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Skiing in winter at Wolf Ridge

Cross Country Skiing

Class Details

3 Hours

4th Grade to Adult


Try cross-country skiing as a way to stay active and explore the outdoors in winter.

This class will provide students with an introduction to the lifelong skill of cross country skiing. While indoors, students will learn about the history of the sport and its equipment; including the diversity of materials and styles. Students will then travel outside to nearby ski trails where they will practice and develop specific ski skills that the instructor has demonstrated. Both trails at Wolf Ridge are designed for novice skiers and contain minimal uphill or downhill sections.

Lesson Plan


  1. Science and Technology: Humans adapt to their surroundings by experimenting and developing technology.
  2. Outdoor Recreation: We all have the potential for physical activity and can improve our skills with practice and patience.
  3. Outdoor Recreation: Human-powered sports promote healthy people and environments.
  4. Stewardship and Ethics: Outdoor experiences promote an outdoor ethic of stewardship.


  • List several advances in the history of cross-country skiing.
  • Demonstrate proper fit and use of one style of cross-country ski equipment.
  • Demonstrate beginning cross-country skiing skills.
  • Describe the value of cross-country skiing as a form of individual exercise and a lifetime sport.
  • Explain the role of cross country skiing in developing an outdoor ethic of stewardship.