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.

IMPORTANT: Please choose your date and time carefully, as no refunds or transfers to another class will be allowed.

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.

MPRB Day Trail Pass is included with lesson cost. Cross-country ski equipment rental is not included. For rental information and prices, click here.

If you liked your first lesson, we encourage you to purchase a Season Pass to enjoy the trails all winter long.

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.

Group Ski Lessons: Classic Level 1

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, diagonal skate, V2 alternate (open field), and snowplow. 

Group Ski Lessons: Skate Level 1

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.

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 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.

Group Ski Lessons: Skate Level 2

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