…if Nordic skiing is classical music then skating is rock and roll…
Escape to a Nordic paradise with over 10 miles of 10 – 12 foot wide ski trails groomed for skate and Nordic skiing. Skate skis are all glide and no grip. You’ll glide forward by pushing off sideways, first one ski then the other. If Nordic skiing is classical music then skating is rock and roll. Skating became a thing of its own in the mid-1980s when American Olympic medalist Bill Koch skated in World Cup races.
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.
Our trails vary in difficulty, length and terrain. We groom 15 km (10 mi.) 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. This map shows 15 km (10 miles) of ski trails with varying difficulty for all skill levels. Each trail loops around to bring you back to the Lodge.
If you can walk, you can snowshoe, no experience is necessary for this sport. All you need is a pair of snowshoes (available for rent), warm clothes, sturdy boots and a sense of adventure! Snowshoeing trails are footpaths through the woods that have been cleared of blackberries and bramble. 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. Snowshoe rentals are available in the Lodge for $5 per person/per day (limited availability – first come, first served). On a night hike there is no need for lights with the white snow. Our 4 miles of groomed trails are of varying difficulty for snowshoers of all skill levels and a great way for the entire family to take in the winter wonderland around Justin Trails Resort.
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 600 foot mind-blowing, breakneck ride and one 1200 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 anyway. Because the ground will be frozen you’ll have plenty of traction for climbing and you don’t have to worry about getting muddy. On the flipside, the llamas, Dusty and Rusty will provide a fun walk to The Pond. We halter and attach a lead rope for you to walk the llamas. One of us will enjoy the trek with you. The llamas are gentle, very soft, will eat out of your hand and you can pet them.
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.