Seasonal Programs

Seasonal Programs

2013 - 2014 Masters Program Information

Download the Masters Program Information Sheet, Registration Form and Liability Release to sign up today!

 

About the programs:

Enjoy the benefits of consistent, season long coaching sessions this winter. A staff of qualified instructors are back to share their technical expertise in three special Masters Programs. Enrollment in the 2012-2013 season Master Programs is open to all skiers, from beginners to experienced ski racers. Each program is designed to raise levels of skiing skills and enjoyment in both the classic (striding) and skating techniques. Courses are open to all participants 18 years and older. Video analysis is included in all programs. A valid Trail Pass is needed to participate in the Masters Classes.

 

Beginning Masters: Learn about Winter Fitness!

This program is for those who would like to start a long-term commitment to cross country skiing this winter. It's designed for skiers with limited cross country experience. Skill development will progress from basic balance and gliding drills to specific techniques used in uphill, flat and downhill terrain. Conditioning, choosing the right ski equipment, and waxing will be addressed in this class. The Beginning Masters program will meet every Tuesday or Saturday at 9:00 am (ready to ski) starting Tuesday, December 4th, 2012, or Saturday, December 8th, 2012.

 

Intermediate Masters: Get up those Hills!

Improve your skiing efficiency and have more fun this winter on the trails by joining this Masters program for intermediate level skiers. Previous skiing experience is required for this course (participants must have a functional diagonal stride and V-1 skate and be able to control speed on downhills). Emphasis in this program will be on learning the appropriate techniques for terrain and snow speed. Conditioning and waxing will be an important part of the curriculum. Interested in ski racing? This is an opportunity to gain the skill and confidence to tie on a number and go for it in some of the local races. The Intermediate Masters program will meet every Tuesday or Saturday at 9:00 am (ready to ski) starting Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 or Saturday, December 8th, 2012.

 

Advanced Masters: Get Honed!

This is the program for serious recreational racers to work on fine-tuning technique for increased efficiency and speed. Join other dedicated skiers for intensive weekly two-hour sessions to get race-ready or just look good out on the tracks. Previous experience in the Master program or "pretty good" technique in both skating and classic skiing on all terrain is required for participation at this level. Technique work and conditioning are the focus of this program. Meetings will be on Tuesdays starting December 4th, 2012, or Saturday, December 8th, 2012.

 

NEW CLASS: Thursday Workout Club!

Come ski with a group of fellow ski enthusiasts. This group will meet Thursday mornings and get a specific workout to inspire each other and improve fitness through interval training and speed work. Watch your skiing improve weekly. This is also a group for anybody who wants to maintain good fitness to bridge the seasons between fall and spring. Emailed workouts for the rest of the week will be provided. Once a month, we will have a time trial from the ski center to the pack station so you can track your progress. Meet your fitness goals for the winter, improve your health, and be social all at once with this group.

 

NEW CLASS: Off-Trail Crusing - An Intro to Lightweight XC Ski Touring

Want to improve your confidence and XC ski skills off-trail and "cruise the Lakes Basin"? Unleash your inner Powder Pig and discover all new terrain and trails at Tamarack this season, all while discovering the Lakes Basin you never knew existed off trail on your XC skis! Participants will learn how to navigate variable terrain and snow conditions, unlock the mystery of "powder pigging", and gain a deeper understanding of the white stuff, all while engaging in exploration, fun, and exercise! Skills will progress from basic, flat terrain XC touring, to uphill and downhill techniques, turns and an introduction to the basic telemark turn. This class is not meant for true beginner XC skiers - you'll need to bring a little game to roll with the pigs! Ideal gear is a metal-edged XC ski with scales and a heavier boot and step-in binding (NNN-BC) or light 3-pin leather-type boot. Adjustable poles with a powder basket are the most useful, or a more traditional pole with a big basket that is a bit shorter than your striding pole. Tamarack does not rent this type of equipment. Use your own gear or rent from Brian's XC Ski Shop or Mammoth Mountaineering Supply. We will be kicking and gliding many K's (kilometers) so class is not suitable for heavy plastic boots or telemark or AT gear.


All Masters Programs

  • Cross country skiing is fun in all kinds of weather, but in the case of severe weather, please call the ski center at 760-934-2442, ext. 8, 30 minutes before starting time if there is a question of cancellation.
  • Equipment rentals for both skating and striding are available at the Tamarack Ski Center. Rental cost per Masters session: $10.00.
  • Masters participants receive a 15% discount at Tamarack’s retail shop.

 

Program Pricing

  • Masters Program (Beg, Int, or Adv) - $310.00
  • Program including Season Pass - $559.00 Adult; $499.00 Senior
  • Off-Trail Class (8 sessions) - $250.00
  • Workout Club - $50.00

(A valid trail pass is required to participate in the Masters Program)

2013 - 2014 Gliders Program Information

Download the Gliders Program Information Sheet, Registration Form and Liability Release to sign up today!

 

Gliders Program Details

WHO:  Children ages 6-10 years old (1st through 5th graders) with a Special Class for Kindergarten Kids (age 5) on Fridays

WHAT: Skills, activities and games on snow to teach children to ski and enjoy the winter environment.

WHEN: Friday Afternoons from 3 to 4:30 (Meeting dates:  January 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 28; March 1, 8, 15) OR Sunday Afternoons from 2 to 3:30 (Meeting dates:  January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 24; March 3, 10, 17). Kindergarten Kids meet Friday Afternoons from 2 to 3.

WHERE: Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center, Mammoth Lakes.

COST: $90.00; includes rentals, coaching and trail passes for 9 sessions

Gliders Program Information

The Tamarack Gliders Program will continue its tradition as a way to encourage children in grades 1 through 5 (6-10 years old) to enjoy the sport of cross country skiing. Through games and fun activities, children learn skiing skills and explore trails in the winter wonderland of the Lakes Basin. Treasure hunts, obstacle courses, games of tag and tree skiing are the means by which qualified Tamarack staff of instructors coach the Gliders. This year we will offer again a special class for Kindergarten Kids (age 5) on Friday afternoon from 2:00 - 3:00.

The group will be split by age and ability for all sessions. Parents are encouraged to come out and ski with the kids.

Cross Country skiing is fun in all kinds of weather, but in case of a severe storm, a session may be cancelled. Please call the ski center at 760-934-2442  if there is a question regarding weather.

What to Wear

The clothing worn for cross country skiing is slightly different than for alpine skiing. Cross country skiing in an aerobic sport and it is possible to become quite warm while exerting on the snow. Multiple layers of clothing are preferable to a single heavy snowsuit. Recommended clothing includes fleece jackets and vests, nylon windbreakers and pants, and "wicking" type long underwear. Hats, mittens or warm gloves and sunglasses or goggles are a must. And don’t forget the sunscreen.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE SKI CENTER AT 760-934-2442

2013 - 2014 Avalanche Program Information

Download the Avalanche Program Information Sheet and Registration Form plus the Liability Release to sign up today!

 

Avalanche Program Details

WHO: Middle School and High School Kids

WHAT: Technique, conditioning, and fun activities to improve cross country skiing skills.

WHEN: Sunday Afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30. Meeting dates: December 1, 8, 16; January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 24; March 3, 10, 17

WHERE: Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center, Mammoth Lakes.

COST: $170; includes coaching, rental and trail pass for the class.
 
A minimum of 6 sign-ups are needed to make this program happen.

Avalanche Program Information  

The Avalanche program is for kids in middle school and high school who want to stay involved in cross country skiing after they outgrow the Tamarack Gliders program. Cross country skiing is a great activity for middle school aged kids, whether they are interested in learning to compete or just in having a good time outdoors with their friends. Qualified staff at Tamarack Cross Country will coach this program, emphasizing skill development in both the classic and the skate techniques. Participants will work up to skiing longer and longer distances.

There are competition opportunities for Avalanche participants through Far West and the CNISSF school league. A schedule of events will be produced at the beginning of the season and competing is not mandatory.

Cross Country skiing is fun in all kinds of weather, but in the event of a severe storm, a session may be cancelled. Please call the ski center at 760-934-2442 if there is a question regarding weather.

What to Wear

Cross Country skiing is an aerobic sport and it is possible to become quite warm while exerting on snow. Please dress appropriately for training; there will be more continuous skiing than the Gliders program, so multiple layers of clothing are preferable to a single, heavy layer. Recommended clothing includes fleece jackets and vests, nylon windbreakers and pants and “wicking” type long underwear. Hats, mittens or warm.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE SKI CENTER AT 760-934-2442



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