Mount Ashwabay, Bayfield Wisconsin's Hometown Ski Hill
While we have visited Mt. Ashwabay during the performances of the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua tent show, we had never been there in the winter. We corrected that omission during a February weekend in 2009 when we attended the annual Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race and visited the Bayfield Ice Caves. While Jo relaxed in the lodge, I snowshoed to the top of the hill, following both cross-country and downhill trails.
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While offering only a modest vertical drop, Ashwabay does offer a variety of downhill skiing challenges, including some glade skiing and steep mogul runs. Another attractive feature of skiing at Ashwabay is the price; you can ski all day without having to fork over a day's pay. (2014 prices: adults - $24, juniors/seniors - $18) Its cross country ski trail network is extensive as it interconnects with the Jerry Jay Jolly-Pike Creek trail system. And the trail fee includes a trip on the chairlift for easy access to the ridge trail network. And for snowshoeing the cross country trails were wide enough that I could hike adjacent to the tracks. Completing the menu of winter sports activities at Ashwabay is a tubing hill.
Nothing fancy, but friendly and comfortable. Hot sandwiches, chili, soup, hot and cold beverages at affordable prices.
A great view of Chequamegon Bay from the top of the ski hill.
While the vertical drop is a fraction of the hills in the nearby UP there are challenging runs like this mogul field. And with short lift lines you can ski several miles a day.
An extensive network of groomed and marked trails, wide enough for diagonal skating and snowshoeing.
< < < Here's a partial view of the trail network shown on the trail marker in the above photo.
Download a PDF version of the trail map here.
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