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Date Thursday  1/16/2020
End Date Saturday  1/25/2020
Group Fort Collins
Event Title Beginning X/C skiing
Start Time 7:00 PM
Status Approved
Leader Ward Whicker
Co-Leader Bill Trout
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants Full- Join Waitlist
Waitlist Participants 1
Type Trip
Trip Type Ski
Pace Casual
Classification Easy 
Trail Mileage 4
Elevation Gain 200'
Driving Distance 150


Evening classroom session on Jan 16 to  meet from 7:00-9:00 pm at Leader's home (2954 Skimmerhorn St., Fort Collins).


Field trip on Saturday Jan 25 to meet at parking lot near Pringles Liquors at Taft Hill and Drake Roads in southwest Fort Collins at 7:00 am to form a car pool.  We will drive to the Colorado State Park's Moose Visitor Center on CO-14 near Gould, CO.  We will ski along the Michigan Creek Valley from there on established trails.

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For information contact the leader, Ward Whicker, by email:, or phone 970-225-3747, or

Bill Trout, by email:


This workshop will consist of a two-hour orientation/information classroom on the basics of nordic cross-country (X/C) skiing, and a full-day field trip to practice skills on a gentle trail system.  The workshop is designed for beginning skiers with no, or limited experience.  A reasonably good level of fitness, strength and balance is essential for this workshop, as X/C skiing is fairly strenuous, and we will be out on trail for several hours.

The classroom session will discuss equipment (boots, skis, bindings, poles), where gear can be purchased or rented, the basics of ski technique for different types of snow and terrain, clothing for different weather situations, available ski trails in the area, and general winter safety precautions.  The advantages and disadvantages of usiing different types of skis, such as width and shape, as well as wax versus no-wax ski bottoms will be discussed, as well as the different characteristics of ski boots and bindings.  This session is scheduled to allow over a week for beginning skiers to rent or purchace gear to participate in the field trip.

The field trip will begin at the Moose Visitor Center, which is heated and has ample parking, restrooms, maps and other local information.  A gentle trail system starts at the Visitor Center, and is usually reasonably well-groomed.  Adjacent off-trail areas can be used for practice, and gentle hills are available to practice gliding and making gentle turns when needed.  We will demonstrate and practice:

  • The basic diagonal (kick & glide) ski technique to traverse flat and gently-sloping terrain.

  • Methods of ascending gentle uphill sections when the skis are beginning to slip backwards.

  • Making gentle turns when necessary.

  • Getting up from the occasional fall.

  • Different uses of ski poles for various situations.

  • Recognizing and managing potential winter hazards.



Attendance at the evening classroom session will be required in order to participate in the field trip, unless you have some prior experience with nordic X/C gear and actual skiing practice.

A $10 fee will be charged for the workshop.