I have a new favorite ski trail. Call me old-fashioned, but that trail happens to be the “Classic Trail” at the Afterhours trail system in Brule, Wisconsin.
It’s been such a disappointing snow year in Duluth and on the North Shore, so I’ve been delighted to take a 45-minute drive through Superior, Wisconsin and east along US Highway 2. In fact, I went twice this weekend. Not only do they have ample snow there, but they have a great 7 kilometer trail.
Unlike the rest of the trail system at Afterhours, the Classic Trail is just for us old-fashioned classic skiers…no skating allowed. So we don’t get buzzed by lycra-clad, stopwatch-punching racers training for their next Birkebeiner Loppet Korte-Marathon.
The Classic Trail is mostly level, with few real climbs, but it still turns and curves majestically through a variety of forest habitats. It’s lovely.
You can ski the whole trail and weave through the entire western half of the trail system, ending at the major junction just before returning to the trailhead warming hut.
At the end of your ski, head for the cozy chalet. You can warm up, chat with your fellow skiers, then do the Classic Trail all over again…it’s that enjoyable.
Ski it for yourself. The Afterhours Trail is about 25 miles east of Superior, Wisconsin on US Highway 2. Watch for a sign reading “After Hours Trail 1 mile” on the right, and then the turn onto the Afterhours Road. Parking is right above the highway. Day passes are $4.00 per person, under age 16 are free.
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