Bring Your Wintertude…Think Snow!
Located in the unglaciated, Driftless Area, Don Justin’s grandfather told his family he purchased a farm with only one hill. Well, truth be told, it is one huge hill with a valley on either side. It is this straight-up, precipitous, unrestrained topography that makes skiing, snow tubing and snowshoeing so interesting. Justin Trails Resort is situated on 200 acres with 150 acres of forest through which the ski and snowshoe trails wind. A quiet cruise through the woods will reveal turkey, deer, hawks and raccoon tracks. Keep your eyes peeled and you may spy fox den and squirrel nests. There are three conservation ponds for animals to get water. Listen to the wind in the treetops; hear the hoot of an owl, rustling of a leaf rolling across the snow.
If you are looking for good old fashioned wintertime fun, you have got to head straight to Justin Trails Resort! No height or age requirement and we’re open daily 10-5:00.
It’s easy to bundle up & head right out the back door of your cabin or suite to play in the snow.
When you need a break, rest in our fully equipped lodge facilities. Warm indoor bathrooms, snack shop, sip hot chocolate/cider and revive frosty fingers by the gas fireplace. Easily watch skiers and tubers on the tubing hill. We love to have a bonfire so grab a stick and roast s’mores.
Skate or ski to the tops of our hills then zip down lickety split. Ski trails are groomed for skate skiing and striding or Nordic skiing with a set track. Training for the American Birkebeiner? Our trails are ideal and you may want a season pass.
Join the crowd for an aerobic workout walking up the tubing hill followed by screaming all the way to the bottom. Surely you’ll be hoarse by the time your lips hit hot cocoa.
Try something different, our child size dog sled is perfect for pint size youngsters. Mush!
You are welcome to snowshoe anywhere on our land where the snow is not groomed. Signs guide you along our trails. Play a round of disc golf on snowshoes or challenge yourself on 4 miles of snowshoe trails. On a night hike there is no need for lights with the white snow.
We sell a trail pass or all of our outdoor activities. The pass is good for the day so you may enjoy as many activities as you like. A trail pass is $5/person/day and free of charge for children under age five. Ski rental is $10/day and snowshoe rental is $5/day. Tubes are included in the $5 trail pass. Lessons as well as guided snowshoeing and skiing tours are available.
Daily snow conditions available at www.skinnyski.com or for up-to-the-minute conditions call Justin Trails Resort 608-269-4522.
There is plenty of space for all of these activities at Justin Trails Resort south of Sparta Wisconsin, 20 minutes from Onalaska, 30 min from La Crosse, 2 hours from Madison, 3 hours from the cities and 4 hours from Chicago.
Snowshoeing trails are footpaths through the woods that have been cleared of blackberries and bramble. Tap map to view 4 miles of snowshoe trails. We have thirty pairs of snowshoes for adults and children. Brands you may try before purchasing include Red Feather, MSR (Mountain Safety Research) high tech shoes, Little Bear (light weight plastic) as well as traditional wood Wilcox and Williams.
Nordic, Cross-Country & Skate Skiing
Our trails vary in difficulty, length and terrain. Tap map to view 7 miles of ski trails. Each trail loops around to bring you back to the Lodge. Depending on the trail you choose you may find great vistas of surrounding valleys and hills of southwest Wisconsin also known as the Driftless region.
Lowland trails along valley floors offer a flipside view of towering hills and woodlands. Donna loves to give lessons and ski rentals are available. We groom 7 miles of 10 to 15 feet wide trails that were created with a bulldozer in 1985. Using both a Ski-doo Skandic snowmobile and Tidd Tech snow tenderizer and track setter we groom for classic and freestyle Nordic skiing.
Skijoring involves a person wearing a harness hitched to a harnessed dog and being pulled across the snow. Donna loves giving lessons – “one time around and your dog will get it.” Bring your own dog. All you need is a dog that loves to pull. It’s not size, it’s about pulling power. Alternatively when your dog wants to run and play off-leash, use the 2K dog trail that is groomed for either skijoriing or skiing. Dogs are not permitted on the other trails.
Snow tubing (pull a tube up the hill and slide down) is a thrill whether you are 2 or 92. The spirit of snow tubing strikes a chord in the child inside all of us. Race down either of our tubing hills or link up with friends and enjoy a ride together. Snow tubing is available on two groomed hills, one 400 foot 65 degree mind-blowing, breakneck ride and one 40 degree 1000 foot long satisfying ride. We provide a variety of tubes and sleds for your use which are included with your trail pass. Snow tubes have a hard plastic bottom so delight in zooming down the hill during the day or in the evening. The white snow makes lights unnecessary. Night tubing is a scream!
Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides
Experience bobsled rides for 10-12 people or small sleigh rides for 2-4 people. No snow…no worries, enjoy a wagon ride. Call Mike & Melanie Berg at 715-299-4917 to arrange a time with them. Call evenings or leave a message.
Lace up your boots and enjoy our land. Because the ground will be frozen you’ll have plenty of traction for climbing and you won’t have to worry about getting muddy. Our llamas, Dusty and Rusty will be happy to provide a fun walk to The Pond. Dusty & Rusty are gentle, soft, you may pet them and will eat out of your hand. We halter and attach a lead rope for you to walk the llamas. One of us will enjoy the trek with you.
Note: Free WI-FI in The Lodge – password – justintrails. AT&T users may have no cell service. We provide a “green phone” in The Lodge for all guests to make local & long distance calls. Check out our Lodging Rates which are a printable pdf file.
Justin Trails B & B Resort, Retreat and Conference Center’s mission is to provide lodging with nature based recreation in the Driftless Region near La Crosse, Wisconsin.