MadNorSki Juniors – About

The goal of the MadNorSki Junior program is to improve technique, build aerobic capacity, and establish or build a strong endurance base, all while having fun. Programs are offered year round to prepare skiers for when the snow flies, whether they choose to ski for fun and recreation, to compete in that first race, or to race in high school, regional or national competitions. The Madnorski Junior team seeks to instill the love of skiing, to promote a healthy, active outdoor lifestyle, and ultimately, to instill the highest standards of sportsmanship, competition and collaboration among our team members.

The Junior Program is for athletes aged 10 – 19 (U12, U14, U16, U18, U20) and is unique in the region for its low skier to coach ratio, the high degree of technical experience of our USSA certified coaches (see bios), and our club’s strong partnership with CXC Skiing’s Center of Excellence, the Midwest region’s governing body of the US Ski and Snowboard Association. 

2021-22 Junior Programs


Off-season Training–Spring, Summer, and Fall rollerskiing!

Madnorski Rollerski Programs are geared for both beginner and experienced rollerskiers and focus on developing skills, fitness training, strength, and exploring Madison area trails. Skiers will be in small pod groups with one to two coaches. Participants are encouraged to purchase rollerskis, however a limited number of rollerskis are available to rent. If you have your own boots, the team rollerskis primarily use NNN bindings.

Fall Rollerskiing 

A 8-week progressive program. All participants will use both skate and classic rollerskis.  Occasional trail running will be included on Monday nights. A limited number of rollerskis may be rented from Madnorski. Skiers will need to pick up equipment on Monday evening September 20 for the fall session. Details will be emailed to participants.

  • Where: Lussier Family Heritage Center, Gunflint Trail Park, and occasional trail running at other Madison Parks.
  • Time: Monday & Wednesdays evenings 5:30-7 pm (updated time)
  • Dates: September 27-November 18
  • Cost: $180 for Monday and Wednesdays ($95 for Wednesday only)
  • Rollerski rental: $50/first pair, $30/second pair

Winter Program with Racing & Ski Outings 

The Winter 12-week program offers superior training in both skate and classic techniques and incorporates agility, endurance, and strength training. Practices are held during the week and most weekends offer Wisconsin Nordic Ski League race opportunities or family-friendly ski outings to explore new areas and ski trails together.  Practice location is Elver Park as well as other city or county parks with groomed trails like Odana Park and McCarthy Park.  (See our Juniors Handbook for more information)

  • Where: Elver Park, 1250 McKenna Blvd, Madison, WI 53719
  • Time: Monday & Wednesday evenings 5:30-7pm for Middle School. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings 5:30-7 pm for High School
  • Dates: November 29-March 3
  • Cost: HS (4 practices/week) $590, MS (2 practices/week) $360

*Registration priority will be given to families who are currently enrolled in the Fall Rollerski program and/or skied with the program during the winter 2020-21. Week of Sep 20–priority sign up; Week of Sep 27–open sign up

Participant fees cover program expenses such as training and certification of coaches, grooming and snow making, equipment costs, team wax, race fees for team supported races, travel expenses for coaches.  Partial scholarships are available, please contact  to apply.



We take Covid very seriously. Some of things we are doing to mitigate risk:

  • All skiers and coaches are encouraged to get vaccinated & boosted to protect our community
  • Skiers and coaches are broken up into pods of about 10-15 skiers.
  • Skiers will use social distancing at all times including on trails. Distance is our best line of defense.
  • All skiers and coaches must wear a mask when gathered in a group – an n95 or kn94 mask is best or at minimum a 2 ply mask. (Buffs don’t count.) Masks may be lowered when skiing on the trails. 
  • Skiers and coaches must wear masks when carpooling.
  • Any skier or coach experiencing any unusual symptoms cannot attend practice.
  • Skier or coach who has tested positive for COVID cannot come to practice for 5 days after the positive test and then needs to wear a mask at practice for an additional 5 days and have no symptoms
  • Fully vaccinated skier or coach exposed to someone with COVID but was wearing a mask (like in a school setting) must mask at practice for 10 days after exposure and test after 5 days for COVID
  • Unvaccinated skier or coach exposed to someone with COVID (masked or unmasked) cannot attend practice for 5 days, needs to have a negative test on day 5, and then can attend practice wearing a mask for an additional 5 days.
  • Any skier or coach (vaccinated or not vaccinated) living with someone who has confirmed COVID cannot attend practice for 5 days, needs to have a negative test on day 5, and then can attend practice wearing a mask for an additional 5 days.
  • We will constantly evaluate our policies and will adjust as needed.

Exposure or close contact includes:

  • Living with or caring for a person with confirmed COVID-19, OR
  • Being within six feet of a person with confirmed COVID-19 for about 15 minutes (with or without a mask), OR
  • Someone with COVID-19 coughing on you, kissing you, sharing utensils with you or you had direct contact with their body secretions.



Skiers will practice both classic and skate techniques. Skiers will need equipment for both techniques, which include poles, boots and skis. Skiers are strongly encouraged to purchase their own equipment especially boots (with NNN bindings). New skiers have the option of renting MadNorSki gear for the season for $25. After your first season, there will be a rental fee of $125. Equipment is limited and first priority will be given to first year skiers.  Both classic and skate rollerskis for dry land training will be available to rent from the team. 


MadNorSki athletes have enjoyed participating in up to ten events in the Midwest each season, most of them coordinated by the Wisconsin Nordic Ski League. Races generally take place from mid-December through early March. Athletes with a desire to compete at a higher level of competition are encouraged to compete in the Junior National Qualifier Series (JNQ’s) and the chance to qualify for the Great Lakes Junior National Team and participate in the Junior National Championships.  Please refer to the Juniors Handbook to see the race schedule.

For more information, please contact Tamara at

Further Information 

For new skiers and returning skiers, we provide our Juniors Handbook 2021-22 that can provide lots of useful information!  Learn about our Mission, Vision, and Values, Code of Conduct, practice locations, how to get equipment including team rentals & ski swap, new equipment suggestions, race schedule, and team leaders & contact information.  

Middle school pod at practice under a full moon – Elver Park


2021 State Sprints held at Elver Park