Trail Kids (ages 7-11)

Winter Program

The MadNorSki winter programs for our youngest skiers, Nordic Ski Club (ages 4-6) and Winter 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 these programs is for kids to learn physical literacy on skis and fundamental ski skills. 

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

When natural snow conditions are poor, we will use the CXC Trails in Middleton where there is a machine-made snow loop.

Note that participants or families must have a current 2023-24 Madnorski membership to enroll in youth programs. Thank you for your support of the club!

Trail Kids (ages 7-11)

Our once-a-week Winter Trail Kids program for Classic skiing will be offered on Sundays and on Mondays for 2024. The times will be in the late afternoon – skiing when there is some daylight!  Skiers will meet their instructors behind the shelter. Participants must have their own classic boots, skis and poles that are fitted to their size and weight.

Monday Trail Kids

When: Mondays 4:15-5:15pm (CLASSIC) 
Where: Elver Park, Madison, WI
Season: 8-week session Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, 19, 26
Cost: $160.00   

Sunday Trail Kids

When: Sundays 3:30-4:30pm (CLASSIC)
Where: Elver Park, Madison, WI
Season: 8-week session Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25
Cost: $160.00   

2X Trail Kids (ages 9-11)

For Trail Kids who can comfortably ski 2K, can manage some hills, and are eager to ski more than one time a week, we have a Monday and Wednesday option and lessons will include introduction to skating!  Participants must have their own classic AND skate boots, skis and poles that are fitted to their size and weight. The club has very limited skate equipment that can be rented.

When: Mondays AND Wednesdays 5:30-7pm
Where: Elver Park, Madison, WI
Season: 12-week session Nov 27-Feb 28 
Cost: $360.00     

Off Season Training

Spring 2023 Trail Kids

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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.  Helpful if participants have experience classic skiing in the winter.  


Only light weight rollerskis will be used with our Trail Kid rollerskiers.  We recommend a “junior” rollerski.  All skiers must wear helmets. High visibility clothes, light-weight gloves (like bike gloves), elbow and knee pads are a good idea.  When we loose natural sunlight in the fall, a headlamp and tail light are REQUIRED.

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 Wednesday evening, September 20 for the fall session.  Details will be emailed to participants. If you have your own boots, the team rollerskis have NNN bindings.  If you are considering buying junior rollerskis, please contact Enjoy Winter

Fall Rollerskiing 2023

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

Ice Cream Cone Scooter Relay
The joy of winter fun!

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

Please note: Madnorski will do everything possible to hold programs as planned, but some situations are out of our control like extreme cold weather or unhealthy air quality. Should we need to cancel lessons, there will be NO REFUND of program fees.

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