Introduction to Cross Country Skiing in the Sierra


Description: Learn all you need to know to take part in this increasingly popular sport! Our REI instructors will take you out and show you the basics of starting, stopping, turning and gliding across the snow on cross-country skis. After our skill-building session, we'll go out on the trail to practice our new found skills and discover a great way to get outside and have fun in the winter! Rental boots, skis, poles, and trail pass are included!

Skills you'll learn:

Instructors will cover basics of choosing and properly fitting boots and skis, basics of skiing, including starting, stopping, ascending and descending hills as well as safely falling.

Check out the gear list.

Required Legal Form:
This course requires the participant to read and sign a liability release form before participating. Please see "Required Legal Form" for the session you are registering for. You will need to print, sign and bring the form to your class.

Introduction to Cross Country Skiing in the Sierra Information

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  • Class Details
  • Gear List

Introduction to Cross Country Skiing in the Sierra Gear List

Gear to bring to class:


  • Warm Hat
  • Water Bottle
  • Synthetic / wool layers - Clothing that will stay warm when wet.
  • Lunch & Snacks
  • Warm Socks - Wool or Synthetic.
  • Warm Gloves
  • Daypack - Day pack large enough to carry water, food and layers.
  • Warm Jacket - Down or Synthetic.
  • Energy Snacks


  • Hat/ Sun protection - An item to help protect your face and neck from sunburn.
  • Personal Camera

Gear provided by REI:

  • Cross Country Skis, Boots & Poles
  • Group First Aid Kit