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Learn to ski at Reinstein Woods

Skiers will learn the basics of cross country skiing and then head to the trails of Reinstein Woods.

BY: Kaitlin Fritz, Metro Source | December 18, 2013

Cross country skiing can be difficult, but with the right help, it can be a great activity for families.

Reinstein Woods offers cross country skiing lessons, teaching the basics, followed by a guided ski tour around the nature preserve’s Lily Pond.

“A lot of people aren’t comfortable using cross country skis if they’ve never done it before, so we have these learn to ski sessions where we have some trained instructors who show you all the basics,” said Meaghan Boice-Green, Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center director.

The basics include teaching participants how to put the ski boots on, then putting the skis on, and then different techniques for skiing.

The sessions begin inside the center in a carpeted room, making it easier for participants to put their skis on and “get a feel for how to move,” said Boice-Green.

After learning the basics, the trainers will then take the skiers on a nature ski through the snow.

“It gives [the skiers] a chance to try out the skies with somebody nearby in case they have questions, fall over or feel like they need some help,” Boice-Green added.

These sessions are designed for the beginner and many of those who help train are also experienced nature guides.

Boice-Green said the ski sessions have been held at Reinstein for a couple years and it’s a great way to get families outdoors in the winter.

“One of our big goals here is to encourage people to engage in outdoor recreation so the skiing is a great way to experience the outdoors in the winter time,” she continued. “It gives you really good exercise so it’s something that we want to encourage people to try out in the winter.”

Although there are no age requirements to participate, Reinstein only has a limited number of skis ranging in sizes that can fit teens and adults.

In the past, Boice-Green said there were only a few pairs of skis available but a few years ago, the Friends of Reinstein Woods were able to purchase a larger number of skis in a variety of sizes. There are a few smaller sizes available and parents can call and inquire ahead of time before coming out.

Aside from the learn to ski sessions, skiers can also come back and ski through the woods on their own time. The trails are open from sunrise to sunset and ski rentals are available throughout the afternoon Monday through Saturday.

The cost to participate in the learn to ski sessions is $5 or $2 for those who are friends of Reinstein Woods. This covers the cost to rent the skis and is the same if skiers decide to come back on their own time. Spots are still available for Dec. 28. For more information regarding the learn to ski sessions, call 683-5959.

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