J-Term Cross Country Ski FAQ

Middlebury College J-Term Cross Country Ski Program

Why not earn PE Credit in the great outdoors?

Come head for the mountains and enjoy the Great Outdoors. Rikert Outdoor Center, on Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf Campus in Ripton, hosts cross country ski lessons for Middlebury College students. Lessons will run from:  Thursday, Jan 5th – Thursday, Feb 2nd.

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  • Come learn a life-time skill and earn a Physical Education Credit at the same time!
  • Cross Country skiing teaches you to ski up, down and around without a lift, on lightweight comfortable equipment. Our trails take you through the beautiful woods which inspired Robert Frost’s poetry (his cabin is up a trail and through the woods!) 
  • No car?  No problem! There is a Tri-Valley Transit shuttle bus traveling right up to Rikert which leaves and returns to campus hourly from the ADK Circle all of J-Term and most of the winter.  Click here for the Tri-Valley Transit bus schedules and choose the Snow Bowl Shuttle.
  • Lessons are one hour long. Techniques taught are classic ( recommended for beginners ) and skate. All lessons are taught by Middlebury College students.


Program Details:

Cost: $100
Lessons: 4 (3 of which for PE credit)
Trail Passes: 4 (used day of)
Rentals: 4 (used day of)
PE Credit: 1 PE credit

Class Schedule:

Lessons will run from:  Thursday Jan 6- Thursday Feb 3, 2022

Monday: 2:45 pm-3:45 pm
Wednesdays: 2:45 pm-3:45 pm
Fridays: 12:00 -1:00 pm
Sundays: 1:30pm-2:30pm

All ski equipment is provided.  You may bring your own, but please note that there is no reduction in price. 

Please wear warm clothes: winter/ wind jacket, gloves (not mittens), hat, warm socks and snow pants or some other windproof/insulated outer layer. Dressing in many thin layers is the best way to adjust your temperature, and remember wool and /or wicking microfibers are the best.

Rikert has a small retail shop where you can purchase Cross Country specific hats, socks, and gloves should you need.


Decide you need to get PE Credit after the fact?

Any late requests for PE Credit must be received by Rikert Outdoor Center before the start of the Spring semester.

What is the refund policy?

Refunds can only be given before J-Term registration closes.

Any J-term attendee who wishes to withdraw from their lessons, will not be issued a refund once J-Term lessons have begun.

In the event of illness or injury which requires you to withdraw from the J-Term lessons, we must receive a letter from your doctor in order for you to receive a refund or a partial refund. No refunds will be issued after April 1st. Registration and payments apply only to the current year.