Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-country (XC) skiing has long been one of the Outing Club’s most popular activities, with members participating in skate, classic, telemark, and backcountry skiing. If you do not own ski equipment, the Outing Club can provide you with telemark, classic, or skate XC gear. Poles, boots, and skis are free for use on any club trip.

Regardless of your skill level, the Outing Club has trips for you. Experienced members can help you select the equipment that fits you, and then then teach you how to use it. Outing Club ski trips usually have a mix of expert and beginner skiers, making instruction easy.

Every weekend, (snow permitting) day trips go out to nearby cross-country ski areas such as Blue Mounds, Governor Dodge, Kettle Moraine, and Indian Lake. On weeknights, skate skiers can improve their skills on trips to Elver Park and other local courses. We often go skiing right out on Lake Mendota. These inexpensive local trips are also an excellent way for inexperienced skiers to test the waters.

Longer weekend or week long trips occur regularly. Winter camping trips to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Minnesota, Northern Wisconsin, and Ontario let hearty souls experience the wilds with out the crowds or bugs. Trips to Delta Lodge and the American Birkebeiner Ski Marathon are an annual tradition. Additionally, Outing Club hut-to-hut and yurt-to-yurt trips in the American West and Canada allow skiers to explore some of North America’s most interesting wildlands.

Check out these other local XC resources!

  • Madnorski– Madison area cross country ski club with lesson and trail info
  • Skinnyski- news, trail reports, and more!
  • Hoofer SnS Resale– the best place in Madison to buy/sell/trade your ski gear

For more information or to lead trips of your own, contact our XC Skiing Chair or other XC leaders.

What clothing do I need to ski? Other than skis, boots, and poles, you’ll need non-cotton clothing than can be worn in layers. Wear clothes similar to what you would wear running outside- downhill ski or snowboard gear is too hot!

Meet our cross country skiing leaders!

Jacob Ng : Cross Country Ski Chair, Trip Leader, Instructor

Jacob Ng

Cross Country Ski Chair, Trip Leader, Instructor

Once lit his hair on fire by mistake -  camp stove safety counts for something!

Ned Rubert-Nason : Instructor, Trip Leader

Ned Rubert-Nason

Instructor, Trip Leader

Aficionado of Culvers, Prarie du Sac dam, and hitting every rock on the river.

Robert Shebilske : Trip Leader

Robert Shebilske

Trip Leader

Robert is a truly prolific leader of sea kayaking trips in Madison. He leads most of the quiet water sea kayaking day trips around central Wisconsin.

Eric Oberhart : Trip Leader, Instructor

Eric Oberhart

Trip Leader, Instructor

Leads just about anything when voluntold. Frequent driver of The Van.

Alex Ames : Webmaster, Trip Leader

Alex Ames

Webmaster, Trip Leader

He leads frequent climbing trips to Devil's Lake as well as occasional paddling and skiing trips (when we all know he's really fantasizing about frequent climbing trips to Devil's Lake).