Cross Country Skiing

Outdoor Recreation Skills
| 4th Grade - Adult
| Half Day 3 hrs
| Difficult


This class will provide students with an introduction to the life-long 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.  Both trails at Wolf Ridge are designed for novice skiers and contain minimal uphill or downhill sections.

Class Outline

I. Travel to Ski Area

II. Ski Equipment

A. History of Skiing

B. Equipment

1. Skis and Poles

2.Boots and Bindings

C. Trail Map

III. Beginning Ski Lesson

A. Equipment Check

B. Balance and Falling

C. Forward Motion

D. Stopping

E. Turning

F. Downhills

G. Uphills

IV. Trail Touring

A. Getting Started

B. Advanced Techniques 

V. Conclusion 

A. Ski Stories

B. Advanced Techniques

Concepts and Outcomes


  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.


Upon completion of the Cross Country Skiing class students will be able to:

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


Standards Supported

MN Science Standards  Grade   Code
In order to maintain and improve their existence, humans interact with and influence Earth systems. 5
In order to maintain and improve their existence, humans interact with and influence Earth systems. 8
Men and women throughout the history of all cultures, including Minnesota American Indian tribes and communities, have been involved in engineering design and scientific inquiry. 9

MN Social Studies Standards Grade Code
Explain how humans adapt to and/or modify the physical environment and how they are in turn affected by these adaptations and modifications. 4


Extension Activities

Writing Prompts

Do you think the government should use tax money to pay for cross country ski trails?

How is outdoor recreation related to the health of an ecosystem?

Additional Resources

American Cross Country Skiers