Winter Park to host cross-country ski coach certification

A group attends a roller ski coaching session in Winter Park. Winter Park Resort will be hosting a Level 100 Cross Country Coaching Certification Camp on December 19 and 20.
Bruce Manske / Winter Park Competition Center

The Winter Park Competition Center will be hosting a Level 100 Cross Country Coaching Certification Camp December 19-20 at Winter Park Resort.

According to a press release, Bruce Manske, director of the Nordic program at the Winter Park Competition Center, is currently the only developer of cross-country coaches in Colorado.

During the clinic, coaches will review the technical and tactical aspects of ski training. They will be assessed on their ability to teach, demonstrate and analyze several fundamental skiing skills.

Upon successful completion of the assessment, coaches will complete a course survey and earn their Level 100 Coaching Certificate.

United States Ski and Snowboard designed the Coaching Certification Program to prepare Nordic coaches to effectively develop novice athletes in the sport of cross-country skiing. The aim is to get the whole ski coaching profession to recognize training techniques at the national team level and to coordinate efforts.

“We want coaches to know what’s going on nationally and develop similar language in terms of what skiers are learning across the country,” Manske said in the statement.

L100 certification will be a requirement for membership of ski and snowboard coaches in the United States starting in the 2022-2023 season. The certification includes an online module with exam, as well as an in-person internship with a USSS Coach Developer, who will lead the internships.

Skiers enjoy a cross-country skiing lesson. Winter Park Resort will be hosting a special session for cross-country ski coaches.
Bruce Manske / Winter Park Competition Center

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