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Register now for Yellowstone Ski Festival clinics

Wed, Oct  1, 2008 - By Sara Hoovler

West Yellowstone, MontanaThe Yellowstone Ski Festival Clinics are one of the most popular aspects to Thanksgiving Week.  Our clinics are suitable for Nordic skiers of all ability levels.  This is the perfect way to learn to ski or fine tune your technique.  Don’t spend all season wishing you would have made your first tracks in West Yellowstone this November.

The Yellowstone Ski Festival Clinics offers a wide variety of options.  Choose from multi-day or single day clinics, traditional, women’s specific, junior race, or just plain fun for the kids!

Each clinic starts off the first morning with an assessment of your current ability.  Skiers are placed by our staff of elite instructors into small groups with similar skills.  Your will ski with your group for the duration of your clinic.  Come ready for two on-snow training sessions each day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Additional evening classroom sessions will focus on technique, waxing, and training.  

The 3 and 5 day clinics teach both classic and skate techniques.  Why both you ask?  The fundamentals of skate skiing and classic skiing are similar.  After years of coaching these clinics, our professional instructors feel that in order to be a good skate skier you must also learn to be a good classic skier.  3 and 5 day clinic participants should be sure to bring both waxable classic and skate skis to West Yellowstone.  A limited number of skis can be rented from local shops throughout the ski season.  It is best to call in advance.  Freeheel & Wheel (406.646.7744) or Bud Lilly’s (406.646.7801).

We offer one day clinics that focus entirely on one style of skiing.  Sign up for either Thursday November 27 or Saturday November 29 for the one day skate skiing clinic or Friday November 28 for a classic ski clinic.  The one day clinics are extremely popular and fill up quickly.  Due to skier demand, we are offering a classic specific clinic this year.  Try something new, and kick and glide your way throughout the Rendezvous Ski Trails.  

The Junior Racer’s two day clinic will be held on November 28th and 29th.  This clinic is suited for skiers aged 11-15 who are interested in competitive racing.  A minimum of eight participants is needed to conduct this clinic and will be full at sixteen participants.

The Montana Outdoor Science School will be offering programs for children on Friday November 28th and Saturday November 29th.  The details of these programs are currently being worked out and registration information and more details will be posted at http://yellowstoneskifestival.com/clinics.htm l as soon as it is available.  The MOSS clinics will be based out of the Days Inn.  Pre-registration is required and your children will thank you.

We recommend registering for the Yellowstone Ski Festival Clinics now! 

Space is still available in all clinics but they will fill up soon.  We received this email from Jennifer R. in Pennsylvania:

“My husband and I have spent the last three years in West Yellowstone for Thanksgiving.  We have drug our feet debating whether or not to sign up for the clinics each year and wondered about snow.  Each year the clinics were full by the time we decided.  Each year West Yellowstone has had snow over Thanksgiving and we wished we had started our ski season under professional guidance.  We are already signed up for this year and can not wait to be back in West Yellowstone for the Yellowstone Ski Festival.  Thank you for providing such a wonderful ski experience for our family.”


Information about the Yellowstone Ski Festival Clinics can be found at http://yellowstoneskifestival.com/clinics.html .  Registration forms can be printed from http://yellowstoneskifestival.com/Clinic_Registration%202008.pdf.htm .   Clinic inquiries should be directed to Drew Barney (406.646.9379 evenings) PO Box 104, West Yellowstone, MT 59758.

For all other questions about the Yellowstone Ski Festival, please contact Sara Hoovler at 406-599-4465 or info@yellowstoneskifestival.com

See you on the snow this November in West Yellowstone!