Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skiing
Most trails are free to use as conditions allow. A daily or annual ski permit is required for Elver ParkOdana Hills, and Yahara Hills for skiers aged 16 and older and may be purchased ONLINEA 2021 permit is valid through December 31, 2021 and is valid for Dane County Park trails also. 

2021 Fees

Odana Hills
Odana Hills by Sonya Hollenthoner
Daily $7
Annual $30
Senior (65+) & Disabled $15
Replacement $12


  • OPEN = trail is snow-covered, skiable with most recent grooming date listed. 
  • CLOSED = skiing is not advised or permitted
  • Ski trails typically open after the first snowfall over 4" depending on the type of snow and trail conditions.
  • Fee-based trails (Elver, Odana Hills and Yahara Hills) are groomed more frequently, as conditions allow and for both skate and classic skiing.
  • Free ski trails are tracked or roll groomed for classic cross-country skiing. 
  • We may not be able to groom or we may need to close a trail to preserve the trail condition. This website is updated as soon as information from the field is available.
  • Permit fees are non-refundable

  • Follow directional arrows. Some trails are marked for one-way use
  • Trails are rated for difficulty at the trailhead
  • Skiers stay on groomed trails only
  • No dogs, horses, snowboards, motor vehicles, hiking or snowshoeing on groomed trails
  • Slower skiers please stay to the right