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Gliders Programs

The Tamarack Gliders continues its tradition to provide a fun way to encourage children from 5-10 to enjoy the sport of cross-country skiing. Through games and creative activities, children learn skiing skills as they 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 our qualified Tamarack instructors coach the Gliders.

Kinder Gliders (Age 5) | Gliders (Age 6–10)

To book, enter the program start date and choose from:
  • Kinder Gliders – starts January 5
  • Gliders – starts Friday, January 5 or Sunday, January 7

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Glider students are welcome to arrive early on class days to ski longer at no additional charge, and glider students are encouraged to ski on non-class days with special student rates on trail passes and rentals.


The clothing worn for cross-country skiing is different than for alpine skiing. Cross-country skiing is an aerobic sport and it is possible to become quite warm while exercising on snow. Multiple-layered clothing is preferable to a single heavy snowsuit. Recommended clothing includes:

  • Fleece jackets, nylon windbreakers and pants.
  • Wicking-type long underwear.
  • Hats, mittens or warm gloves and sunglasses or goggles are a must.
  • Don't forget sunscreen!

Weather Conditions

Cross-country skiing is fun in all kinds of weather, but a session may get cancelled in a severe storm – please call for notice of cancellation.

Tamarack Cross-Country Ski Center: 760.934.5293
Snow & Trail Report ext 5 | Ski Instructor ext 6

Programs by Age

Kinder Gliders

Age 5

Our Kinder Gliders program uses games and activities to introduce youngsters to the basics and fun of cross-country skiing. Learning to "chart their kilometers" gives positive incentive to expand their endurance.

Fridays 2:00 PM–3:00 PM

  • January 5, 12, 19, 26
  • February 2, 9
  • March 1, 15, 22

All sessions include rentals & trail pass.


Ages 6–10

The Gliders program follows our traditional program of fun on snow, combined with skill building and kilometer skiing. Choose Friday or Sunday sessions.

Friday Sessions
3:00 PM–4:30 PM

  • January 5, 12, 19, 26
  • February 2, 9
  • March 1, 15, 22

Sunday Sessions
2:00 PM–3:30 PM

  • January 7, 14, 21, 28
  • February 4, 11
  • March 3, 10, 17

All sessions include rentals & trail pass.