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Cross Country PREP(U12/U14)

Winter Session, November 28 – March 17

Prep Cross Country skiers will be on snow three days per week and will be learning and improving classic and skate skiing. XC Devo graduates and any middle or high schoolers are welcome.

Athletes will learn about pacing, intervals and intermediate technique development. The prep team is paired with the comp team, as it is the best way for all of our athletes to grow. The overall goal is to prepare these athletes for competitions and to develop the skill to maximize individual athletic potential in both skate and classic disciplines.

Ages: U12 You are 11 as of Jan 1.
Ages: U14 You are 13 as of Jan 1.

Maximum Participants / Coach Ratio is 7:1

Skill Development & Focus

Emphasis will be on good body position, balance and weight shift through play. Maintain appropriate balance and stance while skiing in all terrain and under a variety of conditions. Focus on team work and fair play. Basic cross country ski fundamentals and the stamina to ski three days in a row. 


Encouraged to race in local events, interclub comps that may lead to state and divisional races including Junior National Qualifier (JNQ).  The average distance of a race for an athlete of this age is a 5K. 
NOTE: GTSSF Nordic competes within the Intermountain Division.
View regional ski clubs.
Event details are located at

On Snow Schedule

16 weeks starting November 28th, 2023 – March 17, 2024.

Training Schedule

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3:30pm-5:00pm

* Starting in February, when there is more daylight, practices will be 3:30pm-5:15pm.

Dryland Schedule

Athletes are highly encouraged to participate in the GTSSF Trampoline sessions at Teton Indoor Sports Academy. Workouts include: gymnastics, trampoline and tumble track.

Athletes are also highly encouraged to attend the Strength Training Program.
*One session of each Trampoline and Strength Training are included in this program


  • Skis: Waxable classic skis and skate skis.
  • Boots: One pair of skate boots and one pair of classic boots, or one pair of combi boots.
  • Poles: Skate poles and classic poles of appropriate heights.
  • Ancillary Equipment: hill bounding poles, appropriate footwear and clothing for all activities.
  • GTSSF Rentals: we have a wide range of boots, skis and poles to fit most athletes for a nominal rental fee.

Competition Licenses

None required for local races. A USSA Cross Country Athlete license is required for Junior National Qualifier (JNQ) races, athletes 13+.
* See for current pricing information.