Winter Festival Will Be Held As Scheduled

February 14, 2017

Winterfest management has been able to make artificial snow at Elver Park throughout the winter, thereby stockpiling snow with the forethought that natural snow will have melted. The artificial snow will ensure that the events can be held despite unseasonably warm temperatures.

- Event Organizers

The 13th annual Madison Winter Festival presented by Lake Express High Speed Ferry, a family-friendly event to be held at Elver Park, will run through the weekend of February 18-19, 2017.

For the competition we are bringing back the Ice Age Challenge ski race, once held in Spring Green (WI). There will also be a 5 km running race, kids fun run, high school ski races, and a fat tire bike race. You can even take a run with your dog! Other events include: a recreational ski tour, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing 101 clinic in partnership with Madison Parks and MadNorSki. Local Fontana Sports Specialties sporting-goods store will be on site to help if you never cross-country skied or snowshoed before. On Sunday, Tyrol Basin Ski & Snowboard Area will feature a downhill ski demonstration. Lastly, we cannot forget the famed national snow sculpting champs who will be there to sculpt out of snow.


Why did Madison Winter Festival move to Elver Park?
Elver Park proves to be an ideal location for Winter Festival as the venue provides access to multiple snow related events. Elver park hosts a sledding hill, cross-country ski trails with suitable grooming access for the Ice Age Challenge, Snowshoe Scurry, WI Nordic League Championships, the Winter Fat Bike event along with nearby roads and parks for the Frosty running events.

What makes Elver Park a great venue for Madison Winter Festival?
Not only does Elver Park entertain great resources for outdoor activities, the venue also accommodates participants and spectators with indoor facilities equiped with bathrooms, concessions and warm shelter. Elver Park also maintains the easiest access to artificial snow in Madison to ensure that the events listed in the program can be held despite lack of natural snow coverage.

Can you walk up and compete in events, or does one register in advance?
Registration is available in advance online ( as well as day-of for most events.