Winter Sports

The winter season in the Eastern Region has a majesty all its own and there is no shortage of things to do - from winter camping to snowmobiling to dog sledding; there is something for everyone! 

Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding


  • You may think you have to head out west to find alpine skiing and snowboarding, but there are oppotunities to take to the slopes right in the Superior National Forest. There are two alpine ski areas operating within the proclamation boundaries of the Superior National Forest. To find out more about skiing in Minnesota on the Superior, click HERE.

Vermont/New Hampshire areas

  • Are you in the New England area? If so, you have three beautiful National Forests  -- the Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF), the Finger Lakes National Forest and the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF). The Green Mountain National Forest and the White Mountain National Forest offer plenty of opportunity to ski and snowboard. The Green Mountain National Forest is home to three alpine ski areas and six Nordic ski areas. The White Mountain National Forest works in partnership with 9 permit holders to provide year round recreation opportunity for forest visitors. The White Mountain National Forest hosts 1,000,000 skier visits on eight nordic and alpine ski areas each year. 

Cross Country Skiing/Snowshoeing

New England Area - Vermont, New Hampshire

  • Visit the Green Mountain National Forest’s Bromley Mountain Trail - part of the Appalachian/Long Trail system. Not what you are looking for? Find other areas on the Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests
  • The White Mountain National Forest provides many opportunities for cross county skiing and snowshoeing. To find out more click HERE

Midwest - Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois

  • The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest offers 20 cross-country ski trails, of varying distances and experience levels; and a cross country ski report with current conditions is posted weekly on the Forest’s website.
  • Snowshoe the Hiawatha National Forest's segment of the North Country Scenic Trail-Sault Ste. Marie. Beginning in New York and ending in North Dakota, the trail’s segment through the Hiawatha meanders 83 miles through the heart of both the St. Ignace and Sault St. Marie Ranger Districts. If you're interested in checking out another area on the Hiawatha, there are a plethora of other options HERE.
  • The Ottawa National Forest offers almost 1 million acres of land for snowshoe enthusiasts to enjoy! Visit the Black River Harbor area, where you can snowshoe along a segment of the North Country Trail, and/or enjoy the wonder of a cascading waterfall frozen in mid-rush. For information about the Ottawa National Forest - check them out HERE.
  • Wanting to check out more trails in Michigan? Head over the Huron-Manistee National Forest where you can enjoy any number of trails - varying in lengths and difficulty. Several of the trails on the Huron-Manistee are groomed. Check them out HERE.
  • Looking for something to do in Minnesota? Most of the Superior National Forest is open to cross country skiing and snowshoeing! There are many winter use trails on the Superior, and many are maintained by cooperating organizations. There are designated snowshoe trails on the forest, but snowshoeing can take place off trail as well. For more information about winter sports on the Superior - click HERE.
  • There are over 298 miles of non-motorized trails on the Chippewa National Forest. Check out the many opportunities to take your cross-country skiis and snowshoes HERE
  • The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is a unique gem just outside of Chicago, IL. Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing are just a couple of the activities available on the Midewin - after you get done with your trail - head on over to check out the newly released bison herd. Find out more about the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie HERE.

Eastern Area - West Virginia, Pennsylvania

  • There are a TON of options for cross country skiing and snowshoeing on the Monongahela National Forest! The high Allegheny Mountains form the backbone of the Monongahela National Forest. Winter recreation opportunities can be found near every community and are easily accessible to the major highways that cross the moujntains. For more information about a winter adventure on the Monongahela, click HERE.
  • There are miles of groomed and ungroomed trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing on the Allegheny National Forest. Check out their website HERE for more information about where to get out and play on the Allegheny.