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Elver - Skiing

Cross-Country Skiing
Address: 1250 McKenna Blvd.
Park: Elver Park
Permit Required: Yes
Terrain: Woods
Grooming: Skate, Classic
Difficulty: Easy, Intermediate, Advanced
Last Groomed: --


Elver Park is Madison's winter recreation destination! Ice skating, cross-country skiing, and of course, sledding!* Elver Park offers miles of groomed trails from easy to difficult. Click to see MAP or scroll to the bottom of the page. East, West (lighted) and the machine-made snow loop. A Cross-Country Ski Permit is required for all trails at Elver Park.  
If you rent skis (see rates below), a daily permit is included. All trails at Elver Park require a daily or annual ski permit, which may be purchased online or by phone (608) 266-4711. Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, the on-site kiosk is closed. A 2021 annual permit is valid through 12/31/21 and Dane County Parks ski trails.  

purchase permit
What to Expect 
Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, park users will see a number of adjustments this season.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Restrooms open, with limited capacity.
  • Warming shelters are closed to the public. No personal items may be left inside. 
  • No hot chocolate or concessions. 
  • Limited outdoor seating provided.
Monday - Friday: 11am-8pm 
Saturday: 12pm-8pm 
Sunday and MLK: 12pm-6pm

Thanks to our partnership with the Central Cross Country Ski Association (CXC) and the support of the Madison Nordic Ski Club (MadNorSki), we are making snow for the regularly groomed snow loops. This is an on-going process and is anticipated to be nearly 2km once completed (see map). PLEASE STAY CLEAR OF ALL SNOW-MAKING EQUIPMENT AND POWER CORDS. Ski trail conditions are posted by users here


January 6 – February 21, 2021*
Wednesday - Friday Saturday Sunday
4-8pm 12-8pm 12-6pm
No rentals available on Mondays and Tuesdays. 

XC Ski Rentals Adult (16 & older) Youth (15 & under)
Hourly $9 (daily ski permit incl.) $5
Additional Hour $5 $5
Daily (24 hours) $30 (ski permit incl.) $15
Additional day $15 $8
Weekly (7 days) $70 (ski permit incl.) $50
  • Cross-Country Classic Accessible Sit-Skis (1 person)
    • Adults: $9/hr, $5 each additional hour
    • Youth: $5/hr, $5 each additional hour
  • Sleds – by the hour or purchase 
    • $2/per hour, or $20/sled
  • Ice Skates 

PHONE: (608)288-6148

*All winter activities are weather dependent. Rentals and/or restrooms may not be available if an amenity is posted as closed. 

elver winter trail map



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