Bolton Valley, nestled high in the Green Mountains in a valley north of I-89, is running a two-day clinic to introduce women to backcountry Nordic skiing Feb. 5-6.

The clinic will offer girls and women of all ages the opportunity to improve Nordic ski skills and gain confidence.

Participants will learn the basics of backcountry ski technique, and the realities of backcountry winter travel, in classes with no more than five students per instructor.

Bolton Valley's Nordic trails wind through high elevation terrain well-suited for the clinics.

The first day focuses on improving basic skills to prepare participants for backcountry travel, including practice in climbing, descending, turning, kick and glide technique, and stopping. Students will learn about climbing skins, and waxing, proper gear and clothing, and packing a backpack.

The day ends with with wine and cheese.

The second day puts those skills into practice as participants head into the woods on Bolton's backcountry trails.

The clinic costs $195, which covers an alpine and Nordic ticket Saturday, a Nordic ticket Sunday, two days of instruction, coffee and muffins both mornings, and wine and cheese Saturday. Rentals are available at extra cost.

All proceeds will benefit Girls Move Mountains, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting positive development of girls through outdoor adventure, and group experience.

More information, and to register. Or call 802.229.2976.