Nordic (Cross-country) Ski Course   - Everett - 2017

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.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

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.

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
6 participants
14 instructors
Field Trip #1
Kahler Glen
Sat, Jan 14, 2023
Registration closes Jan 12
10 participants
10 instructors
Kahler Glen
Sun, Jan 15, 2023
Registration closes Jan 13
21 participants
11 instructors
Field Trip #2
Kahler Glen
Sat, Jan 21, 2023
Registration opens Jan 15; Instructor registration open now
20 participants
6 instructors
Stevens Pass Nordic Center
Sat, Jan 21, 2023
Registration opens Jan 15; Instructor registration open now
35 participants
12 instructors
Field Trip #3
Erling Stordahl
Sat, Feb 4, 2023
Registration closes Feb 2
6 participants
7 instructors
Required Equipment

Touring skis, poles, and boots (you may rent the gear)

Day pack with ten essentials

Clothing suitable for cold and/or wet conditions

Course Materials

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