Cross Country Skiing


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A. Cross-Country Seminars to Get You Started

Prepare for the cross-country season with these informative sessions. Get professional advice on how to choose the right gear and wax to make your ski experience positive and enjoyable.  Learn how & why XC ski wax works, how to select a wax for the days conditions. See how to apply waxes to achieve the best grip/glide combination and how to 'hot wax' prepare your ski bases. This is a demonstration only, do not bring your skis. Prerequisite: none. Includes: Instructor.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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. Please bring your gear to the lesson.

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.

B. Skate Skiing Skill Builder

Advance your skate skiing to the next level by building on skills with the help of an experienced coach. In this skill builder series, we’ll focus on fine tuning your skate skiing technique and work towards getting you a quick and efficient rhythm.
Prerequisite: A Intro to Skate Skiing or equivalent experience.

Learn to Loppet

This 23-week 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. 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: 6 informational seminars on fitness/ gear/ waxing, 16 x 60-90 min dryland training sessions, 12 x 1.5 hour mid-week evening ski sessions, 12 x 3 or 4 hour weekend ski days, fitness instruction, on-snow coaching, Foothills Nordic trail maintenance fees. Participants are responsible for transportation, ski gear, trail passes and Loppet fees.

Nordic Masters

Technique and performance is the focus of this 23-week cross-country ski course designed for alumni of the Learn to Loppet program, 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 the option to try skate skiing in the new year. 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 a few optional Loppets this season, which could include the Edmonton Birkebeiner, Huckleberry Loppet, Cookie Race or the Lake Louise Loppet. Prerequisite: Alumni of the L2L program or equivalent cross-country ski experience. Great for those who want to try more Loppets and train with a group. Includes: 21 x 60-90 min dryland training sessions, 12 x 1.5 hour mid-week evening ski sessions, 12 x 3 or 4 hour weekend ski days, 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 Guardian Ski Series

Spend Saturdays learning or developing your own cross country ski skills while your children are participating in the Bunnies and Jackrabbits Program. Tailored specifically for the Kananaskis ski trails, this parent and guardian program focuses on beginner classic technique and developing skills to get your family out on the trails.

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.

We will be communicating group information via email. Please ensure that your account's email is up to date.

There is a Kananaskis Conservation Pass that is not included in the price of this program. Please check out https://www.alberta.ca/kananaskis-conservation-pass.aspx  for prices. If there it is a low snow year, we may need to visit the Canmore Nordic Centre. If we do, families will be responsible for covering their own trail pass fees.

Custom Cross Country Ski Program / Schools

Want to give your students or custom group a fun outdoor experience this Winter? Customize a group booking through the Outdoor Centre. Our guides can teach your students the cross country skiing and wilderness skills needed while on a single day trip or weeklong expedition. All gear can be provided by the Outdoor Centre. Fill out the Outdoor Centre Custom Group Activities Booking form to learn more.
These programs are for custom groups only to register and not open to the public. If you are interested in booking a custom program yourself, please fill out the form or contact ocprograms@ucalgary.ca

Bunnies Sampler

This half-day program 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.
We have a program in Calgary at Confederation Golf Course and one in Kananaskis at Pocaterra Warming Hut. See individual events for location and prices and they vary.

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.

Bunnies Ski Series

Spend Saturdays learning how to cross-country ski and developing your ski skills. Tailored specifically for the Kananaskis ski trails, this Bunnies program focuses on classic technique, going for skis and playing games. Depending on group size, kids are divided based on age and ability. A guardian must attend the first class with their bunny. Guardians are welcome to join in.

Other options are Jackrabbits (ages 7-14) and Jackrabbits Plus (ages 12-17) for skiers looking for longer and faster skis with a focus on technique. 

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.

No experience necessary. Transportation and equipment rentals are not included.

Please read descriptions for individual events for more information.

Jackrabbits Plus Ski Series

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

This half-day program 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.
We have a program in Calgary at Confederation Golf Course and one in Kananaskis at Pocaterra Warming Hut. See individual events for location and prices and they vary.

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.

Jackrabbits Ski Series

Spend Saturdays learning how to or developing your cross-country ski skills. Tailored specifically for the Kananaskis ski trails, these Jackrabbit programs focus on classic technique, going for skis and playing games. There are four levels of Jackrabbits and they have been divided into two groups this year: Level 1 + 2 are grouped together and Level 3 + 4 are grouped together. These are seperate events listed below. Depending on group size, kids are divided based on age and ability. Jackrabbits is for ages 7-14. Please read descriptions for individual events for more information.

Other options are Bunnies for ages 4-6 and Jackrabbits Plus for skiers looking for longer and faster skis with a focus on technique. 

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.

No experience necessary depending on level. Transportation and equipment rentals are not included.


 

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.

Summer X Training Camp

Training for a successful cross-country ski season starts in the summer. 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 8 weeks. These workouts will be held outdoors in Calgary parks by one of our experienced coaches. Non-skiers welcome. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor/coach.

Outdoor Winter Break Camp

Get outside and play over Winter Break. This 3-day camp is jammed packed full of fun activities. We will wall climb, play loads of outdoor games, and will have some activities that will vary depending if there is snow on campus: cross country skiing day OR winter survival skills day and snowshoeing half day OR a nature walk learning about local animals, plants, and navigation.

Includes: instruction, equipment
Required: weather-appropriate clothing and indoor footwear.

Please be aware, our temperature cut off for going outside is -18. Please make sure your child is dressed for the weather and we will make sure they have a great time!