Nordic Programs

Clinics and Programs

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) works together with several regional bodies to provide clinics and training for cross country coaches.

Level 100 Cross Country Technique Clinics

These half day clinics are offered mostly in the summer and fall, and are primarily delivered through regional governing bodies.

The USSA Level 100 Cross Country Technique Clinics cover technique drills on foot as well as both classic and skate rollerskis. Coaches will actively participate, so please bring the following:

  • Active outdoor apparel
  • Running shoes
  • Rollerskis, boots and poles for both classic and skate
  • Bright safety shirt for rollerskiing on the roadways
  • Water bottle

We encourage all levels of coaches to participate.

Check with your regional governing body for more details.  USSA delivered clinics will be posted here. You can start the on-line component of the Level 100 course any time.

LocationDateTimeMore Information
Birch Hill, Fairbanks, AK11/7/151-4pm

Peter Leonard -

Sudbury, MA11/7/1510amCo-taught by Rob Bradlee and Jim Stock
More information and registration - HERE

West Yellowstone, MT


Bryan Fish  -

Coaches will meet Bryan at the Rendezvous Trail HeadClinic will begin on classic equipment and change to skate equipment for the 2nd half.

Sun Valley, ID12/12/15TBDTBD



Level 100 Coaches Manual and On-line Exam

The U.S. Ski Team coaches, sport science staff, and sport education department have put together a comprehensive coaching manual for cross country coaches.  The content covers important training, technique, equipment, performance psychology and competition topics for coaches, with a focus on an age-appropriate approach based on long-term athlete development as described in the USSA Cross Country Training System.  This manual is the centerpiece for the Level 100 certification curriculum, and is purchased with the Level 100 on-line exam at the USSA Education Shop.

Comments about the Level 100 Cross Country coaches manual:

"You've hit a homerun here. If this kind of comprehensive manual had existed 17 years ago when I first started coaching, it would have saved me thousands of hours of research and the athletes I've worked with hundreds of hours of less than ideal training." - Program Director from Maine

"This manual is smashing! One of the best I have seen in any sport!" - Vern Gambetta, Gambetta Sports Training Systems


Level 200 Clinics

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Continuing Education Partnership with USA Cycling

The USSA is pleased to announce a partnership with USA Cycling that allows USSA member coaches to access certain educational events and resources from USA Cycling at the USA Cycling member coach rate. As our sports have several physiological, psychological and tactical similarities, there is great opportunity for crossover learning to help cross country skiing coaches learn and innovate.

USA Cycling offers educational webinars to coaches on a variety of topics, many of which would be valuable for cross country coaches as well. Find their schedule of webinars here.

If you are interested in one of these webinars, contact USSA Sport Education for information to register at the USA Cycling member price.



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