The Masters Community

Ski Better, Ski Faster, Have More Fun!

We offer personalized coaching in small-group settings so you can improve technique and fitness with stimulating drills, video, fast skiing, fun, and camaraderie. The Masters Community one-hour classes are for all adult skiers, from beginners to experts, who want to learn to ski better and have more fun!

What is Masters?

Being a part of the CB Nordic Masters Community doesn’t mean that you’ve “mastered” the sport of nordic skiing, it is is just a differentiation from our “youth” or school-aged skier programs. Our Masters Community programs are open to anyone and everyone that has aged out of our youth programs.

Program Guide

Check out our 2021-2022 Masters Community Program Guide to learn about what Masters programs are being offered and to decide what’s right for you.

Masters community skills clinic with Mt Crested Butte in the background

Take your skate or classic skiing to the next level with our instructional and fun courses. Our expert team of instructors will move beyond the fundamentals, building your confidence and efficiency. Progressing through our courses will have you skiing farther and faster than you thought possible! Classes start promptly at the listed time and last for 60 minutes (Performance Training runs for 75 mins). 

Program Descriptions

Level 1 Classic

This course will improve your ability to:

  • Ski green trails without walking!
  • Safely control your speed on downhills
  • Ski up moderate hills
  • Continuously ski the Town Ranch loop

Level 1 Skate

This course will improve your ability to:

  • Skate on green trails
  • Safely control your speed on downhills
  • Skate up moderate hills
  • Continuously skate the Town Ranch loop

Level 2 Skate or Classic

This course will improve your ability to:

  • Ski on blue trails
  • Manage speed and direction (turn) on downhills
  • Ski up intermediate hills
  • Hockey stop (look cool!)
  • Learn kick double pole or V2 and transition between techniques
  • Continuously ski the Ruthie’s West loop

Level 3 Skate or Classic

This course will improve your ability to:

  • Adjust tempo and ski with glide on any trail
  • Optimize speed and direction on downhills
  • Transition efficiently between all techniques, (classic) diagonal stride, kick double pole, double pole, (skate) V1, V2, V2A, free skate
  • Continuously ski the Ruthie’s East loop

Performance Training Group

The focus of each day will be skiing 10+ km, often with specific intervals in a lightly coached environment. This is a group for strong skiers looking to ski fast and have fun with other like-minded skiers.

Performance Technique Group

This course will improve your ability to:

  • Accelerate, change technique and optimize speed in ALL terrain
  • Utilize your fitness to improve speed and maximize efficiency
  • Start a race with power and enhance versatility with all techniques in all terrain

Intro to Racing

Thinking about jumping in a race or two this season? Learn what to expect on race day, how to warm up, pacing during the race, nutrition, ski prep, and much more.

Whether you want to race the 5K Funski series or the Alley Loop marathon, this course will have you putting on your bib and heading to the start line with confidence! 

Ski Exploring

This new course is for skiers with some experience who don’t necessarily want the “classroom” setting of our technique courses. Each week will explore a different part of our trail system with our expert staff available to offer advice but mostly there help you have fun and discover new areas to ski. 

CORE Balance for Nordic Skiers

Balance is often a limiter to your ski improvement. This new class from CORE will focus on the specific strength you need to improve your balance and enhance your Nordic skiing this winter. Weekly sessions meet at CORE from 4:15- 5 PM every Wednesday for 15 weeks this winter for $250. Led by Ginny Turner.

Yoga for Nordic Skiers

Our partners at Thrive Yoga Crested Butte have a new class designed specifically to help improve flexibility and strength for Nordic Skiers. This class will be sold in 3-week blocks starting November 8th and running all Mondays at 12:15 this winter for $60. Single class drop-ins are also available directly from Thrive. Led by Jen Laggis.

Level 1

  • No experience necessary
  • Skiers looking to do more than “ski walk”
  • Skiers who struggle going up or down hills.
  • Skiers who have participated in our learn to ski for free lessons and want to take the next step.

Level 2

  • Skiers with experience and the ability to ski green trails in CB. 
  • Skiers who participated in the level 1 or 2 programs last season.

Level 3

  • Skiers with the ability to confidently ski green and blue trails in CB. 
  • Skiers who participated in the level 2 or 3 classic programs last season.  
  • Performance Training group skiers who want to dedicate time to improving efficiency and technique. 
  • Skiers should be able to ski 5K in an hour. 

Performance Training Group

  • Past participants in the Masters Performance Training Group.
  • Skiers with experience and the ability to ski ANY trail in CB. 
  • Skiers who have completed the level 3 classic or level 3 skate program.  
  • Skiers planning to race the 21K or 42K Alley Loop.

Performance Technique Group

  • Past participants in the Masters Performance Training Group.
  • Skiers who have completed the level 3 classic or skate course and want to enhance efficiency and technique.
  • Skiers with experience and the ability to ski any trail in CB. 
  • Skiers planning to race the 21K or 42K Alley Loop.

Intro to Racing

  • Skiers looking to participate in our Community Race Series and/or Alley Loop.
  • Skiers with the ability to confidently ski green and blue trails in CB. 
  • Skiers who participated in the level 1,2 or 3 programs last season.  
  • Skiers should be able to ski 5K in an hour. 

Cost

Levels 1, 2, 3, Performance Technique (3-week courses): $75 for 1 day/week, $150 for 2 days/week.

Performance Training Group (8-week course): $125 for 1 day/week, $200 for 2 days/week.

Technique Courses

3 Week Course - 1 or 2 days/week

3 Week Courses – Class Offerings

Classic

  • Classic L1: Saturday – 10:30 a.m.
  • Classic L2: Tuesday & Thursday – 10:30 a.m. / Wednesday – Noon / Saturday – 10:30 a.m.
  • Classic L3: Wednesday & Friday – 10:30 a.m. 

Skate

  • Skate L1: Wednesday & Friday – Noon / Thursday – Noon / Saturday – Noon
  • Skate L2: Tuesday & Thursday – Noon / Wednesday – 10:30 / Saturday – Noon
  • Skate L3: Tuesday & Thursday – 10:30 a.m. / Friday – Noon

Performance Technique

  • Wednesday – Noon / Friday – Noon

Intro to Racing

  • Thursday – Noon

3 Week Course Session Dates

  • Session 1: 11/30/21 through 12/18/21
  • Session 2: 1/4/22 through 1/22/22
  • Session 3: 2/1/22 through 2/19/22
  • Session 4: 3/1/22 through 3/19/22

Performance Training Group

8 Week Course - 1 or 2 days/week

Performance Training Group Session Dates

11/30/21  through 2/3/22 (no classes 12/20/21 through 1/3/22)

Performance Training Group Course Options

  • 1 or 2 days per week for 8 weeks
  • 1 day/week folks commit to Tuesday or Thursday; No switching days
  • The 10:30 class will be called PG2, slightly lower intensity training.
  • The noon class will be called PG1, higher intensity training. 
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Crested Butte Nordic ski school staff photo with snowcat

Questions?

Uncertain what to enroll in? Fill out this form for a free Ski Better Consultation with Ski School Director, Kevin Koval or email Kevin with questions, skischool@cbnordic.org

Thank you to

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for supporting the Masters Community!