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Winter is going strong and appears have no end in sight. Why not take advantage of the weather while you can and enjoy some winter-only sports? Once spring arrives you’ll have to wait several months before you can enjoy winter sports again.

It’s a great way to make the west of the falling snow and cold temperatures. Madison has a variety of outdoor activities to enjoy on the trails, lakes and parks including sledding, skiing and skating. Here is a look at winter sports found in Madison.

Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding

A popular choice in Madison is to head over to Devil’s Head and try downhill snow sports. Skiing and snowboarding are really common here and worth it for a day trip. If you’re looking for cross-country skiing and snowboarding, check out trails including Devil’s Lake, The Glacial Drumlin State Trail, The Ice Age Trail and The Wisconsin State Park Snowshoe Trails.


If you just want to slide down a hill with your loved ones, try sledding in Madison. There are some great sledding hills in the area that perfect for your sledding adventure. Try options like Arbor Hills Park, Olbrich Park, Garner Park or Berkley Park. If you want a place that offers concessions and a warming house, go to Elver Park.

Ice Skating

Ice skating is the perfect activity for all ages to enjoy. Whether you own skates or you need to rent them, you can enjoy skating in Madison. Call the City of Madison Parks to get skating hours and rental prices, otherwise take your skates and check out parks including Elver, Tenney and Vilas. They have warming houses, ice skate rentals and lighted rinks.


Snowmobiling is a fun pastime in Madison. You can get a map of Dane County snowmobile trails at Dane County Council of Snowmobile Clubs’ website. Trail conditions and safety tips are available there as well.

Enjoy the winter season while you can and try out some of these local recreational traditions.

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