Nordic (Cross-country) Ski Course   - Everett - 2016

Cross-country Skiing Course

Nordic (CrossCountry) Ski Course

Learn to travel safely and efficiently on cross-country skis both on and off track. The course covers equipment, conditioning, preparation, diagonal stride, uphill techniques, and downhill speed control, We do not cover racing or skating.

The Everett Branch offers a Nordic (Cross-Country) Ski Course each year during January and February. This course is designed for beginners, but experienced skiers are welcome to join us, brush up on technique, make new friends and skiing partners. The course is also well-suited for lift skiers that want a change of pace and an escape from the crowds.

Non-Mountaineers are welcome to take the course. Enroll with a friend! Or better yet, join the club and catch a break on your course fees. 

The course includes two lectures and three field trips. Graduation requires attendance at all, plus successful completion of one ski tour. In the classroom, we cover clothing and equipment, conditioning, preparation, and avalanche awareness. If you do not already have skis or boots, we advise waiting until after the equipment lecture before purchasing or renting. Actually, renting is reasonably inexpensive and a recommended way to get a good feel for the kind of skis you prefer.

Like most Mountaineer courses, we keep costs down by using volunteer instructors who have graduated the course and have qualified to instruct by attending our instructor clinics. Course fees include trail passes, but do not include parking passes, which may be required at some field trips.

Interested in learning more about snowshoeing in addition to cross country skiing? Take our Winter Travel course which is a combo course that includes this basic cross county ski course AND our basic snowshoeing course at a discounted rate of $135 total (that's $20 off!). Sign up for the combo course today!

Graduation qualifies you to ski with any Mountaineer branch and to pursue a trip leader and/or instructor role in future years. 








Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Nordic Lecture
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Jan 5, 2023
Registration closes Jan 3
0 participants
2 instructors
Field Trip #1
Kahler Glen
Sat, Jan 14, 2023
Registration closes Jan 12
4 participants
3 instructors on waitlist
Kahler Glen
Sun, Jan 15, 2023
Registration closes Jan 13
21 participants
2 instructors on waitlist
Field Trip #2
Kahler Glen
Sat, Jan 21, 2023
Registration opens Jan 15; Instructor registration open now
20 participants
1 instructor on waitlist
Stevens Pass Nordic Center
Sat, Jan 21, 2023
Registration opens Jan 15; Instructor registration open now
35 participants
1 instructor on waitlist
Field Trip #3
Erling Stordahl
Sat, Feb 4, 2023
Registration closes Feb 2
0 participants
11 instructors on waitlist
Required Equipment

Touring skis, poles,, and boots

Day pack with ten essentials

Clothing suitable for cold and/or wet conditions

Course Materials

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