Cross Country Ski Instruction

Course Title:  Cross Country Ski Instruction

Course# 19w01

Fee: $30 (minus $5 if registration received by Dec. 20); Includes $10 discount subsidized by the Community Pursuit, and $10 MECCA trail fee. Ski rental is available for $5 per session. Scholarships available

Dates:  Jan. 3, 8, 10, 15, 2019

Time:  1:00 – 3:00 PM

Location: Mecca Ski Trail, 4686 Fierick Rd., Mercer WI, 54547

Objectives:  At the conclusion of this course, students will understand the basics of both diagonal stride and skate style skiing, as regards both technique and equipment.  They will be able to stand comfortably on skis, compress each ski and grip the snow, kick off and then repeat with the opposite leg. They will be able to glide forward on the gliding ski after their kick, maintaining balance, as they shift their weight forward over the gliding ski.  They will be able to engage their poles at the proper time and push, assisting forward movement.

Course structure:  The course will be given in _4__ sessions, each _2__ hours long, covering the following topics:

Basic equipment and how to wear/attach.  Dress. Types of Nordic skiing. How to stand up with skis if (when!) you fall.  Kicking without poles. Gliding. Weight shift forward. Pushing with poles. Edging.  Skate turns down small hill. Herringbone up a small hill. Sidestep up a steeper hill.  Snowplow to a stop, single and double ski. Marathon skate. Skate ski down small hill.

Requirements:   Students should have the basic ability to balance: ability stand on one foot for at least 5 seconds.  They should also be able to fall onto snow from a standing still position without undue worry about injury.  Previous experience on skis is not required but welcomed.

Instructor: Fe U instructor, Chad McGrath, has taught cross-country skiing for over 25 years, to well over 500 individuals. He has led groups of skiers on treks through the Porcupine Mountains, has skied the SISU race several times and the American Birkebeiner 14 times.  Join him for some pleasant, laid-back skiing instruction at MECCA SKI TRAIL, Mercer’s excellent cross-country ski area.