Outdoor Adventures


"Skiing is a dance, and the mountain always leads."

-Author Unknown

Winter Break Snow Days

Mush!!!  IT'S ON with snow shoes, XC skis, DH skis and snowboards!  For some wild winter fun, the Porkies in northern Michigan on the coast of Lake Superior is an amazing winter trail opportunity.  There is 700 vertical feet of ungroomed backcountry downhill to play on! This trip will be a relaxing true-wilderness experience.

Date(s) and time(s): 7:00 a.m. January 8 – January 12 10:00 p.m.
Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Affiliate $165 / Non-NIU $185 by December 14
Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Affiliate $185 / Non-NIU $205 by January 3
Pre-trip meeting: Monday, December 10 @ 6:00 p.m.

NIU Register Here
Non-NIU Register Here

Welcome Back Winter 

Take a peek at our winter sports inventory including cross country skis, snowshoes, figure and hockey skates, air sleds, and snowboards.  We will describe our upcoming trips for the spring semester and answer any questions you may have about the programs and services we offer. 

Date and Time:  Wednesday, January 23 from 2:30-5:30 p.m.

SnowboardingDay Ski and Snowboard

Join Outdoor Adventures as we travel to nearby ski hills for an evening of downhill fun. Chestnut Mountain is great for all levels of skiers and boarders to either learn the basics of the sport or improve your skills. A one-on-one 1 hour lesson is valued at $60. Outdoor Adventures trip leaders will provide hands-on instruction as well as transportation to and from. Participants will need to purchase a student discounted lift ticket ($25) at the hill.  Additionally, you may choose to bring your own equipment or rent new Burton snowboards from our Adventure Center ($15) or onsite rentals at the slopes for ski package ($25). 

Date(s) and Time(s):  Friday, February 8 from 2:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Day Cross Country Ski

Do you have the winter blues? There is no better way to experience the beauty of nature in winter than to glide through winding cross-country trails in our nearby state parks. Look forward to experiencing the peacefulness of winter in Illinois while you ski through the forest. Included in the registration fees are transportation, lunch, gear, and instruction.

Date(s) and Time(s):  Sunday, February 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Evening Sledding

You are never too old to go sledding. Outdoor Adventures will supply the transportation, sleds, and hot beverages; all you need to do to join us is grab your friends and sign up. Russell Woods in Genoa is only a half hour drive from campus.

Date(s) and Time(s):  Wednesday, February 13 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Free Event!