Open to all adults in the community.

Free lessons will be offered again in 2023 for those looking to try out cross-country skiing.   The Wausau Nordic Ski Club in cooperation with Marathon County offers this wonderful opportunity to get ski equipment, trail pass and lessons at no cost to the adult student.   

The Club provides instructors and the County waives the trail pass and equipment rental for the evening.   Groups are created based on ability and kept small to allow for a quality learning experience.   Nine Mile has lighted trails that make the evening ski experience something special.

The classes offered are based on your skill level and technique you wish to improve upon. Check the class descriptions below to help you select the rignt one for you.

Skiers will need to register online to secure their spot in one of our classes. Classes for each week will open on Wednesday for the classes held the following Tuesday. Registration for the first week’s lesson will be opened once Nine Mile Trails officially opens which is usually around December 15 assuming we get a significant snowfall. The registration link will be posted on this page in the right hand column once it is open.

Dates – 2023 Sessions

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Registration is open for the January 3 class. Classes will open for the remaining classes on the Wednesday preceeding the class at 6:00am.

Evening Schedule

  • 5:45 PM – Skate Beginner
  • 6:00 PM – Classic Beginner I
  • 6:30 PM – Classic Beginner II
  • 6:45 PM – Classic Intermediate
  • 7:00 PM – Classic Beginner I
  • 7;00 PM – Skate Intermediate

Class Levels Offered

  • Classic Beginner I – I’ve never skied before.
  • Classic Beginner II – I’ve skied a little, but not much.
  • Classic Intermediate – I’ve skied before but want to get better.
  • Skate Beginner – I want to learn how to skate ski.
  • Skate Intermediate – I’d like to get better at skate skiing.

Classic vs Skate – What’s the Difference

When you look at the class list, you will see a distinction between classic and skating.   These are two different techniques used to get yourself moving forward with a kick and glide rhythm.   Most adults will start with a classic stride and maybe move on to skating later.   However, it is not totally necessary.  But, having a good classic technique will help you transition to skating when your ready.    If someone has some good experience on ice skates or roller blades, you may find the skate technique not that difficult to master.   Another name for classic skiing is diagonal stride.   To get a good explanation and demonstration of the two techniques, check out the video linked here.

Club membership not required.   Information on becoming a member is available at the lessons.

No children PLEASE.

For questions, contact Rick Barnes  at

Check this site on the day of lessons for any updates in case we have to cancel due to extreme cold or other weather related reason.  We will also post updates on our Facebook page and it would be a good idea to “like” the page so you get notifications of updates.

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