Cross Country Skiing

Beginner to advanced cross-country ski lessons will give you skills to explore the Kananaskis groomed trails for years to come.


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Spring X Training Camp

Training for a successful XC 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.  Outdoor workouts will be held in Calgary parks except during extreme weather, when they will be held indoors at the U of C.  Non skiers welcome!

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, XC Gear, Nutrition, and Sport Psychology. 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 $25 on some dates. 

Complete Cross-Country Weekend Getaway

Learn to cross-country ski in one, fun weekend. Explore this gem of a spot on the trails at Bearberry Nordic Centre near Sundre. We'll start with a Meet & Greet/Wine & Cheese on Friday evening, then a beginner lesson Saturday morning, a waxing clinic Saturday night and another lesson Sunday morning where we'll focus on hills. The rest of the time we'll relax in the cozy cabins or explore the area. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor and trail fees. Sign up to share the group cabin or sign up the same weekend and stay in a B&B or book your own private cabin at www.bearberrycabins.com.

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 $25 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.

Loppet Light

Are you a cross-country skier who can’t commit to the Learn to Loppet program? Our Loppet Light Series is a skinnied-down version just for you. 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 Mt. Shark, Ribbon Creek, Elk Pass, Bragg Creek and Canmore Nordic Centre. Prerequisite: must be able to ski 10-15km a day. Includes: instructor.

Learn to Loppet

Become a strong cross-country skier. Train over winter with us in this 22-week course 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. In this program; fitness training and 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: UCalgary Fitness Centre membership during program, fitness instruction, on-snow coaching. Participants are responsible for transportation, ski gear, trail passes and Loppet fees. Includes: 9 classroom seminars, 15 x 60-90 min dryland training sessions, 11 x 15 hour mid-week evening ski sessions, 11 x 3 or 4 hour weekend ski days.

Classic Cross-Country Skiing Ultimate Winter Package

NEW 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. Prerequisites: none. Participants must take the lessons in the order given. Includes: instructor.

Cross-Country Full Moon Night Skis

Try something new—come cross-country skiing with us under a full moon! Explore the trails in Bragg Creek or around the Kananaskis Village after dark with our instructors and see what wonders emerge after the last skier has headed home. Each date lands on a full moon. This is a non-instructional, 3-hour program. Prerequisite: cross-country ski experience. Please rent skis and headlamp before you arrive.

Cross-Country Skate Skiing Ultimate Winter Package

NEW! We've bundled these skate skiing lessons to save you $50. Commit to mastering this fun and fast technique. Take the scheduled XC Gear seminar, then choose from the dates for A. Intro to Skate Skiing - Series and B. Skate Ski Skill Builder. You'll start with the basics and progress to more efficient skills through each course. Prerequisites: none. Participants must take the lessons in the order given. Includes: instructor.

Dinos Nordic Ski Club

Please note that this program is delivered by Dinos Athletics and registered through UofC Active LIving.

Loppet Masters

NEW Technique and performance is the focus of this cross-country ski course designed for alumni from 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 over the course of 24 weeks. 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. Participants will be responsible for ski trail passes and gear. Includes: UCalgary Fitness Centre membership during program, fitness instruction, on-snow coaching. 21 x 60-90 min dryland training sessions, 11 x 1.5 hour mid-week evening ski sessions, 11 x 3 or 4 hour weekend ski days.

Mid-Week Skier Series

No time to ski on the weekend? This cross-country ski program will get you skiing 3 hours each week for 4 consecutive weeks. This is a mid-day ski with an experienced coach and a fun, supportive group. Develop your skills and give your weekdays an active boost. Prerequisite: must be able to ski 10-15km a day. Includes: instructor.

Northern Light Ski Trip, Eco-Lodge McLennan Lakes, SK

Join our deluxe lodge-based cross-country ski trip to the Forest House in McLennan lakes in northern Saskatchewan. We'll ski 8 km to this beautiful eco-lodge nestled in its own private lake—surrounded by hundreds of interconnected, frozen waterways. Our gear will be transported to the lodge via snowmobile so that we can ski with small, light packs. During our 5-day stay, we'll explore the area on day trips, warm up in the handcrafted sauna, relax in our cozy cabins in front of the fire, and enjoy crisp, clear nights with northern lights. We'll share group meals and take turns cooking in the full kitchen. Prerequisite: cross-country ski experience recommended. Includes: instructor, Forest House accommodation, van transportation from Calgary. Participants will be responsible for food (each will be delegated at meal or two), accommodation the night before and after.

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 7–12, and parents 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. Depending on group size, kids are divided based on age and ability. Parents are encouraged to join in. Bunnies is for ages 4-6 and all abilities welcome! If you are older than 6 please check out the Jackrabbits program. No experience necessary. Transportation and equipment rentals are not included. Includes: instructor.

Jackrabbits Plus Ski Series - Ages 11-16

Spend Saturdays in Kananaskis developing your cross-country ski skills. This program is for skiers who have completed 4 levels of 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 km of skiing in most lessons. Jackrabbit Plus is for ages 11-16, however we're flexible if you feel this program is a good fit for your skill level. We have ski programs for ages 4-16 and all abilities. Check out Jackrabbits or Bunnies for more options. Transportation and equipment rentals are not included. Includes: instructor.

Jackrabbits Sampler - Ages 7-12

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 7–12, and parents are encouraged to join in. No experience necessary. Transportation and equipment rentals are not included. Includes: instructor.

Jackrabbits Ski Series - Ages 7-12

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. Depending on group size, kids are divided based on age and ability. Parents are encouraged to join in. Jackrabbits is for ages 7-12 and all abilities are welcome. Jackrabbit Plus is for skilled and speedy skiers who are 11–16 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.

A. Intro to Skate Skiing - Series

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 4-evening lessons at Confederation Park. Prerequisite: previous cross-country ski experience recommended. Includes: instructor.

B. Skate Ski Skill Builder

Want to go faster? Push your skate skiing to the next level with this 2-evening series at Confederation Park. We’ll focus on fine-tuning our skate ski technique and getting a quick and efficient rhythm. Prerequisite: A. Intro to Skate Skiing - Series or equivalent. Includes: instructor.

Off-Track Touring

Join us for an awesome day of light touring and explore beyond the cross-country ski trails in Kananaskis without getting into avalanche terrain. Our experienced guides will teach you how to use skis and climbing skins, and provide information on the best places to visit. Prerequisite: cross-country ski experience recommended. Includes: instructor. Get a $45 discount when you sign up for all 3 day trips at once!