Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skiing

2020-21 Winter Recreation

  • Look for a winter recreation update by mid-December

Most of Madison Parks trails are free to use.  Three trails: Elver ParkOdana Hills, and Yahara Hills require a daily or annual Cross-Country Ski Permit for skiers aged 16 and older. Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, permits are no longer available onsite and must be purchased online or by calling (608) 266-4711.

Purchase 2021 Permit ONLINE 
  • Valid from time of purchase through December 31, 2021
  • Valid for Dane County Park trails also. 

2021 Fees

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