For those with a hankering for endurance and speed, sign up for this intro to cross country ski class. Visit the Auburn Ski Club (19749 Boreal Ridge Road, Soda Springs) and learn the finesse of cross country skiing. The lessons will be on various Sundays starting Jan. 4, and ending in March. REI instructors will take excited learners out and show them the basics of starting, stopping, turning and gliding across the snow on classic cross-country skis. After the skill-building session, students will journey out on the trail to practice their newfound skills. If you’re concerned with finding the right gear, no worries! Instructors will cover basics of choosing and properly fitting equipment (boots, skis and poles). Please arrive 10–15 minutes prior to the start time for parking and paperwork considerations. Normal class times are 9 a.m–noon. For REI members, the price is $100 while the non-member price is $120. REI will provide cross country skis, boots and poles. The transportation will be from the REI store to and from the Auburn Ski Club. Whether you’re a future Olympian or just want to learn a fun new exercise, this will be a high intensity sport ripe with adventure. For more information, visit and search classes and events.

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 9 of issue #308 (Jan. 1 – 15, 2020)**