Registration now open for the November event

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Get a jump start on your 2017-2018 ski season during the Yellowstone Ski Festival Nov. 21-25 in West Yellowstone on the Rendezvous trail system. The event’s highlights include a series of Nordic skiing clinics, competitive races, a biathlon race, on-snow gear demos, an indoor ski show and a variety of presentations and clinics.

For the past 30 years cross country skiers from around the U.S. and Canada have started their ski season in West Yellowstone. An estimated 3,500 skiers attend the event each year and according to event coordinator Emily Lovett, the clinics fill up quickly.

The clinics are taught by dedicated Nordic skiers, who will teach a number of drills to help skiers gain efficiency and strength. The coaching staff is comprised of world-class skiers, coaches and professional instructors. Coaches will rotate through the various classes so participants will get exposure to different coaches throughout the week.

Some of the special clinic offerings include:

– 5- and 3-day Skate & Classic Technique for Performance (all levels)
– 3-day Skate & Classic Camp for Master Racers
– 2-day Skate & Classic Tune-up
– 2- and 1-day Improve Your Skate Technique
– 1-day Improve Your Classic Technique
– 1-day Classic Touring (new to Nordic skiing)
– 1-day Learn to Skate Ski
– 1-day USSA Level 100 Coaching Certification Technique Clinic
– Women, Wine and Wax/Whiskers, Whiskey and Wax

Beyond pre-season instruction and fitness, the Yellowstone Ski Festival is a touchstone event for cross country ski culture, with on-snow demos, an indoor expo and lectures in the evenings. There are also several races scheduled during the week, including a biathlon, as well as several distance competitions.

“Enjoy your first tracks in West Yellowstone,” the event organizers said in a press release. “Whether first tracks truly means the corduroy and you, or it is the first time on skis this season, or the first time on skis period; you are invited to take them at the Yellowstone Ski Festival.”

Visit skirunbikemt.com/yellowstone-ski-festival.html for more information, to see the full schedule or to register.