Winter Festival Relocating to Elver Park

November 18, 2016

The snowmaking effort at Elver Park is connected with plans to relocate the Madison Winter Festival from the Capitol Square to the west-side park in February.

Held each year since 2005, the festival would continue to feature cross country skiing, ice sculpture, sledding and other events without the need to truck snow downtown.

For the past several years, organizers of the Winter Festival have made big piles of artificial snow near Willow Island at Alliant Energy Center, trucked it downtown on Friday night for the weekend events and then plowed it all away by Monday morning.

Now, instead of just using that snow for only two days, we can provide skiing all winter while still having the festival.

Yuriy Gusev, Madison Winter Festival Founder

While moving the Winter Festival away from downtown will end the thrill of skiing around the Square, officials say the Elver Park venue is well-suited to a family-friendly event.

We are excited to see this fun, vibrant event come to Elver Park and the [west] side. Elver offers everything you could want for winter fun, from skating to serene ski trails, and, of course, the giant sledding hill. With plenty of parking and easy access right off the Beltline, we think the Winter Festival is going to enjoy its new home.

Charlie Romines, Assistant Parks Superintendent