Introduction to Nordic Touring

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Location: Bolton Valley
Dates: February 4th & 11th, 2018
Equipment: Lightweight Nordic 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.


Meeting Location

Bolton Valley Nordic Center in Bolton Valley, VT  |  Map


Dates & Times

(REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN - but will close the Friday before each event)

Sunday, February 4, 2018  |  9:00am to 2:00pm

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Sunday, February 11, 2018  |  9:00am to 2:00pm

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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, check out the Backcountry Equipment Primer on our good friends at the Catamount Trail Association's blog.

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.

Lodging is available on-site at the Inn at Bolton Valley w/ discounts available for participants.

For more information and reservations, please call 877-926-5866.



$75 / person

$65 / person for Catamount Trail Association members

Registration is now open, and will close the Friday before each session.



Refund Policy: 

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.