Beginner Classic Cross Country Skiing

Jan 10
Skyway Trailhead, Grand Mesa
Classic skiing

This ski clinic is for new skiers that would like to learn how to glide on classic skis. Your instructor will provide you with fundamental movements to get you sliding with some level of initial efficiency, will teach you hot to slow down and how to stop on your classic skis. This will be a fun experience of learning how the classic style of cross country skiing can propel you into the winter fun on the classic track of the groomed trails.

There are two cross-country ski techniques (styles):
  1. Classic ski technique: your arms and legs swing in opposition called a "diagonal stride"
  2. Skate ski technique: you push off each ski in a V pattern, resembling rollerblading or ice skating

Skate and classic cross country skiing.

Audience: beginner classic skiers
Instructor: GMNC ski instrcutor
Clinic time and duration: 10 am to 12 noon
Maximum participants per instructor: 9 skiers
Registration deadline: January 7, 2021


  • Ability level: Ability to stand upright.
  • Gear: A pair of classic skis, ski poles for classic technique (your height in ski boots in cm x 0.83), classic ski boots.

COVID-19 Safety Protocol:

  • You will be asked about your COVID-19 status or potential exposure prior to participation. If you were exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of an illness you will be asked to go home or stay home and you will be given full refund/credit of your participation fees.
  • Clinic size will be limited to 9 participants.
  • You are encouraged to express how you feel about the safety of the clinic.
  • On-snow ski practice will be organized in a manner that never places participants closer than 6 feet from each other.
  • Learning area will be setup to enhance physical distancing best practices.
  • The entire clinic will be held strictly outdoors, on snow, with a follow-up meeting online via Zoom.
  • The clinic leader will require at times all participants to wear face masks. You are encouraged to wear a mask for the duration of the clinic. Please bring a face mask with you to the clinic.
  • Your clinic leader will take extra care prior to the event to stay healthy. We ask that you do the same.
Dates and Times
Event Location
Skyway Trailhead, Grand Mesa, Colorado
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