Welcome to Hoofers!

Get outside today!

Welcome to Wisconsin Hoofers! We are a student-led organization at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, dedicated to providing excellence in outdoor recreation. Anyone can become a Hoofer. In fact, we have over 3,000 active members each year with countless more alumni worldwide!

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Who We Are

From exploring shipwrecks to skiing knee-deep powder, we’ve got you covered. Want to try something you’ve never done before? We’ll teach you! Each club offers lessons and encourages all levels of experience to join in on the adventure.




From conquering your first rock wall to traveling the country in search of the most challenging climbs in the country, the Hoofer Mountaineering club has a level of intensity for every climber. Stay on top of your game with trips to Devils lake and Boulders climbing facility.


Go climb!



Join the Hoofer Outing Club for a chance to both explore Madison and escape on wilderness adventures!. The outing club focuses not only on making trips happen, but also on fostering outdoor leadership and skills. Activities run year round and range from paddling, biking, and climbing to cross country skiing, backpacking, and everything in between!Explore!



Hoofers Riding Club offers horseback riding lessons and schooling shows for beginners, advanced riders, and anyone in between. Riding owns and operates a stable in Belleville, WI (about 25 minutes off campus) with 17 amazing school horses. Each lesson session runs for 6 weeks, and you can choose which time, day, and level best suits you.
Saddle up!



Hoofer Scuba takes exploration to new depths with year-round trips, training sessions and socials. Whether it’s carving pumpkins and decorating christmas trees underwater for the holidays, or exploring shipwrecks around the country, the Scuba club has something to test every diver’s abilities.


Dive in!

Ski and Snowboard

As seen walking around campus in the signature SnS winter hats, the Hoofer Ski and Snowboard club members take advantage of weekly lessons and trips to Tyrol Basin, winter break trips to ride some of the most famous resorts in the west, a weekend at Mount Bohemia, the annual Jackson Hole spring break trip, and taking over Observatory Hill for the annual Rail Jam.
Go Shred!



With the second largest inland fleet of boats in the United States, the Hoofers Sailing Club offers lessons with anything from techs and wind surfing to scows and keelboats. The 1,000 plus members that make up the sailing club enjoy the perks of Friday night socials and special events on and off the water.


Set sail!



Show off your sailing skills on the big stage with the University of Wisconsin Sailing Team. If it’s your first day on a boat or you’ve spent more time on the water than land, all levels of experience are welcome. Join the team as they travel from regatta to regatta, taking on colleges from around the country!
Go Go!


The Wisconsin Equestrian is made up of a team of 35-40 riders from all backgrounds and disciplines. Experience levels range from horse lovers who have never had the chance to take up riding to those who have been successful in the upper levels of equitation, hunters and jumpers.
Saddle up!


The Nordic Team, a co-ed racing team, participates in citizen races around the Midwest. Before snow is on the ground, the team runs hill-bounds, and rollerskis.



Step in!


Ready to take your skiing to the next level? The University of Wisconsin Hoofer Alpine Team is your answer! Prepare for the season with dryland practices in the fall, then take to the slopes for weekly practices and weekend races as you and your teammates take on competitors throughout the United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association.
Get Set


Love bombin’ rollers into deep, nasty money booters? Get more corked than a southern french vineyard with the Wisconsin Hoofers Freestyle team. Dip that shoulder for a sassier rodeo than the Riding club, and ditch your fear of ever getting pitted by icy knuckles again.


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Youth Programs


The Hoofer Youth Program offers quality on-the-water instruction with courses in sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, and kayaking to youth ages 10-18 and range from beginner to advanced.


Set sail!


Hoofer Riding club hosts multiple seven week-long summer camps for youth students to learn how to care for and ride horses, along with an awesome mix of barn games!


Let's Ride!

Hoofin it

Hoofers Annual Winter Carnival was a huge success! From moonlit hikes to hockey tournaments to gingerbread house crafting there was a fun, winter-themed activity for everyone. On Monday, members of...

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Become a Hoofer!


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Surround yourself with people who are as passionate about the outdoors as you!

You never know what you’ll learn, who you’ll meet or where you’ll go. It just might

take you around the world like former Hoofer Sailing Club Commodore, Pam Wall.


Visit Us!

Stop by the Outdoor Programs Office on the waterfront next to Memorial Union Terrace.

800 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706
Office Hours: 12:00 am - 6:00 pm Monday - Friday
(608) 262-1630 OutdoorUW@union.wisc.edu

Governance: visit the Hoofer Council home page