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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!

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 Thursday morning, followed by half and full-day clinic offerings on Friday & Saturday.  The camp wraps up with a casual Citizen’s Race ( 5k/10k Skate ) on Sunday.

2020 Registration Coming Soon!

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

    Clinic fee includes:
    Trail pass, instruction & trail snacks


    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.  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:
    Trail pass, instruction & trail snacks


    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.

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


    Kids Ski Camp

    Due to the unavailability 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. 
    Competitive Racing 

    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

    Clinic Fee’s Coming Soon

    2020 Reservation System:
    This season we’re booking clinics on a reservation holding system.  Once registration opens you may reserve desired clinics by making a $25 deposit.  Once we have certainty that snow conditions and public health guidelines will allow the camp to proceed, the balance of your clinic fee will be charged.

  • Other Activities

    Alley Loop Points Series – Race #1
    Sunday, November 29th

    Youth – 1K/3K – 9:30 AM START
    Master – 5K/10K Skate – 10:00 AM START

    Kids Race FREE! / Adult Fee – $10

    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.

Winter Kick-Off Celebration & Giveaway

Saturday, November 30th, 6:00 PM
Secret Stash Downstairs
– Cash Menu & Bar –
Open to the Public

Come celebrate winter with us!

The Winter Kick-Off will feature fun Nordic festivities: nordic skiing trivia, an instructor skit, and the Winter Giveaway prizes will be awarded.

Winter Giveaway

Chance to win Fischer Carbonlite skis with bindings!

Buy your tickets for the giveaway all week at the front desk or at the Party.

Grand Prize: Hand-picked new Fischer Carbonlite skis and Turnamic bindings.
First Prize: Salomon Classic Boots
Second Prize: All-inclusive Pass to 2020 Thanksgiving Camp
Third Prize: 2-Night Stay at the Old Town Inn

Tickets are $1 for one, $5 for ten, or $20 for a wingspan.

Must be present at the Winter Kick-Off to win.


Brand Partners

Fischer & Salomon 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

Demo Equipment

S/Lab Carbon skate skis: 177-192cm lengths
S/Max Skate skis: 170-192cm
S/Race Classic Skin skis: 188-206cm
A size run of S/Race Skate Boots
A size run of S/Race Classic boots
A short run of S/Lab Carbon 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.

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