Group Ski Lessons

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 generally offered Saturdays and Sundays from 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm but the schedule varies between styles and levels. Both skate and classic styles are available. Lessons cost $35/person. Instructors will be waiting for you at the The Trailhead in Theodore Wirth Park. Click on the “Register Now” button below for the style and level in which you are interested to see available date/time options.

Classes are limited per session on a first-registered basis.

Must be at least 14 years old to participate.  Those between the ages of 7-14 should check out the Loppet Foundation’s TRAIL KIDS Program.

Participants should arrive 30 minutes early.

There are two levels of classic and skate style classes:

Beginning Classic – Level 1:

Learn the basic elements of cross-country 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 cross-country 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. 

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.

Ski Rental: Classic and skate skis can be rented at the The Trailhead.

Trail Pass: Day pass included in the lesson or buy a season pass.

Group Ski Lessons: Classic Level 1
Group Ski Lessons: Classic Level 2
Group Ski Lessons: Skate Level 1
Group Ski Lessons: Skate Level 2

A Note About the Data We Collect

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