Loppet Foundation

Weekend Ski Lessons at Wirth

The Loppet Foundation partners with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board to provide lessons and learning opportunities at Wirth Park.  The Loppet Foundation is a PSIA Certified Ski School.

Group lessons are offered Saturdays and Sundays from 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm.  This year we are excited to announce the addition of a limited number of lessons at Hiawatha and Columbia Golf courses. Both Locations will be open  for rentals Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We will offer skate style lessons as well as classic.  Lessons will cost $30/person.  Instructors will be waiting for you at the Par 3 Building in Theodore Wirth Park or at the club house at Columbia and Wirth.

Classes are limited per session on a first-registered basis.  Participants must register online before 5 pm on Friday before the weekend lessons; for example lessons on Mar 12 and 13 close Friday Mar 11 at 5pm.  There are two levels of classic and skate style classes:

Beginning Classic – Level 1:
Learn the basic elements of xc classic skiing including weight transfer, balance, rhythm and efficiency of movement. We will use various drills and visual mimicking to cover the techniques of diagonal stride, double poling, step turns and snowplow.

Beginning Skate – Level 1:
Learn the basic elements of xc skate skiing including weight transfer, balance, rhythm and efficiency of movement. We will use various drills and visual mimicking to cover the techniques of skate skiing without poles, double poling, step turns, V1 uphill, V2 alternate open field and snowplow.Students interested in skate style lesson must supply their own equipment.

Beginning Classic – Level 2:
Once you’ve mastered Level 1 you are eligible to graduate to Level 2. Here you will learn various drills to improve your weight transfer, balance, rhythm and efficiency and add increased knowledge of diagonal striding on various terrain, double poling techniques and kick double pole, step turn in and out of classic tracks and snowplow turns. Transitions from one technique to another to handle changes in the terrain of a trail will also be covered.

Beginning Skate – Level 2:
Once you’ve mastered Level 1 you are eligible to graduate to Level 2. Here you will learn various drills to improve your weight transfer, balance, rhythm and efficiency and add increased knowledge of the techniques of step turns, V2, V1, V2 alternate and snowplow turns with step turns. Transitions from one technique to another to handle changes in the terrain of a trail will also be covered. Students interested in skate style lesson must supply their own equipment.


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Register for Skate Lessons:
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  • Registration –     Participants must register online before 5 pm on Friday before the weekend lessons for example lessons on Mar 12 and 13 close Friday Mar 11 at 5pm.

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  • Ski Rental– Classic skis can be rented at Wirth Park’s Par 3 building (classic rental only), Hiawatha and Columbia Club houses.
  • Trail Pass – Day pass included in lesson ($8 value) or buy a season pass ($50) at the Par 3 Building or Main Chalet. Each additional family member is 25.00 after you purchase a season pass within the same family.

*Must be at least 14 years old to participate.  Those between the ages of 9-13 should check out the Loppet Foundation’s FAST KIDS Program.

2015/16 Ski Lessons Calendar

Date Day Location Time Style Level
December
12 Saturday Theodore Wirth 1:00 PM Classic Level 1
13 Sunday  Theodore Wirth 1:00 PM Skate Level 1
19 Saturday Hiawatha 11:00 AM Classic Level 1
19 Saturday WIrth 1:00 PM Classic Level 1
20 Sunday Theodore Wirth 1:00 PM Classic Level 1
20 Sunday Hiawatha 10:00 AM Classic Level 1
26 Saturday Theodore Wirth 1:00 PM Classic Level 1
27 Sunday Theodore Wirth 1:00 PM Skate Level 1
27 Sunday Theodore Wirth 10:00 AM Classic Level 1
January
2 Saturday Hiawatha 11:00 AM Classic Level 1
2 Saturday Theodore Wirth 10:00 AM Classic Level 2
2 Saturday Theodore Wirth 1:00 PM Skate Level 2
3 Sunday Columbia 11:00 AM Classic Level 1
3 Sunday Wirth 1:00 PM Classic Level 1
9 Saturday Hiawatha 10:00 AM Classic Level 2
9 Saturday Wirth 1:00 PM Classic Level 1
10 Sunday Columbia 1:00 PM Classic Level 2
10 Sunday Wirth 1:00 PM Skate Level 1
16 Saturday Hiawatha 11:00 AM Skate Level 1
16 Saturday Theodore Wirth 1:00 PM Classic Level 1
17 Sunday Columbia 11:00 AM Classic Level 1
17 Sunday Theodore Wirth 1:00 PM Classic Level 1
23 Saturday Hiawatha 11:00 AM Classic Level 1
23 Saturday Theodore Wirth 1:00 PM Classic Level 2
24 Sunday Theodore Wirth 10:00 AM Classic Level 1
24 Sunday Columbia 11:00 AM Classic Level 1
24 Sunday Theodore Wirth 1:00 PM Skate Level 2
30 Saturday Hiawatha 11:00 AM Classic Level 1
30 Saturday Theodore Wirth 1:00 PM Classic Level 1
31 Sunday Columbia 11:00 AM Classic Level 2
31 Sunday Wirth 10:00 AM Classic Level 1
31 Sunday Wirth 1:00 PM Skate Level 1
February
6 Saturday
Loppet Winter Festival
No Classes
7 Sunday
Loppet Winter Festival
No Classes
13 Saturday Hiawatha 11:00 AM Classic Level 1
13 Saturday Wirth 1:00 PM Classic Level 1
14 Sunday Columbia 11:00 AM Classic Level 1
14 Sunday Wirth 1:00 PM Classic Level 2
20 Saturday Hiawatha 11:00 AM Classic Level 2
20 Saturday Theodore Wirth 1:00 PM Classic Level 1
21 Sunday Columbia 11:00 AM Classic Level 2
21 Sunday Theodore Wirth 1:00 PM Skate Level 1
27 Saturday Wirth 1:00 Classic Level 1
28 Sunday Theodore Wirth 10:00 AM Classic Level 2
28 Sunday Theodore Wirth 1:00 PM Classic Level 1
March
5 Saturday Wirth 10:00 AM Classic Level 1
6 Sunday Theodore Wirth 10:00 AM Skate Level 2

For more information contact Head Instructor Greg at klave@loppet.org or call (763) 228-2899

*Participants should arrive 30 minutes early.

Register for Classic Lessons    Register for Skate Lessons

Cancellation Policy – Weather related session cancelations are non-refundable, but can be put toward a future lesson.  There are no refunds for personal cancelations.

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