Cross-Country Skiing Courses

Cross-Country Skiing Courses

Our northwest playground offers prime terrain for cross-country skiing of all types and at all levels.

Enjoy our Northwest winter landscape by kicking and gliding your way through the scenery. Cross-country skiing is a great way to stay in shape, make new friends, and enjoy the outdoors throughout the winter. Our branches offer a wide variety of courses, from multi-weekend series to single-day clinics, and from beginner courses to courses designed for the more advanced cross-country skier.

Nordic3.jpgBasic Cross-Country (Nordic) Skiing Course

This class is designed for new skiers or skiers who want to learn the basic skills of cross-country (Nordic) ski technique. Whether your goal is to ski logging roads, groomed ski trails, or the untracked backcountry, this is the class for novice XC skier to start with. Completion of the class prepares you to ski confidently on beginner groomed XC trails. 

Typically Offered

In January and February by our EverettOlympia, and Tacoma Branches. These course also include the basics of winter travel. The Foothills Branch offers a hybrid course with instruction from an outside ski school.

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Basic Cross-country Skiing Course



Introduction to Skate Skiing Course

This class teaches basic skating techniques and movement patterns. Previous experience on cross country skis (classic or skate) is required - you should be comfortable on moderate hills with the ability to stop without difficulty. No prior experience on skate skis is necessary.

Typically Offered

In January by our Everett Branch as a midweek evening class series.

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Trek & Lunch at Meany Lodge

 Nordic2.jpgLooking for beginner friendly, one-time experience? Sign-up for a Trek & Lunch, which consists of a 3-5 mile ski that ends with a hearty hot lunch at Meany Lodge! 


In January and February at Meany Lodge

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Our Mountaineers leaders have also compiled a Western Washington Cross-Country Skiing Resource Guide for anyone looking to spend more time outside on skinny skis.

Cross-Country Skier Etiquette