Skimo School

Whether you’re racing just to get to Aspen, beat a time goal, or have a great adventure with a friend, being fully prepared for the GT is crucial.  To help get you there, we offer group clinics and personal coaching with 5 time Skimo National Champion Cam Smith.

Full Day Group Clinics

These full day sessions are designed as an intro to all things GT. Learn proper technique and skills from the ground up. Ideal for the first time racer looking to prepare themselves for a successful race to Aspen.

3 Group Clinics Available

  1. December 29th Group Clinic
  2. January 20th Group Clinic
  3. February 16th Group Clinic

Group Clinic Cost

$90/person

Group Clinic Schedule

Each group clinic includes a 3 hour morning session, an hour lunch break, and a 2 hour afternoon session.  Clinics will take place primarily on Crested Butte Nordic trails which offers perfect terrain to work on Grand Traverse specific skimo technique.

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2 Hour Personal Coaching Sessions

These personalized training sessions are tailored for racers looking to optimize performance in key areas. Sessions are two hours long and focused on the unique needs of an individual or team. Ideal for racers looking to improve specific skills for the GT.  Possible areas of focus include:

A. Skinning Technique

  • Proper body positioning
  • Efficient glide on flats
  • Keeping grip and smooth cadence on steep slopes
  • Proper poling technique
  • Technical skinning
  • Mechanics of a kickturn
  • Kickturns on a variety of terrain

B. Transitions

  • Skinning to skiing transitions
  • Skiing to skinning transitions
  • Bootpack transitions

C. Skating

  • Basics of skate skiing technique
  • Variations of skating for unique terrain challenges
  • Skate skiing on skimo gear

D. Gear Management

  • Demonstrations and discussion on gear options for the Grand Traverse.
  • Recommendations for mandatory gear. Choosing the right skis, skins, and other critical equipment.
  • How to pack a GT pack

E. Training Ski

  • Go out for a training ski on terrain that simulates demands of the GT.
  • While skiing there will be opportunity for skills feedback and conversation related to the race.

Personal Coaching Cost

$90/Person $130/Team

Personal Coaching Availability

Personal coaching sessions are available from 6 a.m. to noon on Sundays.

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About Your Instructor

Born and raised in Illinois, Cam is not your average skimo racer. With a midwest-driven yearn for snow he gets after it on two planks more days of the year than not. With a background in both Nordic and Skimo disciplines, Cam strongly believes in the power that technique plays in a successful GT. Also included in Cam’s outdoor resume is a spot on the U.S. Ski Mountaineering Team and five Skimo National Championships. His love of frozen water did not stop him from his academic pursuits of Exercise and Sport Science at Western State Colorado University. He also had a little extra time to add minors in Sport Psychology and Outdoor Education. All of these things combine to make Cam one of the most well rounded bachelors in the valley.

 

 

 

 

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