The CXC Outdoor Center is currently in the active fundraising stage to develop a trailhead building. Presently, the center offers access to various cross-country ski trails, including a manufactured snow trail with lights. Additionally, it provides portable restrooms and intends to improve its facilities further in the near future.
Our vision is to create an outdoor community center with accessible design and a conservation ethic. With purpose-built cross country skiing and mountain biking trails, anchored by a public shared-use community building, the Center will offer a turn-key outdoor venue for sports events and training, and a year-round focus on recreation and educational programming.
The All-Access Ski Pass (for trails with machine-made and natural snow coverage) provides access to the entire groomed CXC Trail, including cross-country ski trails on the Pleasant View Golf Course, and includes access to the machine-made snow loop that is groomed and tracked before there is enough natural snow to groom elsewhere. An All-Access Ski Pass, or daily pass, is required to ski on the machine-made snow loop at any time. The added revenue from the sales of the All-Access Ski Pass helps offset the costs of snowmaking and trail maintenance at the venue.
A Regular Ski Pass (for trails with natural snow coverage) is required for each person to ski on the 13-kilometer CXC trail system from December 1st to March 15th. The pass provides access to the entire groomed CXC Trail with natural snow coverage, including cross-country ski trails on the Pleasant View Golf Course.
We offer 60-minute cross-country ski lessons for beginner and novice skiers.
* A beginner is someone who is entirely new to the sport and has little to no prior experience. A novice is someone who has some experience with cross country skiing but is not yet proficient or skilled in the sport.
Private lessons are taught by a PSIA-certified instructor who will personalize the lesson to match your skill level and aspirations. Our instructor’s goals are to increase your skill, efficiency, and joy of skiing in either classic or skate techniques. You will be able to request preferred days and times for your lesson.
Capitol Off Road Pathfinders (CORP)
Cornerstone Environmental Group
City of Middleton
Dane County Parks
Hunden Strategic Partners
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Madison Area Sports Commission
Madison Community Foundation
Madison Nordic Ski Club & Blackhawk Ski Club
U.S. Ski & Snowboard
U.S Olympic & Paralympic Committee
Middleton Visitors Center / Visit Middleton
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Wisconsin Department of Tourism
Workshop Architects & Gensler Architects
With purpose-built cross country skiing and mountain biking trails, anchored by a public shared-use community building, the Center will offer a turn-key outdoor venue for sport events and training, and a year-round focus on recreation and educational programming.
OCTOBER 24, 2023
Registration for season ski passes for all-access or natural snow is officially live!
The well-lit machine-made snow loop at the CXC Outdoor Center will become available as soon as the weather permits snowmaking. We'll work on having a section of the snowmaking trail open by Thanksgiving. Our anticipated opening date is December 1; operational hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Starting from December 1 until March 15, a ski pass is mandatory to enjoy the 13-kilometer CXC Trail System, including cross-country ski trails across the Pleasant View Golf Course.
We're thrilled to bring you some exciting updates as we prepare for another season of outdoor adventure at the CXC Outdoor Center. Your continued support is invaluable to us, and we're eager to provide you with an enhanced experience this year:
NEW PUMP TRACK
Get ready for an exciting addition to our trails with a new pump track. Take a sneak peek here. A pump track is currently closed and will be operational next spring.
We're gearing up for snowmaking this winter! As soon as the weather permits, we'll work on having a section of the snowmaking trail open by Thanksgiving, and our goal is to complete a 1-mile snowmaking trail by Christmas.
We will use Nordic Pulse for grooming reports to provide you with the latest updates. Our Pisten Bulley is ready to create pristine corduroy and classic tracks, and we're raising funds to purchase a new diesel Gator to pull our Tidd Tech G2 implement for more efficient grooming on trails with natural snow. Your willingness to contribute to our grooming equipment needs is greatly appreciated!
RENTALS AND LESSONS
Throughout the winter season, ski rentals and lessons will be offered, catering to individuals of all skill levels.
Stay tuned for further updates as we approach the winter season, and thank you for your continued support.
MAY 5, 2023
On March 28, we ended our second winter season at the CXC Outdoor Center in Middleton. We want to thank the community and supporters of the Center, share the past season's achievements, and look forward to the subsequent phases of development this spring and summer.
We sold over 1,600 trail passes this season and maintained 127 days of groomed trails from November 21 to March 28.
Before completing the trailhead building, we set up a dome structure as a temporary trailhead and rental Center. Thanks to our collaboration with Salomon, we have started offering classic and skate cross-country equipment rentals.
Significant construction is underway on Pleasant View Road, which began on April 2. This project will include the construction of the bike/pedestrian bridge connecting the City of Middleton bike trail system to the CXC Outdoor Center. The City of Middleton and the State of Wisconsin fund the project.
The city of Middleton has selected a contractor to build a mountain bike pump track. Construction is set to begin in July, and we expect it to be completed by September 1.
NOVEMBER 8, 2022
We have secured a DNR well permit; cold weather is on the way, and it will take almost two weeks to drill the well. With one final push, together we can turn this goal into reality this month!
We encourage you to stop by the CXC Center (4355 Schwartz Road, Middleton, Wisconsin) to see the transformation our place has gone through in the last three weeks:
- The new parking lot now accommodates additional 48 parking spots;
- Americans with Disabilities (ADA) trail access with an additional three ADA parking spots;
- "Hy Cite Field of Play" open space to be used for lessons and events;
- Teaching areas with various slope grades to learn uphill and downhill ski techniques.
We are also planning to add the following elements to bring excitement to the season:
- Temporary trailhead structure;
- Beginner-level classic and skate skiing equipment rentals;
- Beginner ski lessons for groups and individuals.
Thank you again for your incredible support. Please consider contributing to our final fundraising push, and if you have already donated, please help us to spread the word!
OCTOBER 4, 2022
We had a busy spring and summer as we began to permit and plan the next phase of building development. CXC and the City of Middleton made great progress including:
- Creation of a stormwater plan for the whole site of the CXC Center and trails
- Development of a grading design and plan for the site and trails
- Securing a DNR erosion control permit
- Securing a high-capacity well permit for snowmaking
- Receiving a DNR grant which will cover a large portion of construction costs for the multi-use, 1km paved trail which will be used for rollerskiing. Construction will start next spring.
The most common question we have been asked lately is, “What will happen this fall?”. Starting today, we will begin the next phase of developments which we will complete before the ski season. Developments will include:
- Phase 2 parking, which will add an additional 46 parking spots to the 18 parking spots completed last fall
- Mass grading of the open area to be used for events, lessons, and future trailhead building
- A pond to manage stormwater runoff from the parking lots and future trailhead building.
And, there is exciting news for this winter! Our plan is to start making snow as soon as weather permits and provide a 2km lighted snowmaking trail for the winter season. We plan to rent classic cross country ski equipment, offer individual and small group technique lessons, and host a few local races as well as WI Sprint High School State Championships.
Bike Park construction has been shifted to the spring and will include a paved pump track, skills course, and a new novice trail with intermediate/advanced features for more experienced riders.
AUGUST 18, 2022
- A DNR permit for mass grading and parking lot construction should be issued any day now
- A DNR permit for a high-capacity well should be issued by the end of August
- Accepted bid for the stormwater facilities and mass grading of the upper area of the site. Construction is scheduled to begin on October 1, 2022
- The city of Middleton is currently accepting bids for phase two parking to increase parking capacity with additional 48 parking stalls. Construction is scheduled to begin on October 15, 2022
- Applied for the design approval for phase one of the trailhead building to the city of Middelton Planning Commission.
JULY 15, 2022
Spring is a quiet time, but we have been staying busy:
- Established a temporary mountain bike trailhead allowing access to the Pleasant View Mountain Bike trail system
- The city of Middleton contracted Wayser Engineering to develop a stormwater plan for the entire site
- The city of Middleton contracted IMBA Trail Solutions to design a 12,000 sf pump track (which will be the largest in WI) as a part of the bike park
- Applied for high capacity snowmaking well permit (expecting to have it approved in August)
- Completed bio-retention basin at the bottom of the access drive
- Hosted two fundraising events at the site and raised $35K towards high-capacity snowmaking well
- Currently accepting bids for grading the area for the future trailhead building, phase 2 parking, and bike park.
- Applied for the design approval for phase 1 of the trailhead building to the city of Middelton Planning Commission
- Assisted with a mountain bike trail maintenance work day and have been mowing ski trails weekly.
JULY 4, 2022
The bio-retention basin is finished and marks the completion of the access road construction. The next phase is site grading at the top of the access drive for Phase II: parking lot, bike park, and trailhead building.
MARCH 15, 2022
On Monday, March 14th, we ended our first winter season at the CXC Outdoor Recreation & Sports Center.
Some notable milestones this season:
- 76 Days groomed (from December 13th to March 14th)
- 974 Individual Trail Passes purchased
- 89 Family Trail Passes purchased
- 328 Daily Trail Passes purchased
- First small group Ski Lessons held at the Center
- First championship event held at the Center – WNSL Sprint State Championship, February 5-6
As we move into this Spring and Summer, we are looking forward to PHASE TWO of development at the Center.
JANUARY 7, 2022
It is hard to imagine there was no road and parking lot just a few months ago but a farm field. We are thankful to all who supported our vision to complete PHASE ONE of such a complex but exciting project on time before the cross-country ski season. This project is 100% funded by individual and corporate donations.
DECEMBER 20, 2021
The City of Middleton and Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC) celebrate the opening of the access road, parking lot, and cross country skiing trails at the CXC Outdoor Recreation & Sports Center (CXC Center).
SEPTEMBER 16, 2021
Community and business leaders turned out for a groundbreaking ceremony on Schwartz Road for CXC Outdoor Recreation & Sports Center on September 10, 2021.
SEPTEMBER 8, 2021
Last month several agreements have been signed to give a green light for initial phase developments:
A donation agreement between the City and private property owners Dan and Natalie Erdman, who are donating a portion of their land for the Center.
A trail easement to construct a 3.5-mile trail network on the Erdman property, which will connect with ski and mountain bike trails north of the Golf Course to Blackhawk Ski Club.
A lease agreement between the City and CXC, which allows CXC to manage the Center and maintain the trails during the winter months.
The initial development phase of the Center will begin in September and include an access driveway connecting the Center to Highway 14 from Schwartz Road, as well as a parking lot and trail development. $920,000 were secured in donations by CXC Foundation to begin this initial phase.
APRIL 13, 2021
Final plans for the access drive and parking lot have been submitted to the contractor.
Stormwater permit application is pending City of Middleton approval of the final plans for the access drive and parking lot.
CXC has raised 82% of required funding for the access drive, initial parking lot and snowmaking permanent infrustructure
Access drive and parking lot construction is set to begin in June!
Crews break ground on new cross country skiing center in Middleton
- with Mike Davis / City Administrator, Middleton (WI)
- with Claire Seguin / Science Teacher, Lincoln Elementary School, Madison (WI)
- with Steve Myrland / Sports Performance & Rehabilitation
- with Jenn Ojibway / Parent of Adaptive Athlete
- with Mike Wollmer and John Hutchinson / Ace Age Trail Alliance
- with Mike Frank / Middleton Chamber of Commerce