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Thanksgiving Camp

November 26, 2020 - November 29, 2020

Nordic skiers in crested butte

Three decades of early season training continues in Crested Butte!

Thanksgiving camp technique clinic
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.
Join us for the Round-Robin Refresher on Thursday morning, followed up by half & full-day clinics on Friday & Saturday.
The camp is capped off with a lively
Citizen’s Race (5k/10k Skate) Sunday morning.

2020 Registration Process

In light of increased COVID-19 infection rates, all previously scheduled group clinics are being converted into private lessons. You may email skischool@cbnordic.org  to inquire about available lesson slots over Thanksgiving week.

Get a jump on your nordic ski season with our early season training!
  • 2020 Schedule

    Thursday, 11/26/20
    Crested Butte Nordic Center

    Wax Bench & Equipment Rental
    8 a.m.

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

    Friday, 11/27/20
    Crested Butte Nordic Center

    Wax Bench &  Equipment Rental
    8 a.m.

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

     Junior Devo Training
    9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Introductory Classic Clinic
    10:00 a.m. –  11:30 a.m.

    Introductory Skate Clinic
    1:30 p.m. –  3:00 p.m.

    Saturday, 11/28/20
    Crested Butte Nordic Center

    Wax Bench & Equipment Rental
    8 a.m.

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

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

    Introductory Classic Clinic
    10:00 a.m. –  11:30 a.m.

    Introductory Skate Clinic
    1:30 p.m. –  3:00 p.m.

    Sunday, 11/29/20
    Crested Butte Nordic Center

    Alley Loop Race Series (Race # 1)
    1K / 3K  YOUTH SKATE – 9:30 AM
    5K / 10K SKATE – 10:00 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.

  • Clinic Offerings

    Round Robin Refresher

    Thursday, November 26th
    9:00 am to 11:30 am

    The Round Robin Refresher is a fun way to get back onto skis and refresh your muscle memory.
    Participants of all ability levels will practice skills and drills with a variety of instructors – “round robin style”


    Introductory Technique Lessons

     November 27th & 28th
    10:00 am to 11:30 am  /  1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

    We offer multiple 90 minute sessions for individuals curious about trying nordic disciplines for the first time.
    These group lessons will be geared toward introducing “never-ever” participants to basic skate & classic ski techniques.


    Full-Day Clinics

     November 27th & 28th
    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 refreshment.

    Full-day clinics on Friday and Saturday include a morning and afternoon session, separated by a lunch break.  Sessions run approximately 2.5 hours long.


    Junior Devo Training

     November 27th & 28th
    9:00 am  to  3:30 pm

    Join us for 2 days of skills, drills, games and easy distance skiing on Crested Butte’s inspiring trails. This camp is designed especially for developing youth who have previous technique coaching, but who may not quite be ready to join teammates at the West Yellowstone Camp. Our clinics will provide an early season jump on technique and fitness for the coming season.


    Kids Ski Camp

    Due to a lack of indoor gathering space, we are unable to offer kids programming at our 2020 Ski 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 technique. 

  • Registration Fees

    2020 Reservation Process:
    This season we’re booking clinics on a reservation holding system. You may reserve desired clinics by making a $25 deposit through online pre-registration. Once we’re confident that snow conditions & public health guidelines will allow the camp to proceed, the balance of your clinic fee will be charged.

    2020 Clinic Fees:
    Adult Full Day – $150
    Intro Sessions – $75
    Jr. Devo Full Day – $75
    Thursday Round Robin – $50

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

    Registration Closes November 21st, 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 opening of Friday Clinic’s (11/27), the following modifications will be made to the camp format.
    Please review camp contingency plans below.

    Clinic Alterations & Cancellation:

    • Level 3 – Advanced clinics will be relocated to our high elevation, groomed trail network at Lily Lake ( 7 mile from town up Kebler Pass road).
    • Level 2 – Intermediate clinics may be relocated to Lily Lake for skiers who have adequate fitness to make a sustained climb to the high meadows.  It may also be possible to move Intermediate clinics to some intermediate terrain located up the Slate Valley, conditions dependent.
    • Level 1 – Beginner & Introductory clinics will be cancelled.


  • Citizen Race

    Alley Loop Point Series – Race #1


    A fun-filled, multi-lap course will be set to put your new skills to the test!  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 for how your technique holds up under fatigue.

    1K/3K – 9:30 AM START

    5K/10K Skate – 10:00 AM START

     Master Fee – $10
    Kids Race FREE!


Brand Partners

Fischer will be offering complimentary demo set-ups Friday through Sunday. Gear will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis – 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM daily, in tents outside the Nordic Center.

Demo Equipment

Skis: Speedmax Skate, Carbonlite Skate, RCS Skate,
Twin Skin Carbon, Twin Skin Race, Twin Ski Pro
Speedmax Skate, Carbonlite Skate & Classic, RCS Skate, XC Control Classic Boots

Lodging Partners

Choose custom lodging that’s right for you. Our Lodging Partners support CB Nordic in myriad ways; we encourage you to support them, too! Email marketing@cbnordic.org to get your discount code after you register if applicable.

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


November 26, 2020
November 29, 2020
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Crested Butte Nordic
620 2nd. Street
Crested Butte, CO 81224 United States