Gear Library Outing - XC Ski Training - Erling Stordahl

Field trip: Gear Library Outing - XC Ski Training

Gear Library Outing - XC Ski Training - Erling Stordahl

Gear library instructional course on XC skiing for youth group leaders and teachers. Learn the basics of XC skiing and winter travel so that you are prepared to take your youth group out on gear library skis!

  • N2 Nordic Advanced Basic Ski
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 4.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 100 ft

We will meet at 8 am in the Crystal Springs parking lot.  The day will go from 8 am - 3 pm. Due to COVID-19 protocol, The Mountaineers team will not be providing any carpool opportunities and participants are encouraged to drive themselves to the trailhead. Pass conditions along I90 are highly variable depending on the weather and snow so an AWD vehicle is recommended. If  you don't have one, please email 

Other COVID-19 protocols will include wearing masks, small group size, and social distancing. 

Sample itinerary:

8 am: Meet at Crystal Springs and get to know the group.

8:30 am-12 pm: Learn the basics of how to put on ski equipment and how to ski. Practice on the beginner trails. Take breaks to talk about teaching youth to ski, appropriate gear, and trail etiquette. 

12 pm:  Eat lunch! Share experiences and questions. 

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Continue to ski and practice our own skills. Take breaks to talk about trip planning, risk management, and outdoor games, among other topics. 

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Make sure we get back to the parking lot, give our gear back, and have time to wrap up. 

If you signed up for this activity but find that you can no longer participate, please cancel before January 20th. There is a $5.00 administrative fee that will be charged if you cancel. 


Erling Stordahl

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Cross-country ski boots, poles, and skis will be provided by the gear library. You should bring all the items below. Ones with a star next them are available to borrow from the gear library if you'd like. 

  • Backpack*
  • Water
  • Snacks 
  • Lunch
  • Warm layers*
  • Waterproof outer layers, like a raincoat and rain pants*
  • Gloves*
  • Warm hat*
  • Sun protection, like sunscreen or sunglasses 
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