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Why Do We Need Funding?


We provide financial, coaching and staffing support for the Rhinelander High School Nordic Ski Team, Rhinelander Middle School Nordic Ski Team and the Sno-Dags. 

The High School Team has averaged 20 athletes and the Middle School Team averaged 30 athletes the past several years.  The Club provides uniforms, ski rentals for Middle School athletes, waxing supplies and staff support, race or event entry fees, transportation to races or events, lodging for some events, along with roller skiing and other equipment.  The Club also financially supports Coach's certifications, expenses and the Head Coach salary.  The Club's annual budget for the High School and Middle Teams is in excess of $15,000. 

The Sno-Dag program averages 30 - 40 kids from 1st through 4th grade.  The Club maintains a ski rental program to outfit the kids with skis, poles and boots.  In 2023 we replaced half of the Sno-Dag ski equipment at a cost of over $2,500.  We are currently looking for funding to replace the other half of the equipment in 2024.


We maintain approximately 30 kilometers of cross-country ski trails at three locations:

  • The Rhinelander Northwood Nordic Ski Trails near the Rhinelander Northwood Golf course
  • The Rhinelander Community Trails near the Rhinelander High School (RHS)
  • The CAVOC Trails just east of Rhinelander.

No daily ski passes are required to ski any of the trails.  However, donations are accepted and necessary for us to maintain the trails.

The Club owns and maintains several snowmobiles, an ATV and a UTV, TiddTech and Ginzu grooming equipment.  We also own and take care of several buildings and storage garages at the Northwoods and Community Trail locations.  The annual operating budget (i.e., gas, repairs, maintenance, mowing, etc.) to maintain our cross country ski trails is in excess of $5,000.  In 2023, the Club purchased a Ginzu groomer to replace aging grooming equipment and a John Deere UTV to provide a safer and more secure vehicle for our volunteer groomers.


The Club created the Judy Swank Memorial Scholarship shortly after Judy lost her battle to cancer in 2009. Judy was the high school Nordic ski coach from 1991 to 2002 and a long-time board member of our club. She had a passion for Nordic skiing and promoted healthy lifestyles in the community. Judy taught hundreds of athletes how to ski and excel in the sport but more importantly she taught them how to live and become productive citizens. We award this scholarship in Judy’s memory, to a graduating Nordic skier who exemplifies the character that Judy fostered in all her athletes.  You can make a donation towards this scholarship at the link provided below.

Sponsorship of Northwoods Nordic Ski Club

The Northwoods Nordic Ski Club offers several levels of Sponsorship to support the Club's activities and our young skiers.  The Hodag Challenge High and Middle School Ski Races and the Collegiate races at the Cedrig A. Vig Outdoor Classroom (CAVOC) offer extensive regional visibility for sponsors to the athletes, coaches, parents and spectators from across the Midwest. 
Platinum -  >$2000 annual sponsorship.
  • Large 3’ X 6’ banner with your logo displayed at race venues.
  • Logo included on Northwoods Nordic website and Facebook.
Gold -  $1,000 annual sponsorship. 
  • Logo on 2’x4’ banner displayed at race venues.
  • Logo included on Northwoods Nordic website and Facebook.
 Silver -  $500 annual sponsorship. 
  • Logo included on Northwoods Nordic website and Facebook. 
Bronze - $250 annual sponsorship     
  • Donation announced on our Facebook page.
Team Builder - $100 annual sponsorship
Complete the Sponsorship application by following the below link.  We will contact you to confirm the information and discuss the preparation of the banners.  If you have any questions, contact Randy Bates at (715) -490-2479 or

Donate to Northwoods Nordic Ski Club

You can support Northwoods Nordic Ski Club by making a tax-deductible donation either by sending us a check or by completing the on-line donation request link below.  Any amount can be entered and any amount is very much appreciated.   

Gator UTV and Ginzu Groomer Fundraiser

The Club has moved forward in 2023 with the purchase of a 96-inch wide Ginzu groomer to replace aging grooming equipment and a John Deere UTV to provide a safer and more secure vehicle for our volunteer groomers.  It’s a cost of grooming that equipment gets old, breaks down, and needs replacement. And that new implements to tow groomers have come a long way from pulling groomers with a snowmobile that exposed our groomers to the winters cold and snow.  UTVs now provide a safe environment for our groomers and better vehicles to handle drifting snow and the deeper snowfalls we’ve been experiencing the past couple of years. 

The Club has received a $25,000 matching donations towards the $50,000 fundrasing goal for the John Deer Gator and Ginzu groomer.  Please help us raise this $25,000 in order to meet our matching grant donation.

Sno-Dag Ski Equipment Donation

 Northwoods Nordic supports the Sno-Dag program that gets kids from 1st to 4th grade on skis.  We provide skis, boots, and poles to many of the kids to get them into the program.   We need to replace quite a bit of older equipment this year and are looking for funding to help with the purchase.  Please donate what you can to help promote this lifetime activity to our kids.  

Thank You 2023/24 Sponsors!

Interested in becoming a sponsor of Northwoods Nordic Ski Club?

Sponsored by Foley's Tree Service

Foley's Tree Service

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Promoting recreational access and active, healthy lifestyles for the whole community.

Sponsored by Mel's Trading Post

Mel's Trading Post

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Fitting Rhinelander youth, residents, and visitors to fantastic winter experiences.

Sponsored by Nicolet National Bank

Nicolet National Bank

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Annual sponsor of Rinelander's primer Nordic races.

Sponsored by Rhinelander Community Foundation

Rhinelander Community Foundation

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Supporting Rhinelander youth Nordic skiing. 

Sponsored by A-1 Septic Service

A-1 Septic Service

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Dedicated to sponsoring our trails and events for many years