The ski and snowshoe equipment for Crossroads at Big Creek’s Ski for Free program is housed in their Maintenance Building, but many families wisely stop by the Collins Learning Center to use the restrooms and bubbler before heading out.
The volunteers, members of Friends of Crossroads and Door County Silent Sports Alliance, help fit folks with the boots, poles and skis for skiing, but those planning to snowshoe should wear their own boots. Check the Crossroads website (crossroadsatbigcreek.org) for trail and weather conditions. Equipment is not available when snow conditions are poor or when the wind chill is below -13 degrees F.
If conditions are favorable on Jan. 24, folks can see Crossroads in a different light when the Door County Silent Sports Alliance offers a Moonlight Ski from 6 – 10 pm. Enjoy a beautiful evening of social cross country skiing on the groomed trails and warm refreshments afterward. Equipment is available for those who don’t have their own. Fat tire bikers are welcome on hiking trails only.
Skiers and snowshoers are also welcome to Ski for Free on Jan. 23 and 24, 1 – 3:30 pm.
Crossroads is a donor supported preserve welcoming learning of all ages to programs in science, history and the environment. The Collins Learning Center, located at 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, is open 2 – 4:30 pm daily and during special events. Trails at Crossroads, Big Creek Cove and our Ida Bay Preserve are free and open to the public. When there is snow, walkers are asked to avoid designated ski trails. For more information visit crossroadsatbigcreek.com.