January 19 Update – Adult lessons are cancelled tonight as Nine Mile remains closed until we get more snow.     

Open to all adults in the community.

Free lessons will be offered again in 2021 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 free lessons will be adjusted a bit this year.    In an effort to make sure we have the right amount of equipment and instructors available, we plan to use a sign-up form that our attendees can use to reserve a space and let us know what kind of instruction you are looking for such as beginner or intermediate or classic/skate lessons.   Because of the Covid-19 situation, we will also provide varied arrival times and limited class size to make sure we can safely provide this highly popular service.   Lessons are expected to start in January assuming we have sufficient snow.

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.


Sign-up links will be available here in late December.
January 5 – Class cancelled due to low snow conditions. 
January 12 – Class cancelled due to low snow conditions. 
January 19 – Class cancelled due to low now condition.
January 26
February 2 (added class)

Weekly Class Schedule

  • 6:00 pm:   Skate Beginner – I want to learn how to skate ski.
  • 6:15 pm:   Classic Beginner I – I’ve never skied before.
  • 6:30 pm:  Classic Beginner II – I’ve skied a little, but not much.
  • 6:45 pm:  Classic Intermediate – I’ve skied before but want to get better.
  • 7:00 pm:  Skate Intermediate – I’d like to get better at skate skiing.
  • 7:00 om: Classic Beginner I – I’ve never skied before.
  • Additional sections may be added if demand warrants and instructors are available.

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.

2021 Plan and Covid-19 Considerations

The Club is currently evaluating the current Covid-19 pandemic situation and how we are able to offer lessons this year in a safe manner.   We feel this is an important part of our overall program and do want to offer lessons, but with safety of both our participants and volunteers a primary concern.    In order to keep crowding to a minimum and reduce our in-building time, we anticipate taking the following steps.

  1. Classes will be offered with staggered start times to reduce the number of people arriving or leaving at any one time.   You are asked to show up 15 minutes prior to your selected start time to get your gear, put on your boots and move outside to meet up with your instructor.
  2. All registration for the sessions will be done online via TeamSnap.   (links in right-side column)  We will not have an indoor registration table like we have in the past.   This will also allow us to guarantee instructors and equipment will be available which was a problem last year  as we had larger than expected turn-out.   Check-in instructions will be provided when you complete the online sign-up.
  3. We will need to adhere to County-established guidelines for access to the chalet which will limit the number of people in the chalet at any time, limit on the amount of time in the chalet, and masks required.    Masks are not required during skiing.    There will also be entrance and exit doors.
  4. Meeting places outdoors will be established to connect with your instructors and group.

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

No children PLEASE.

For questions, contact Rick Barnes  at adultlessons@wausaunordic.org

If you signed up, but now will be unable to make it to the class, please let us know by emailing a message to adultlessons@wausaunordic.org.   Make sure to include the date and class information so we can easily find your name.    Your help in this regard will enable us to open up slots to others as we do expect demand to be high.

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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