Cross Country Skiing @ University Ridge

When trails are open, hours of operation will be 9am to 5pm seven days per week. Skiing outside of these hours is not permitted. All rental skis (classical only are offered) and rental boots must be returned by 4:30pm. All skiers must check-in with the University Ridge staff prior to using the trails. For more information contact the golf shop at (608) 845–7700 or e–mail Ryan at

Holiday Hours

University Ridge and our Cross Country Skiing Trails are Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, and New Years Day.

Skiing at the Ridge

University Ridge derives its name from the landscape features left by the last retreating glacier. The course sits on the terminal moraine, where the Wisconsin Glacier stopped, forming the backbone of the ridge that separates the land into groups of rolling hills and valleys. A perfect place to build a golf course, but also a perfect place for Cross Country skiing! There are 17 kilometers of groomed trails winding through the 560 acres properties. Trails will be groomed for skate and classical skiing with some trails that are perfect for beginners and others that will test experienced skiers.

Current Conditions

During the ski season, we update trail conditions on a regular basis. You can find current trail conditions on the MadNorSki website.

Map of the ski courses @ University Ridge


Trail Fees

  • Adult Day Passes $10.00
  • UW Student / Faculty Day Passes $7.00
  • Junior (under 18) Day Passes $4.00

Ski Rentals

All Ski Rentals are $10.00. For more information on Ski Rentals stop out to the golf shop or call us at (608) 845-7700.

University Ridge is not associated with the City Of Madison pass.