Ski School

Ski School: Oregon Nordic Club-Willamette Chapter

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The ski school is comprised of an evening class and a day of ski instruction. Training is appropriate for beginner through intermediate levels. The school teaches, reviews, and gives you an opportunity to practice cross-country skills. Membership is required for participation in the Ski School. COST: $20.00 per student for trail passes and group lesson. Rental skis are available from Hoodoo for $12.00-14.00.

EVENING CLASSROOM SESSION: Tuesday, January 24th, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Pringle Hall, 606 Church St SE, Salem Oregon. The classroom session, taught by experienced ONC skiers, is designed to familiarize the skier with ski safety, equipment, clothing choices, and basic ski skills using a combination of lecture and videos.

ON THE SNOW SESSION: Saturday, January 28, 2017, at Hoodoo’s groomed Nordic trails. The on snow day combines a group lesson, taught by Hoodoo’s PSIA certified nordic instructors, and a practice session with mentoring by ONC’s experienced skiers. Departure time and place from Salem to be announced at the Jan 24th meeting. Return at approximately 5:00 PM. The focus will be on the demonstration and practice of fundamental cross-country skiing skills.

Students are responsible for their own food, water, equipment, and transportation. Car-pooling is encouraged. The club will offer several beginner ski tours during the remainder of the ski season so you can practice your skills. Plus, as a member of the club, you can attend monthly meetings and you will receive the club newsletter.

WAIVER: By signing below, I release the Oregon Nordic Club, Hoodoo, and the US Forest Service from any liability for any injury that may occur while participating in the ski school. I realize there are risks in participating in this outdoor sport, and that some risks are unforeseeable. I give this release freely, with full knowledge that this is a hazardous sporting activity. I will also hold the club, its officers, and the individual instructors harmless for my use or misuse of the information presented.

Name (Print) _____________________________ Signature ________________________________

Nordic Club Member (Y/N) ___ Home Phone ________________ Day Phone ______________

Street Address _____________________________ City _____________________ Zip ________

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Send application to: Oregon Nordic Club, PO Box 181 Salem, OR 97308. For more information, please contact : Bob Young


Often referred to as cross country skiing, Nordic skiing consists of propelling oneself over the snow on skis. The basis of moving along is a kick and glide sequence, assisted by poling. Grip of the ski on the snow is achieved by use of a pattern designed into the ski directly under foot or application of a wax on skis not equipped with such a pattern. Once basic technique is acquired, one is able to traverse just about any terrain. Subsequent practice sets aside such concerns as stopping, negotiating turns, and traversing hills. Efficiency of skiing advances with “time on the snow”, and that combined with improvement in physical strength and endurance that follow, allows greater distances and more challenging terrain to be readily accomplished. Nordic skiing has expanded beyond classic touring to include skate skiing, backcountry excursions, telemark as a sport, and advanced free style that typically entails steep terrain. Gear has been introduced to support these options. Nevertheless the form of Nordic skiing that a majority of participants enjoy is touring. The great feature of cross country is the ability to go just about anywhere there is snow and open country available to the public. The call and enticement is the opening of pristine winter land vistas not to mention the benefit of exercise acquired and the sense of accomplishment in getting there!

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