Backcountry Skills - Workshops & Tutorials, Ski Club

Ski Club Starts Tuesday, November 10

An afternoon nordic ski program for ages 5-12 focusing on the fundamentals of nordic skiing, waxing and gear care, and how we can use nordic skiing to access our back country safely.

WHEN

Daily Bookings Available Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays

4:00 – 5:30 pm

WHERE

See Calendar – currently pick up and drop off at the Hillside Park Trail Head on Abbott Road

AGE GROUP

5 to 12

limit 10 per group

REGISTRATION AND OTHER INFO

Sign up using the booking calendar on the right or by clicking the book now button below. See the parent info page for gear lists, contact info, and the one-time registration form.

SKI GEAR

Classic Skis & Poles, Classic Boots – look for NNN bindings and boots. Head lamp, hand warmers, wax as needed. (We will teach you how to wax and let you know the night before/day of what type of wax is needed – it all depends on air and snow temperature, which is incredibly finnicky!)

Use our standard gear list on the parent info page. We will leave backpacks in Vehicle at Trail Head.

No ski gear? We have a few extra sets and can probably get you set up. Let us know.

WHAT WE’LL LEARN
  1. The fundamentals of nordic skiing: balance, weight, and movement
  2. Gear care: waxing, types of gear, how to care for it
  3. How to use skiing to access the backcountry
  4. Basic Avalanche science and safety concerns
  5. How to safely pick a route and read terrain in the backcountry environment.

Many of these latter topics coincide with what we learn in The Afternoon Outdoor Explorers. Any kid signed up for The Afternoon Outdoor Explorers can jump in with Ski Club – just bring your skis! All programs are meeting for pick up and drop off at the same trail head.

Ski Club teaches the fundamentals of nordic skiing and all the ways we can use it to access the backcountry and stay fit.

As long as there is snow, ski club is a go!

This November we are learning cold weather safety skills; in December we are continuing with this theme and adding orienteering, route-finding, and how to read and traverse a winter landscape.

Coming Soon: Badges and Certification

Coming soon, we will start offering Into the Woods Alaska certificates & badges for kids when they learn new skills. The criteria to earn these badges are that they must show proficiency in the skill 5 times and they must teach someone else. The skills start at the beginner level and as they grow older in the program and are able to dive deeper into the science behind each skill, they will be able to gain higher qualifications accordingly. We hold all youth in our programs to a high standard of respect, kindness, and safety, and kids seeking to earn a badge must strive to meet these ideals in order to level up.

Ski Club – What We’ll Learn:

  1. The fundamentals of nordic skiing: balance, weight, and movement
  2. Gear care: waxing, types of gear, how to care for it
  3. How to use skiing to access the backcountry
  4. Basic Avalanche science and safety concerns
  5. How to safely pick a route and read terrain in the backcountry environment.

Many of these latter topics coincide with what we learn in The Afternoon Outdoor Explorers. Any kid signed up for The Afternoon Outdoor Explorers can jump in with Ski Club – just bring your skis! All programs are meeting for pick up and drop off at the same trail head.

Jackie Savina
Jackie Savina
September 4, 2020.
Verified
Amazing experience for children! Both of our boys (age 4 & 6) had the best experience at the summer camp at Kincaid. Our 6 YO is currently enrolled in the Wednesday camp at Russian Jack and is loving that too. Awesome teachers and the kids learn so much about the great outdoors. Highly recommend.
Stolf Short
Stolf Short
August 26, 2020.
Verified
I really appreciate how well the guides and staff communicate with us. My son is so happy to be outside playing, learning, and growing with his friends. This type of hands on, experiential learning, is exactly what I want for my son. Thank you!
Ashley Cummins
Ashley Cummins
August 20, 2020.
Verified
I love everything about this camp! My daughter was one of the youngest kiddos at camp (age 4). She struggled a little in the beginning and complained so I reached out to Kristina. She took the time to listen to my daughters concerns and came up with a plan to provide extra support for my kiddo. The next day at camp, my kid came home raving about how much she loved it and she didn't have a complaint after that. My daughter loves to tell us all she learned in the camp when we are hiking with her and we have noticed a HUGE improvement with her abilities on the trail. She has become an awesome hiker this summer and I am beyond grateful 🤗
Robyn Forbes
Robyn Forbes
June 25, 2020.
Verified
Wow 🙂 Finally a camp that gets kids into the outdoors, pushing their comfort zone (a little) and teaches them skills that they truly need to explore Alaska. We are so happy to have our 10 year old with Dan and Christina again with Into the Woods and look forward to exploring some overnight adventures and other offerings as well. What a great team who offer a huge value and experience for the kids. Very happy with the experience, value, and professional approach.
Anna Hoffmann
Anna Hoffmann
June 18, 2020.
Verified
This is a great experience for Alaskan kids to explore the outdoors in a safe and educational setting, while also getting to spend their days outside and not cooped up inside. So far this has been a great experience for our kids and they never want to come home at the end of the day.

Let’s Get Into the Woods Together.