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FREE lessons will be offered typically on Wednesday nights, 7:00 pm, in January and February depending on snow conditions. Weekend lessons may be offered occasionally depending on snow conditions and instructor availability. This is a great opportunity to get better, have more fun; and you can't beat the price. Club instructors are talented, experienced, and happy to help. While you do not need to be a Madnorski member to take advantage of the free lessons, we recommend that you join to help support cross-country skiing.

We gather in the Elver Shelter. You will need a ski trail pass. The Elver Shelter rents classic ski gear which includes a ski pass. To get the latest information on lessons, please consider joining the "XC" mailing list. You can sign up directly on the xclist page. Announcements are made on the list server immediately. Or check the "Events" page on the website frequently. If you have more questions, contact our lead instructors at

Click on the link below to sign up for a lesson. If lessons must be cancelled due to conditions, you will receive an email and the Events schedule on the Madnorski Web Page will be updated.

* We use the following ability definitions to ensure a better experience for you:

Classic Beginner - You've skied very little or not at all.

Classic Intermediate - You've begun to grasp classic technique and balance, but you're not yet sure footed at medium speed. You can turn with control at slow speeds. Downhills are challenging.

Skate Beginner - You've skate-skied very little or not at all.

Skate Intermediate - You've begun to grasp skate ski technique and balance, but climbing moderate hills is challenging. You can turn with control at slow speeds.

Rental gear is also available from several local sporting goods stores.  R.E.I. rents both classic and skate equipment and Fontana (both locations) and Rutabaga rent classic equipment.

Private Lessons
The following list of ski instructors in the Madison area offering private lessons is provided as a service to club members. The club does not endorse or approve instructors. You are encouraged to discuss qualifications and approach to teaching with potential instructors before scheduling lessons.

Kristin Gallagher
gallagk (at) gmail (dot) com
I also offer private/small group lessons as well as volunteer with other MadNorSki instructors. Contact me if you are interested!

"Jimmy - Just a note to say how much we appreciated the great lesson that Ian gave our group on Saturday. It was a terrific introduction for the kids. We got home, had lunch, and they put their skis back on and spent the next few hours in our back yard (used the septic mound for the hill). Please pass along to Ian that his most reluctant student (Simon) has been out four times since then, and is officially hooked." - Amy
"Thanks for the free lesson on Tuesday night. The information and demonstration provided by Alan was excellent. I am no longer flopping around without a clue, but flopping around with much greater confidence in what my foundation and form should be. I really appreciate your generosity. This is a really nice service." - a satisfied student

"I attended a lesson last night and I just wanted to thank you. I had a great time and I loved learning to ski! I still have a way to go but I feel more comfortable going out to practice now. Bill was my instructor and he was fantastic! Please thank him again for me. I hope to come again if you offer more lessons." - michelle

"I was a student at Blue Mounds on Saturday. I would also like to thank all the instructors for a terrific experience. I learned a lot and gained a great deal of confidence about what I need to do to get better. In fact I was back at Odana Sunday morning working on what I had learned. Thanks for the opportunity!" - larry


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