Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Thanksgiving Camp

November 26, 2020 - November 29, 2020

Nordic skiers in crested butte

Sponsored By

Three decades of on-snow training at Thanksgiving
continues in Crested Butte!

Personalized Instruction - On-snow Training - Clinics for Every Ability

Our Thanksgiving Ski Camp offers intimate group clinics, with personalized coaching that caters to all ability levels.  Ideally we have sufficient snow in town to utilize our trail network, if not, we hold clinics at our high elevation venue, just 10 minutes out of town. Our professional staff facilitate fun, informative instruction, from youth to never-ever adults to committed racers. Join us for the Round-Robin Refresher Thursday morning, then for half, or full-day clinics on Friday & Saturday.  Thanksgiving Camp also features Wine & Waxing, a Winter Kick-Off Party, and a Citizens’ Race on Sunday.

Find detailed camp info in our

Thanksgiving Camp Program Guide

Get a jump on your nordic ski season with our early season instruction!
  • 2019 Schedule

    Thursday, 11/28/19
    Crested Butte Nordic Center

    Wax Bench & Equipment Rental
    8 a.m.

    Round Robin Refresher Clinic
    SKATE  Technique Focus
    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Friday, 11/29/19
    Crested Butte Nordic Center

    Wax Bench & Fischer Demo Equipment
    8 a.m.

    Camp Welcome & Morning Refreshments
    8:30 a.m.

    Full Day Clinics
    9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Kids Camp
    9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Introductory Classic Clinic
    10:00 a.m. –  11:30 a.m.

    Introductory Skate Clinic
    1:30 p.m. –  3:00 p.m.

    U16 Junior Training
    9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Wine & Waxing Clinic
    Nordic Center Cat Barn
    4 p.m.

    Saturday, 11/30/19
    Crested Butte Nordic Center

    Wax Bench & Fischer Demo Equipment
    8 a.m.

    Camp Welcome w/ Morning Refreshments
    8:30 a.m.

    Full Day Clinics
    9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Kids Camp
    9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    U16 Junior Training
    9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m

    Introductory Classic Clinic
    10:00 a.m. –  11:30 a.m.

    Introductory Skate Clinic
    1:30 p.m. –  3:00 p.m.

    Winter Kickoff Celebration
     Secret Stash Downstairs
    Doors – 6:00 p.m.

    Sunday, 1/1/19
    Crested Butte Nordic Center

    Alley Loop Race Series (Race # 1)
    1K / 3K  YOUTH SKATE – 9:30 AM
    5K / 10K SKATE – 10:00 AM

  • Clinic Offerings

    Round Robin Refresher

    Thursday, November 28th,
    9:00 am to 11:30 am

    The Round Robin Refresher is a fun way to get back onto skis and refresh your muscle memory.  Participants of all ability levels will practice skills and drills with a variety of instructors – “round robin style”


    Introductory Technique Lessons

     November 29th & 30th
    10:00 am to 11:30 am  /  1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

    We offer multiple 90 minute sessions for individuals curious about trying nordic disciplines for the first time.  These group lessons will be geared toward introducing “never-ever” participants to basic skate & classic ski techniques.

    Clinic fee includes:
    Trail pass & instruction


    Full-Day Clinics

     November 29th & 30th
    9:00 am to 3:30 pm
    (lunch break 11:30 – 1 p.m.)

    Skate & Classic full-day clinics with professional instruction and video analysis for recreational through advanced ability levels.

    Participants will be divided into groups based on ability at the outset of camp.  Groups will be comprised of no more than 8 students per instructor.  Less experienced skiers will get frequent breaks with refreshment.  Video analysis of your technique will be captured and reviewed on snow to maximize your learning experience.

    Full-day clinics on Friday and Saturday include a morning and afternoon session, separated by a  lunch break.  Sessions run approximately 2.5 hours long.

     Clinic fee includes:
    Morning refreshments, soup lunch, trail pass & instruction.


    Kids Ski Camp

     November 29th & 30th
    9:00 am  to  3:30 pm
    (lunch break 11:30 – 1 p.m.)

    Our Kid’s Camp provides kids, grades K – 6th, an opportunity to experience the FUNdamentals of nordic skiing with on-snow games, obstacle courses and winter adventuring!

    Understanding that younger kids may not be inclined to spend a full day on snow, camper’s will have the afternoon to free play at a local indoor gymnasium.  After being served a Mac n’ Cheese lunch at the Nordic Center, kids will be chaperoned by camp instructors to the Jerry’s Gym, located at the Town Hall in Crested Butte.

    Kids whose parents are enrolled in a ski clinic the same day will be given registration priority over campers who do not have a parent attending camp.

    Cap Kids Camp – 25 campers/day

    Clinic fee includes:
    Equipment, instruction, lunch, trail pass & gymnasium admission.


    U16 Junior Training Camp

     November 29th & 30th
    9:00 am  to  3:30 pm

    Join us for 2 days of skills, drills, games and easy distance skiing on Crested Butte’s awesome trail network. This camp is designed especially for young skiers who are not quite ready to join their teammates at the West Yellowstone Camp, but want to get a jump on their technique and fitness for the coming season.

    Clinic fee includes:
    Equipment, instruction, lunch, trail pass.

  • Ability Level Descriptions

    Level 1 – Beginner 
    • Comfortable on skis and Green trails.
    • Probably learned a few tips from a friend but want to get some proper education.
    • Struggle going up and down any type of hill. 
    Level 2  – Intermediate
    • Typically ski on Blue/Green trails.
    • Participated in our intermediate groups in past camps, clinics, or Masters courses. 
    • Find steeper terrain challenging.
    • Struggle to maintain speed in variable terrain. 
    • Ready to expand your skiing techniques to include V1 and V2 in skate, double poling in classic.
    Level 3 – Advanced
    • Want to be a technically proficient skier, but aren’t primarily focused on speed or competition.
    • Comfortable skiing most terrain.
    • Have a solid fitness base with the ability to ski 10K or more each day.
    • Classic skiers must have waxable or twin-skin style skis and be familiar with diagonal striding and double poling.
    • Skate skiers should be familiar with and understand V1 and V2 skate technique. 
    Competitive Racing 

    New for this year is a special set of sessions geared specifically for skiers looking to race competitively. On and off snow segments will cover advanced techniques for building power and speed on your skis. Race day preparation, nutrition, course reading, and mass start strategies are just a few of the topics to be covered. 

    • Focused on increasing speed and power. 
    • Skiers should have a solid base of fitness and plan to ski 10-20K each day. 
    • You are comfortable on any trail in any conditions.
    • You are familiar with all techniques. 

  • Registration Fees



    Refund Policy:
    Partial 50% refund may be requested for any reason up until  November 23rd.
    No refunds will be furnished after 11/23
    To make a refund request, please email – events@cbnordic.org

  • Other Activities

    Winter Kick-Off Celebration & Giveaway


    Wine & Waxing
    FREE Education Session

    Nordic Center Cat Barn
    Friday – 4:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    Join our coaching staff and wax reps from Toko and Swix for an hour of snacks, beverages and waxing instruction!
    We will have numerous wax benches and coaches to provide personalized hands on experience with kick wax, glide wax, scraping and brushing.

    Is it really possible to wax, scrape and brush your skis with a glass of wine in one hand? Come find out!


    The Alley Loop Points Series Race #1
    Sunday, 10:00 a.m.

    Youth – 1K/3K
    Master – 5K/10K Skate

    Kids race FREE / $10 Adult Race Fee

    A fun filled, multi-lap course will be set to put your new skill’s to the test!  Set course will incorporate lot’s of agility and maneuvering with NO big climbs.  This race against the clock is the perfect opportunity to get an idea for how your technique holds up under fatigue.

Winter Kick-Off Celebration & Giveaway

Saturday, November 30th, 6:00 PM
Secret Stash Downstairs
– Cash Menu & Bar –
Open to the Public

Come celebrate winter with us!

The Winter Kick-Off will feature fun Nordic festivities: nordic skiing trivia, an instructor skit, and the Winter Giveaway prizes will be awarded.

Winter Giveaway

Chance to win Fischer Carbonlite skis with bindings!

Buy your tickets for the giveaway all week at the front desk or at the Party.

Grand Prize: Hand-picked new Fischer Carbonlite skis and Turnamic bindings.
First Prize: Salomon Classic Boots
Second Prize: All-inclusive Pass to 2020 Thanksgiving Camp
Third Prize: 2-Night Stay at the Old Town Inn

Tickets are $1 for one, $5 for ten, or $20 for a wingspan.

Must be present at the Winter Kick-Off to win.


Brand Partners

Fischer & Salomon will be offering complimentary demo set-ups Friday through Sunday. Gear will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis – 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM daily, in tents outside the Nordic Center.

Demo Equipment

Skis: Speedmax Skate, Carbonlite Skate, RCS Skate,
Twin Skin Carbon, Twin Skin Race, Twin Ski Pro
Speedmax Skate, Carbonlite Skate & Classic, RCS Skate, XC Control Classic Boots

Demo Equipment

S/Lab Carbon skate skis: 177-192cm lengths
S/Max Skate skis: 170-192cm
S/Race Classic Skin skis: 188-206cm
A size run of S/Race Skate Boots
A size run of S/Race Classic boots
A short run of S/Lab Carbon Classic boots

Lodging Partners

Choose custom lodging that’s right for you. Our Lodging Partners support CB Nordic in myriad ways; we encourage you to support them, too! Email marketing@cbnordic.org to get your discount code after you register.

CB Nordic operates under a special use permit from the USFS and is an equal-opportunity employer.


November 26, 2020
November 29, 2020
Event Category:


Crested Butte Nordic
620 2nd. Street
Crested Butte, CO 81224 United States