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Trail Kids Learn-to-Rollerski 

A progressive program for kids ages 9-11 who want to learn to rollerski. Weekly classes will focus on developing rollerski skills–balance, technique, safety, agility, and trail etiquette.  The program will use games and obstacle courses for a fun and engaging experience that can build confidence.  Participants should have experience classic skiing in the winter to enroll in this program.  

Fall Equipment:

Only light weight rollerskis will be used with our Trail Kid rollerskiers.  We recommend a “junior” rollerski.  All skiers must wear helmets and headlamps. High visibility clothes, light-weight gloves (like bike gloves), elbow and knee pads are a good idea.  

A limited number of rollerskis may be rented from Madnorski. Please note on your registration that you would like to rent rollerskis. Skiers will need to pick up equipment on Monday evening, September 20 for the Fall session.  If you have your own boots, the team rollerskis primarily use NNN bindings.  If you are considering buying junior rollerskis, please contact Enjoy Winter

 Fall Rollerskiing

An 8-week progressive program in both skate and classic rollerskiing. Trail kids will use Junior-sized Rollerskis. 

  • Where: Gunflint Trail Park, 5420 Gunflint Trail, Fitchburg, WI 53711
  • Time: Wednesdays evenings 5:30-6:30pm
  • Dates: Sep 29-Nov 17
  • Cost: $95
  • Rollerski rental: $40 

Winter Programs

The MadNorSki 2021 winter programs for our youngest skiers, Nordic Ski Club (ages 4-6) and Nordic Trail Kids (ages 7-11), are guided by CXC/USSA Certified Level 100 and Level 200 coaches with the assistance of volunteer instructors. The goal of the program is for kids to learn physical literacy on skis and fundamental ski skills. 

Each session will be around 1 hour long and include skill progression, games, and small pod group ski. Each session will have a different focus and will progress in basic skill development.

Nordic Ski Club (ages 4-6)  

Madnorski is teaming up with the Madison Children’s Museum and CXC Skiing again this winter to provide outdoor family ski opportunities for our communities’ youngest athletes, in addition to our regular Nordic Kids opportunities for children 7 and over.

Children between the ages of 4-6, along with one adult caregiver, can sign up for the Nordic Ski Club held in January and February which will include Nordic Rocks ski rental for kids and fun, engaging, on-snow parent-child instruction. Parents are encouraged to bring their own classic skis if they have them, and if not, they can rent a pair of Nordic rocks skis and poles for the 4 week session for $20 or $5 per day. Nordic Rocks skis fit over existing winter boots, so adults and children should just dress like they’re going out to play in the snow.

Because of COVID precautions and the possible lack of indoor shelters available, children will be REQUIRED to have an adult caregiver to help with getting skis on and off, to help with lost mittens, and to gauge when their child needs to go into the car to get warmed up. We will maintain small pods of athletes and parents, with a maximum of 7 athletes, 7 caregivers, and 1 instructor per group. Athletes and adults will be required to wear a mask, and to maintain social distance at all times.  Skis and poles will be cleaned before each lesson, and after each use.

Sessions will take place on Wednesday afternoons at Elver Park meeting behind the shelter. 

All adults who intend to ski are required to have a City of Madison Ski Pass for the season.

Ages: 4-6 years old
When: TBD
Where: Elver Park, Madison, WI
Season:  4 sessions in January  OR  4 sessions in February
Cost: $85.00. (Registration will open in October)

Nordic Trail Kids (ages 7-11)

Our Nordic Kids program will be offered on three different days of the week this year to keep groups small.  The times will be in the late afternoon – skiing when there is daylight!  Skiers will need to be ready to ski without using the shelter and will meet their pod behind the shelter.  For Trail Kids who want to ski more than one time a week, we also have an option for skiing two times a week!

When: Mondays 4-5pm (CLASSIC) 
Where: Elver Park, Madison, WI
Season: 8-week session Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21
Cost: $160.00     SESSION FULL

When: Wednesdays 4-5pm (CLASSIC)
Where: Elver Park, Madison, WI
Season: 8-week session Jan 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, 23
Cost: $160.00  SESSION FULL

When: Sundays 3:30-4:30pm (CLASSIC)
Where: Elver Park, Madison, WI
Season: 8-week session Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27
Cost: $160.00  SESSION FULL

When: Mondays 5:30-6:30pm AND Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm (CLASSIC & INTRO TO SKATE)
Where: Elver Park, Madison, WI
Season: 12-week session Nov 29-Mar 3 
Cost: $360.00    SESSION FULL

*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


Madnorski will do everything possible to hold programs as planned, but some situations are out of our control like extreme cold weather, and a change of COVID-19 orders from the city or county. Should we need to cancel lessons, there will be NO REFUND of program fees.

If the program you are interested in is full, please consider being adding your name to our waitlist HERE 


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

  • Skiers and coaches are broken up into pods of about 10 skiers. 
  • Skiers will use social distancing at all times including on trails. Distance is our best line of defense.
  • Skiers may choose to wear a mask.
  • Any skier or coach experiencing any unusual symptoms cannot attend practice.
  • We will constantly evaluate our policies and will adjust as needed.

Skill Levels and Goals:

1 – First Steppers, learning to walk on skis, get up off the ground, turn on flats. No poles.
2 – Climbers, Learning to sidestep up gentle hills, glide downhill and pole.
3 – Gliders, Learning to kick and glide, herringbone, snowplow down steeper hills, turn on downhills, pole effectively.
4 – Striders, Learning to ski faster with control up and down steeper hills, double-pole kick and skate turn.
5 – Skaters, Learning to skate without poles. Progressing to V1 and V2-alternate (open field). Needs skating equipment. Not an entry level.
6 – Nordics, Learning V2 and faster skating. Needs skating equipment.

For more information, contact Tamara Bryant at


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