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Thanksgiving Camp

November 28, 2019 - December 1, 2019

Nordic skiers in crested butte

Three decades of on-snow training at Thanksgiving
continues in Crested Butte!

Personalized coaching. On-snow training. Clinics for every level.

Our Thanksgiving Camp offers clinics in intimate group settings, with personalized coaching that caters to all ability levels. We often have snow at our Nordic Center in town, but if not, we host the camp on our groomed nordic trails just 10 minutes out of town  (and 1500 feet higher) at the Lily Lake Trails. Our highly qualified instructors host fun, informative clinics for everyone, from kids to never-ever adults to committed racers. Join us for the Round-Robin Refresher Thursday morning, then for our half- or full-day clinics on Friday and Saturday. The Thanksgiving Camp also features Wine & Waxing, a Winter Kick-Off Party, and a Citizens’ Race on Sunday.

Find detailed camp info in our
2019 Program Guide

Get a jump on your nordic ski season with our early season instruction!
  • 2019 Schedule

    Thursday, 11/28/19
    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, 11/29/19
    Crested Butte Nordic Center

    Wax Bench & Fischer Demo Equipment
    8 a.m.

    Camp Welcome & Morning Refreshments
    8:30 a.m.

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

    Kids Camp
    9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Introductory Clinics
    10:00 a.m. –  11:30 a.m.

    Introductory Clinics
    1:30 p.m. –  3:00 p.m.

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

    Wine & Waxing Clinic
    Nordic Center Cat Barn
    4 p.m.

    Saturday, 11/30/19
    Crested Butte Nordic Center

    Wax Bench & Fischer Demo Equipment
    8 a.m.

    Camp Welcome w/ Morning Refreshments
    8:30 a.m.

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

    Kids Camp
    9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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

    Introductory Clinics
    10:00 a.m. –  11:30 a.m.

    Introductory Clinics
    1:30 p.m. –  3:00 p.m.

    Winter Kickoff Celebration
     Secret Stash Downstairs
    Doors – 6:00 p.m.

    Sunday, 1/1/19
    Crested Butte Nordic Center

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

  • Clinic Offerings

    Round Robin Refresher

    Thursday, November 28th,
    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”

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    Introductory Technique Lessons

     November 29th & 30th
    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.

    Clinic fee includes:
    Trail pass & instruction

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    Full-Day Clinics

     November 29th & 30th
    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 8 students per instructor.  Less experienced skiers will get frequent breaks with refreshment.  Video analysis of your technique will be captured and reviewed on snow to maximize your learning experience.

    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.

     Clinic fee includes:
    Morning refreshments, soup lunch, trail pass & instruction.

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    Kids Ski Camp

     November 29th & 30th
    9:00 am  to  3:30 pm
    (lunch break 11:30 – 1 p.m.)

    Our Kid’s Camp provides kids, grades K – 6th, an opportunity to experience the FUNdamentals of nordic skiing with on-snow games, obstacle courses and winter adventuring!

    Understanding that younger kids may not be inclined to spend a full day on snow, camper’s will have the afternoon to free play at a local indoor gymnasium.  After being served a Mac n’ Cheese lunch at the Nordic Center, kids will be chaperoned by camp instructors to the Jerry’s Gym, located at the Town Hall in Crested Butte.

    Kids whose parents are enrolled in a ski clinic the same day will be given registration priority over campers who do not have a parent attending camp.

    Cap Kids Camp – 25 campers/day

    Clinic fee includes:
    Equipment, instruction, lunch, trail pass & gymnasium admission.

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    U16 Junior Training Camp

     November 29th & 30th
    9:00 am  to  3:30 pm

    Join us for 2 days of skills, drills, games and easy distance skiing on Crested Butte’s awesome trail network. This camp is designed especially for young skiers who are not quite ready to join their teammates at the West Yellowstone Camp, but want to get a jump on their technique and fitness for the coming season.

    Clinic fee includes:
    Equipment, instruction, lunch, trail pass.

  • 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. 
    Competitive Racing 

    New for this year is a special set of sessions geared specifically for skiers looking to race competitively. On and off snow segments will cover advanced techniques for building power and speed on your skis. Race day preparation, nutrition, course reading, and mass start strategies are just a few of the topics to be covered. 

    • Focused on increasing speed and power. 
    • Skiers should have a solid base of fitness and plan to ski 10-20K each day. 
    • You are comfortable on any trail in any conditions.
    • You are familiar with all techniques. 

  • Registration Fees

     

     

    Refund Policy:
    Partial 50% refund may be requested for any reason up until  November 23rd.
    No refunds will be furnished after 11/23
    To make a refund request, please email – events@cbnordic.org

    Camp Cancellation Guarantee:
    If early season snow conditions do not adequately materialize allowing us to carry out the camp, refunds will be made in full.

  • Other Activities

    Winter Kick-Off Celebration

    Saturday, November 30th, 6:00 PM
    Secret Stash Downstairs

    Commemorate ski camp with athlete camaraderie at this evening social gathering.  Slideshow featuring camp ski action and Nordic themed entertainment will be presented.

    – Cash Menu & Bar –
    Open to the Public

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    Wine & Waxing
    FREE Education Session

    Friday – 4:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    Join our coaching staff and wax reps from Toko and Swix for an hour of snacks, beverages and waxing instruction! We will have numerous wax benches and coaches to provide personalized hands on experience with kick wax, glide wax, scraping and brushing.

    Is it really possible to wax, scrape and brush your skis with a glass of wine in one hand? Come find out!

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    The Alley Loop Points Series Race #1
    Sunday, 10:00 a.m.

    Youth – 1K/3K
    Master – 5K/10K Skate

    Kids race FREE / $10 Adult Race Fee

    A fun filled, multi-lap course will be set to put your new skill’s to the test!  Set course will incorporate lot’s 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.

Free Fischer Demos

A full fleet of Fischer Skate & Classic set ups will be available to demo Friday through Sunday.
Gear will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis, starting 8:00 AM daily at Fischer Tent outside Nordic Center.

– Available Equipment –

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

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

Details

Start:
November 28, 2019
End:
December 1, 2019
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