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 1.5 hours long.
Skiers must be at least 14 years old to participate. Those between the ages of 7-13 should check out the Loppet Foundation’s TRAIL KIDS Program.
Group Lessons will resume, starting on Monday, Jan. 4th, at noon. You can begin registering now for Group Lessons. Masks are required and physical distancing will be enforced. Group Lesson ratios will be a maximum of 6-7 skiers per instructor.
We are in the process of rescheduling Group Lessons, which were cancelled due to the Governor’s Executive Order in December, for after the restrictions are lifted on January 4, scheduling into March if needed. You should have received an email from Loppet Ski School Head Instructor Greg Klave about how to change your group lesson date.
Our Private & Family Ski Lessons are available Sunday – Thursday from 10am – 3:30pm and Friday/Saturday from 10am – 7:30pm.
Face Masks are required and physical distancing must be followed at all times. Due to COVID-19, only equipment rental and restaurant customers will be allowed in the Trailhead building.
Ski Rental & Trail Passes
MPRB Day Trail Pass is included with lesson cost. Cross-country ski equipment rental is not included.
Classic and skate ski gear rentals are available at The Trailhead building. Visit our Equipment Rentals webpage for information and pricing.
If you liked your first lesson, we encourage you to purchase a Season Pass to enjoy the trails all winter long.
Group lessons are generally offered Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays but schedule varies between styles and levels. Both skate and classic lessons are available for $35/person. Click on the “Register Now” button below for the ski style and level in which you are interested to see available date/time options.
Participants should arrive 30 minutes early for parking, 1 hour early if you are renting ski equipment.
Classes are limited per session on a first-come, first-served basis.
IMPORTANT: Please choose your date and time carefully, as no refunds or transfers to another class will be allowed.
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, timing and range of movement. We will use various drills and visual mimicking to cover the techniques of diagonal stride, double poling, herringbone, and snowplow.
Group Ski Lessons: Classic Level 1 (December)
Group Ski Lessons: Classic Level 1 (January)
Group Ski Lessons: Classic Level 1 (February/March
Beginning Skate – Level 1:
Learn the basic elements of cross-country skate skiing including weight transfer, balance, timing and range of movement. We will use various drills and visual mimicking to cover the techniques of skate skiing without poles (used in skijoring), double poling, diagonal skate, V2 alternate (open field), and snowplow.
Group Ski Lessons: Skate Level 1 (December)
Group Ski Lessons: Skate Level 1 (January)
Group Ski Lessons: Skate Level 1 (February/March)
Beginning Classic – Level 2:
Once you’ve mastered Level 1 you are eligible to graduate to Level 2. Here you will learn increased range of motion to improve your push-off, weight transfer, balance, improve your timing, kick double pole, step turns and snowplow turns.
Group Ski Lessons: Classic Level 2
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 range of motion and add increased knowledge of the techniques of open skate, V2, V1 uphill and snowplow turns.
Group Ski Lessons: Skate Level 2
Beginning Classic – Level 3:
Once you’ve mastered Level 2 you are eligible to graduate to Level 3 and add increased knowledge of diagonal striding on various terrain,step turns to exit and enter the classic track, timing for transitions from one technique to another depending on the terrain and using these skills to keep momentum flowing down the trail for maximum efficiency and fun.
Group Ski Lessons: Classic Level 3
Beginning Skate – Level 3:
Once you’ve mastered Level 2 you are eligible to graduate to Level 3. Here you will refine your skate techniques and learn step turns to handle downhill curves safely. You will also practice transitions from one technique to another to handle changes in the terrain of a trail and to improve efficiency and continued momentum down the trail.
Group Ski Lessons: Skate Level 3
For more information from the Professional Ski Instructors of America, visit their website.