Seven of Madison’s City Parks have signed and groomed trails for cross-country skiing—22 miles of trails in total! Both skate-style and cross-country style skiing is allowed, and trails typically open once four inches of snow falls. Trail passes are required at some locations.
Where you can rent: Elver Park (daily) and Odana Hills Golf Course (weekends)
Who decides when trails are open: Mother Nature! Subscribe to trail condition updates to stay in-the-know.
SKIING & SNOWBOARDING
Want to make your own tracks? Adventurous athletes should try Outdoor UW—Home of the Hoofers. Located on the lakefront at the Memorial Union, this group provides ski and snowboard rentals and opportunities to join the club.
DYK: You need to be a member to rent equipment, but anyone can become a member of Wisconsin Hoofers!
Fashion Tip: As a member, you’ll get one of Outdoor UW’s signature Ski and Snowboard hats, as seen on students all over the UW-Madison campus.
New to snowshoeing? You’ll quickly learn it’s a safe and easy way to enjoy the colder winter months. There are 14 park areas designated for snowshoeing throughout the City of Madison Parks system, and all are accessible as long as we have four inches of snow on the ground.
Experience a new snowshoe adventure with the Wisconsin Union. Trek across frozen Lake Mendota or take the Lakeshore path to a bonfire at picnic point. A UW-Madison student will lead you on your journey as they discuss the history of the University and life as a student.
More to explore: Snowshoeing is also permitted on designated trails at Yahara Hills Golf Course and Tom George Greenway.
Topography Tip: Snowshoeing in Madison allows you to experience forests, prairies, marshy areas and more!