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. Please note that the fee-based trails will have a higher level of grooming, which includes skate ski lanes, tracks and more frequent grooming. The free ski trails will have tracks groomed at least weekly.
Please remember that Mother Nature (not the Madison Parks) decides when the cross-country ski trails are open. 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.