Cross Country Skiing | In + Around Madison, WI

This winter we are looking for ALL THE WAYS to be outside. We are seeking ways to stay active and to avoid cabin fever! You can see all of our winter content here. So bundle up and venture outside. If you haven’t been cross country skiing — it’s great exercise and also FUN!

Madison, WI Parks

Most of the parks in Madison, WI (with trails) can be used for cross-country skiing. Some parks require an annual or daily ski permit (Odana Hills, Yahara Hills and Elver Park). Passes are just $7 for a day pass and $30 for an annual pass.

Best Madison parks for cross country skiing: 

  • Cherokee Marsh South Conservation
  • Door Creek
  • Elver Park
  • Odana Hills
  • Owen Conservation
  • Turkville Point Conservation
  • Yahara Hills

Dane County Parks

Dane County Parks are also great for cross country skiing. Ski permits are required by those who are 16 and older. Or you can cross-country ski on ‘ungroomed trails’ without a permit.

Best Dane County Parks for cross-county skiing:

  • Camp Rock County Park
  • Indian Lake County Park
  • McCarthy Youth & Conservation County Park
  • Token Creek County Park
  • William G. Lunney Lake Farm County Park

Madison, WI Golf Courses

Best Madison golf courses for cross-country skiing:

  • Monona Golf Course
  • Odana Golf Course
  • Pleasant View Golf Course
  • University Ridge Golf Course
  • Yahara Hills Golf Course

The Madison Nordic Ski Club

The best way to explore! The Madison Nordic Ski Club provides monthly meetings, lessons, a race series, special activities for kids, day and weekend tours. They cross country ski throughout the Madison, WI area (including some of the parks listed above).

Do you have a favorite that we missed? Let us know!

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