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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. Held on the beautiful groomed trails of Pineland Farm in New Gloucester, 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 dependent on weather and conditions. 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)

Optional
  • 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 Ratings
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5 / 5
March 11, 2021
great experience!
This was my first time cross country skiing! Eric did a wonderful job catering to the different levels in our class! He was very patient and gave us each... more
Portland
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5 / 5
March 8, 2021
nice well maintained gear
I had Eric for an instructor. He was great. Very personable, and clear with his instruction. He made all of us feel very comfortable. We were all at a... more
Rhode Island
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5 / 5
March 7, 2021
First Class Operation
Totally appreciated the professionalism on your staff. what a wonderful experience for my wife and I. We were lucky to have a small class of only 4 guest.... more
New Jersey
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5 / 5
February 22, 2021
Re-discover cross country!,
To celebrate our 44th anniversary, I surprised my wife with a trip to ll bean’s cross country ski class at Pineland Farms Touring Center. To add to the... more
Pineland Farms
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5 / 5
February 21, 2021
Great day for a lesson
A friend and I attended the x-country discovery adventure on a snowy Friday afternoon this month and had a great introduction/reintroduction to the... more
Waterville
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5 / 5
February 15, 2021
Beautiful Winter Adventure
Cross country skiing was incredible. Our instructor Kevin was so kind and helpful. We went as a family of 5 from Long Island with varying skill levels... more
USA
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5 / 5
February 14, 2021
Amazing Experience for Beginners
This was a great experience. You learn the basics of cross country skiing in a picturesque location. Kevin was a great instructor; gave great personal... more
Portland, ME
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5 / 5
February 7, 2021
Fun and Informative
Really enjoyed this short review/intro to cross country skiing. Lee and Ros were terrific instructors, giving frequent and effective feedback. They... more
Scarborough, Maine
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5 / 5
February 11, 2020
Awesome Experience!
Booked this discovery course the day before, and so glad I did! Lee B. and Bob F. were both great and - as someone who has never put on skis before -... more
Brunswick
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
5 / 5
January 10, 2020
Wonderful class
I needed a refresher course to help as I try to learn how to cross-country ski and this class was perfect!.Chris C. and Lee B. were excellent instructors,... more
Yarmouth, Maine
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