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Cross-country Skiing Course

Nordic (Cross-country) Ski Course

Nordic (CrossCountry) Ski Course

The Tacoma Branch offers a Nordic (Cross-Country) Ski Course each year during January and February. This course is designed for beginners, but experienced beginner 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 the lecture, all field trips, taking the online low impact course (no additional cost), plus successful completion of one Mountaineer Lead ski tour. In the classroom, we cover clothing and equipment, conditioning, preparation, and winter hazards. 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  from the course or  have qualified to instruct by attending our instructor clinics. Course fees do not include parking passes or trail 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
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Field Trip #3
White Pass Nordic Center
Sat, Mar 2, 2024
5 participants
4 instructors
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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