Cross Country Skiing


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A. Cross-Country Seminars to Get You Started

Prepare for the cross-country skiing season with these 1-hour informative sessions that include Ski Waxing, Cross-Country Gear, Nutrition, and Sport Psychology and Motivation. Get on the right track with professional advice to make your ski experience positive and enjoyable. Prerequisite: none. Includes: Instructor.

Cross-Country Ski Wax Clinics

Learn all about grip and glide in this practical 2-hour, hands-on wax clinic taught by an expert in the field. Get great tips on caring for your skis, including how to apply glide and kick wax. Prerequisite: none. Remember to bring your own skis. Includes: Instructor, waxing equipment, wax.

Cross-Country Ski Sampler

FAMILY FRIENDLY Discover the network of trails right in your backyard. This 2-hour introduction to cross-country skiing will teach you balance and basic movement on gentle terrain without the long drive. Choose morning or afternoon lessons, and depending on snow conditions, we'll either meet at Confederation Park, the West Bragg Creek ski trails or at Shaganappi Golf Course. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, 50% off rental gear. Please bring your gear to the lesson.

B. Beginner Cross-Country Ski Lesson

Spend the day learning beginner cross-country ski techniques on the beautiful trails in Kananaskis. This 5-hour lesson will cover striding, gliding and turning on easy terrain. Skill-building activities and plenty of practice will help you become comfortable moving on skis. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor. Van transportation available for $30 on some dates. 

Parent and Tot- Learn to Ski

If you are keen to enjoy winter with your toddler and learn tips and tricks of xc skiing with them, then join our NEW program to help you have success and fun skiing together.  We will have an in class session to help set you up for success for when you are on the snow.  Then we will have a 2 hour session on the snow to get out skiing together.  Prerequisites: none.  Included: chariots for the ski day but you will need to rent or bring your own skis. 

Classic Cross-Country Skiing Ultimate Winter Package

We've bundled these classic cross-country skiing lessons to save you $50. Now you can become a confident skier in one winter. Take the scheduled XC Gear seminar, then choose from the dates for B. Beginner Cross-Country Ski Lesson, C. Basic Hills Cross-Country Ski Lesson and D. Cross-Country Ski Skill Builder. You'll soon be cruising the trails with ease and efficiency. Prerequisite: none. Participants must take the lessons in the order given. Includes: instructor.

A. Intro to Skate Skiing

Extend your cross-country ski season by learning this fast and fun technique that eliminates tricky kick-waxing, and is great for getting fit. In this series you'll be introduced to the basic balance and movement of skate skiing. Learn various strides for climbing and cruising on the flats in these lessons at Confederation Park or West Bragg Creek. Prerequisite: previous cross-country ski experience recommended. Includes: instructor, Foothills Nordic trail mantenance fees.

C. Basic Hills Cross-Country Ski Lesson

Gain confidence cross-country skiing on hilly trails this season. Join us on rolling terrain in Kananaskis and learn how to move uphill, turn, glide downhill and slow down. There will be plenty of time to practice your new skills in this 5-hour session. Prerequisite: B: Beginner Cross-Country Ski Lesson or equivalent experience. Includes: instructor. Van transportation available for $30 on some dates.

XC Van Transportation

Register for a ski lesson (module B, C or D) and at the same time, book your hassle-free transportation to Kananaskis Country. Our van departs from the Outdoor Centre at 8 am and returns at 5 pm. Note: service is available for cross-country course participants only.

D. Cross-Country Ski Skill Builder

Get out and enjoy Kananaskis while building your cross-country ski skills. The focus of this day session is on classic techniques and maintaining speed and rhythm on varied terrain. In the morning, we'll work on developing efficient skills for flat terrain, and in the afternoon on hill techniques. Prerequisite: the ABCs or equivalent. Includes: instructor. Van transportation available for some dates.

Cross Country Ski Coaching Series

Are you a cross-country skier who can’t commit to the Learn to Loppet program? Our Cross Country Ski Coaching Series is a skinnied-down version just for you. On this low ratio course you will spend 4 Saturdays skiing fabulous trails in Kananaskis with a coach to improve your skills and endurance. Locations are dependent on snow conditions and may include trails in Peter Lougheed, Kananaskis Village, Mt Shark, Bragg Creek and Canmore Nordic Centre. Prerequisite: must be able to ski 10-15km a day. Includes: instructor.

Learn to Loppet

This 22-week race training program will make you a strong cross-country skier and prepare you to race in the March Lake Louise Loppet. Long-distance training and skill development will help you to improve technique, speed and efficiency, while commitment and group support will help you to achieve personal goals. Fitness training, nutrition and sport psychology experts from the University of Calgary Athletic Development Team will present weekly in-classroom seminars and dryland training sessions. Once the snow flies, bi-weekly ski sessions will allow time for personal coaching, technique and pacing practice. The on-snow, midweek ski sessions are held within the Calgary city limits and Saturday ski sessions in the Rockies. Prerequisite: no experience necessary. Includes: 9 classroom seminars, 16 x 60-90 min dryland training sessions, 10 x 1.5 hour mid-week evening ski sessions, 10 x 3 or 4 hour weekend ski days, University Fitness Centre membership during program, fitness instruction, on-snow coaching, Foothills Nordic trail maintenance fees. Participants are responsible for transportation, ski gear, trail passes and Loppet fees.

Bunnies and Jackrabbits Parent Ski Series

Are your kids in the Bunnies or Jackrabbits cross-country ski series? Get some coaching of your own at the same time. Over 5 weeks you’ll develop classic cross-country skills that will enable you to get out and embrace winter as a family. Starting week 2, the parent’s program will be in the same vicinity as the kids’ programs so that you can ski with peace of mind. Prerequisite: parents of Jackrabbits or Bunnies participants. Includes: instructor.

Loppet Masters

Technique and performance is the focus of this 24-week cross-country ski course designed for alumni of the Loppet programs, or those with equivalent experience. With the help of our enthusiastic and experienced coaches, you will set goals and be motivated to improve classic technique and fitness. We will also have a skate ski coach for those who want that option. This is a fun, focused training and touring program in which we will try to ski in various locations—working in longer touring days when the snow is awesome. You'll have coaching support at 2 Loppets this season, which could include the Edmonton Birkebeiner, Huckleberry Loppet or the Lake Louise Loppet. Prerequisite: great for those who have previously done multiple Loppets or who have equivalent cross-country ski experience. Includes: 20 x 60-90 min dryland training sessions, 10 x 1.5 hour mid-week evening ski sessions, 11 x 3 or 4 hour weekend ski days, University Fitness Centre membership during program, fitness instruction, on-snow coaching, Foothills Nordic trail maintenance fees. Participants are responsible for transportation, ski gear, trail passes and Loppet fees.

Bunnies Sampler - Ages 4-6

This half-day program in Kananaskis is an introduction to the sport of cross-country skiing. It's designed to give kids a taste of the sport before committing to a full program. Bunnies is ages 4–6 and Jackrabbits is ages 7–14, and guardians are encouraged to join in. No experience necessary. Transportation and equipment rentals are not included. Includes: instructor.

Bunnies Ski Series - Ages 4-6

Spend Saturdays learning how to cross-country ski or developing your ski skills. Tailored specifically for the Kananaskis ski trails, this Bunnies program focuses on classic technique, going for skis and playing games. Choose from morning or afternoon lessons. We will spend most of our sessions in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park however, depending on snow conditions we hope to go to West Bragg Creek, Kananaskis Village, Canmore Nordic Centre, and even some Calgary Golf Courses. Depending on group size, kids are divided based on age and ability. Guardians are encouraged to join in. Bunnies is for ages 4-6 and all abilities are welcome. If you are older than 7, please check out the Jackrabbits program. No experience necessary. Transportation and equipment rentals are not included. Includes: instructor.

Jackrabbits Plus Ski Series - Ages 12-17

Spend Saturdays in Kananaskis developing your cross-country ski skills. This program is for skiers who have completed our Jackrabbits program or already know how to ski and are looking for a challenge. We'll spend time refining technique through games and drills, and then go on longer and faster skis. There will be about 5-10 km of skiing in most lessons. Jackrabbit Plus is for ages 12-17, however we're flexible if you feel this program is a good fit for your skill level. We have ski programs for all ages. Check out Bunnies and Jackrabbits for more options

We will spend most of our sessions in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park however, depending on snow conditions we hope to go to West Bragg Creek, Kananaskis Village, and even some Calgary Golf Courses (if we do go to a golf course we will choose one with a large trail system). Transportation and equipment rentals are not included. Includes: instructor.

Jackrabbits Sampler - Ages 7-14

This half-day program in Kananaskis is an introduction to the sport of cross-country skiing. It's designed to give kids a taste of the sport before committing to a full program. Bunnies is ages 4–6 and Jackrabbits is ages 7–14, and guardians are encouraged to join in. No experience necessary. Transportation and equipment rentals are not included. Includes: instructor.

Jackrabbits Ski Series - Ages 7-14

Spend Saturdays learning how to cross-country ski or developing your ski skills. Tailored specifically for the Kananaskis ski trails, this Jackrabbits program focuses on classic technique, going for skis and playing games. Choose from morning or afternoon lessons. We will spend most of our sessions in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park however, depending on snow conditions we hope to go to West Bragg Creek, Kananaskis Village, Canmore Nordic Centre, and even some Calgary Golf Courses. Depending on group size, kids are divided based on age and ability. Guardians are encouraged to join in. Jackrabbits is for ages 7-14 and all abilities are welcome. Jackrabbit Plus is for skilled and speedy skiers who are 12–17 years old. If you are younger than 7, please check out the Bunnies program. No experience necessary. Transportation and equipment rentals are not included. Includes: instructor.

Outdoor Spring Break Camp

Meet new friends and have loads of fun this school spring break. In this day camp, we'll snowshoe and cross-country ski in Kananaskis. We'll also visit cool Calgary locations, play tons of outdoor games, and go climbing, bouldering and swimming. If the weather is warm we'll hike and build shelters instead of being on snow. Every day is jam-packed with activities. Grades 2-8 camps available. Required: weather-appropriate clothing and indoor footwear. Check equipment list and additional information in the online event details. Includes: instructor, equipment, passes, transportation.

Spring X Training Camp

Training for a successful cross-country ski season starts in the spring. This dryland training series is designed to improve your skiing ABC's: agility, balance and coordination, as well as your ski specific strength and endurance. We'll train for 1.5 hours once a week for 9 weeks. These workouts will be held outdoors in Calgary parks, except during extreme weather when we'll train indoors at the U of C. Non-skiers welcome. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor/coach.

Outdoor Winter Break Camp

Spend 2 days over winter holidays having fun and playing in the snow. Enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in Kananaskis. There is something here for everyone and you'll have great stories and new skills to share when you return to school. If there isn't enough snow to ski and snowshoe we will hike and build shelters. Grades 2-8 camps available. Includes: instructor, equipment, passes, permits, transportation. Required: weather-appropriate clothing and indoor footwear.