Cross Country Skiing
When there are at least a few inches of snow covering the trails of Northwest Indiana, it's time bundle up and experience the winter beauty of the Midwest with cross-country skiing! Keep active this season while trekking across the snow-covered landscapes throughout the South Shore. Find places to rent skis or great locations to use your own below.
Where can you rent cross-country skis?
This year, cross-country ski rentals are available at Oak Ridge Prairie in Griffith Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at Stoney Run County Park Fridays-Sundays 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To confirm availability, please call 219-769-7275 or 219-884-7238.
The Paul H. Douglas Center in the Indiana Dunes National Park has snowshoes you can check out (adult and kids sizes) on a first come-first served basis to use only on the Douglas Trail. The park recommends at least a 4-6 inch base of snow to snowshoe or cross-country ski. Hours in the winter are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and snowshoes need to be back by 3:30 p.m. Call 219-395-1824 to get a snow update or for more information.
Bring your own cross-country skis
If you have your own, there are trails at the Indiana Dunes National Park to go cross-country skiing on. One is the Ly-co-ki-we Trail. The 6.4 mile trail is a series of interconnecting loops through gently rolling wooded dunes. The park recommends the Glenwood Dunes Trails or - especially for advanced skiers - the Tolleston Dunes Trail. The trails at Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton are great for skiing and snowshoeing, too.
Enjoy cross-country skiing and sledding at Hammond's Lost Marsh Golf Course every day of the week (if there are 2-3 inches of snow on the ground and weather conditions permitting). Bring your own equipment, check in at the Club House and have fun!