Cross Country Ski Lessons at Palmquist Farm

Joel Knutson is our PSIA-certified Nordic skiing instructor, rental equipment tech, and "wax wizard." He is available for private, group, and family ski lessons and guided snowshoes around Palmquist Farm. Joel also specializes in adaptive skiing for all age levels and abilities.

If you don’t have your own skis, classic "touring-style" ski rentals and snowshoes are available at The Farm, and skate ski rentals can be arranged from nearby shops. A sit-ski is also available.

Joel will also breathe new life into your skis through repairs, tune-ups, and hot-box waxing services. He can even restore antique wood skis to get them off the wall and back on the trail! He is available to our guests for all your skiing, trail, and gear-related questions.

About Our Instructor

Joel hails from a "If you can walk, you can ski" family, and like many of our long-time skiers, he was largely self-taught. But he only started to dial in his technique after his first lesson about 10 years ago. Imagine his joy at hearing, after 20 years of shuffling around, that he was "pretty advanced…for a beginner!" Since that humbling first lesson, he’s skied a dozen marathons, guided backcountry trips, worked in the ski industry, and taught and skied all over the U.S. and Canada. In fact, he tries to take a lesson himself every year to constantly reevaluate and improve his own teaching styles.

Joel's goal is to make enjoyment of the outdoors accessible to people of all abilities, ages, and backgrounds. He strongly believes in "take home" drills: students will leave with simple tools and concepts to continue to self-improve their skiing and joy on the trails.

His teaching style reflects the fun, social, and relaxing atmosphere of The Farm. Even dogs are welcome here! Lessons typically go 90 minutes, but can be shortened or lengthened as you wish – lessons are based on your goals, not the clock. Guests can book multiple or even all-day sessions, and you can even go on snowshoeing jaunts or mix up the types of skiing. His rates are variable depending on duration and number in the party. Families skiing together are typically taught at a discounted flat rate. Please email Joel or call 608.332.5635 for more details and rates, and we’ll see you in the snow!