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Thanksgiving Camp

November 24, 2022 - November 27, 2022

Skate skiers climbing a hill near Crested Butte

The best ski-learning weekend in the country!

Masters clinic on Ruthie's Run with Mt Crested Butte in the background
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 adults, 1K/3K youth)

Registration Opens Oct. 1

Get a jump on your nordic ski season with our early season training!
  • 2022 Schedule

    Thursday, 11/24/22
    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, 11/25/22
    Crested Butte Nordic Center

    Wax Bench &  Equipment Rental
    8 a.m.

    Welcome Reception
    8:30 a.m. – Cat Barn

    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 Skate & Classic Clinics
    1:30 p.m. –  3:00 p.m.

    Freeze Your Buns Off Happy Hour – Free
    4 – 6 p.m.

    Wine and Waxing – Free
    4:30 – 5:30

    Saturday, 11/26/22
    Crested Butte Nordic Center

    Wax Bench & Equipment Rental
    8 a.m.

    Welcome Reception
    8:30 a.m. – Cat Barn

    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 Skate & Classic Clinics
    1:30 p.m. –  3:00 p.m.

    Sunday, 11/27/22
    Crested Butte Nordic Center

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

    5K Freestyle – 10 a.m.

  • Clinic Offerings

    Round Robin Refresher – Skate

    Thursday, November 24
    9:00 am to 11:30 a.m.

    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 25 & 26
    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. Skate & classic techniques offered.


    Adult Full-Day Clinics

     November 25 & 26
    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 25 & 26
    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 25 & 26
    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; children with parents registered in for clinics will receive priority.

  • 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
    • May be interested in racing/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. 

  • Registration Fees

    2022 Clinic Fees:
    Adult Full Day – $165
    Adult Intro Sessions – $90
    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.
    Equipment rental IS included for kids ages 16 and under.

    Registration opens October 1.

    Space is limited. Register early to secure your spot. Once a clinic is full, registration will close for that clinic.

  • Low Snow Contingency & Cancellation Policy

    While snow is not guaranteed, we’ve successfully held our Thanksgiving Camp on snow 29 of the last 30 years.  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 (11/25), the following modifications will be made to the camp format.
    Please review the camp contingency plans below.

    Clinic Alterations & Cancellation:

    Snow at higher elevations:

    • Levels 3 and Advanced Youth Skiers – Clinics will be relocated to our high elevation skiing area.
    • Levels 1 & 2 and kids’ camp –  Clinics will be dryland (fun, skiing-focused activities!)

    No snow anywhere:

    • All clinics will be dryland


    Cancellation Policy:

    Camp registrations may be canceled up to November 21 at 5 p.m. for a 75% refund. A 25% cancellation fee will be retained to cover expenses already accrued. There are no refunds after November 21 at 5 p.m. Our 2022 Thanksgiving Camp will be conducted with or without snow. A “dry camp” will be full of events and training to get you ready for a successful ski season.

  • Pinnacle Orthopedics Community Race

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

    Sunday 11-27

    Set yourself up for a great season of skiing by getting out and putting your new skills to the test. 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

    5K Freestyle – 10:00 AM START

    Youth Race FREE!

Thanksgiving Camp waxing clinic at Crested Butte Nordic
Masters clinic with Mt Crested Butte in the background
Thanksgiving Camp youth ski clinic at Crested Butte Nordic
Ladies visiting out on the trails near Crested Butte

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

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


November 24, 2022
November 27, 2022
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Crested Butte Nordic
620 2nd. Street
Crested Butte, CO 81224 United States