Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skiing
Over 22 miles of signed and groomed trails await cross-country skiers at 7 Madison Parks locations. A PERMIT is required at three of the locations:  Elver ParkOdana Hills, and Yahara Hills. All other trails are free to use. 
 

2019 FEES

Daily $7
Annual $30
Senior (65+) & Disabled $15
Replacement $12







 
  • 2019 permit valid through December 31, 2019 
  • 2020 permit available online beginning November 15 & valid for use in 2019
  • The permit is also valid for Dane County Park trails 

TRAIL STATUS DEFINITIONS
  • GROOMED = trail is open and recently groomed (date listed on the individual page) 
  • OPEN = trail is snow covered, skiable but not recently groomed
  • CLOSED = skiing is not advised or permitted

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TRAIL CONDITIONS & GROOMING
  • Ski trails typically open after the first snowfall over 4" depending on the type of snow and trail conditions.
  • Fee-based trails are groomed more frequently, as conditions allow and for both skate and classic skiing.
  • Free ski trails are tracked or roll groomed for classic cross-country skiing. 
  • We may not be able to groom or we may need to close a trail to preserve the trail condition. This website is updated as soon as information from the field is available.
  • Permit fees are non-refundable

TRAIL TIPS & RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Follow directional arrows. Some trails are marked for one-way use
  • Trails are rated for difficulty at the trailhead
  • Skiers stay on groomed trails only
  • No dogs, horses, snowboards, motor vehicles, hiking or snowshoeing on groomed trails
  • Slower skiers please stay to the right

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