There's plenty of snow now to get out and enjoy some winter sports at Lake County Forest Preserves in and around Grayslake.
If cross-country skiing or snowmobiling is your thing, the Lake County Forest Preserves have you covered in and around the Grayslake area. Check out these forest preserve locations to learn more: For current winter sports conditions, call the LCFPD hotline at (847) 968-3235. Click here for more great forest preserve locations in Libertyville and Vernon Hills. Got a favorite spot? Tell us in the comments.
How one Grayslake man trains year-round to perfect his unique winter hobby.
Back in the middle of summer on an 85-degree day, with the sun beating down on the blacktop at Independence Grove, you could have found Barry Rotman. Despite the heat, he was practicing his skiing techniques. Sweat beaded at his forehead, as he exercised with his feet locked into ski boots and ski poles firmly attached at his wrists. Back and forth he coasted, perfecting his technique as he trained for cross-country skiing. But this skiing can take place in the summer's heat or the winter's cold. Get a closer look at his feet. Rotman’s ‘skis’ have wheels. A cross between a snow ski and a rollerblade, Rotman was in the midst of off-season training using roller skis. The training has paid off as Rotman will ski in the American Birkebeiner, a…