The Lake Country Nordic Ski Club is offering a free ski clinic, led by ski coaches from the Cities, that will be open to the public starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Lake Washburn Ski Trail near Outing.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about classic skiing techniques and try out the latest ski equipment. Ski Services Unlimited will also have ski equipment and wax available for purchase after the clinic.

The clinic is for all levels of skiers, from beginners to experienced. The ski club will provide a free lunch at noon.

The Washburn Trail parking lot is approximately one mile west of Highway 6, off Lake Washburn Road. Lake Washburn Road is two miles north of Outing.

This year skiers have the opportunity to get skis waxed and ready for the season, have fast glides and more fun. The Lake Country Nordic Ski Club is again having a Nordic ski waxing offer for skiers to get their skis cleaned and freshly waxed. A wax service will be offered from noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, at the Cass County Land Department Garage, 121 Front Street, Backus.

Drop your skis off after the ski clinic Saturday and pick them up Sunday. Or drop them off Sunday and pick them up later that day. (It takes about 30 minutes to wax a pair of skis). This service will be done for a donation ($20 for club members, $30 for nonmembers) to the ski club.

Cross country skis (even waxless ones) have a glide area. The glide area is the front and back of the ski that is not under the ski binding. The glide area needs to be waxed periodically. Waxing will make the ski glide farther on each stride and waxing also helps protect the ski base.

If you are not a member of the club, you can join for $25 and save $10 on this service.