Upcoming Local Events

There is no better way to kick off the ski season than the Yellowstone Ski Festival. For one week cross country skiers own this town. You walk down the snow covered streets to the Rendezvous Ski Trails. You meet dozens of other skiers doing the same. On the trails you test your fitness, technique and gear. But most of all you enjoy the snow and admire the amazing mountain views. At night you see talk to vendors at the expo and see even more skiers on the streets and in the restaurants. This year, Gear West is joining the fun; stop and say "hi" either at the expo or on the trails.

Gear West Stone Grind Drop Off
Drop your skis at the Gear West Expo booth. We'll be on hand to help you choose the best grind for your needs, then truck them back to Minnesota, grind them on our new Tazzari RP 23, and ship them back to you just in time for the race season to kick into gear.

As a special treat, everyone who drops off a ski for grinding will receive a FREE 45g block of Swix Cera Nova HFX or HFXBW wax of their choice (blocks will be distributed with serviced skis).

$70 - Stone Grind
$20 - Hot Box
$45 - Race Prep - includes hot box and race hardening


Learn More About Gear West's Grind Service

Gear West will flex test your skis at West Yellowstone
Stop by the Gear West booth at the Expo with your skis and get them analyzed on our flex testing machine. Learn what conditions your skis run best in and what conditions they may be less ideal for. The flex tester cuts through the voodoo of ski fit and allows you to see exactly what we see with digital precision.

Learn More About Gear West's Flex Testing

Race Ski Demos
We will have Fischer, Salomon, Rossignol, Atomic racing skis with our Tazzari grinds on hand for you to try out on the Rendezvous Trails. Stop by and take a pair for a spin.

Yellowstone Clinics and Race Camp
Matt Liebsch as guest coach
Checkout one of the many clinics and camps during the Yellowstone Ski Festival 
Matt Liebsch Talks Ski Fit and Ski Flex for Different Conditions.  
(includes a Q + A on technique and training)
Friday, November 28th
6:00 - 7:00pm
Holiday Inn Conference Area
Presentation, Matt Liebsch World Cup Athlete and Director of Race Services at Gear West.
See this and other presentations. 

Women's WeekendDecember 13th & 14th, 2014

Saturday and Sunday
Birkie Trail, Seeley WI

High quality instruction - Improve technique & efficiency - Learn time managed training.

We will pamper you with positive attitudes, chocolate, coffee & wine.

Program Info
Saturday 12/13: Meet for intro at 8:30 am
The program begins at Mooselips before we go out to the snow.  Full program including lunch. We provide wine, chocolate and free raffle prizes

Sunday 12/14: 9:00 am start and until noon with lunch.

Bring ski equipment, a good attitude, and an open mind and a sense of humor.

Cost: $150.00 per person
Includes coaching, lunches, treats, coffee, wine, raffle prizes & hat.

Partner: Riverbrook Bike & Ski

More about the Women's XC Clinic on the Riverbrook website

Lodging not included. For lodging options, visit:
Seeley Lodging & Info
Hayward Area Lodging
Cable Area Lodging

Register for the Clinic Here

Turkey Trail Trot

November 27th
8:00 AM

Thanksgiving is about fall leaves, the changing of the seasons, and family. There is no better way to bring these elements together than by starting Thanksgiving Day with great people doing a local trail run that is over the hills and through the woods of Battle Creek Park in St. Paul, MN!

The 4th and Final event in the 2014 Urban Trail Series

Learn more/Register

Fall/Winter Ski Technique + Training Program

We welcome ALL skiing abilities...from beginner to advanced.  Learn to ski or learn to ski faster and more efficiently–for the Birke or just to enjoy Minnesota parks

All classes meet at French Park

Fall/Winter Program ($230)
September 3 – February 4 (23 sessions!)

Fall dryland program ($110)
September 3 – November 19 (12 sessions)

Winter On-Snow program ($140)
December 3 – February 11 (11 sessions)




Fall Program

An “Improve Your XC Skiing” or “get Fit for the Birke” technique and training group for men and women of ALL fitness and skiing abilities. This course is for busy people with busy lives who do not know how to XC ski and want to learn, or busy people who are fit and want to ski faster and need technique improvement!

Fall training involves a fitness assessment (an easy baseline test of current fitness which will be used to measure performance gains!) Roller skis are encouraged but not mandatory. Roller skiers will receive specific ski technique instruction during daylight hours. Non roller ski participants will Nordic pole hike and strength train. After the time change, all groups will focus on specific ski workouts to improve core body strength and coordination. Groups will be divided according to ability.

Social gatherings like our annual October potluck dinner will encourage all participants to gather together, have some fun and break up the training routine.

Winter Program

On-Snow sessions will be based out of French Park unless lack of snow dictates Elm Creek. Sessions will focus on relaxed and effective ski technique for skate skiing. Drills will aim to improve skiers double poling, legs only push, V1, Open Field and V2. Discussions on waxing, training and race strategies will be held prior to each workout and at special Gear West clinics. Also, the annual dessert potluck party is integral to the happiness of the winter training program.

Gear West Wednesday winter training will focus on skate skiing but will offer classic classes with a minimum of five interested skiers. Choose your interest on the registration form and Gear West will get back to you on the classic interest.

Both fall and winter programs will offer an additional clinic (to be scheduled) on discussing fitness training for busy people. We will key in on the most effective workouts for those with limited free time and highlight how differing workouts accomplish various types of fitness.

If you have any questions - call Gear West at 952-473-0377