Ski & Snowshoe
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When the season’s first flakes start to fly, locals get set to embrace the winter weather. Bundle up and explore Madison’s many hills, parks and trails designed to keep you on the go and enjoying the snow!

If you’re looking for a classic ski experience, don’t miss Devil’s Head Resort, nestled in the heart of the glacier-formed Baraboo Bluffs. Visitors from all over the Midwest enjoy exhilarating rides down one of the highest mountains in Wisconsin, trying out the 30 different runs at the resort.

Fun Fact: Devil’s Head grooms their ski runs twice each day.
Make it a weekend with: Ski-in/ski-out accommodations, five resort restaurants, apres ski nightlife.

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! Stay on top of trail info by subscribing to trail condition updates via e-mail.


For more adventurous athletes who like to make their own tracks, Outdoor UW—Home of the Hoofers is a great place to rent ski and snowboard equipment. Located on the lakefront at the Memorial Union, this group provides rentals and opportunities to join the ski and snowboard 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.


If you’ve never tried snowshoeing, you’ll quickly learn that 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!

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