First Day Lesson Plan for Absolute Beginners

Step by step video lessons for getting started in cross-country skiing - skate or classic style.
  • Level: Beginner
  • Prerequisite: None 
  • Lessons: 17
  • Duration: 33 min 
  • Follow along with these videos on either skate or classic gear.
  • You will learn basic skills for moving around on cross-country skis safely, on the flats and hills.
  • Check your equipment before you go. Do you know how to attach your boots to your bindings? Do you know how to out on your pole straps?
  • Accessibility: If you need closed captions or a low resolution, downloadable video of this lesson plan, please refer to this version: First Day Lesson Plan for Beginner Skate and Classic Skiers

Video Lessons

Know before you go

Step 1 of 17

Gear Up & Basic Stance

Step 2 of 17

Getting up after falling on the flats

Step 3 of 17

Star Turns

Step 4 of 17

Moving Forward - Basic Double Pole

Step 5 of 17

Snowplow Stops (Flats)

Step 6 of 17

Snowplow Bubbles (Flats)

Step 7 of 17

Snowplow Turns (Flats)

Step 8 of 17

Safety Skills for the Classic Tracks

Step 9 of 17

Side Stepping and Side Slipping

Step 10 of 17

Straight Run Downhill

Step 11 of 17

Getting up after falling on a hill

Step 12 of 17

Herringbone Technique

Step 13 of 17

Snowplow Bubbles (Hills)

Step 14 of 17

Snowplow Turns (Hills)

Step 15 of 17

Half Snowplow

Step 16 of 17

Kick Turn (Bonus!)

Step 17 of 17

What to do next

Congratulations!

I hope you enjoyed your first day on cross-country skis!

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