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Nordic Ski School
The Mazama Nordic Ski School offers three types of cross-country skiing classes: Classic, Telemark, and Backcountry. Ski Mountaineering is taught as a separate program. The Nordic Ski School program consists of an evening student orientation meeting on Thursday, December 12, 2013, a series of four lessons on consecutive Saturdays or Sundays – your choice – in January, 2014.
Applications are due by December 2, 2013. Classes start 1st weekend in January 2014.
Important Dates for 2013-2014 Mazama Nordic Ski School
Please don’t delay in registering for Nordic classes. Although we attempt to find class space for all applicants to the Nordic Ski School, classes are filled on a first come, first served basis, and there may be more applicants than we can accommodate. If classes are filled, we will start a waiting list.
General Nordic Ski School Info
Do you think outdoor fun with the Mazamas ends with the close of summer climbing season? Think again, because January means Nordic Ski School! This year we have another great group of instructors who are ready to take you to the next step in cross-country skiing, no matter what your level. We offer traditional cross-country skiing from beginning (never been on skis) to advanced. Beginning telemark is taught in our Nordic Downhill course. And this year we are offering a Backcountry ski course.
Applications for Mazama Nordic Ski School classes are available at the Mazama Mountaineering Center or by downloading the form from this page (in the Student Registration section above). Online registration also will be available here beginning in November. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.. Applications and payment must be received at the Mazama Mountaineering Center by this date.
Class Fees are as follows:
Refund Policy. Fees are non-refundable if you cancel after December 31, 2013 unless:
Instructors are Nordic skiing enthusiasts and volunteer to teach Nordic skiing simply for the love of the sport. They have First Aid and CPR certification and receive instructor training, guidelines, and support from the Mazamas. Each class also has at least one assistant instructor. If you are interested in teaching or assisting with a Mazama Nordic Ski School class, please see Information for Mazama Nordic Ski School Instructors section below.
CLASSIC CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING
Note: If you have downhill skiing experience and endurance, but want to learn the basics of Nordic skiing, novice or intermediate class is probably appropriate for you.
NORDIC BACKCOUNTRY: For those who want to develop the skills and confidence to get off the beaten path. This class will emphasize winter backcountry navigation and negotiating difficult terrain with safety and comfort. Intermediate cross-country skills and intermediate navigation (map/compass) are required.
Note: This is Nordic Backcountry and will not cover Ski Mountaineering skills, which is a separate class.
TELEMARK/Free-Heel Skiing (NORDIC DOWNHILL): No matter what you call it it is the ultimate go anywhere set of skiing skills. Uphill, Downhill, Back country, Touring - You can go anywhere on any terrain if you can telemark. Using new style tele gear and techniques gone are the days of deep knee bending and pain. Leaving the ear to ear perma-grin of success and fun.
The Mazamas Telemark Class has 4 outcomes that our students achieve year after year. You will: Ski the Magic Mile/open terrain/moderately steep, Link telemark turns, ski a black diamond and ski through the trees. Usually with a low student to instructor ratio we are able to maximize one on one instruction which allows you to not only work through the progression of skiing skills but also helps in identifying and removing roadblocks that allow you to jump forward to a new level of skiing.
We remove impediments to progress by encouraging you to ski on high performance equipment - you should not have to fight with your skis in order to turn. Starting with groomed runs served by high speed lifts we aim to maximize your skiing time while progressing to more difficult terrain as your skills and interests grow. Stop blabbing and start skiing. Whether you are an alpine skier who wants a new challenge, a Ski Mountaineer who wants to improve your skill set, a Nordic Skier who is ready for the next level or just want to push snowboarders down and ski uphill away from them this class is for you.
Note: Actual class content for all classes may vary at the discretion of the instructors because of ski conditions or the particular needs of the students in the class.
Questions about Mazama Nordic Ski School?
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Want to see some Nordic ski class action photos? Check out the new Nordic ski photo gallery under Resources.
Information for Mazamas Nordic Ski School Instructors
Important dates for 2013-2014 Mazamas Nordic Ski School Instructors
There are two ways to apply to be a Mazamas Nordic Ski School instructor:
USDA Special Use Permit Information and Non-Discrimination Statement
Mazamas Education Programs operate under a special use permit with the Mt. Hood National Forest.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, the Mazamas is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.