups should ski single file on the right side of the trail.
  • MEETING: Keep to the right when meeting. On hills, downhill skiers have the right of way.
  • POLES IN: Keep your poles close to your body when near other skiers.
  • KEEP TRAILS CLEAR: If you stop, get out of the track. If you fall, get up and out of the track quickly.
  • WATCH YOUR SPEED: Suit your skiing speed to your personal ability, the terrain, visibility especially on hills. Keep a safe distance from skiers ahead. As a last resort, fall intention-ally to avoid a collision.
  • DON’T LITTER: Don’t carry in what you cannot carry out. Carrying litter is easy — it’s light.


Hikers and snowshoers, remember to stay off ski tracks whenever possible!

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