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Ski Clinics & Kids at the Yellowstone Ski Festival

Sun, Nov  17, 2013 - By Moira Dow

There is snow in the air and on the ground in West Yellowstone, and now is a great time to check out the ski clinic options over Thanksgiving week at the Yellowstone Ski Festival. Great coaches, video technique review, and more. Whether you are an avid recreationalist, racer, or new to the sport, the goal is to make you a better skier. The YSF clinics provide a solid understanding of technique, and give you tools to gain efficiency and strength throughout your ski season. The YSF Nordic ski clinics started at the Rendezvous Ski Trails in West Yellowstone in the mid-1980s, and over the years the clinics have assembled a strong coaching staff of cross-country ski professionals, which includes retired world-class skiers, coaches and professional instructors.

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The Clinics are designed to develop and solidify good ski technique while getting great base training. An experienced and highly qualified group of coaches are passionate about skiing and coaching others to improve their skiing. Whether you are new to skiing or an experienced master ski racer, there is something for everyone. Choose from 1-day to multiday clinics, beginners to race-focused. For more information and to register, go to http://www.yellowstoneskifestival.com/clinics-options-cost/

Again, this year the Yellowstone Ski Festival and Lone Mountain Ranch have partnered to offer two full days of ski-specific kids clinics. Grades K-2nd and 3rd-6th will have morning and afternoon sessions on Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30. Having fun on snow is what these clinics are all about. Kids will learn the fundamentals of cross-country skiing balance and technique, and those with skiing experience will learn tips to ski more efficiently. Parents can take this time to hit the trails while the little ones participate in half day or full day classes. Classic and skate options available to 3rd-6th graders; K-2nd is classic only. Equipment is available to rent.

Evening events and seminars take place at the Holiday Inn of West Yellowstone, the official sponsor of Yellowstone Ski Festival. To find out about their special skier rates, Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet, and other great deals, please call (406) 646-7365.

Cross-country skiing starts in West Yellowstone and first tracks for skiers 13 and younger are half price during the Yellowstone Ski Festival. Think Snow and make plans now to attend the 2013 Yellowstone Ski Festival. For more information, visit www.yellowstoneskifestival.com.

P.S. Sunday's Trail Report: "Another couple of inches late yesterday afternoon and early evening. Trails groomed this morning, Rendezvous, Deja View, Jerry's, the Doodle, Biathlon Range, most of Washburn, Spencer's, Sprint Loop, and the Kid's loop. Good coverage, smoothing up nicely, skate and classic the morning, good skis should be fine with some care."