Grand Traverse Ski Club

Instructional Ski Clinics

When:    Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; Starting Jan. 3rd ending February 23rd.
4:30 Clinic Time:     4:30-6:00pm
6:30 Clinic Time:     6:30-8:00pm
Where:    Hickory Hills

Cost: $190 ($215 on 11/1, $240 on 11/15, $290 on 12/1)

 Currently FULL – contact to be added to the Waitlist

The Instructional Ski Clinics (often referred to as regular race clinics) are geared toward skiers looking to develop their basic skiing and racing abilities. Participants should be comfortable with all of the aspects of skiing covered in the Learn to Ski Clinics. Skiers range in age from 5 to 12+, and are not participating in the GTSC Middle School Program. Skiers must be able to use all rope tows independently in order to participate in these clinics. The clinics will begin by meeting at the bottom of the Birch rope tow for dynamic stretching. The skiers will then be divided into groups by ability. This will allow the coaches to focus on the areas of basic skiing that need improvement. The main goal of these clinics is for skiers to have fun, while learning the basics of ski racing and becoming more fundamentally sound skiers. The primary focus will be on drills emphasizing fundamental skill-building with a secondary emphasis on running courses. We focus on creating good habits, honing fundamentals by utilizing a variety of drills and proceed into gate training as ability and interest progress. All participants are strongly encouraged to sign up for and race on Sundays at Hickory.

Skiers may only attend the session for which they are registered!

Additional Requirements:

  • Skiers must be able to use the tow rope independently.  This is the most important criteria.
  • Other than LTS, skiers must be able to use a tow rope independently, and ski unattended to participate.
  • All skiers must bring and wear a ski helmet and bring their own skis and boots.
  • Hickory Hills ski tickets must be purchased separately from the GTSC programs.  GTSC Fees do not included lift tickets.

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Grand Traverse Ski Club

GTSC is a volunteer run non-profit club dedicated to offering quality instructional ski and ski racing programs for kids aged 4-14 at an economical price. Developing good skiers and ski racers with a focus on fun and sportsmanship.

Hickory Hills Ski Area is owned and operated by the City of Traverse City, Hickory Hills began operations in the winter of 1950 -51 on 12 City owned acres. Traverse City now owns approximately 125 acres.

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