Nordic (Cross-country) Ski Course   - Everett - 2021

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.

We will be following all mountaineer guidance related to COVID safety; there will be no carpooling arranged to the ski field trips. You will need to feel comfortable driving in winter conditions.

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 one online lecture (1/7) and three field trips; you will have 5 dates to choose from (1/16, 1/17, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6). Graduation requires attendance at the lecture, 3 field trips, completion of the avalanche awareness  and low impact badges, plus successful completion of one ski tour.

In the lecture, we cover clothing and equipment, conditioning and preparation. 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 do not include trail and  parking passes, which will 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

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Touring skis, poles, and boots

Day pack with ten essentials

Clothing suitable for cold and/or wet conditions

Course Materials

You must register for this course to see course materials.