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Fri, Feb 23


Wasatch County

Cross Country Skiing - Soldier Hollow (Intro Clinic)

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Cross Country Skiing - Soldier Hollow (Intro Clinic)
Cross Country Skiing - Soldier Hollow (Intro Clinic)

Time & Location

Feb 23, 2024, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Wasatch County, Soldier Hollow, Utah 84049, USA


About the event

*This is a lottery event. You will be notified on Dec 7th if you got in. If you are on the waiting list, you will be notified as spots open up.


11:30 am - Carpooling

1230 pm - Rent Gear

1-4pm - Ski Lesson and Ski  

What is classic nordic skiing and why do I love it?

Classic nordic skiing has been practiced in a similar form for over 5000 years.  It is exploration, exercise or a means of transportation.  I love that I can take classic (off trail) skis up many trails, or canyons, with my dogs, and I don’t need grooming.  Skis are faster and more efficient than snowshoes, especially when going downhill.  Classic skiing can be relatively inexpensive and can be practiced for free around the state.  Soldier Hollow is our nordic olympic site and offers groomed trails and rentals making it a great place to learn.

Location: Soldier Hollow Nordic Center, Midway, Utah (2002 Soldier Hollow Lane, PO Box 2002, Midway, UT 84049)


  • Ski Pass ($0 on free ski day or if you have a season pass, $20 day pass)
  • Ski Rental ($0 if you have your own classic skis and poles, $28 for XC Skis, Poles, Boots)
  • Each person to pay Soldier Hollow on arrival as needed and sign Soldier Hollow waiver as needed


  • Dress as if you were going to be running in the same temperature, but with clothing that will stay warm when wet or is weather resistant.  You will get wet from falling in the snow and sweating.
  • Much XC ski clothing has breathable sections in heat areas and wind resistance on the front.  A single thin layer on top and bottom which may be synthetic or wool, with thin wool socks, and a vest or lightweight jacket for wind is usually sufficient.  If you only have leggings, a pair of shorts over the top adds wind resistance.
  • Lightweight gloves or mittens that fit well, water proof is nice, but not required, and something to cover your ears like a buff.  Sunglasses or clear glasses depending on the day.
  • A small waist pack for keys, phone, snack, and maybe a small water bottle is recommended.  It needs to be small, and not bounce or get in your way and not a backpack because backpacks change weight distribution and will make it harder for you.
  • You may wish to bring a change of socks and other clothes for the drive home.  I usually need a full change of clothes!
  • An updated clothing recommendation will be made in the slack channel based on the temperature and forecast!

Link to Soldier Hollow Nordic Center Soldier Hollow Nordic Center

Nordic Shop Rates Pricing Nordic Shop Rates

Trail Map SOHO-Winter-2020.21-Map-with-Legend

Intro Clinic Schedule:

  • 11:30 am - Carpooling
  • 12:30 pm to 1 pm - assist with ski rentals, waivers, etc
    • warm lodge / shop with bathrooms
  • 1 pm - On snow in the upper teaching area!
    • Introductions and XC Ski Experience
    • Talk about some differences in our equipment
  • We will cover this video, so it is good to watch in advance: Classic Cross-Country Skiing for Beginners: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started || REI
  • Basics in the upper teaching area:
    • Basic body position for stability
    • Putting your skis on
    • Basic striding shuffle with no poles
    • Add a glide
    • Shift weight
    • Stop and turn
    • The Track is Optional!
    • Falling and getting up
  • Ski out and down Lower Hollow to the Stadium which has a longer flat space to practice, and we may ski the Sprint Loop or stay in the stadium area depending on skills and snow:
    • double pole
    • diagonal striding
    • figure eight turns with picking up your feet
    • getting the glide
    • herringbone uphill
    • half wedge to slow speed
    • stepping in and out of the track
    • full wedge
  • 3 pm (ish) - Optional Ski! Depending on snow coverage and skill level, we will ski one or both of these loops, and if you’re too tired already we will ski you back to the lodge first!
    • option a: cowboy way to heber valley express loop
    • option b: lower hollow to pony express loop
  • The ski area closes at 4 pm so we will have wrapped up before then!

Lead Guide: Ann Von Brincken 385-787-8778

Base Commander: Emily Hacken 801-860-4591

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