Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skiing
Over 22 miles of signed and groomed trails await cross-country skiers at 7 Madison Parks locations. Trail difficulties range from easy to advanced. See below for the latest ski trail status. The ski trails are typically open after the first snowfall over 4" depending on the type of snow and the conditions and continues, as weather permits through the following spring.

The 2017 cross-country ski permit is valid through December 31, 2017 and is required at Elver Park, Odana Hills and Yahara Hills golf courses and groomed Dane County Park trails. This permit is valid from date of issue through December 31 of the permit year. The 2018 permit is available after December 1, 2017. Trail conditions are weather-dependent and permit fees are non-refundable.

Fee-based trails will have a higher level of grooming (3-4 times a week, as conditions allow) and are groomed for both skate and classic skiing. Free ski trails are groomed weekly, as weather conditions allow for classic cross-country skiing. 

To stay updated on the ski trail conditions, subscribe to email updates in My Account.  

  • For your safety, some trails are marked for one-way use. Please follow these directions.
  • Trails are rated for difficulty at the trailhead.
  • Dogs, horses, snowboards, motor vehicles and snowshoes are not allowed on designated cross-country ski trails.
  • Skiers must stay on groomed trails. Off-trail skiing can damage greens and tees on the golf courses and harm wildlife and plants at parks.
  • Slower skiers please stay to the right.
  • Please no hiking or snowshoeing on groomed ski trails.
  • Please report any safety hazard, vandalism, or damaged facilities (608)266-4711 or (608)235-0448

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