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Thanksgiving Camp

November 25, 2021 - November 28, 2021

Skate skiers climbing a hill near Crested Butte

The best ski-learning weekend in the country!

Beginners group lesson at Crested Butte Nordic
On-Snow Instruction - Clinics for Every Ability

Our Thanksgiving Ski Camp offers intimate group clinics with personalized coaching that caters to all ability levels.

Kick-off the weekend with our Round-Robin Refresher on Thursday morning, followed by half & full-day clinics on Friday & Saturday.

Sunday morning take part in our first Community Race Series freestyle event. (5K/10K adults, 1K/3K youth)


*** Current Snow Conditions ***

Presently, Crested Butte has not received adequate enough snow base to groom for Ski Camp.  Below are contingency options we are planning for:

  • If we receive enough snow in the next week for grooming, we will move forward with some or all of the camp.
  • If we don’t have any snow by next Tuesday (11/22), but there is appreciable snow in the forecast for a last-minute save, we will plan to hold the camp with fingers crossed, understanding that we will not be able to ski without groom-able snow.
  • If we still have insufficient snow conditions on 11/22, we will be canceling the camp and rescheduling the Community Race #1.
    Refunds, or credits towards future events will be processed for all registrations.

A final decision on the status of the camp will be made by Tuesday, November 22nd before 5 PM.

Get a jump on your nordic ski season with our early season training!
  • 2021 Schedule

    Thursday, 11/25/21
    Crested Butte Nordic Center

    Wax Bench & Equipment Rental
    8 a.m.

    Round Robin Refresher Clinic
    SKATE  Technique 
    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Friday, 11/26/21
    Crested Butte Nordic Center

    Wax Bench &  Equipment Rental
    8 a.m.

    Adult Full Day Clinics
    9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

     U16 Junior Training Camp
    9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Kids Camp
    9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m

    Adult Beginner Classic Clinic
    10:00 a.m. –  11:30 a.m.

    Adult Beginner Skate Clinic
    1:30 p.m. –  3:00 p.m.

    Wine and Waxing – Free

    3:30 p.m. –  5:00 p.m.

    Saturday, 11/27/21
    Crested Butte Nordic Center

    Wax Bench & Equipment Rental
    8 a.m.

    Adult Full Day Clinics
    9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

     U16 Junior Training Camp
    9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m

    Kids Camp
    9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m

    Adult Beginner Classic Clinic
    10:00 a.m. –  11:30 a.m.

    Adult Beginner Skate Clinic
    1:30 p.m. –  3:00 p.m.

    Sunday, 11/28/21
    Crested Butte Nordic Center

    CB Nordic/Pinnacle Orthopedics Community Race Series (Race # 1)
    1K / 3K  YOUTH Freestyle – 9:30 AM

    10K Adult Freestyle – 10:00 AM

    5K FUNSKI Freestyle – 10:01 AM

  • COVID-19 Prevention

    The following measures will be instituded to mitigate the spread of COVID-19:

    • Face coverings are required to be worn when it is not possible to maintain a distance of 10 feet from other skiers.
    • Max group ratio will be 9 individuals to 1 instructor.
    • Instructors & staff are screened for fever and other symptoms at the start of each shift.
    • Symptomatic participants are forbidden from attending.
    • Encourage frequent washing and/or sanitizing of hands before & after clinics.
    • Attendees will not be permitted to enter the Nordic Center. Restrooms are available outside.

  • Clinic Offerings

    Round Robin Refresher – Skate

    Thursday, November 25th
    9:00 am to 11:30 am

    Kick off your winter and have fun with your fellow skiers. Multiple coaches will lead stations focusing on fundamentals to jumpstart your skiing.

    This class is open to all ages. Beginner skate skiing ability required – not recommended for first-time skate skiers. Skiers will sort into groups based on their ability for the best learning experience.


    Adult Beginner Technique Lessons

     November 26th & 27th
    10:00 am to 11:30 am  /  1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

    New to Nordic skiing? Learn to get moving and control your speed while having fun with other skiers in this small group setting.


    Adult Full-Day Clinics

     November 26th & 27th
    9:00 am to 3:30 pm (lunch break 11:30 – 1 p.m.)

    Skate & Classic full-day clinics with professional instruction and video analysis for recreational through advanced ability levels.

    Participants will be divided into groups based on ability at the outset of camp. Groups will be comprised of no more than 9 students per instructor. Less experienced skiers will get frequent breaks with refreshments.

    Full-day clinics on Friday and Saturday include a morning and afternoon session, separated by a lunch break.  Mornings will focus on skill improvement while afternoons will offer more time for skiing, video analysis, and 1-on-1 coaching. Sessions run approximately 2.5 hours long.


    U 16 Junior Training Camp

     November 26th & 27th
    9:00 am  to  3:30 pm
    (lunch break 11:30 – 1 p.m.)

    Join us for 2 days of skills, drills, games, and easy distance skiing on Crested Butte’s inspiring trails. This camp is designed for developing youth who have had previous technique coaching. Our clinics will provide a boost to technique and fitness for the coming season. Avid skiers aged 8-16 are welcome.


    Kids Ski Camp

     November 26th & 27th
    9:00 am  to  3:30 pm (lunch break 11:30 – 1 p.m.)

    Kids aged 5-12 are in for some serious fun at our camp. Lots of games, lots of skiing, no XC ski experience necessary. Afternoons will be inside for younger kids. Space is limited, Adult registration is required to register any kids for camp.

  • Ability Level Descriptions

    Level 1 – Beginner 
    • Comfortable on skis and Green trails.
    • Probably learned a few tips from a friend but want to get some proper education.
    • Struggle going up and down any type of hill. 
    Level 2  – Intermediate
    • Typically ski on Blue/Green trails.
    • Participated in our intermediate groups in past camps, clinics, or Masters courses. 
    • Find steeper terrain challenging.
    • Struggle to maintain speed in variable terrain. 
    • Ready to expand your skiing techniques to include V1 and V2 in skate, double poling in classic.
    Level 3 – Advanced
    • Want to be a technically proficient skier, but aren’t primarily focused on speed or competition.
    • Comfortable skiing most terrain.
    • Have a solid fitness base with the ability to ski 10K or more each day.
    • Classic skiers must have waxable or twin-skin style skis and be familiar with diagonal striding and double poling.
    • Skate skiers should be familiar with and understand V1 and V2 skate techniques. 
    Level 4 – Performance
    • Comfortable skiing any terrain.
    • Have a solid fitness base with the ability to ski 20K or more each day.
    • Performance ski sessions will focus on generating and maintaining speed.
    • Racing preparation, nutrition, tactics, and more will be covered.

  • Registration Fees

    2021 Clinic Fees:
    Adult Full Day – $150
    Adult Intro Sessions – $75
    U16 Junior Training or Kids Camp Full Day – $75

    Thursday Round Robin – $50

     Clinic fee includes:
    Trail Pass, Instruction & Trail Snacks.  Equipment rental is charged separately.

    Registration Opens September 15th and Closes November 22nd, 5:00 PM

  • Low Snow Contingency

    We’ve successfully executed our annual Thanksgiving Ski Camp on snow for the past three decades!  It’s not uncommon for us to await adequate early snow accumulation right up until the night before Thanksgiving day…  This obviously makes for a nail-biting logistical run-up to T-Camp weekend.

    Fortunately our in-town venue, “The Bench”,  is skiable with a mere few inches of snow.  If the Bench is not skiable prior to the opening of Friday Clinic’s (11/26), the following modifications will be made to the camp format.
    Please review the camp contingency plans below.

    Clinic Alterations & Cancellation:

    • Levels 3 & 4  and Advanced Devo Skiers – Clinics will be relocated to our high elevation skiing area.
    • Levels 1 & 2 and kids camp –  Clinics will be canceled.


  • Citizen Race

    CB Nordic/Pinnacle Orthopedics Community Race  Series – Race #1

    Sunday 11-28

    A fun-filled, multi-lap course will be set to put your new skills to the test!  The course will incorporate lots of agility and maneuvering with NO big climbs. This race against the clock is the perfect opportunity to get an idea of how your technique holds up under fatigue.

    1K/3K Freestyle – 9:30 AM START

    10K Freestyle – 10:00 AM START

    5K FUNSKI Freestyle – 10:01 AM Start

    Youth Race FREE!

Thanksgiving Camp waxing clinic at Crested Butte Nordic
Thanksgiving Camp youth ski clinic at Crested Butte Nordic
Ladies visiting out on the trails near Crested Butte

CB Nordic operates under a special use permit from the USFS and is an equal-opportunity employer.


November 25, 2021
November 28, 2021
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Crested Butte Nordic
620 2nd. Street
Crested Butte, CO 81224 United States