Nordic Ski Lessons

Nordic Ski Lessons

Lesson Basics -

  • Lessons can accommodate a single skier or multiple skiers who book together and are of a similar skill level (maximum of 6 skiers).
  • Lessons are one hour long.
  • Lessons are available in both Classic and Skate Techniques (must choose one technique per lesson - see Technique tab for descriptions).
  • Lessons cover exactly what you want, from basic skills to hills and everything in between. Our Instructors specialize in:
    • Video analysis
    • Steep uphill & downhill travel - Tele turns on your Nordic skis? Yes you can.
    • Intro to marathon skiing - need help prepping for Ski to the Sun?
    • Matching your technique to the terrain - there is a better way.
  • Equipment rental and trail access are not included with the lesson.
  • Skiers need to be at least 10 years of age. Exceptions may be granted if the skier has had previous Nordic experience.
  • Our Nordic Ski Instructors are friendly, enthusiastic, and PSIA certified.

Lesson Schedule*

Lesson Time

Days of the Week

Lesson Location

Ski Technique

9:00 - 10:00 am ALL Icicle River Trails

Skate or Classic

10:30 - 11:30 am ALL Icicle River Trails

Skate or Classic

12:00 - 1:00 pm ALL Icicle River Trails

Skate or Classic

1:30 - 2:30 pm ALL Icicle River Trails

Skate or Classic

*Lessons for other times and locations are available by special request.

To book your lesson, fill out the Request Form, call the Lesson Line during operating hours at 509.548.6975 or email [email protected].

Please Note: This is a request form. Submission of this form does not guarantee a lesson reservation.

Our staff will do their best to honor your choices below. We will be in touch with you to reserve your lesson at our earliest convenience.

Same day lesson requests may not be fulfilled.



Contact Information:



Lesson Information:

All lessons are held at the Icicle River Trails Location unless a different location is requested.







Please tell us about the skier(s):

* If you would like to schedule a Lesson for a child under 10, please fill out the comments section below and we'll get in touch with you.



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All lessons are private

However, you are welcome to schedule a lesson with friends or family. A better experience will be had by all if those of you taking a lesson together are of similar ability. 

  • $70 for one person

  • $55 each for 2 people*

  • $50 each for groups of 3 - 6 people*

*If registering multiple attendees for a single lesson, all participants must book at the same time.

Things to Note:

  • Lesson fees do not include trail access. A Nordic Day Ticket or a Season Pass will be required.

  • Rental equipment is not provided or available on site; please see our equipment rental page for more information.

  • Lessons are to be paid in full at the time of booking. Full refunds are issued only if the lesson is cancelled within 24 hours of scheduled time.

There are two Nordic ski techniques


Classic technique

This is what you probably think of when you picture someone "cross country skiing". This is a more introductory technique and is a great place to start if you've never skied before. Classic skiers utilize the Classic Tracks to keep their skies parallel to one another. Classic skis have some structure under the base so that they 'grip' the snow when you place pressure on them. See the Equipment tab for more information.

Classic Skier

Skate technique

Skating is a faster, more dynamic technique, that requires more athletic ability and balance than Classic technique. In skate technique, the skis are in a "V" shape - pointed outward, and the skier alternately pushes off one ski and glides on the other in a motion similar to ice skating. Skate skiers utilize the flat skate deck, adjacent to the Classic tracks. Skate skis are completely smooth on the bottom. See the Equipment tab for more information.

Skate Skier


There are two main types of Nordic skis


Classic Skis

The majority of Classic skis have some structure on the base that allows them to grip the snow when you apply pressure. It is this grip on the snow that allows the skier to propel themselves forward. Some higher end Classic skis are smooth, and those require the application of a sticky wax to the base in order to make them work. That type is for the advanced Classic skier and are not recommended for lessons, as our Instructors will not be able to help you with preparing the bases.

ski bottoms

Types of Classic skis. From left to right: waxable, skin, and fish scales. Fish scale skis are the most common rental type.

Skate Skis

Skate skis are all smooth on the bottom. If you are questioning whether a smooth base pair of skis is skate or waxable classic, look at the top of the ski. Most of them are named in such a way as to be clear.

Equipment Rental


  • Lessons do not include access to the terrain.

  • Your lesson is fully refundable if you cancel within 24 hours before your lesson.

  • Payment is required at time of booking.

  • Be sure that you know what lesson you're booking. Our Nordic Instructors are amazing at what they do, but if you show up for a Skate Lesson with a snowboard... that's on you.

  • The weather is out of our control and snow conditions can be variable. You will be refunded in full if we have to cancel your lesson due to hazardous conditions, low snow levels, or other unforeseen factors.

We put on numerous clinics each year.

Multi-week Clinic, Skill Builder Clinics, and more! Options for both Classic and skate technique.

Clinic Info