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Registration Open for Fall / Winter XC and Biathlon

XC and Biathlon programs for the fall/winter season are now open for registration on Zone4

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ENSC Membership 2018-2019

ENSC Membership for 2018-2019 is now open on Zone4

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Head Coach Ulf awarded CCA Coach of the Year

ENSC’s Head Coach Ulf Kleppe received the Cross Country Alberta Coach of the Year Award for 2017-2018 at today’s CCA annual general meeting.

Ulf has been Head Coach with Edmonton Nordic since November 2011, and during that time he has served as a great ambassador and leader, teaching athletes young and old alike how to ski technically well, and through his own ‘lived experience’ of ski racing, the enormous value of active healthy living and how to manage the rigours of ski training. But perhaps his most important message has been to always foster a life-long love of nordic skiing through having fun, building community and making friends.

You may have seen Ulf whizz by while training at Goldbar or Strathcona Wilderness Centre, or even at a ski race such as the Birkie, but if he is going slow enough to stop and chat, say “Hei”, and perhaps learn about about the secret powers of Bløtkake!

All at ENSC congratulate Ulf on receiving this award, it is very richly deserved.


Chris Hanstock

President, Edmonton Nordic Ski Club



Training This Week: May 14 to 20

Week #3 of 2018-19

Coming Up:

  • Week #1 of the Build Phase – we are now getting into some “serious” training 🙂
  • Roller Ski Rental – contact Ulf @
  • Adult Roller Ski Sessions start Saturday May 19 at 11:30 Goldbar
  • Adult Performance 104 Strength Training to start May 28th
  • May 26 – Intro to Roller Skiing
    • Roller Ski Time Trial  – Chickakoo – 5km or 10km

Monday May 14:

  • Biathlon: Training at the Range
    • Adult Strength Training to start May 28th

Tuesday May 15:

  • Who: Summer Training Athletes
  • Where: Hawrelak Park (Far parking Lot)
  • When: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • What: 
    •  Coach Driven  – Starting Build Phase of Training
      • Fartlek Intensity
  • Technique: Running – so bring running shoes!

Wednesday May 16:

  • Biathlon: At the Range
  • XC – Suggested Training LSD
    • 1 to 1.5 hrs slow, easy run or bike

Thursday May 17: Norway’s Independence Day

  • Who: Year Round Athletes in the Summer Program 
  • Where: Hawrelak Park (Far parking Lot)
  • When: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • What: 
    •  “Natural Strength”, Core, and “Base Training”
  • Technique: Run (on foot) and BRING POLES!!

Friday May 18:

  • Recovery Day
    • Easy run/walk/ski, some core, and light stretching.

Saturday May 19: Designing a Yearly Training Plan (YTP) Part 3

  • Who: Summer Program
  • Where: Goldbar
  • When: 9:00 am to 11:00 am
  • Technique: Running (on foot)
  • What: Basics of the YTP
    • Some Theory and indoor session – bring a binder and a writing instrument (pen or pencil)
      • Will cover Training Log, Training Zones, Use of HR Monitor, and RPE
      • Will discuss routines, habits, and sleep and nutritional needs of successful athletes
      • Will reinforce the 80-20 principle of training
    • Build Phase of training with a focus on Intensity – Natural Intervals.

Sunday May 20:

  • Self directed training. Long Slow Distance (LSD)

Roller Ski Rentals – Update

UPDATE: May 23rd

Since roller skiing will be at Chickakoo on Saturday, roller ski rentals will not be available on the 26th as previously announced


The roller ski rental forms can be found on the Edmonton Nordic website under the STORE tab.

The rental fee is $50/pair and we require a refundable $300 damage deposit as well, per pair. Please read the form carefully for details.

Those doing the XC summer program you will need both classic and skate roller skis. Biathlon requires skate skis only.

Summer Program Registration is now Open

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Follow this link for program descriptions

Spring Fling This Sunday :-)

SWC Spring Fling Ski

  • When: Sunday, April 15, 9:00 am
  • What: Last throw-down race of this extended ski season, just for fun! Free technique, 4km course (Fox – Owl – Wagon)
  • Format: 4KM Open Men/ Women and Open Youth; 16KM (4 lap) Open Men / Women, Open Relay, Youth Relay. Relay teams of 2-4 skiers, time bonus for best relay team name
  • Registration: Email name, distance, and relay team skiers and team name to Deadline: Saturday, April 14 10pm. Race day registration by bribe only
  • Check-in / bib pick-up: 8:00 to 8:45am at the Info Center
  • Post-race: BBQ will be fired up; hot dogs supplied while quantities last (bring your own if you want!); water and Gatorade


ENSC’s Erin Bennett named to Canada U20 National Development Team

Congratulation to Erin Bennett who has been named to the Canada U20 National Biathlon Team.

Team Canada

Grooming Report – 24th March

Goldbar including Woodcutters and Capilano have been reset and are in good condition for skate and classic.

Optional ENSC Ski at SWC on Saturday

There is lots of snow and good skiing out at SWC. As such coaches will be heading out there for 10:00 am tomorrow (Saturday). We invite all to come out and do a long ski with your friends and family. It will be groomed for both skate and classic, so, your choice 🙂 (Bring both sets just in case, then decide once you get there).

A reminder though, that if you don’t have a membership for SWC, you must purchase a day user trail pass.

See you tomorrow!!

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