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.   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.

2017 cross-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.  

  • A trail pass is required at Elver Park, Odana Hills and Yahara Hills golf courses and groomed Dane County Park trails
  • 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.
  • Please report any safety hazard, vandalism, or damaged facilities to the Parks Office, (608) 266-4711.
  • Trails are groomed for both skate and cross-country style skiing.
  • Slower skiers please stay to the right.
  • Please no hiking or snowshoeing on groomed ski trails.
For more information, please call (608) 266-4711.


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