The Snowsports School is closed for the 22-23' Season! Thank you for a wonderful winter!
Looking for a Clinic not listed on Mountain Services?
Clinic packages require pre-registration, see lesson details for more information.
Don't forget! Some lesson packages include lift tickets, but due to capacity limitations, if you are booking for someone else and plan to accompany them or the ticket is not included in the clinic package, you will need to purchase a lift ticket for your day visit.
Spring Freestyle Camp
March 19th, 2023
Kick-off Spring with a spotlight on freestyle! This one-day camp is all about giving participants a taste of freestyle and creating the confidence to explore the world of freestyle terrain from sculpted jumps, rails, and boxes to natural features all over the mountain.
The group will be split into students wanting to get their first exposure to freestyle and individuals looking for more intermediate coaching.
Coaches will focus on building freestyle skills with campers using an “Outside-In” approach, working on skills and movements in comfortable, low-consequence environments, and then taking those skills to the park and features they are working toward. Campers will gain a better understanding of park etiquette and how to use different features appropriately, with creativity and fun being the central theme. Campers will have the opportunity to opt-in on the challenges that are within their comfort zone throughout the session. While the goal is to challenge everyone and build new skills, doing so at a pace that works for each individual is a huge part of our approach
Camp will run from 12:30pm-3:30pm on March 19th for snowboarders and skiers ages 10-15 years. Snowboarders should be able to comfortably link heel and toe side S-turns, on blue-to-black runs. Skiers should be comfortable making mostly parallel turns on blue to black runs. Groups will be available for beginner and intermediate skiers and riders. Discounted lift tickets are available for camp participants. Please contact the Snowsports School at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Women’s Clinic Series
March 19th, 2023
Our Women's Clinic Series provides a safe and supportive environment for all ability levels of skiers and snowboarders to develop new skills. We offer 3 clinics throughout the season to help you continue your progress or to help you break past that plateau. Whether you are looking to conquer new terrain or you've been stuck in a rut, we have the coaches to help you achieve your goals! Our focus for each clinic will be based on the conditions of the day and the goals of the participants. Please let us know when you register if you have any specific educational goals. Lift Ticket or pass required to participate in the lesson.
2-Hour Group Lesson Price: $69
Lesson times: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Telemark Skiing Clinics
March 5th, 2023 -
Come explore the free heel world with our certified telemark instructors and broaden your horizons. The goals and desires of the group each day will determine content, but an introduction for new telemark skiers will be available as well as a focus for those already sliding on the free heeled gear. Lift ticket or pass required to participate in lesson. Limited telemark rentals are available. Please contact the Rental Shop for availability.
Telemark Clinic Dates: Jan 15, March 5
January 15th Get Your Tele Legs Back!
This first clinic will serve as the early season warm up, complete with activities to get your movements and balance in tune. Review of basic telemark fundamentals that apply to all levels of skiing will occur. Video will be part of the day, with a review to follow the day.
March 5th World Telemark Day!
Come celebrate all things Tele! This clinic caters to all ability levels whether you have specific skills you want to work on or are looking to be able to explore more of the mountain with free-heeled companions.
3 Hour Group Lesson Price: $99
Lesson Times: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Click here to select your date and reserve your Telemark Clinic spot!
Telemark Skiing is a discipline with a rich history and much to offer to those looking to improve their skills on the mountain. This technique can improve your overall skiing ability, a challenge between strength and grace, learning to harness more agility and freedom of movement. You can go downhill, uphill, alpine, and telemark parallel, all on one setup.
History of the “Free Heel” Movement
What started as transportation turned into recreation. Telemark skiing is a technique that combines Alpine and Nordic skiing, named after the Telemark region of Norway, where the discipline originated. Sondre Norheim is often credited for first demonstrating the Telemark turn in ski races, including cross county, slalom, and jumping, sometime around 1868. He also experimented with ski and binding design, introducing side cuts to skis and heel bindings. Telemark skiing had a rebirth in the early 1970s, gained popularity through the 1980s, and is now a World Cup Racing sport.
From twisted willow twigs for toe and heel loops with leather boots to 75mm (duckbill) boots and cable bindings to NTN (New Telemark Norm) boots and bindings, the gear has gone evolved, becoming more similar to alpine gear than cross country gear, but with a bellows over the ball of the foot allow for a greater range of movement. The free heel is still there but now you can also lay the skis over, carve a clean line and follow it up with a fun run in the trees or a great line of bumps easier than ever before.
Benefits of Telemark Skiing
Learning to ski on telemark equipment improves your overall skiing, it forces new skiers who are inclined to lean back toward the center of their skis and sharpens their balance and agility. Telemark boots also tend to be more comfortable and easier to walk in than alpine ski boots. The bindings fix only the toe to the ski, creating the “free heel” unique to this discipline because the skier’s heel is not locked down.
With such a rich history and long list of benefits, it’s hard to believe that everything you need to Telemark Ski is in our own backyard! The Nordic trail system here at 49 Degrees North offers wonderful terrain for Telemark skiing. Access to the Nordic Center is included with Day Tickets and Season Passes. Not only do we have the terrain, but the gear as well! Limited NTN rental gear is available at 49 Degrees North Rental Shop.
Give Telemark Skiing a Try!
If the thought of freeing your heel and finding new ways to explore beautiful terrain catches your interest, then you’re in luck. This winter 49 Degrees North is offering a Telemark Clinic Series! Our last clinic will take place on World Telemark day on March 5th and will be perfect for anyone regardless of ability or time spent on telemark gear. So come explore the free-heel world and broaden your horizons with our certified Telemark Instructors.
Select your desired date and register for Telemark Adult Clinics Here!
Additional Adult Clinic Series Information
We partner with several of our local school and colleges to provide an opportunity for students to take mid-week classes. Please contact your school coordinator for further information about your lesson options. Programs can range between 4-7 weeks in length with 1-2 classes per week. Please see our FAQ below for more information about what to expect when attending one of our school program classes.
Interested in becoming a coordinator for your school? Reach out to the Snowsports School for more information about how to get started.
Please direct any inquires to email@example.com or call (509) 935-6649 x610
Looking for a program geared just for homeschooling students? We offer programs starting in early January that focus on getting your child outside and exploring more of the mountain! Students are sorted by ability level.
You can register online for both our Monday and Friday option:
Monday Homeschool Program (Jan 9, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13)
Friday Homeschool Program (Feb 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24)
Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Field Trips to 49 Degrees North are a great opportunity for a class to get outside and learn more about the mountain! These trips include a facilities tour, mock rescues from our wonderful Ski Patrol and seeing a Piston Bully Groomer up close. They also include a lift ticket, rental and lesson combination. Field trips must have at least 25 participants, options are available for both Nordic or Skiing/Snowboarding.
Please direct any inquires to email@example.com