The Masters Program is for adults with intermediate to advanced Nordic skiing experience.  It is designed to improve physical fitness and technique, connect participants with a group of fellow skiing enthusiasts, and prepare athletes to compete in a marathon ski race.

Participants will attend one practice a week with a highly qualified coach who will provide focused technique instruction in both classic and freestyle disciplines. These sessions will not be high-intensity and are appropriate for intermediate and advanced skiers.

Participants will also be provided with a ten-week training plan developed by Tad Elliott leading up to Crested Butte’s Alley Loop race on February 3rd.  Tad's training plan will be written with the Alley Loop's signature race - the 42 k skate - in mind; however, don't let that intimidate you!  The Alley Loop offers something for everyone - from 1 k to 42 k - in both classic and freestyle techniques.  The training plan will also be suitable for those planning to participate in the Pine Needle Langlauf.

The Head Coach and Assistant Head Coach of Durango Nordic, Evan Elliott and Paige Elliott, will accompany the adult program to the Alley Loop and provide high end wax support to all competitors.   

The Masters Program fee includes a season pass to the Nordic Center. 

Masters Program Overview

  • Season pass at Nordic Center
  • Coached weekly practice
  • Un-coached weekly training sessions / schedule
  • 10-week training plan developed
  • Group participation in Alley Loop (registration fees not included)
  • 1/2 off of all DNSC race events (Langlauf, Twilight Nights, Coke Races)

Program Dates: Wednesdays, December 6th - February 7th.  Practice will run 4:45 pm to 6:30 pm at the Nordic Center.  If we are lucky enough to get snow in town, practice will run from 4:15 pm to 6:00 pm at Hillcrest Golf Course. 
Practice Days: 1 day a week with coach. Training plan and schedule provided for other days. 
Program Fee: Before December 10: $399; After December 10: $435