Cross Country Ski Instruction

Course Title:  Cross Country Ski Instruction

Course No. 18W09

Dates:  Jan. 16, 18, 23, 25, 2018

Time:  1:00 – 3:00 PM

This class is now full.  Since it filled so quickly FeU is working on scheduling another class in February.  We need to coordinate with the instructor and ABR to make it work.  Fill out a registration form or call us(715-561-3098 or 715-476-2881) and we will add your name to the next course offering. Keep checking this site for updates.

Location: ABR Ski Area, E5299 West Pioneer Rd., Ironwood, MI 49938, 906-932-3502, ABR Ski Website

Course Fee: $45 (minus $5 if registration received by Jan. 9); Scholarships available


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 on 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, single and double ski.  Marathon skate.  Skate ski down small hill.

Requirements:   Students should have been on skis before.  They 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.

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 ABR, the Midwest’s premier cross-country ski area.