Outdoor Winter Activities

Downhill Skiing

Downhill Skiing is a great workout and a wonderful and fun way to be outdoors in the winter! Whether you are a beginner and taking lessons or a long time expert, there is a ton of fun to be had at the ski hills listed below:

  • Tyrol Basin - Located in Mount Horeb WI, just a short 37 minute drive from Madison!
  • Devil’s Head Resort - Located in Merrimac WI, a little bit further of a drive being about 53 min from Madison, this ski resort has lodging located right on site and is rated one of the Midwest’s 10 best ski resorts!
  • Cascade Mountain - located in Portage WI, 46 minutes from Madison is perfect for families because kids ski free, and for those who aren’t interested in skiing they have an 800 ft snow tubing hill!


Ice Skating

Head on over to the Icehouse located at the Edgewater hotel. It is perfect for all ages, grab some pizza, lace up your skates, or cozy up by the fire, it is sure to be a great time for all!

Cross Country Skiing

Not all that into downhill skiing and looking for a different version? Madison has some of the best cross country skiing trails in the area. Check out all of these trails recommended at Dane County Parks website. 


Snowshoeing is a sneaky good workout and is perfect for those with dogs that want to get out and get some exercise! The City of Madison has a great list of trails that are dog friendly near the madison area!



Sledding is the perfect family activity, whether you travel to the closest park or are able to right in your backyard you will be sure to make memories! Sledding is a great and inexpensive family activity just buy an affordable sled at the store nearest you and visit the City of Madison's website for the list of public sledding areas!

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