Introduction to Cross Country Skiing - Skate Technique


Description: Join the REI Outdoor School for a lesson in fun and fitness: Cross-Country Skiing: Skate Technique. Get in on the sport that continues to attract aspiring athletes, adventures and winter recreationists. We will provide a comprehensive course that covers proper technique, stopping, turning and gliding across the snow. After our skill-building session we will take to the trails and apply our knowledge to varying terrain. Discover a great way to get outdoors and enjoy winter's wonderland with friends and family. Ski rental and ski pass included. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a participating parent or responsible adult.

Skills you'll learn:

  • basics of choosing and properly fitting boots and skis
  • basics of skiing, including starting, stopping, ascending and descending hills as well as safely falling
  • nordic skate technique

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 - Skate Technique Information

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  • Class Details
  • Gear List

Introduction to Cross Country Skiing - Skate Technique Gear List

Gear to bring to class:


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


  • Thermos with warm drinks
  • Rain Gear - Waterproof/resistant jacket, pants and hat.
  • Energy Snacks

Gear provided by REI:

  • Cross Country Skis, Boots & Poles
  • Transportation - From REI store to and from the trailhead / class location
  • Park Entry Fees
  • Group First Aid Kit