Enough Snow to Ski for Free at Crossroads

Crossroads at Big Creek looks very different now that Door County has some snow. Sparkling drifts cover the hills, trees appear flocked, and tracks reveal the evidence of the mammals that make Crossroads their winter home.

Volunteers at Crossroads have established trails. Some trails are designated as ski trails which Facilities Manager Rich Propsom grooms for classical and skate skiing. Other trails are designated for snowshoeing and walking. Pets are permitted on walking trails. New detailed maps located throughout the Crossroads Preserve will help outdoor enthusiasts locate the appropriate trails and find various features.

The trails are open day and night at the original preserve and also the trails at Big Creek Cove and the Ida Bay Preserve. The trails at the Cove and Ida Bay will not be groomed, giving visitors a more natural outdoor experience.

The Crossroads Ski for Free program lends, free of charge, an array of ski and snowshoe equipment in sizes to fit ages 3 through large adult on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 – 3:30 pm. When trail conditions permit, go to the Crossroads Maintenance Building where volunteers will fit skiers with equipment, share a few pointers and a trail map. When finished, return the equipment and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate.

“Rocky Planets” will be the topic for the January meeting of the Pluto Club. This informal group is Crossroads’ way of introducing very small learners to the basic concepts of astronomy. Reservations are not required, but call ahead if your child has dietary restrictions (edible models will be made). Programs are developed for children Kindergarten through second grade, but are open to siblings and all learners. The Club meets this month on Jan. 8 at 3:45 pm in the Lab of the Collins Learning Center. Programs last about 45 minutes and are free.

The Collins Learning Center at Crossroads, located at 2041 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay, is open 2 – 4:30 pm daily and during scheduled events. Hikers and dog walkers are welcome, but are asked to avoid walking on groomed ski trails. For more information visit

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