This weekend is supposed to finally warm up a bit! Just enough for us to get out and enjoy all of the fun things that winter has to offer. (Family Fun Ideas Here) Before heading out to a Lake County Forest Preserve location for a winter hike or a twirl on the ice, call the 24-hour winter sports hotline at 847.968.3235.
Winter can be a beautiful time of year. See some stunning photos of Lake County in the winter Here.
Sled hills are located at Old School in Libertyville and Winter Sports Area at the Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda, that’s lit until 9 p.m., allowing for winter fun into the night. The Lakewood hill is part of a The Old School hill is open until sunset, when conditions allow sledding. These hills are only available for sledding, so that means no snowboarding or tobogganing.
When the snow starts falling, it’s time to head out to more than 124 miles of Cross-Country Ski trails throughout Lake County. Groomed trails are available at Lakewood’s Winter Sports Area and at Old School, when conditions allow. Grooming is typically done two days after a large snow fall. A 4-inch snow base is required for cross-country skiing at the Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods.
Lace up your skates and head to the lake at Independence Grove in Libertyville or the man-made rinks at Lakewood’s Winter Sports Area and Old School. The shallow rinks typically freeze earlier in the season than the lake at Independence Grove where a 4-inch ice layer is required for ice skating.
When 4 or more inches of snow fall, snowmobilers can use nearly 24 miles of designated trails within the preserves. These trails are groomed and patrolled by Lake County Forest Preserve staff and volunteers. See More