Near Madison

Good
today (Mon. Jan. 20)
Without a million oak leaves, I would say excellent. Beautiful day in the woods. Pleasure Valley much cleaner in the tracks.
– David P
Good
today (Mon. Jan. 20)
Fairly soft deck and many walkers in the middle of both skate and classic tracks. And no, I did not skate on the section from CG to the pool. BM is a place to classic ski!
– David P
Poor
today (Mon. Jan. 20)
Agree with Gail, four stop signs, 2 speed limit signs and snowmobiles through Blue Mounds Park on roads with zero cost and no additional intrusion on the rest of the park. Problem solved. What happened to skate skiing on Pleasant Valley Loop? Used to be groomed wide for skating and striding, now two parallel tracks that are too close for side by side skiing? No I did not skate on the Walnut Ridge Trail. Bob.
– Skate Bob
Good
yesterday (Sun. Jan. 19)
Would be excellent except that someone skated over the classic grooming and someone else walked up the middle of the trail from Ridgeview through Walnut Hollow. The hills are delightfully fast, be be careful: the footprints took some gouges out of the hill into campground and hills on WH.
– Chris M.
Good
yesterday (Sun. Jan. 19)
Would be excellent except that someone skated over the classic grooming and someone else walked up the middle of the trail from Ridgeview through Walnut Hollow. The hills are delightfully fast, be be careful: the footprints took some gouges out of the hill into campground and hills on WH.
– Chris M.
Excellent
yesterday (Sun. Jan. 19)
Still great! A bit faster than Saturday. Went out around sunset and the trails looked like they got a lot of use during the day! Campground skate deck looked firmer.
– Mike H
Good
yesterday (Sun. Jan. 19)
Snowmobilers out in force today along the road while skiing the Pleasure Valley Trail. Where are the STOP signs for snowmobilers where they cross the ski trails???? I was walking across Mounds Park Road when snowmobilers came roaring up the hill, they did slow down a bit but did not stop. Concerned for my safety and the noise was heard long after they passed.
– Classic gal
Good
2 days ago (Sat. Jan. 18)
All loops groomed and tracked. Tracks were setting up nicely. Cold temps overnight should help things firm up even more. Campground loop groomed for skating.
– Paul Zoske
Good
2 days ago (Sat. Jan. 18)
Ungroomed when I arrived, groomed when I left! Thanks grooming team! A bit soft and slow but I'm not complaining. Go get some.
– Mike H
Good
2 days ago (Sat. Jan. 18)
Volunteer groomers will be grooming trails Saturday afternoon. If conditions allow we will attempt to set track. Paul Zoske Friends of Blue Mound State Park
– Paul Zoske
Good
6 days ago (Tue. Jan. 14)
Surprisingly good. Rolled (thank you!), but not groomed or tracked. About a 2" packed base with virtually full coverage. Few small spots with grass shoots or ice/slush poking through. Used B skis, but no serious issues.
– DarylH
Poor
6 days ago (Tue. Jan. 14)
what a wasted trip plenty of snow but trail was only rolled which makes for nice big groves to catch your ski on. Don't groom this trail like they used to.
– DAN D
Fair Fair
8 days ago (Sun. Jan. 12)
About 4 inches of snow at the park. Thin spots for sure but skiable. Fat biking looks good too. No tracks set.
– Wvh
Good
yesterday (Sun. Jan. 19)
It wasn't groomed - so what?! There was finally good snow coverage. Classic wax-less skis were great in the skied-in tracks and/or on the trails that hadn't yet been skied on. Beautiful scenery too!
– Birkie Boy
Good
2 days ago (Sat. Jan. 18)
Not groomed, some of citizen tracks are a bit haphazard, some leaves in tracks. Complete coverage, so we can finally ski!
– JB
Fair
2 days ago (Sat. Jan. 18)
Saturday morning had not been formally groomed but some tracks had been laid down. Snow was fast and skiing was good where someone had gone before. Would be even better if groomed!
– Tamara
Poor
4 days ago (Thu. Jan. 16)
Ungroomed, the skied-in tracks were icy, most of the cleared trail area outside the tracks was lumpy crust with deep footprints. Wed's snow should improve things. (South Unit)
– JanA
Good
7 days ago (Mon. Jan. 13)
Sufficient snow cover, ungroomed. South Cherokee, Wheeler and School Rd.
– JanA
Fair
6 days ago (Tue. Jan. 14)
The Ugly: Not groomed or even rolled but declared as open? The Bad: Multi use trail, for now, which includes footprints by dogs and hikers. The Good: At least there is snow and it is skiable. Thanx to me after a few circuits, I put in tracks for classic. You're welcome. I would encourage as many skiers as possible to start using this underrated and underused park to keep the tracks as smooth and slick as possible and maybe/hopefully future hikers will respect it. Of course the town will drag its feet on this taxpayer subsidized park since they do not rake in the cash for places such as Elver. So please ski this one as much as you can!
– Tim
Good
7 days ago (Mon. Jan. 13)
Coverage was good, no grooming but the dense snow with a crusty base was a pleasure to ski on. Someone had put some in some classic tax as well that we made sure to respect.
– alex
Excellent
yesterday (Sun. Jan. 19)
Thanks for the great grooming job and Mother Nature for giving them something to work with. Lots of KM's to ski at Elver right now. I'm a happy skier!
– Bryan
Excellent
yesterday (Sun. Jan. 19)
I've been skiing around here for a lot of years. Elver was as good or better today than it has been in years (ever?). Yuriy and Dick did an awesome job with the grooming. The PB makes such a huge diffefrence. A great morning!!
– TK
Good
yesterday (Sun. Jan. 19)
Thanks MadNorSki for the fantastic grooming this weekend!! Skied today 2 hours after the FB post that the trails were groomed-looked like several hundred skiers had already been there. Lots of use with adequate snow. Note to Madison parks: Elver will need daily grooming now that there is enough snow. Thanks again MadNorSki.
– M. Young
Fair
2 days ago (Sat. Jan. 18)
Afternoon conditions on the skate deck were very soft, very tracked up, and seemingly narrower than usual. Granted I'm 200lb with 192cm skis and there were lots of first timers classicing in the skate lane, but it was like running on soft sand for me.
– Adam
Excellent
2 days ago (Sat. Jan. 18)
Nice freshly groomed tracks on both East and West (as of noon on Saturday). City website not accurately updated so thanks Madnorski!
– Daithi
Excellent
2 days ago (Sat. Jan. 18)
Kudos to groomer, W side trails rolled, and East side trails rolled and tracked, just as we finished at noon today
– daniel
Good
3 days ago (Fri. Jan. 17)
Classic tracks on the loop are good, but glazed. Bear that in mind. This will change if we get some fresh snow tonight and tomorrow.
– B Parks
Good Good
4 days ago (Thu. Jan. 16)
As of 6:00 PM on Thursday the west side had been re-groomed, so the deck was noticeably more level and there was noticeably more control on the larger downhill. No classic tracks are set, but that doesn't stop some good striding and gliding!
– Douglas
Fair
4 days ago (Thu. Jan. 16)
skied the west side only out of the wind(10F)-hard packed boiler plate and uneven but full coverage with lots of leaves to trip over-could use a good grooming even before the "big snow " coming tomorrow
– DAN D
Excellent
4 days ago (Thu. Jan. 16)
Beautiful conditions on the loop today Fr bot skate and classic. Classic tracks look perfect. Hard and clean deck with great edging. Did not ski areas other than the loop, but talked to someone who did. In the non-loop areas snow is thin and blown in spots. Not groomed, but skier compacted. Perhaps this weekend's weather may change that. Let's all hope. Heia! Heia! Heia!
– B Parks
Good
5 days ago (Wed. Jan. 15)
As of 6:00 the groomed trails on the west side had firmed up considerably. Deck is very hard and a little uneven, and there are no tracks for classic, but coverage is good and the snow is fast!
– Douglas
Good
6 days ago (Tue. Jan. 14)
I ventured beyond the scant coverage around the ball diamonds and was delighted to find the woods well covered, albeit with a bit of leaf litter here and there. The trail was a bit soft and there were no tracks to speak of, but it was nice to get onto the western trails.
– Don
Good
6 days ago (Tue. Jan. 14)
As expected, with a slight warm-up today, the loop felt a tad soft. But it was well-compacted and still fairly fast. Clean snow and little debris. I tried a bit of the baseball diamond loop, but noticed it is a bit thin and too easily compacts given the warmer day. I know you are all itching to get onto the full trail system (heck... I sure am!), and it is indeed open. But I would suggest you stay off it today until it cools down again in a couple of days and possibly gets more snow. Skiing it under these softer and warm conditions will do more harm than good. Just my opinion.
– B Parks
Good
6 days ago (Tue. Jan. 14)
All of the lighted trails are rolled but the tracks (outside of the snow loop) were hard to find. The tracks in the 1km snow loop were excellent. On the whole, a person (and, particularly, a person who has been waiting for snow) can have a lot of fun skiing Elver right now!
– Elizabeth
Good
7 days ago (Mon. Jan. 13)
Fair to Good. Last nights 2" helped a lot. Trails All rolled. Used A skis & enjoyed traversing the soccer fields. Thanks Groomers!
– Tony H.
Good
7 days ago (Mon. Jan. 13)
Fair to Good. Last nights 2" helped a lot. Trails All rolled. Used A skis & enjoyed traversing the soccer fields. Thanks Groomers!
– Tony H.
Fair
7 days ago (Mon. Jan. 13)
I gave it a fair because tracks have not been set, but it was good for me to be out in the woods. Last night's snow had been rolled. There was some leaf litter already but one advantage of no tracks was it is easier to avoid the leaves.
– Morgan
Fair
7 days ago (Mon. Jan. 13)
Skied about 4 p.m. Very skiable. Some leaf debris in the woods, and grass poking through at the base of the hill in the woods.
– kjrocks
Fair
8 days ago (Sun. Jan. 12)
I also skied about 4pm, and found that Yurey had rolled the west (lit) trails to great effect. They were skiable! B skis definitely, but w/ snow on top overnight, we may actually have the full trail system up this week. Thanks to Y. and all the groomers.
– Tony H.
Good Good
8 days ago (Sun. Jan. 12)
Today was a quintessential Birkie day. Very crowded, cloudy, and soft. Heck of a lot of fun. Deck is fine, but soft now and heavily used. Tracks are decent given the traffic, but now a tad washed out. A fresh groom is in order for tomorrow morning. Hopefully we'll get a few freshies tonight. Go Pack Go!
– B Parks
Excellent
9 days ago (Sat. Jan. 11)
Excellent! Woods were not groomed, but two inches of snow didn't stop a few skiers. The groomed trail was considerably faster and the downhill was exciting!
– Naomi
Good
yesterday (Sun. Jan. 19)
– Kris
Excellent
yesterday (Sun. Jan. 19)
Add a -Minus to the grade due to the tracked grooming vehicle leaving a funky shallow rut as the treads overlap on the second pass - a minor feature to adapt to. Great coverage along most of the skate lanes, with some grass stubble emergent on the righthand side along some trail sections. Nice corduroy as of 4 p.m. Sunday that was only lightly used along some segments. Fewer people out than expected, but everyone seemed happy to have good snow at The Guv.
– Jeff S.
Good
yesterday (Sun. Jan. 19)
Skied classic tonight (Sunday) from 4-5. The entire course is tracked. Most of the track depth is good but they are a bit beat up. Unfortunately, a couple of folks skated over the tracks on the Woodland trail. There is a lot of grass poking through the snow in the tracks so, if you have the option of wax vs. waxless, I recommend your waxless. I used my skins tonight and was glad I did. There is very little debris blown into the tracks. The skating lane looked beautiful with great coverage everywhere.
– Craig Fischberg
Fair Fair
2 days ago (Sat. Jan. 18)
Fair conditions. Rolled early today, no tracks set, but plenty of skiers out making their own grooves. Skate conditions a bit challenging. Windy on the hill. But as always, great to be able to get out near home!
– D. Hart
Good
2 days ago (Sat. Jan. 18)
Not groomed at 9 AM Saturday, but plenty of snow and lots of fun! One set of classic tracks on the blue loop now:)
– Nate
Good
yesterday (Sun. Jan. 19)
I'm guessing the groomer's not a skier. Some drifting and more skiers will resolve skate lane consistency.
– Matt Mc
Fair
yesterday (Sun. Jan. 19)
Uneven and rutted. Classic track looked much better.
– EE
Good Good
today (Mon. Jan. 20)
Classic tracks set for the whole system. Corn stubble and debris poking out on the tracks in some areas, but really not bad. I skied in my waxable skis and had a great time. Skate skiing was amazing as well. Lots of people out on the snowshoe trails, which was great to see. In a few spots it looks like maybe hikers and snowshoers got confused and kind of mucked up the grooming, but there wasn't a lot of that.
– Lizzie
Good
yesterday (Sun. Jan. 19)
Andrea and I got out there today. Classic skating was good, just a few reeds sticking up in the wind blown areas. A great time today.
– Denny Blum
Good Good
yesterday (Sun. Jan. 19)
Andrea got out early this afternoon. Excellent job grooming, thanks so much!! Tracks were nice and firm. Andrea said the skate deck was a little soft, but still loads of fun.
– Denny Blum
Good Good
yesterday (Sun. Jan. 19)
All trails groomed and tracks set this morning. Deck is soft but skis nice.
– Paul
Good
2 days ago (Sat. Jan. 18)
Soft deck, but fun skiing. No classic tracks set, but I'm sure it was still be plenty of fun. The trails are groomed, and there were people out there doing more rounds with the snowmobile.
– Lizzie
Good
2 days ago (Sat. Jan. 18)
Softndeck – Lizzie
No Go Poor
7 days ago (Mon. Jan. 13)
Rolled the trails each snowfall and building a base for the next snowfall. You could get around on a old pair of classic or skate skis but really not ready for prime time yet. I would like to promote our new Snow Shoe Trails, we are packing them in and are ready to go. Here is the link to the trail map https://parks-lwrd.countyofdane.com/documents/pdf/McCarthy-Ski-2019.pdf Regards, Paul
– Friends of McCarthy Park
Good
yesterday (Sun. Jan. 19)
sunny Sunday afternoon - trails groomed and tracked - tracks already a little skied out but still good - blue kick wax was fine - skating looked soft
– Rex
Fair
yesterday (Sun. Jan. 19)
Totally ungroomed this morning. Still fun skiing, but a lot of the trails are ad hoc, and the paths stray, making it easy to get lost. Not my favorite skiing, but happy to ski!
– Tom
Fair
2 days ago (Sat. Jan. 18)
Skied in loop is still soft in some places, as more people keep skiing should firm up a bit.
– Jeremy K
Poor
4 days ago (Thu. Jan. 16)
It appears that there hasn't been any grooming at Odana yet. There are skier made tracks and the crust was skateable today. I'm wondering what my city trail pass is paying for.
– Mark C
Good
6 days ago (Tue. Jan. 14)
Was not rolled or tracked but decent coverage and skier-made tracks were good.
– RB
Good
6 days ago (Tue. Jan. 14)
Was not rolled or tracked but decent coverage and skier-made tracks were good.
– RB
Good
7 days ago (Mon. Jan. 13)
My observations posted on "January 14" is really for Monday January 13th.
– RB
Fair Fair
7 days ago (Mon. Jan. 13)
Hellllloooo City of Madison.... trails not groomed as of early afternoon. Classic tracks made by skiers - hard to know where to skate to avoid messing them up.
– kjrocks
Good
yesterday (Sun. Jan. 19)
Skied here today - trail report at https://www.skinnyski.com/trails/traildetail.asp?Id=534
– Anna
Good Good
today (Mon. Jan. 20)
Public Lands staff have been out grooming the trails today and will have everything ready to go by 2:00 PM for use. As staff does not have approval for overtime pay for this, grooming activities were not an option on either Saturday or Sunday, our apologies on that. Mark Wegner Assistant Director of Public Lands
– Mark Wegner - Assistant Director of Public Lands
No Go No Go
yesterday (Sun. Jan. 19)
I can only speak for myself, and I know none of this is directed at me personally, but at this point I feel so disrespected that I'm done skiing PV. The final straw is telling us that the only important parts are the greens, etc. It's January. You just don't want us there. You could have said you're working on it without telling us outright that we don't matter. Once again, rich people sitting on their butts in golf carts win while fit, active people get treated like garbage. But here's your mistake. XC is a pretty elite sport. We pay plenty for our gear and we would have paid user fees to help with upkeep. PV used to be one of the best maintained courses in the area. But at this point, I wouldn't go back there if you paid me. And I wouldn't feel comfortable there based on the intolerant tone of your posts. I'm going to mourn the loss, close that chapter of my life, and enjoy Elver, Odana, etc. Tim, thanks for the many years of superb trail maintenance.
– Sad Skier
No Go No Go
yesterday (Sun. Jan. 19)
We know you're anxious to get out and ski, however, staff has not had an opportunity to groom and create trails over the weekend. In order to protect our most sensitive areas (greens, tee boxes, fairways, etc.), skiing will be closed until trails are established. We hope to open early this week and we appreciate your patience and understanding.
– Pleasant View Golf Course staff
No Go
2 days ago (Sat. Jan. 18)
Closed by "enterprisers". Capitalism ruins everything. I did find some delicious Raisin Bran on the side of the road. Only half a carton, but still raisalicious
– Al Noche
No Go No Go
3 days ago (Fri. Jan. 17)
When did PVGC start being managed as an enterprise fund? Based on the notable change (decline) in trail conditions last year compared to previous years, it would appear that xc skiing really is no longer a priority, which saddens me greatly. It used to be one of my favorite places to ski and commune with the natural winter world
– Respectful skier
No Go No Go
7 days ago (Mon. Jan. 13)
As of 1/13 Pleasant View is closed for skiing per golf course personnel assessment. If we get additional snow soon we will be able to start rolling activities. Until then the course and trails will be closed. Course staff asks for respect of closed gates and fencing. PVGC is managed as an enterprise fund - meaning that they are responsible for generating revenue for all maintenance, staff, utilities, equipment needs (no taxpayer funds used for this anymore). As such any activities outside of golfing is subject to their approval. CC skiing is not viewed in any kind of negative light, but staff wants to ensure that skiing is kept to the designated trail areas to minimize possible damage to tees, fairways, and greens. Lastly, Middleton Public Lands staff does not have any say over golfing activities or management practices. I am just relaying information to you all.
– Mark Wegner - Assistant Director of Public Lands
No Go
7 days ago (Mon. Jan. 13)
Got screamed off the golf course yesterday by a guy who said it was a pay per use private enterprise and we were trespassing. We said it was a city park and have never been charged for skiing. He was very hostile and aggressive. We left. Came in through bike entrance. Have terms changed? Skied Odana which was nice.
– Valerie
Good Good
today (Mon. Jan. 20)
Groomer is working! Should have most trails open by 11. Open until 5pm.
– University Ridge Staff
No Go No Go
yesterday (Sun. Jan. 19)
Sorry skiers. Despite our best effort this morning we were not able to get our grooming equipment working. We are going to keep the gates closed today and try again tomorrow.
– University Ridge Staff
Poor Poor
yesterday (Sun. Jan. 19)
We were able to roll all of our trails today in preparation for grooming tomorrow, however on our last pass we ran into problems with our grooming equipment. We will try to resolve the issue in the morning but there is a chance that our only groomer will not be operational tomorrow. That would leave us with rolled trails only. We will post again in the morning once we have more information.
– University Ridge Staff
No Go No Go
2 days ago (Sat. Jan. 18)
Trails will be closed today for rolling. All trails will be groomed and open by 11am tomorrow.
– Staff
Good
5 days ago (Wed. Jan. 15)
The Zimmer trails were cleaned up this morning before the snow started flying. Coverage was good but not enough to set tracks. Skate only until more snow arrives. Deck was firm and fast. Open until 5pm today and back at it tomorrow morning at 9am. Sorry, but no food or beverage will be sold this Winter at University Ridge. It's ok to bring your own.
– University Ridge Staff
Fair
7 days ago (Mon. Jan. 13)
Zimmer loop was great! Feels great to finally be able to break up my workday with some skiing. Thanks to the staff out there for making it available. It's only the Zimmer loop, but that was plenty and the conditions were superb (only reason I didn't give an Excellent is because not all the trails are open). Not really any classic grooming, though. But if you're doing skate, you're golden.
– Tad
Excellent
7 days ago (Mon. Jan. 13)
Zimmer loops were only trails open but were freshly groomed-full cover and fast and fun!
– DAN D
Fair
7 days ago (Mon. Jan. 13)
Started grooming the regular trails today with the fresh 1-2 inches last night. The Zimmer Course is groomed on the outer and inner loops providing about 5k of trails. The access path will be out of the back of the parking lot. Please check in before heading out so that we can guide you in the right direction. $6 today.
– University Ridge Staff
Excellent
7 days ago (Mon. Jan. 13)
Brian has worked his magic again. Made something out of nothing when he groomed the frozen cart paths! Great deck with little blowdown. Bring your B poles though; tips get worn down since they poke through to asphalt.
– Mark Consigny
Good Good
8 days ago (Sun. Jan. 12)
Really nice mix of terrain. Groomed areas are on the golf cart paths and are in very good shape. Not many people and lots of open space for much longer loops than Elver. $6
– Kevin Sink
Good Fair
8 days ago (Sun. Jan. 12)
All new trails! Open 11-4:30. The W Grill will be open to purchase trails passes and as a warming house. We will not be serving any food or beverages so pack appropriately.
– BA
Good
yesterday (Sun. Jan. 19)
Very fun! Deck was pretty solid. Not the best grooming ever, but was still pretty good. Saw some people classic skiing, but no tracks set. I was the first skier on a good portion of the trails.
– Lizzie
Excellent
yesterday (Sun. Jan. 19)
Skating at Yahara was excellent today. No track for classic.
– Connie

Other Locations

Good
yesterday (Sun. Jan. 19)
Broke trail on Bridges Golf Course. Despite the area being so marshy, there's a decent hill on the northeast side of the course, near Ale Asylum, which is incidentally an excellent place to stop off mid-ski for refreshment.
– Guerilla Strider
Excellent
2 days ago (Sat. Jan. 18)
Brigham Co. Park to Blue Mound State Park. Fresh powder, EXCELLENT!!! Skied the Brigham trails, then onward to the Overlode Mountain Bike Trail in BMSP. QUIET!!!! Let's hope we can keep snowmobiles OUT OF PLEASURE VALLEY! No other skiers or bikers seen. Several snowshoers out enjoying the beauty and quiet. A day of black and white in the forest!
– Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner
Excellent
2 days ago (Sat. Jan. 18)
Brigham Co. Park to Blue Mound State Park - skied the Brigham hiking trails then on to the Overlode MTB trail in Blue Mound State Park. Pristine conditions, QUIET
– Wile E. Coyote
Good
3 days ago (Fri. Jan. 17)
Badger Prairie County Park - Verona: starting out at the library, heading north and east, firm 2-3" base with 1-2" new snow on top. 100% ground cover, a bit slow with the new snow but the underlying base made for some good gliding, especially on the downhills. These trails aren't groomed for xc, but they don't seem to get a whole lot of foot traffic, at least so far this year.
– xc-coyote
Good
7 days ago (Mon. Jan. 13)
I made a trail around north end of Winnequah Park today. Enjoyed the loop, about a quarter mile.
– Sironi David
Good
8 days ago (Sun. Jan. 12)
MECCA Trails - Would call it "Very Good" but for a few wind-smoothed track spots along the impoundment berms that are in the open. Otherwise, tracks firm and of good depth. A nice relaxing ski after the Saturday SISU! First time ever skiing there, after passing the turnoff sign many times. The warm shelter makes a great lunch spot!
– Jeff S.
Good
8 days ago (Sun. Jan. 12)
MECCA Trails - Would call it "Very Good" but for a few wind-smoothed track spots along the impoundment berms that are in the open. Otherwise, tracks firm and of good depth. A nice relaxing ski after the Saturday SISU! First time ever skiing there, after passing the turnoff sign many times he shelter is great
– Jeff S.