A century ago, as logging denuded the land and the lumberjacks moved on, this tiny town turned to tourism and the tourists responded, staying here to fish the area’s trout streams by the trainload. The trout may have survived the onslaught, but the town is quite a bit smaller than it was in its heyday. No matter to veterinarian and veteran amateur ski racer David Forbush, whose love of the sport is evident in his efforts designing, maintaining, and grooming one of the finest privately owned systems in the Midwest.
Forbush has expanded and maintained the trails for the last 17 years from his shop and warming area. Trails are wider than most, single track set, with skating lanes adjacent, perfect for friends preferring either. Forbush Corner, named for the centennial family farm his enterprise now crisscrosses, boasts the largest fleet of Nordic-only grooming equipment in the Midwest, ready for setting tracks in snow regardless of whether it’s thigh-deep or only up to your toes. Surface quality: Wonderful: among the best-maintained trails in the state.
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