Want to learn to Cross-Country Ski? Are you looking to improve your ski technique and want to have individual and personalized instruction? Would you like to learn as a family or group of friends? We offer 90 min Private Lessons every day of the week at The Trailhead in Theodore Wirth Park. You must pre-register online.
Private lessons are taught by a PSIA certified instructor and they will personalize the level of skills and drills to match your skill level and aspirations. Their goal is to increase your skill, efficiency and joy of skiing in either classic or skate techniques. Private lessons include the use video feedback to analyze body position, fundamental skills and timing. As you complete registration, you will be able to request preferred days and time and you will be matched with the best instructor for your skill level and goals.
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.
Please note: once you have completed the registration form and paid for you lesson, you will be directed to a scheduling page to choose your lesson time(s).
Participants should arrive 30 minutes early to find parking, and 1 hour early if you are renting ski equipment.
Private lessons are available during the following times:
- Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 3:30pm
- Friday – Saturday: 10am – 7:30pm.
Register for 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4 pm, and 6pm time slots when available.Register Now!
Private Lesson Pricing:
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For groups larger than twelve, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for large group pricing.
Meet your instructor at the front entrance of The Trailhead by the three picnic tables. Lessons will be 1.5 hours and will end on time.
Arrive 30 minutes early to park, change into your boots, and discuss your lesson goals with your instructor. If you are renting equipment, plan to come 45 minutes early. If the Trailhead parking lots are full, you will need to park at the Wirth Golf Chalet which is one block further down the parkway (15 min park & walk).
There will be no access to the Trailhead building unless you are renting cross-country ski gear. When renting gear your instructor will let you in The Trailhead 30 min before the start of the lesson and direct you to your rental gear.
Be sure your skis and poles are in good working order before you come.
Comfortable clothing for Nordic skiing consists of…
- Light layers that are easy to add/remove (wool or polyester underlayers and socks). You will get warm when moving!
- Windproof light jacket
- Buff or neck-warmer
- Stocking hat or headband
- Gloves or mittens that are wind and water resistant – and can fit inside your pole strap
- COVID mask – New in 2020-21
After your lesson, it is nice to have…
- A thermos bottle with hot liquids that won’t freeze (hot chocolate, coffee, tea, etc.).
- A warm winter jacket for before and after your lesson
- An extra stocking hat, pullover, socks, and gloves to change into after your lesson to stay warm. Wet clothes will bring your temperature down fast.
For more information from the Professional Ski Instructors of America, visit their website.