Loppet Trail Kids

Beginner Nordic Ski Clinics


Our Beginner Nordic Ski Clinics are part of the Loppet Foundation’s Trail Kids year-round programming.

The purpose of these three-week ski clinics is to get more youth into the sport of nordic skiing. The clinics are designed for beginners and will focus on teaching the fundamental skills of classic ski or skate ski technique. The clinics will include technique drills, relays, and games on skis – with the main focus on developing skills, having fun, and falling in love with a lifetime sport! Please read all equipment and registration information before registering.

*Participants must attend one of the clinics before they register for a 5 or 10-week Winter Ski Programs, or have equivalent skill and experience. Please refer to the Nordic Ski Ability Level Registration Guide when registering your child. Following the clinics, participants can choose to continue with Trail Kids programming by signing up for our Winter Nordic Ski Programs. For more information on the Winter Nordic Ski Programs, email trailkids@loppet.org.

Friend Requests: For safety and equity reasons, Trail Kids does not offer friend requests as part of registration. The mass quantity of friend requests made it impossible to accommodate them all and greatly impacted safety and group dynamics. We would love to allow everyone to practice with their friends, but if we cannot accommodate all friend requests, we cannot offer them to everyone. We encourage riders to embrace the opportunity to form new friendships through our programs!

*NEW Lottery Registration for Winter 2022-2023*

Lottery registration will be open from October 1, 2022 at 8am to October 6, 2022 at 5pm. Lottery selections will take place on October 7, 2022 at 8am.

Due to an increasing participant demand and our desire for a more equitable registration process, Trail kids will move to a Lottery system. Lottery Registration will be open from October 1, 2022 at 8am until October 6, 2022 at 5pm. Lottery selection will take place on Friday October 7, 2022 at 8am. Selected participants will be automatically notified at this time. Good news! Once lottery selections are complete, the participants not selected will be automatically added to a waitlist, and you’ll be notified right away if a spot has opened up for you.

Classic Clinic 1: Introduction to Classic Ski Technique

  • Dates: December 7, 14, & 21, 2022
  • Days/Time: Wednesdays 4 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags east of the Trailhead)
  • Registration Fee: $75, $30 for rental equipment, if needed (rentals are limited)
  • Type of instruction: Classic technique
  • Equipment needed: Classic skis (skin skis or kickwax skis) and poles (shoulder height). Combi boots can be used.

Skate Clinic 1: Introduction to Skate Ski Technique

  • Dates: December 8, 15, & 22, 2022
  • Days/Time: Thursdays 4 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags east of the Trailhead)
  • Registration Fee: $75, $30 for rental equipment, if needed (rentals are limited)
  • Type of instruction: Skate technique
  • Equipment needed: Skate skis and poles (nose height). Combi boots can be used.

Skate Clinic 2: Introduction to Skate Ski Technique

  • Dates: January 2, 9, & 23 (no practice MLK Day), 2023
  • Days/Time: Mondays 4 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags east of the Trailhead)
  • Registration Fee: $75, $30 for rental equipment, if needed (rentals are limited)
  • Type of instruction: Skate technique
  • Equipment needed: Skate skis and poles (nose height). Combi boots can be used.

Classic Clinic 2: Introduction to Classic Ski Technique

  • Dates: January 3, 10, & 17, 2023
  • Days/Time: Tuesdays 4 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags east of the Trailhead)
  • Registration Fee: $75, $30 for rental equipment, if needed (rentals are limited)
  • Type of instruction: Classic technique
  • Equipment needed: Classic skis (skin skis or kickwax skis) and poles (shoulder height). Combi boots can be used.

Skate Clinic 3: Introduction to Skate Ski Technique

  • Dates: January 31, February 7, & February 14, 2023
  • Days/Time: Tuesdays 4 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags east of the Trailhead)
  • Registration Fee: $75, $30 for rental equipment, if needed (rentals are limited)
  • Type of instruction: Skate technique
  • Equipment needed: Skate skis and poles (nose height). Combi boots can be used.

Classic Clinic 3: Introduction to Classic Ski Technique

  • Dates: February 2, 9, & 16, 2023
  • Days/Time: Thursdays 4 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags east of the Trailhead)
  • Registration Fee: $75, $30 for rental equipment, if needed (rentals are limited)
  • Type of instruction: Classic technique
  • Equipment needed: Classic skis (skin skis or kickwax skis) and poles (shoulder height). Combi boots can be used.

For more information on ski equipment and dressing for our program activities, view the Winter Equipment & Clothing Guide.

Financial Assistance and Sibling Discounts

Financial Assistance: Trail Kids provides financial assistance for those in need, up to 100% of the registration cost. To apply, please fill out our Trail Kids Financial Assistance Application Form. We will follow up with you with instructions on how to register at a price that is manageable for your family. For information about Trail Kids Program scholarships email trailkids@loppet.org

Sibling Discount: For those families who have three or more kids in the program we will given a 15% discount code. Please email trailkids@loppet.org for more information.

Refund Policy

The Loppet will issue a full refund of the program fee minus the original processing fee up until 6 weeks before the program starts. Between 6 weeks and 4 weeks from the program start date, a 50% refund will be issued. Between 4 and 3 weeks from the program start date, a 25% refund will be issued. There are no refunds for any cancellations within less than 3 weeks of the start of a program. During the program, if your child has a medical issue that makes it impossible to participate, we will issue a prorated refund minus the processing fee. If the Loppet cancels a program, a full refund will be issued. For instructions on how to request a refund, click here.

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