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Nordic Track Technique & Instructional Clinic

Thu, Feb  25, 2010 - By Todd Vigland

I'm pleased to announce an excellent opportunity for you to learn Nordic teaching skills or polish your own technique.

Vasa Trailhead
Saturday Feb. 27, 2010
9:30am to 4:00pm
Hosted by Vasa Ski Club & American Snowsport Education Association - Central (PSIA-C)

This professional quality instructional clinic will be directed by Lou Awodey, PSIA-C Nordic Track and Telemark Examiner and assisted by Amy Powell of the Vasa Ski Club.  Lou is owner/director of Aspen Grove XC Center (East Jordan, MI) and formerly ran the Boyne Nordican XC Center for over two decades.

Amy has been PSIA certified in Alpine/Adaptive since 2000 and Nordic since 2005. Amy has coached middle school skiers for 3 years and began teaching preschoolers this season. On top of her coaching, Amy has been successfully racing since the late '90s. She is a physical therapist with background in background in body positions, posture and muscle balance. Lou and Amy's instructional and ski experiences run deep. This is a great opportunity to dip into their knowledge base while you can improve your skiing and teaching skills.

Instruction will be geared to both classical and skate skiing. Emphasis will be placed on teaching skills.  Bring both skate and classic skis. Dress appropriately for 'stop' (discussion/instruction) and 'go' (practice) time on the trail.

General outline for the day:

  • 9:30am - Introduction and discussion (Vasa Warming Shelter)
  • 10:00-12:00 - Classical techniques and skiing (on trail)
  • 12:00-1:00 - Lunch Break (BYO lunch) with discussion
  • 1:00-3:00pm - Skate skiing techniques and skiing (on trail)
  • 3:00-4:00pm - Wrap-up, discussion, information exchange.

Cost Structure:

  • Event Fee for non-PSIA members is $50.
  • Participants wishing to earn PSIA-C Level 1 Certification have the opportunity to do so at extra charge paid to PSIA-C to cover membership dues ($95) and the certification event fee of $85.
  • One day of Education Credit is available for current PSIA-C members at a fee of $85.

To register, contact Todd Vigland at or 231-409-6142.

For more information or specific questions, contact:

Lou Awodey at 231-620-5679 or
Amy Powell at 231-357-1457 or or
Todd Vigland 231-409-6142 or

Additionally, Lou has offered to conduct a half-day skate clinic on Sunday at Aspen Grove X-C Center near East Jordan. Please contact Lou directly.

Make tracks and join us for this special opportunity! Please make reservations before the event so we can plan accordingly.

Thank you,
Todd Vigland