education, training, & community
bozeman, MT


2019-20 ProgramS

Summer Training Group: Wednesdays, June 5 - August 14 ($200)

Fall Training Group: Sept -October ($330)

Winter training group: Dec - February ($490)

Community Nordic Basic Team ($100)

Beginner Skate and Classic Skiing Courses: begin January ($100)

Intermediate Skate Skiing Course: begin January ($150)

Sunday Clinics for Skate & Classic ($30 per clinic)

Women's Clinics: two winter dates ($40 each)

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Note: In order to register for a BSF program, you must have a current BSF annual membership. Membership fees will be charged to your account during the registration process.
Note: In order to register for a BSF program, you must already have a current BSF annual membership. (These are two different checkout systems. Sorry for the inconvenience. It does keep our costs down.)

Programs are open to adults. Options for beginner and advanced skiers, and for both recreational and competitive skiers. COME SKI WITH US.

We offer several programs to choose from:

Adult Summer nordic program

June 5 - August 14, 2019

Wednesdays (choose from morning or evening session)

Morning session: 9-10:30 am

Evening session: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

(no session July 3)


Enjoy the outdoors, boost your fitness and stay connected to your ski goals. These once-a-week ski-specific workouts will incorporate agility, balance, coordination, technique, strength, and, of course, fun with ski friends. Cost covers 8 out of the 10 sessions so you can plan around your summer schedule. Led by Coach Heidi Makoutz.

Locations vary. Schedule will be emailed each week.

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2 days/week

$330 fall only (September - October / 25 hours total)

$490 winter only (December March / 49 hours total)

Enjoy fall dryland and/or winter coached workouts with a great community of skiers. You'll get training plans geared toward your season goals. Fall dryland training includes ski imitation, running, strength and agility to get your ready for ski season. Winter sessions include a mix of classic and skate techniques, but we can accommodate for both during workouts if you prefer one over the other. Perfect for getting (or staying) in shape and/or for tackling cross-country ski races.

Weekly emails will include the schedule and training plan.

Includes:  coach-led sessions two days a week, technique analysis, BSF Nordic clinics and season goal setting.

Fall Schedule

Dates/times TBA for 2019

You choose two sessions a week:
Mon: 12:00-1:15 pm
Wed: 12:00-1:15 pm  
Thurs: 4:15-5:30 pm
Location: Lindley Center and other close-to-town locations.

Winter Schedule
Dates/times TBA for 2019

You choose two sessions a week:
Mon: 12:00-1:15 pm
Tues: 4:15-5:30 pm
Wed 12:00-1:15 pm
Thurs: 4:15-5:30 pm

Location: Primarily Sunset Hills (Lindley Center), but sometimes at Bridger Creek Golf Course, Bozeman Creek and Crosscut, depending on snow.

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Clinics & drop-in options.


Community Nordic Basic Team is a low-key, less-commitment option for those who want to be connected to the ski community, socialize, and become better skiers. Drop into the following sessions as your schedule allows:


  • November ski waxing clinic by BSF coaches and elite athletes
  • 3 winter Sunday ski clinics led by coaches and elite skiers (one per month in Dec, Jan, Feb)
  • Drop-in on four masters training group sessions    
  • Discounts that come with BSF membership and inclusion in equipment and clothing orders
  • BSF Nordic potlucks and masters community potlucks
  • Connections with the nordic community for social skis, training adventures, and events through the group email list

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& Classic Skiing

1 day/week for 4 weeks


Learn to skate ski or classic ski. Four progressive sessions in January will focus on the fundamentals of technique. You choose classic or skate. We'll work on applying our new skills to varying terrain so you can get out and enjoy the trails.

Starts the week of January TBA

Location: The "stadium" area in front of the Lindley Center, Bozeman, MT


You choose: Mondays or Thursdays

Mondays 12-1:15 p.m. (January 7, 14, 21, 28)
Thursdays 4:30-5:45 p.m. (January 10, 17, 24, 31)

Beginner Classic Skiing Schedule

Tuesdays 11a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (January 8, 15, 22, 29)


Each participant must bring his/her own skis, boots, and poles. For the skate class you will need skate-specific equipment. For the classic class, any type of classic cross-country ski setup will work. Equipment may be purchased or rented at Bangtail Ski Shop, The Gear Wizard, Gallatin Alpine Sports in Big Sky, and perhaps other outdoor retailers in town.

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1 day/week for 5 weeks $150

Starts week of January TBA

Ready to go beyond the beginner skate skiing course and become a better skier? We'll meet for five sessions in January to work on technique. The last class can be swapped for any masters training session.


You choose Mondays or Wednesdays:

Mondays 4:15-5:30 p.m. (January 7, 14, 21, 28, and February 4)
Wednesdays 12-1:15 p.m. (January 9, 16, 23, 30, and February 6)

Location: The "stadium" area in front of the Lindley Center.

Email with interest or questions.

Skis: Each participant must bring his/her own skate skis, boots, and poles. Equipment may be purchased or rented at Bangtail Ski Shop, The Gear Wizard, Gallatin Alpine Sports in Big Sky, and perhaps other outdoor retailers in town.

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The first-ever BSF Women's XC Ski Clinic (2018).

XC ski Clinics

(FREE for Community Nordic Basic Team & BSF Training Group)

Learn techniques and tips for classic or skate skiing. We divide up into smaller groups based on technique and level. For all ability levels. Clinics are led by by certified BSF Coaches and members of the BSF Elite Team.


2019-20 Dates TBD

Women's Only XC SKI Clinics

$40 per person

Take some time for yourself and join a bunch of fun-loving women as we learn techniques and tips for classic or skate skiing. We divide up into smaller groups based on skate or classic with experienced instructors for all ability levels. We have a blast.

Everyone welcome, from beginners trying something new to those looking to take their technique to the next level.

The Lindley Center will be open from 12 - 3 p.m. with ski instruction from 12:30-2:30pm. Come early and/or stay late for socializing with new and old friends! Treats, snacks and hot drinks will be provided in the Lindley Center.

*dates are tentative right now and may be changed due to snow conditions

Dates: 2019-20 TBD

Location: Lindley Center (stadium area), Bozeman, MT

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What to Bring

1. Skis, boots and poles! Either classic or skate. Dress in layers.

2. Enthusiasm!

Bring a friend!

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Looking for individual instruction? BSF has professional and highly credentialed coaching staff ready to work with you!

Email with interest or questions, and Heidi will connect you to the best coach for what you want to work on.

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Check out the Community Nordic Trail System that BSF grooms.


No--not for the Community Nordic trails. Trail passes are voluntary; but we highly encourage you to purchase a pass or donate to the trails fund if you can. We're incredibly proud of the Bozeman community for all the passes, donations, grants, and volunteer hours they contribute towards the grooming effort.

Where to Buy Equipment
  • The Nordic Team holds an intra-club gear swap each October (before the big BSF Ski Swap at the Fairgrounds). This is a great time to source (and sell) used equipment among fellow teammates.
  • Local retailers or online. (Your BSF membership gets you discounts at several local shops.) Also, keep your eyes out for the team BSF emails—occasionally retailers will sponsor team nights with discounts.
  • The Ski Swap, held each November at the Fairgrounds. Thousands of items. (It’s also one of BSF’s biggest fundraisers.) BSF members get in an hour early. If you volunteer at the event, you get in even earlier!

For skate and classic specific gear, it is best to use the manufacturer's size charts which correlate the skier's weight and height to ski length and stiffness. At the ski swap, BSF volunteers/coaches will be on hand with a flex-test board to help match your skier with the best skis available. Please take advantage of this opportunity--skis that are too stiff or too soft can make for a very frustrating skiing experience. When purchasing new equipment through a local retailer, they will provide similar testing. 


Ski poles for skate should reach between the skiers chin and "mustache area." 

Classic poles should reach between the armpit and the shoulder. 

I'm in the training group. What do I need?

Required winter-season equipment is a pair of skate skis, boots, and poles. Highly recommended for the training groups, in addition to skate equipment, are classic skis, poles, and boots, as we will offer instruction and workouts in both disciplines. Workouts can be modified for classic or skate, but we will do some of both.  

Other recommended equipment: heart rate monitor/watch and water bottle with carrier.

Dress in layers!

I'm in the BEginner class. WHAT DO I NEED?

Each participant must bring his/her own skate skis, boots, and poles. Equipment may be purchased or rented at Bangtail Ski Shop, The Gear Wizard, Gallatin Alpine Sports in Big Sky, and perhaps other outdoor retailers in town. 


When you register for the program, you will be added to an email list. Your coaches will communicate weekly details to you through email, as well as any last-minute changes. (It’s important that you do not unsubscribe to BSF emails, as this is our main mode of communication in the winter.) If for some reason, you are not receiving emails from us, let us know!


Generally, if the temperature is 13F or lower--especially if there is wind--a session may be cancelled.  Please check the temperature where we are skiing that day (in town or at Bohart).  Whenever possible, an email will be sent out notifying everyone as soon as it is determined to be too cold to ski.


Please make yourself familiar with our policies, the BSF Athlete & Parent Handbook, and other important information on the Resources Page.


Races: Your assistance with races is always welcome. Look for info in emails. 

Other chances: BSF is a traditional nonprofit, relying on donations and fundraisers to cover approximately 50% of our operating costs. Volunteers donate thousands of hours each year. We couldn’t do it without you! We’re always looking for volunteers to help with our fundraisers, serve on committees, or help at Nordic, Alpine, and Freestyle/Freeskiing competitions. We generally send out emails asking for volunteer help with a signup sheet. You can also contact the BSF office for other volunteer opportunities.

Here's the calendar for the Community Nordic & Masters Programs:


Heidi Makoutz, Masters Community Nordic Program Coordinator