Nine Mile Forest is one of the top cross-country skiing facilities in Wisconsin.

The 18.3 mile (29.6km) trail system is double tracked with an 8′ wide skating lane. Trail difficulty ranges from beginner to difficult making this trail system attractive to all skiing abilities. Trails are generally one-way.  The ski chalet offers a changing area, ski and snowshoe equipment rentals, daily and annual trail passes, restrooms, and a spacious warming area with a wood stove.  There are 3.9 miles (6.3km) of ski trails lighted and programmed to go on at dusk until 9 pm daily during the ski season.  There are also 5.3 miles (8km) of groomed snowshoe trails throughout the forest.

From Wausau take I-39/US 51 south to CTH N, west on CTH N 3-½ miles to Red Bud Road, south on Red Bud Road 1-½ miles to the chalet parking lot on the right.

2019-2020 Chalet Hours
Monday – Friday: 9am – 9pm*
Saturday: 8am – 9pm
Sunday: 8am – 5pm
* Close 6pm after first weekend in February

If you have any questions, please contact us at 715-261-1550 or visit the Marathon County website at

2019 – 2020 Cross Country Ski Fees

Daily PassesDailyAfter 52 Consec. DaysSeason
Senior (60+)$10$6$16$70
Equipment RentalOver 12Under 12
Skis, Poles, Boots$15$10
Skis and Poles$10$7

Marathon County Ski Pass

A daily or annual ski pass is required for cross country skiing and snowshoeing at Nine Mile. Passes will be for sale at the ski swap, at Marathon County parks office and the ski chalet. Prices are the same as last winter and discounts apply for early season purchase by ski club members. Check prices at the Marathon County website.

Marathon County has purchased a new groomer for use at Nine Mile!!! The ski club contributed $10,000.00 toward the Piston Bulley. Come enjoy the results of grooming with this new piece of equipment.

There are other examples of our Wausau Nordic Ski Club in action: Creation and expansion of Nine Mile Ski trails, with new signage; installation of lighted ski trails; creation of Field of Dreams, Cookie Trail, and Kids Adventure Trail; annual trail maintenance; ski instruction programs for all ages; assistance in purchase of rental ski equipment; assistance to high school ski teams. Join to become a part of this action!

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