02/08/16 Update: No grooming will be done until there is significant snowfall again. Conditions are poor.
*Please check the individual "Ski Trail Details" below for more information, including the date of the most recent trail grooming.
Over 22 miles of signed and groomed trails await cross-country skiers at 8 Madison Parks locations. Trail difficulties range from easy to advanced. The skiing 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.
Ski Rentals are available at Elver Park (daily) and Odana Hills Golf Course (weekends). For the open hours during holidays and Madison Metropolitan School District breaks, please check back on this website.
2016cross-country ski permits will be available after December 1 and are required for Elver Park, Odana Hills and Yahara Hills golf courses. This annual pass is also valid on Dane County Park Ski Trails. This permit is valid from date of issue through December 31 of the permit year. 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 at weekly as weather conditions allow for classic cross-country skiing.
To groom the ski trails, we typically need at least 4 inches of snow, however it depends on the type of snow and conditions. To stay updated on the ski trail conditions, subscribe to email updates on My Account.
2/8/16-- No grooming will be until there is significant snowfall again. Conditions are poor.
*Please check "Ski Trail Details" for more information, including the date of the most recent trail grooming.