Mt. Ashwabay Ski and Recreational Area offers both cross-country and alpine skiing in a magnificent setting, featuring stunning views of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the Chequamegon National Forest. A ski lift replaced the T-bar on the alpine runs in 2008 and a tubing park was added.
Cross-country trails cover 40 km of wilderness trails with ratings from beginner to expert. All trails are groomed and tracked as needed. The beginner’s trail is the picturesque Sugar Bush Trail. Intermediate terrain can be enjoyed on Anchor, Seagull and Raven trails. Advanced skiers can venture out on the longer 15 km loop, which combines Sugar Bush, Deer Path and Raven trails, returning to the Mt. Ashwabay chalet. Food, lounge, instruction and equipment rental are available at the chalet.
Mt. Ashwabay Ski and Recreational Area offers a learn to ski program: Mount Ashwabay Development Ski Team, or, “M.A.D. SKI”. This program is under the direction of Steve Pierce, Mount Ashwabay’s Training Program Director and a USSA licensed coach and Jim Bratley Mount Ashwabay’s Race Director and a USSA licensed Coach. The program is continually updated to follow the latest techniques promoted by PSIA and USSA.
Mt. Ashwabay also works with area schools to provide a racing course for practice sessions and to hold racing events. Working with the community’s youth is one of the primary goals of the A.O.E.F. The area youth are working on a terrain park for both snow boarders and skiers. They are building various features to enhance the free-spirited essence of the park and create an environment that encourages physical fitness and mental well-being.