Ski Lessons

MadNorSki is pleased to offer FREE Adult Cross Country Ski lessons.

This is a great opportunity to get better, have fun, enjoy winter, and you can’t beat the price. Club instructors are talented, experienced, and happy to help teach lessons. 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. Non-members are limited to 2 lessons per season. Lessons are designed for adults. Youth are encouraged to sign up for our youth programs. Members get early priority sign-up.

Note: Lessons for the 2019-20 season have been completed. Please check back in December this year for next season’s lessons!

All ski lessons require a signed waiver. Please print the MadNorSki Lesson Waiver, sign it, and bring it to your lesson!


Evening lessons are offered at Elver Park on Tuesday evenings 5:45-6:45 pm. Please gather in the park shelter at least 15 minutes prior to the lesson start. You will need a Madison ski trail pass which can be purchased on site (cash) or buy online from the City with your credit card. The Elver Shelter rents classic ski gear, which includes a one-day ski pass. Skate ski gear can be rented in Madison only at REI (plan ahead). Fontana and Rutabaga rent classic equipment.

To get the latest information on lessons, check our Calendar page or consider joining the “XC” mailing list. You can sign up directly on the xclist page. Announcements are made on the MadNorSki members mailing list and “XC” mailing list.

If you have more questions, contact our Lessons Director at

How to Sign Up:

A link to the sign-up site is posted at the top of this page. If all slots are full when you go to register, you may join the waiting list to get updates on when the next sign-up will open. You will need to specify what type of skiing you need when you sign up. The lessons will have separate groups for Classic and Skate style lessons, further divided into novice and intermediate ability. Please make sure your equipment matches the style you sign up for.

We use the following ability definitions to help you find the right class:

Classic Novice – You’ve skied the classic style 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 may be challenging.

Skate Novice – 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 quite challenging. You can turn with control at slow speeds.

Private Lessons

MadNorSki does not certify or endorse instructors, but can connect you with a private local instructor to help you improve your technique. For more information, email