Madison Nordic Ski Club and Central Cross Country Skiing to host an early season citizen cross-country ski event at Elver Park on December 16.
MADISON, Wis. – A loop of man-made snow measuring roughly 1 kilometer has been created at Elver Park through cooperative efforts by CXC, Winterfest, MadNorSki and City of Madison Parks. The loop includes a variety of terrain with two hill options.
We’re thrilled to see the man-made snow loop nearing completion and we expect good early season conditions at Elver Park on Saturday. Here in southern Wisconsin, sometimes Mother Nature needs a helping hand. Thanks to the hard work of many dedicated volunteers from our club and CXC in collaboration with City of Madison Parks, we hope many skiers of all abilities will join us for a great winter day outdoors.
Charlie Romines, Madison Parks assistant superintendent, said the joint snowmaking and grooming efforts represent one way the city is working to provide year-round recreational opportunities.
We have a very strong community of cross-country skiers in the Madison area and through these types of public-private partnership with organizations such as MadNorSki and CXC, we are able to better meet the interests of these enthusiasts in the most cost-effective way. Our city benefits when people of all ages pursue healthy, active lifestyles and cross-country skiing is a great activity that promotes those ideas. We are fortunate to have this relationship that allows better cross-country skiing opportunities for people of all ages and skills to enjoy.
Yuriy Gusev, executive director of Central Cross Country Skiing, said this year’s snowmaking efforts were aided by two new “stick” snow guns that allow for greater precision when blowing snow in the woods.
The snow we’ve created now will help our local youth team members gain the fitness they need to compete at the national level and it will also generate opportunities for the broader community, including Madison Winter Festival participants later in the season,” Gusev said. “In the meantime, we’re hoping skiers of all abilities come out and enjoy a fun day on the man-made loop.
All skiers must have a day or season pass to ski on the trail. The city has a self-serve kiosk for pass purchases.
In the weeks to come, MadNorSki will again offer free community ski lessons with the first lesson scheduled for January 9. Sign-up is now open with full information available at www.madnorski.org/lessons/.
The 14th annual Madison Winter Festival, a family-friendly event to be held at Elver Park, will run through the weekend of February 3-4, 2018. This community event established in 2005 promotes outdoor sports, recreation, the arts and maintaining a healthy lifestyle throughout the winter.