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Skiing at Riverside

Though the Riverside Golf Course is part of the City of Portland’s Parks and Recreation Department and Portland Nordic is an independent 501c3, we cooperatively manage and groom the Nordic ski trails at Riverside. As part of a capital fundraising campaign, Portland Nordic raised funds to buy high quality grooming equipment that has now been gifted to Riverside. Riverside provides a dedicated staff person to do most of the grooming, but our trained volunteers assist when necessary.

Please visit Riverside's website for more information about winter activities on the golf course.

Youth Programming

What is Nordic skiing?

Nordic skiing, or cross-country skiing, are terms used interchangeably to describe one of the oldest winter sports. Nordic skiing first emerged in Scandinavia as a means of transportation; over time, it evolved into a recreational activity. Recreational cross-country skiing includes skiing on groomed trails or “off-piste,” using either the skate or classic techniques.

What is the difference between skate and classic skiing?

Classic skiing is the original version of the sport. Many new skiers choose to start with this technique, which is recognized by the “diagonal stride” and looks most similar to walking on skis. Skate skiing more closely resembles ice skating or roller skating. Skiers are propelled forward by pushing their skis away from each other at an angle (skis will form a “V” shape).

Where can I buy or rent equipment?

We highly recommend visiting our friends at Boulder Nordic Sport East in Portland when you are ready to purchase your own equipment. Below you'll find additional recommendations for renting and purchasing skis and equipment (new and used) in the Portland area.



Boulder Nordic Sport East(+)

30 Olympia St.


Portland Gearhub(*+)

155 Washington Ave.


Gorham Bike and Ski(*+)

693 Congress St.


The following ski trails have rentals available on-site, for a fee:

Harris Farm

Pineland Farms

Smiling Hill Farm

Where can I ski in Greater Portland?

We've created a map featuring local ski areas.

Who can use the trails at Riverside?

New as of 2019, two trails are groomed side by side in hopes for better trail conditions. One trail is strictly for cross-country skiing only, no other activities and no skiing with dogs. The second trail is for all other activities including skiing with dogs. There are signs posted at the trail entrances and throughout the trails for reminders of which trail to use.

Read more about cross-country skiing in Portland here.

What is the proper trail etiquette?

We want Riverside to be a place that everyone can enjoy, regardless of skill level or activity. In addition to adhering to the guidelines above, please remember to treat others with courtesy and be mindful of your surroundings. In the event that only one trail can be groomed, instead of two trails side-by-side, please keep all other activities (besides skiing) off to the side to minimize your impact on the ski trail. When classic tracks have been set, please do not walk, snowshoe, or skate ski over them, as this will ruin the experience for classic skiers.

Are dogs allowed?

In ordinance with the City of Portland, dogs are allowed at Riverside during the winter months and must be on an 8′ leash. You must pick up after your dog.

How many kilometers are groomed?

When the snow flies, approximately 7 kms of trail are groomed at Riverside. This map illustrates the two loops on the North and South courses. Groomers may have to modify the loops based on snow conditions. In ideal conditions, trails are groomed for both skate and classic.

How can I find the latest information on trail conditions?

Follow Riverside Golf Course on Facebook for grooming updates. The Parks and Recreation Department may also post occasional grooming updates.

Who is eligible for your youth programs?

Our Bill Koch League is open to youth in grades K–8th. Our Middle School Program is open to middle schoolers enrolled in the Portland Public Schools.

Do you offer financial assistance?

We offer a number of scholarships to ensure cost is not a barrier to anyone's participation in our programs.

How can I stay informed so I don't miss registration?

Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive the latest updates related to programming and events, including registration.

Are equipment rentals available?

Yes, rental equipment is available for skiers enrolled in our Bill Koch League and Middle School Program, for an additional fee.

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