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.

Sport Education Presentation Series

The USSA Sport Education Department offers web presentations on topics for coach learning and development. These are a great continuing education opportunities that are convenient and cost-effective. Take advantage of the live or recorded sessions. Find full details and register here.


Cross Country Coaches Symposium

The 2013 USSA Cross Country Coaches Symposium will be held September 27-29, 2013 at the USSA Center of Excellence in Park City, UT.

REGISTER HERE for the 2013 Symposium

CLICK HERE for key presenter bios.

This is a biennial coaches education event featuring a national and international slate of presenters and experts in nordic skiing, coaching and sport science.

Several of the presentations at the 2011 symposium were recorded, and are available for purchase by those coaches who were unable to attend the event.  Click here to view the available presentations.


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.



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