Thanksgiving Nordic Ski Camp

The 17th Annual

Thanksgiving Nordic Ski Camp

November 23rd – 26th, 2017

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On Snow Clinics

Free Ski Day

Fischer Demos

Free Passes & Equipment for Kids 17 and Under

Lodging Deals

Crested Butte offers some of the best early season skiing in the country on our immaculately groomed and scenic trail network.  Our ordinary camp venue offers skiing directly from the Nordic Center in Crested Butte.  In lower snow years, the camp venue is moved to Lily Lake, higher up on Kebler Pass, 6 miles west of town.   Lily Lake, which is in the vicinity of Irwin, CO, receives an average of 600 inches of annual snowfall.   Regardless, we usually have about 10- 25 km of skiing available for Thanksgiving Ski Camp, depending on how the early season shapes up.  Come and take some clinics or just come and ski!

2017 Camp Info

  • Clinics

    All clinic costs include a complimentary CB Nordic trail pass.

    Round Robin Refresher (Classic Technique)

    Thursday, November 24th, 9 a.m. to 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.”

    Full Day Clinics

    Friday & Saturday, November 25th & 26th, 9 a.m. to 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. Race minded skiers will have the opportunity to receive instruction from former Olympian, Ingrid Butts, Masters World Champion, Murray Banks, and renowned instructor Ross Matlock.  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.

    Introductory Lessons- 1/2 Day

    Friday & Saturday, November 25th & 26th, to  12 p.m – 3:30 p.m.

    We will be offering half-day, afternoon 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.

    Kids Ski Camp – Full Day

    Friday & Saturday, November 25th & 26th, 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. to 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!
    9:00- 3:00 – trails open for free skiing with your coaches and parents.

  • Registration Fees

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      Discount Full Day Half Day Round Robin Kids Camp
    August-September -30% $91.00 $45.50 $21.00 $15.00
    October -20% $104.00 $52.00 $24.00 $15.00
    November -10% $117.00 $58.50 $27.00 $15.00
    Walk Up 0% $130.00 $65.00 $30.00 $15.00R

    *Refund Policy:
    In the event that there is insufficient snow accumulation to hold on-snow clinics, we will offer full refunds to registered participants who do not wish to attend dry land training exercises.

  • Instructors

    Murray Banks

    leading packA 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.

    Ingrid Butts


    While Ingrid is most known for her Albertville and Lillehammer Olympic performances, we in the valley know her as the consummate nordic ski coach, personalizing her world-class experience for every level of skier.  She has been a mainstay in our Camp for many years and as a master skier herself, and knows how to connect with citizen racers.


    Ross Matlock

    Ross Matlock, Hokkaido, Japan

    Ross is our long time Thanksgiving Camp anchor, having organized and coached here for many years.  He is PSIA certified and a member of the PSIA National Nordic Team.  And, as our resident Aussie, adds an international flair to our coaching team.

    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.

    Steph Race


    Steph is a PSIA instructor and examiner and directs the Women’s Skate Clinics at the Frisco Nordic Center.  She can be found leading clinics throughout Colorado and teaching at Breckenridge and Frisco throughout the winter.   As a 20 year veteran firefighter, Steph has made skiing both her fun and her alternative career and now enjoys coaching and racing.

    Jane Banks


    A recent 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 that allows her to blend skiing technique with fun drills and skills.

    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!


    U16 Instructors

    Jennifer Vonna

    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.

    Kevin Koval


    Kevin 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 second year on the coaching staff with the Crested Butte Nordic Team. 


     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.

  • Schedule

    Wednesday, 11/22

    Ski Free at CB Nordic!

    We are offering free skiing to all on Wednesday, November 23rd.

    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Crested Butte Mountain Resort Donation Day

    9 a.m.-4 p.m.

    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.

    Skate Clinic – Full Day
    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

    Performance Nutrition Seminar
    12 Noon – Upstairs Nordic Center

    Introductory Clinic – SKATE
    12 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

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

    Saturday, 11/25 – Crested Butte Nordic Center

    Wax Bench & Equipment Rental
    8 a.m.

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

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

    Classic Clinic – Full Day
    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 Training Camp -Classic Technique
    9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m

    Fast Wax Clinic – Crested Butte Nordic Center
    12-12:45 p.m.

    Introductory Clinic – CLASSIC
    12 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

    U16 Training Camp – Skate Technique
    1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m

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

    Sunday, 11/26Crested Butte Nordic Center

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

  • Activities and Festivities

    Winter Kick-Off Celebration

    Saturday, November 25th at 6 PM, Historic – Crested Butte Railroad Depot
    Join visiting and local nordic community members for a social gathering to commemorate the camp and to share our aspirations for the coming winter season!  Meal options include meat or vegetarian lasagna,  salad & bread sides.  Beer, wine or soft drinks also included.

    Dinner Tickets: $25 – Adult,  $15 – Kid
    Tickets may be purchased through online registration.

    Ski Free at Crested Butte Nordic!

    Wednesday, November 22nd
    Get out and see why Crested Butte has some of the best early season skiing in the country for FREE!

  • Race

    The Alley Loop Points Series Race #1

    5k & 10k Skate
    Sunday, November 26th at 10 a.m.

    The Alley Loop Points Series is made up of 5 races that start during the Crested Butte Nordic Thanksgiving Ski Camp and end two weeks before the Alley Loop Nordic Marathon.  The races are a perfect opportunity to get in shape for the Alley Loop and are open to all ages and ability levels.  Points will are awarded in each of the five races, with the top 5 male and female cumulative point winners receiving awards for their outstanding commitment to nordic racing in Crested Butte!

    Overall point winners will be celebrated after the last race at the Magic Meadows Yurt.

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  • Equipment Rental & Fischer Demos

    A wide selection of the Fischer skate equipment 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.