Yellowstone Ski Festival Nov 20-24
The West Yellowstone Ski Festival is just one month away..Make your first tracks of the year in West Yellowstone, Montana from November 20-24th, 2012 at this week-long event.
The Yellowstone Ski Festival will again offer a diverse schedule of events, with ski clinics, races, on-snow gear demos, evening activities and the USSA SuperTour opener, beginning with the Freestyle Sprints on Friday, November 23. The 10/15 kilometer freestyle distance race will be held on Saturday. One to five day Nordic ski clinics with classic and skate specific options, as well as multi-day combination clinics, will be offered.
A half day adaptive ski clinic & a half day adaptive biathlon clinic with the U.S. Paralympics Nordic Coaching staff is also offered on Tuesday, November 20th, 2012. This clinics are free of charge and equipment will be provided. Pre-registration is required.
Adaptive Nordic Biathlon Clinic (9:00 - 11:00 AM) Meet at the Holiday Inn Adaptive Nordic skiers - come learn to shoot with U.S. Paralympic Biathlon Coaching staff with precision air rifles for standing & sitting classes, or via Audio electronic rifle for those visually impaired skiers. Learn to shoot, then challenge yourself to shoot with a heart rate to simulate Biathlon competition
Adaptive Cross Country Skiing Clinic (1:00 - 3:00 PM) Meet at the Holiday Inn: Adaptive Nordic skiers are encouraged to join U.S. Paralympic Nordic Coaching staff for cross country skiing instruction during the West Yellowstone Ski Festival in all three classes: sitting, standing, and visually impaired. Learn classic & freestyle skiing techniques, along with downhill and turning techniques. Some Sit-ski equipment can be made available with advance notice. Meet at the Holiday Inn.
The Rendezvous Ski Trail System, home to the Festival, features perfectly groomed corduroy and new improvements for this season including more than three miles of new trails, new signs and map, and a brand-new biathlon range. The biathlon range will be featured with a "Try Biathlon Day" on Tuesday Nov. 20, 2012 and Biathlon Sprint held the following day Wednesday November 21, 2012.
The "On Snow Nordic Gear Demo" program allows skiers into the On-Snow Gear Demo area where they can test drive the latest and greatest in skis, boots, bindings, poles and wax. Look for Atomic, Fast Wax, Fischer, Madshus, Rossignol, Salomon, Swix and more. The On-Snow Demo Area will be open from 8:30am to 3:00pm Wednesday through Saturday.
Look for representatives just past the trailhead building at the corner of the In&Out Trail and Bison Blvd. There will be a group of booths and tents set up here and all of the newest equipment will be on display.. Any November trail pass to the Rendezvous Ski Trails includes access to the On-Snow Demo area.
The "Passport Program" is back and will enter skiers who demo gear from all participating companies and attend one evening wax clinic into a drawing for a $750 gift certificate to their choice of local ski shops -- Freeheel & Wheel, Bud Lilly's or Altius Handcrafted Firearms. Second and third prizes will also be awarded.
The Yellowstone Ski Festival is also about families and helping kids learn to cross country ski in a safe, and fun, learning environment. Lone Mountain Ranch and the Yellowstone Ski Festival are partnering for two days of kids ski clinics. Clinics will be offered for two different age groups: grades K-2nd and grades 3-6th. Pre-registration is required.
There will be morning and afternoon sessions on Friday, November 23rd, and Saturday, November 24th, 2012. Clinics are being scheduled so parents can also attend the adult clinics. The drop-off time for kids will be 15-30 minutes before the adult clinics begin.
West Yellowstone offers a full range of lodging options for the Festival from cabins to full service hotels. All properties are located within walking distance to the Rendezvous Ski Trails and a number offer wax rooms for their guests.
The Holiday Inn and Conference Center is the Yellowstone Ski Festival headquarters. It is also the headquarters for the Indoor Expo where you can visit with company representatives, fine tune your technique at a wax clinic, and enjoy the variety of presentations, lectures, and films.
Full information and registration is available at www.yellowstoneskifestival.com.