Backcountry Nordic Ski School (BNSS)

Learn to Nordic Ski in the Backcountry!

Covid Notice: All instructors and participants will be required to show proof of vaccination. A picture or scan of your CDC card will suffice.

Registration for BNSS 2023 – 2024 opens soon!

Saturday Classes                        Sunday Classes                      Wednesday Classes

Experience Colorado’s finest snow, away from the crowds and lift tickets! Learn to be prepared for backcountry trails using classic Nordic-style technique. (No AT or Telemark gear allowed in this school). We accommodate students from “never-evers” (novice) to folks who have skied for years.  Classes are often less than ten students, with at least two instructors.

In December, we hold an interactive lecture on clothing, selection of skis and avalanche awareness. In January, you get three full days on the snow with lessons geared to your level of skill and endurance.  The first on-snow day is at a Nordic center and focuses on becoming comfortable on skis and basic  Nordic “kick and glide” track skills. The second snow day will emphasize basic downhill and uphill techniques. The third day is a trip into the backcountry, with the location tailored to the skill level of your group.

  • Proper skis/gear/clothing for the terrain and conditions you want to ski
  • Better balance techniques
  • Diagonal stride, including poling
  • Downhill maneuvers (includes stopping, which is always good to know…)
  • Turning maneuvers
  • Climbing maneuvers – herringbone, side-step, side-step traverse, etc.
  • Avalanche awareness




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