What is the Difference between Classic Skiing and Skate Skiing?

Classic Skiing was developed first and is a parallel motion that looks similiar to walking, but you are gliding on your skis. Skate Skiing is a diagonal motion that looks very similar to ice-skating. 


Do I need my own gear? 

Yes. If you are renting gear, make sure to specify whether you are skate skiing or classic skiing.


Is Skate Equipment different than Classic Equipment?

Yes. Skate gear is entirely different than classic gear. The boots, skis and poles are not the same.  

The entire base of a skate ski is smooth for gliding. The base of a classic skis has an area in the middle of the ski that sticks to the snow so you can propel the ski forward. This area is called the kick zone.


How should my gear fit?

Skis are fit based on skier weight, ability level and height. Skate skis are totally smooth tip to tale. Skate poles should come to between your chin and nose when you are standing on your skis. If in doubt, error on the longer side. Poles can always be cut, but not lengthened. Classic poles should come to the top of your shoulder. Skate boots are higher on the ankle than classic boots. Both Skate and Classic boots are comfortable fitting. They should fit similar to running a shoe, but be snug.  They may be smaller than your regular shoe size because once you start skiing and flexing your ankles your heel will move into the back heel pocket of your boot giving your toes a bit more room. Make sure your boots are not too big.  


What should I wear? 

Think layers!  It can feel cold at the start, but you will warm up quickly, so having layers to remove is helpful. Light weight jackets and pants like you would wear hiking, winter cycling, or running are great.  A light hat, headband and less bulky gloves are also essential. 


Do I need my own pass?

No. Betties will cover the cost of your day pass if a fee is required.


Do you coach all levels of skiers?

Yes. We welcome all levels of skiers.  We coach from Never Evers to  Advanced/Racers. The Tuesday 10 week sessions, both the 10:00 - 11:15am and the 12:00 - 1:15pm sessions, are for all levels of skate skiers. There is no Classic skiing offered on Tuesdays. 


The Wednesday 6 week sessions offer one session for Classic Skiing 9:30am - 10:45am and two different sessions for those brand new to Skate Skiing 8:30am - 9:45am and 10:00am - 11:45am. The Classic Only Session from 9:30am - 10:45am welcomes all levels of Classic skiers. The two Newbie Skate Sessions 8:30am - 9:45am and 10am - 11:15am is only for ladies brand new to Skate Skiing. 


Where can I rent gear?

There are two places in Park City where you can rent gear.

White Pine Nordic Center- https://whitepinetouring.com/cross-country-skiing-park-city.php

Jeremy Ranch Nordic Center-  https://www.thejeremy.com/nordic 


Where do we meet?

We try to meet at different places around town. The meeting locations will vary depending on conditions. The Calendar will be updated weekly. We will also send out an e-mail Sunday Evening with where we will be meeting that week.