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Cross-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing

Cross-country skiing at Lake Metroparks Chapin Forest Reservation

Cross-country ski and snowshoe trail conditions:
Winter Sports Hotline: 440-954-4178

Cross-country skiing

Lake Metroparks offers opportunities to cross-country ski on both groomed and ungroomed trails. Groomed trails are available at Chapin Forest Reservation, Girdled Road Reservation (South) and Erie Shores Golf Course. Skiable ungroomed trails are available at Penitentiary Glen Reservation.

Chapin Forest Reservation

Lake Metroparks grooms nearly six miles of trails daily at Chapin Forest Reservation.Chapin Forest cross-country ski/showshoe trail map

Approximately six miles of terrain that will challenge every ability from Novice to Intermediate. The ski center is opened and staffed when weather, snow accumulation, and conditions warrant opening (four inches of snow are needed to ski on).

The trails at Chapin Forest Reservation are groomed regularly.

On December 15, approximately one mile of lighted trail will be lit nightly to accommodate the skiing public, weather permitting. The lights stay on until 11 pm when the when the ski conditions are good for skiing.

Pine Lodge Ski Center
Chapin Forest Reservation
10381 Hobart Rd., Kirtland 44094
Note: This number is only answered when center is open. Messages left
will be answered accordingly.

Schedule of Operation (weather dependent)

Through December 15:

Monday through Friday: Noon to 6 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am to 6 pm

Pine Lodge Ski CenterAfter December 15:

Monday through Friday: Noon to 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am to 9 pm

Holiday Hours:

  • Christmas Eve: 9 am to 6 pm
  • Christmas Day: Noon to 5 pm
  • New Year's Eve: 9 am to 9 pm
  • New Year's Day: 9 am to 9 pm
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:  9 am to 9 pm
  • Presidents' Day: 9 am to 9 pm

Call the Winter Sports Hotline for daily ski conditions and snow accumulation reports and to confirm the center is open for the day at 440-954-4178

Rental Equipment:

Snowshoes and cross-country skis are available for on a first-come, first-served basis. All rentals need to be returned by 9 pm when the ski center closes.

  • Rental equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Equipment cannot be reserved.
  • Equipment may be taken off Chapin Forest Reservation property to skiable areas within Lake Metroparks. A list of skiable areas will be supplied daily at Chapin Forest Pine Lodge.
  • Equipment must be returned at the end of the day it is rented unless other arrangements have been made with the ski center staff.
  • A driver's license is required as a deposit with all rentals. No rentals will go
    out one hour before closing.
  • For more information, call the Pine Lodge Ski Center at 440-256-3810.

Rental Fees:

Ages Cross-country Skis Snowshoes
  per hour per day per hour per day
Adult (13 years & older) $5 $15 $3 $12
Youth (12 years & younger) $3 $9 $1.50 $6
Ski rental equipment includes ski boots, skis and poles.
  • Ski boot sizes available in child size 10 through adult size 14.
  • All rentals need to be returned by 8:00 pm when the ski center closes.
  • The ski center only accepts cash or check for rentals.

Snowshoeing rentals also available at Penitentiary Glen Nature Center.

Take I-90 to Rt. 306 south for 3.5 miles to Euclid Chardon Road (Rt. 6) and turn right (west) for one mile to
Hobart Road. Turn right (north) for almost .5 mile to the park entrance located on the right (east) side of the road.

Girdled Road Reservation
South: 12926 Radcliffe Rd., Concord Twp.

For current conditions at Girdled Road Reservation call the Winter Sports Hotline at 440-954-4178

Erie Shores Golf Course
7298 Lake Road East Madison

Experience the beauty of winter at Erie Shores Golf Course. Excellent conditions for cross-country skiing with groomed trail and tracks laid. No fees or rentals at this location. For current conditions at Erie Shores Golf Course, call the Winter Sports Hotline at 440-954-4178.


Backcountry Snowshoe Trails at Girdled Road Reservation

Two trails have been created to provide a backcountry snowshoe (or hiking) experience to explore 3.5 miles of newly-accessible areas within Girdled Road Reservation.

To find the snowshoe trails: Enter and park at the South entrance/lot (12926 Radcliffe Rd.); travel (north) on the main trail (groomed for skiing, please avoid stepping on ski tracks) and look on the left side for an
8 x 8" sign that reads "Backcountry Snowshoe Trail."

This 1-mile loop is marked with colorful ribbons. Continue north on the main trail 50 yards to a second snowshoe trail on the right (also marked with a sign and ribbons). This is a 2.5-mile out-and-back trail.

Girdled Road cross-country ski/snowshoe trail map

Penitentiary Glen Reservation

Penitentiary Glen Reservation
8668 Kirtland-Chardon Rd.
Kirtland, OH 44094

Snowshoeing at Penitentiary Glen Reservation - Peppermint TrailPenitentiary Glen Reservation offers over 8.5 miles of trails with varying terrain and difficulty. Experience the Peppermint Trail, a quarter-mile loop that is just right for beginners and families and includes a complimentary peppermint stick for all.

For current conditions at Penitentiary Glen Reservation, call the Nature Center at 440-256-1404 (9 am to 5 pm daily).

  • Snow accumulation and conditions will determine snowshoe rental availability.
  • Snowshoe Lodge in the Nature Center. Come in to relax and enjoy a cup of steaming hot chocolate, coffee or tea.
  • Snowshoe rentals are available 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily beginning early November through early March on an hourly and daily basis
    (weather dependent).
  • Rentals are available on a first-come basis and cannot be reserved; rentals end one hour before closing.
  • Hours for rentals on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve are 9 am to 3 pm and the Nature Center is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • For more information or availability, call 440-256-1404.

Rental Fees:

Snowshoeing at Penitentiary Glen Reservation
Ages Snowshoes
  per hour per day
Adult (13 years & older) $3 $12
Youth (12 years & younger) $1.50 $6