Juniors Winter Program (ages 10-18)

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 either Wisconsin Nordic Ski League (WNSL) race opportunities or family-friendly ski outings to explore new areas and ski trails together.  We encourage skiers to race – The WNSL races are friendly and can challenge skiers at all levels. It is rewarding to travel to beautiful trails as a team, find one’s personal challenge in racing, and cheer on the other skiers.

Practice location is Elver Park as well as other city or county parks with groomed trails like Odana Park, Door Creek Park and McCarthy Park. Team will have access to the machine-made snow loop at the CXC Trails if natural snow conditions are poor. Please see our Juniors Handbook for more information and our race schedule.

Middle School Team (ages 10-14)

  • Where: Elver Park, 1250 McKenna Blvd, Madison, WI 53719
  • Time: Monday & Wednesday evenings 5:30-7pm
  • Dates: November 29-March 3 (No official practices the last 2 weeks of Dec)
  • Training options:
    • 2 practices/week (Mon & Wed) $360
    • 4 practices/week (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu) $595 – For 7th or 8th graders wanting to race and/or to dedicate more time to training.
  • Must be a current 2023-24 Madnorski Club member

High School Team (ages 14-18)

  • Where: Elver Park, 1250 McKenna Blvd, Madison, WI 53719
  • Time: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings 5:30-7pm
  • Dates: November 29-March 3 (No official practices the last 2 weeks of Dec)
  • Training options:
    • 4 practices/week (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu) $595 – Recommended for skiers interested in learning about racing
    • 2 practices/week (Mon & Wed) $360
  • Must be a current 2023-24 Madnorski Club member

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

Winter Equipment

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. 

Winter Racing

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 director@madnorski.org

Further Information including scholarships 

Madnorski’s motto is “Cross Country Skiing for Everyone.”  Our club would like to increase access to the sport of Nordic skiing. Scholarships are available or if your situation needs special attention, please contact Director Tamara Bryant.

For new skiers and returning skiers, we provide our Juniors Handbook 2022-23 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
2022 State Sprints held at CXC Trails in Middleton

Covid Mitigation

  • All skiers and coaches are encouraged to get vaccinated & boosted to protect our community
  • Skiers and coaches may choose to wear a mask when inside the shelter.  Masks are not required outdoors.
  • Any skier or coach experiencing any unusual symptoms cannot attend team practices or events.
  • We will constantly evaluate our policies and will adjust as needed.