Thanksgiving Nordic Ski Camp

The 17th Annual

Thanksgiving Nordic Ski Camp

November 23rd – 26th, 2017


We’re going on 30+ years of snow at Thanksgiving here in Crested Butte! 
Our Thanksgiving Camp offers clinics in intimate groups with personalized coaching that caters to all fitness levels. 
Get get a jump on your nordic ski season with our early season instruction!




Thursday, 11/23 – Crested Butte Nordic Center

Wax Bench & Equipment Rental
8 a.m.

Round Robin Refresher Clinic
9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Friday, 11/24 – Crested Butte Nordic Center

Wax Bench & Equipment Rental
8 a.m.

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

Full Day Clinic’s
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  w/ mid day lunch break

Kids Camp
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  w/ mid day lunch break

Introductory Lessons
12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

U16 Junior Training Camp
1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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

Saturday, 11/25 – Crested Butte Nordic Center

Wax Bench & Equipment Rental
8 a.m.

Nordic Strength Training – CORE Fitness
 7:45 a.m. –  8:30 a.m. 

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

Full Day – Clinic’s
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  w/ mid day lunch break

Kids Camp
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  w/ mid day lunch break

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

Introductory Lessons
12 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 

Nordic Strength Training – CORE Fitness
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Winter Kickoff Celebration – Crested Butte Railroad Depot
6 p.m.

Sunday, 11/26Crested Butte Nordic Center

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Alley Loop Race Series (Race # 1)
10 a.m.

Camp Culmination Tour
9:30 a.m.  – Noon

How to Choose a Clinic

Appropriately identifying your ability level during registration is really important

Never Ever
Skiers who have never skied, or skied once or twice a long time ago 
“How do I put these boots into those binder things?”


Skiers who have skied occasionally, but not had much instruction; or have skied a couple times each winter but ski fitness is low.  
“I’ve been sliding around on skis, but really don’t know what I’m doing.  I need to learn how to do this right!”

Skiers who have skied frequently, have had some coaching and know what to do, and want tips and skills to ski more efficiently and faster.  
“My friends are all faster than me and I want to be able to keep up.  If I’m going to do this sport, I need to learn how to do it right! I’m thinking about doing a race or two.”

Those who ski a lot, have had coaching in the past, race occasionally or frequently, and want to ski stronger, faster and with higher efficiency and are quite fit.  
“I love nordic skiing and want to ski better.  I have goals for racing and would like to race faster.  I’ve been doing some ski training this fall.”

Other valuable points for having a successful camp …

  • You can identify different ability levels for different techniques – you may be an intermediate in Classic, but beginner in Skate.
  • You can change groups at any time – even in the middle of a clinic; our coaches will help you decide if a different group is best and assist you in sliding over to a better match for your ability and fitness.
  • You can change groups at lunch if you get too tired to keep up, or feel you need a different level.
  • When in doubt, choose an easier group – better to start in an easier group, get your skills mastered and move up, than to get discouraged skiing with stronger skiers.
  • We will have 2 coaches in groups with 8 or more – those groups will split again by ability 10-15 minutes into the clinic.

If after reading these descriptions you feel you want to change the group you registered for, email  If you have questions, or need help deciding on which group best suits you, email Murray:


All clinic costs include a complimentary CB Nordic trail pass.

Round Robin Refresher

Thursday, November 23rd, 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

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.”

Half Day – Introductory Lessons

Friday & Saturday, November 24th & 25th, to  12 p.m – 3:30 p.m.

We offer half-day, sessions for individuals curious about trying skate and classic disciplines for the first time.  These group lessons will be geared toward introducing “never-ever” participants to classic and skate technique.  Friday clinic will be Skate focused, with Saturday focused on Classic.

Full Day Clinics

Friday & Saturday, November 24th & 25th, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

We offer full day Skate & Classic 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 in a heated enclosure.  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.

The Full Day Clinic fee includes complimentary hot soup lunch at the Nordic Center.

Kids Ski Camp – Full Day

Friday & Saturday, November 24th & 25th, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  

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

Understanding that younger kids may not be inclined to spend a full day outside on snow, camper’s will have the option in the afternoon to experience the Trailhead Children’s Museum.  After being served soup lunch at the Nordic Center, kids will be chaperoned by camp instructors to the  Museum in Mt. Crested Butte, for an afternoon of indoor free play.

Kids Camp Registration includes: ski equipment, instruction, hot soup lunch and Children’s Museum admission.


U16 Junior Training Camp

Join us for 2 1/2 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.

We invite coaches to ski along with the kids, help coach and learn from our coaches.  No fees for coaches who bring 3 or more skiers.

1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Skate Technique

Opening games and challenges, then easy skiing with kids of your same ability.

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Classic Technique –
skills, drills and easy technique skiing.
1:00 p.m. –  3:00 p.m. Skate Technique – easy skiing with technique tips, fun drills and sprints.

9:30 a.m. – Skate Race – 2km, low key fun race with no prizes – just ski fast & have a blast!

Other Activities

Winter Kick-Off Celebration
Saturday, November 25th at 6 PM, Crested Butte Historic Railroad Depot

Join our local nordic community for a social gathering, commemorating the camp, while sharing aspirations for the coming ski season!  Nordic themed entertainment, as well as  panel discussion to follow dinner.

Meal options include meat & vegetarian lasagna with salad & bread sides.  Beer, wine and soft drinks included.

Dinner Tickets: $30 / Adult ,  $15 / Youth
Tickets may be purchased through online registration

Nordic Strength Training – FREE Sessions
Friday & Saturday – 7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Join fitness professional and ski enthusiast, Ginny Turner of CORE Fitness for specific strength that supports your Nordic skiing. Ginny will take you through several core and Nordic ski stabilization  exercise programs to support your skiing throughout the season. A virtual link to the training program, including video tutorials, will be emailed to each participant, to  keep your training motivation up at home!

Space is limited to 12 persons a session.  Sign up at the Nordic Center the day prior to reserve your spot.

Wine & Waxing – FREE 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!

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

Youth – 1k/3k & 5k Skate
Kids race FREE / $10 Adult Race Fee
A fun filled, multi-lap course will be set to put your new skillset’s to the test!  Incorporating lot’s of agility 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.  Video analysis of race performance provided to camp participants.
Pre-Register Here

Camp Culmination Tour
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to noon – $30

A low intensity / long distance tour on the greater nordic network will be offer Sunday morning.  This capstone ski outing will be one last opportunity to gain personalized feedback from coaches, over the course of this casual morning tour.     


Fisher Demos


A full fleet of Fischer skate, classic and twin skin ski models will be available for demoing Friday through Sunday.  Gear will distributed on a first come first serve basis.

You may reserve CB Nordic Classic and Skate rental equipment at a 25% discount when you register online.  Equipment can be picked up on site at the Crested Butte Nordic Center.  We encourage anyone renting gear to get themselves fit a good 30 minutes ahead of their scheduled clinic.

Click here to see our price list.


Nathan Schultz

Nathan Schultz is a former professional skier and Founder of Boulder Nordic Sport. Nathan lives in Boulder, Colorado and stays busy juggling making a living in a small niche industry and raising a daughter who is reluctantly turning into a cross-country skier.

Kevin Koval

Kevin (aka “Professor K”) grew up in Whiting, IN playing basketball and baseball then later moved on to cross-country running and wrestling, finally finding success in cycling. Racing through college led to starting a coaching company to help adult clients reach their full athletic potential. In 2011 Kevin moved to Crested Butte where he took up Nordic skiing and hasn’t looked back, becoming a PSIA certified Instructor. This is Kevin’s third year on the staff working with first-timers, Masters racers and everyone in between. 

Murray Banks

leading pack
A Vermont transplant, Murray has been a long time coach in West Yellowstone and Crested Butte camps.  He blends experience as a school teacher & coach with training and racing for national and world championships in skiing and triathlons.

Jennifer Vona

A transplanted Philly girl, Jenn is a PSIA certified Nordic Instructor and brings a fun, enthusiastic energy to Nordic skiing. With 35+ years performing in complex skill sports ranging from alpine skiing, dance, gymnastics and sculling, she understands the importance of being body aware, taking things slow, and that style points DO matter.

Joellen Fonken

Joellen loves everything about winter, just makes her smile. Joellen has lived in the valley for 30 years and is passionate about sharing Nordic skiing with everyone. With one season at Crested Butte Nordic and PSIA certified she is hitting the ground gliding. In the off season, you can find her on a road or mountain bike “going out for a long one”.

Toni Westerholm

Toni brings additional international flair to our camp with Swedish and Finnish heritage.  He returned “home” last winter to compete in the Vasa Loppet in Sweden.  Toni has been a CB Nordic instructor for several years and helps coach the CB Masters training group.

Barb Hammond


Barb is a deep rooted Crested Butte nordic instructor, who routinely skis with the CB Masters Training Group.  She has been coaching with the youth program for the past 3 years and has a passion instilling a love for nordic skiing in the early years of life.  Her son & husband are avid skiers as well, so you’ll find her family on the Crested Butte tracks many days a week.  Barb is a New England transplant and raced in Vermont throughout her childhood and at the University of Vermont.  She has a knack for creating tips that skiers can easily use to improve technique… and she always makes it fun, as you can see in her photo winning the Alley Loop in a tutu and top hat!


Brittany Perkins

Brittany grew up in Breckenridge, CO and skied competitively for the Summit Nordic Ski Club throughout her youth. She then moved on to ski for Western State Colorado University and moved to Crested Butte upon graduating. Brittany has been the recreation program coordinator for the Crested Butte Nordic Team for the past 3 years.

Jane Banks


A transplant from Vermont to Crested Butte, Jane has coached masters and children’s programs for 30+ years.  She is a Masters National and World Champion, but it is her experience as a high school teacher and coach allows her to blend skiing technique with fun drills and skills.  Most recently, Jane coaches the Crested Butte Gray Hares, a team of skiers who are age 50+, who meet weekly for ski outings and coaching.


 Jon Dellios, Kids Camp Leader

Jon brings the best of both worlds to our Kids Camp…He is a 30+ year veteran elementary school teacher and is currently teaching middle and high school physical education. He holds a USSA Level 200 Nordic ski coaching certificate and is an annual Wave 1 American Birkebeiner ski racer.