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Cross-Country Skiing Discovery Course

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With easy, step-by-step instruction from our experts, you'll be gliding over the snow in no time at all.
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Activity level: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 (14 and under with parent or guardian)
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

Course Description

Conditions permitting – Cross-country skiing is a fun, healthy and exhilarating sport that offers an easy way to enjoy winter's snowy countryside. At L.L.Bean's private groomed facility at Fogg Farm, in Freeport, Maine, our expert guides will guide you step-by-step through the basic techniques for enjoying this relaxing aerobic activity. They'll teach you how to stride, pole and turn, plus give you friendly advice and tips on navigating different types of terrain. You'll then practice what you've learned with a guided ski excursion. You'll leave this course with the skills necessary to confidently cross-country on your own, allowing you unparalleled access to the wilderness in winter.

All necessary cross-country skiing equipment is provided.

Please note this course is weather dependent.

L.L.Bean does not usually cancel events due to inclement weather. However, we reserve the right to cancel an event at any time due to severe weather, low enrollment or other concerns. If L.L.Bean cancels your event, you will receive a full refund for the cost of your reservation.

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*Synthetic clothing dries quickly and is the best choice for outdoor pursuits. Please do not wear cotton clothing. When wet, cotton rapidly robs the heat from your body and takes a long time to dry. We also recommend you dress in multiple layers, allowing you more flexibility to comfortably respond to the weather conditions and your level of exertion.

†Please call ahead if you plan to use your own equipment as it must pass inspection by L.L.Bean staff before use. If it's deemed unsuitable, we will provide you with the necessary equipment.

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What to Bring
  • Weather-and activity-appropriate clothing (preferably synthetic*)
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Fleece jacket or wool sweater - appropriate level of insulation for the activity
  • Long underwear tops and bottoms (synthetic or wool)
  • Warm hat, gloves or mittens
  • Personal prescriptions such as EpiPen or inhaler
  • One quart of water (no glass bottles)

  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof camera
  • Neck gaiter or balaclava
  • Classic cross-country skis (no metal edges, max 68 mm.) with boots, gaiters and poles†

What We Provide
  • Sunscreen
  • Use of all necessary skiing equipment: skis, boots, gaiters and poles
Average Rating 
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7  out of  7 ( 100% ) reviewers would recommend this product. 
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5 / 5
March 12, 2018
Great for Beginners
I took this course in February and then again in March. I'm a total beginner and my boyfriend has been cross-country skiing for decades, so I wanted... more
Cape Elizabeth, ME
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4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
5 / 5
February 17, 2018
Great XC Ski Lesson
I took the Cross-Country Skiing Discovery Course on 02/13/2018. It was a great time! We had seven students with varied experience. Kevin and... more
Bangor, ME
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2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
5 / 5
February 5, 2018
excellent x country skiing intro
I tried the Cross country skiing ODS course this weekend. The instructors were great,very knowledgeable and patient with everyone. They clearly explained... more
Leeds, ME
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5 / 5
January 5, 2018
Cross Country Ski Course was excellent
On one of the coldest days of the year (-3), two of my family members and I took the afternoon class with Peter B and Pete H. We each have had experience... more
North Yarmouth, ME
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5 / 5
February 14, 2017
Awesome Class!
My husband and I took this Cross Country Skiing Discovery course on Saturday 2/11/17. Neither of us had ever tried cross country skiing before this class.... more
Richmond, RI
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5 / 5
February 4, 2016
Fun afternoon
Despite less than ideal conditions, our group of 6 had a good time. 3 of us had no experience and 3 had skied or snowboarded before. All agreed the instructors,... more
woolwich, me
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5 / 5
March 3, 2014
Outdoor Adventure Cross Country class AMAZING!
My Husband and I attended the Cross Country Skiing Class this last Saturday in Freeport and had an AMAZING afternoon! Eric & Kate were our instructors.... more
Boothbay, ME
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newcomertoMaine February 28, 2015
LL Bean should patent how it trains its instructors to make participants feel comfortable regardless of their skill level. My neighbor and I had not done cross country skiing for 30 years, but Lee and Kate in Freeport did a terrific job of making us feel confident. We started out slowly without poles, which scared the heck out of us, progressed to short loops and then went out on the trail. When we got back, we all did a victory lap around the trail that had freaked us out only an hour earlier. Go for it !
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