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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: --

Winter Activity Updates

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All trails are closed. TRAIL STATUS DEFINITIONS | OPEN = trail is snow-covered, skiable with the most recent grooming date posted. | CLOSED = skiing is not advised or permitted


Elver Park is Madison's winter recreation destination! Ice skating, cross-country skiing, sledding and new this year - snowshoeing!* SEE MAP

Detailed trail conditions can often be found on the MadNorSki website


XC Ski Rentals Adult (16 & older) Youth (15 & under)
Hourly $9 (daily ski permit incl.) $5
Additional Hour $5 $5
Daily (24 hours) $30 (incl. one daily ski permit) $15
Additional day $15 $8
Weekly (7 days) $70 (incl. one daily ski permit) $50
  • If you rent skis, a daily permit is included.
  • 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
  • Snowshoes - adult and youth sizes MAP
    • Adult (16 & older) $5/hour
    • Youth (15 & under) $2/hour
    • Additional hour $2/hour 
  • Ice Skates 


All trails at Elver Park require a daily or annual ski permit, which may be purchased online or by phone (608) 266-4711.  A 2023 annual permit, available Nov. 1, is valid through 12/31/23 and Dane County Parks ski trails.  Note: If you rent skis, a daily permit is included.

2023 Fees 

Daily $7
Annual $30
Annual Senior (65+) & Disabled $15
Annual Military/Veteran (New!) $15
Replacement $12
purchase permit
  • 2023 permit is available Nov. 1 and is valid through December 31, 2023. 
  • 2022 Permit is valid from the time of purchase through December 31, 2022. 
  • The permit is valid for Dane County Parks trails also. 

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. 

Cross-Country Skiing Updates