Introduction To Nordic Touring
Location: Bolton Valley
Dates: February 5th & 12th, 2017
Equipment: Lightweight Backcountry Touring
This introductory course is aimed at the new skier looking to try point-to-point backcountry touring on the Catamount Trail or other similar trails using lightweight nordic touring equipment. The course will emphasize skill demonstration, practice, evaluation and feedback. Likely participants might never have been on skis before, but will probably have some skiing experience and are now interested in getting off the beaten path. This class will take place near the Bolton Valley Nordic Center and will spend most of it’s time on the surrounding groomed trails. We will cover different equipment types, layering strategies, moving forward efficiently, stopping/speed control, turning, and basic uphill technique. The goal of this course is to introduce and reinforce the basic skills required to participate on an easy tour over gently rolling terrain. Once comfortable with the skills presented during this course, participants will be ready for the Intermediate Overland Touring Course.
Bolton Valley Nordic Center in Bolton Valley, VT | Map
Dates & Times
Sunday, February 5, 2017 | 9:00am to 2:00pm
Sunday, February 12, 2017 | 9:00am to 2:00pm
9:15am – Check-In at Bolton Valley Nordic Center Note: Rental equipment is available on-site (recommend reserving in advance)
9:45am – Introduction & Welcome
10:00am – Instruction Begins
2:00pm – Instruction Ends
Recommended Equipment & Rentals
For Introduction To Nordic Touring participants will need lightweight backcountry touring equipment. This means skis that are slightly wider and have metal edges and waxless bases. Acceptable boots and bindings include lightweight 3-pin, NNN BC, and SNS BC options. Climbing skins will not be needed. For more specific equipment recommendations please read our Backcountry Equipment Primer.
We would specifically recommend skis like the Rossignol BC90 mated with a lightweight 3-pin boot and binding system. The 3-pin system typically offers a little more control and during these early stages of development they will offer additional security and help you focus on learning and practicing.
Suitable rental equipment is available at the Bolton Valley Nordic Center. Please secure any necessary rentals before the morning of the event. You want to make sure everything is compatible, in good working order, and that the boots fit well.
Bolton Valley Resort, 4302 Bolton Valley Access Rd, Bolton Valley, VT 05477
Old Stagecoach Inn, 18 N Main St, Waterbury, VT 05676
802-244-5056, www.oldstagecoach.com, Lodging@oldstagecoach.com
CTA Members: $55.00 / Non-members: $75.00
Registration will close the Friday before each session.
All registrations are considered final with no refunds. If the event is cancelled due to weather or conditions, a full refund minus $20 will be provided, or participants can choose to attend a different course if available.