Backcountry Nordic Ski School (BNSS) - Denver - 2022

Backcountry Nordic Skiing Course

Backcountry Nordic Ski School (BNSS)

Learn the nuances of Nordic skiing in the backcountry! Experience Colorado’s finest snow, away from the crowds and lift tickets! Learn to cross-country ski and get prepared for backcountry trails using classic Nordic-style technique. (No AT or Telemark gear allowed in this school.) We accommodate students from never-evers to folks who have skied for years. Classes are often less than ten students and a minimum of two instructors.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Colorado Mountain Club course.

In December, we hold an interactive lecture on clothing, selection of skis and avalanche awareness. In January, you get three full days on the snow with lessons geared to your level of skill and endurance. The first on-snow day is at a Nordic center and focuses on becoming comfortable on skis and basic flat-track skills. The second snow day will emphasize basic downhill and uphill techniques. The third day is a trip into the backcountry, with the location tailored to the skill level of your group.

Topics discussed in class:

* Proper skis/gear/clothing for the terrain and conditions you want to ski
* Better balance techniques
* Diagonal stride, including poling
* Downhill maneuvers (including stopping - always good to know)
* Turning maneuvers
* Climbing maneuvers - herringbone, side-step, side-step traverse, etc.
* Avalanche awareness

To register, sign up for the lecture below AND the day you wish to have your ski days - Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday.

Or email the Backcountry Nordic Ski School Director at

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
BNSS Lecture
AMC - Conf Room A
Tue, Dec 6, 2022
Registration closed Dec 4
32 participants
BNSS Ski Days - Tuesday Class
Route-Place TBD
Tue–Tue, Jan 3–17, 2023
Registration closed Dec 2
10 participants
0 instructors
BNSS Ski Days - Saturday Class
Route-Place TBD
Sat–Sat, Jan 7–21, 2023
Registration closed Dec 2
20 participants
0 instructors
BNSS Ski Days - Sunday Class
Route-Place TBD
Sun–Sun, Jan 8–22, 2023
Registration closed Dec 2
3 participants
0 instructors
Required Equipment

Ten Essentials

Winter Clothing


Course Materials

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