Adult Lessons

ENSC Adult Lessons

Please see below the descriptions for all current lesson offerings.   Once you have determined your lesson you can go to the Zone4 link to register. Specific details about registration and requirements are outlined at the bottom of the listing or classes.

 

Beginners Classic Technique

Program starts in fall with basic fitness, balance, and ski walking and then transitions to snow. It takes students from beginner to competent confident skier over entire season. Instruction combined with sessions for guided practice, skill development, and fun social ski times.

Fees per session: $275.00

Details

Session 1– 1.5 hour sessions Wednesday Nights 6:30-8:00pm

(15 Sessions Oct 17, 24, Nov 7, 14, 21, Dec 5, 12, 19, Jan 5, 12, 26, Feb 13, 20, Mar 2, 9)

Instructors: Mary Ann Merritt (Lead) & Euna Kang

Session 2 — 1.5 hour sessions Saturdays 2:00 -3:30pm

(15 Sessions Oct 20, 26, Nov 3, 17, Dec 1, 8, 15, 22, Jan 5, 12, 26, Feb 2, 16, Mar 2, 9)

Instructors: Sarah Hanstock (Lead) & Abby Brown

We need 6 participants needed to have the class go forward. Class is limited to 10 participants.

 

Chicks on Sticks Beginners Classic (October – March)

Program starts in fall with basic fitness, balance, and ski walking and then transitions to snow. It takes students from beginner to confident recreational skier over the entire season at an easy comfortable pace. Instruction combined with sessions for guided practice, skill development, and fun social ski times.

Fees $275.00

Details

1.5 hour sessions Mondays 10:30am-noon

(17 Sessions Oct 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 19, 26, Dec 3, 10, 17, Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 25, Mar 4, 11)

Instructor: Mary Ann Merritt (Lead)

We need 6 participants needed to have the class go forward. Class is limited to 10 participants.

 

Chicks on Sticks Intermediate (Classic & Skate) (October- March)

Students must have completed at least one Beginner Classic Program, have good fitness levels, and be either at or ready to advance to the Intermediate level.  Program starts in fall with fitness improvement, ski muscle-specific training, balance, and ski walking and then will transition to snow.  The focus will be on ski fitness and skill improvement, as well as social ski times.  Both Classic and Skate techniques will be covered, according to weather conditions.

Fees Per Session: $275.00

Details:

1.5 hour sessions Tuesdays 10:30am –noon

(17 Sessions Oct 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 20, 27, Dec 4, 11, 18, Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 26, Mar 5, 12)

Instructor: Mary Ann Merritt (Lead)

We need 6 participants needed to have the class go forward. Class is limited to 10 participants.

 

Classic Beginner (on Snow)

Beginner Lessons – instruction combined with sessions for guided practice, skill development, and fun social ski times.

Fee Per Session: $150.00

Details:

1.5 hour sessions for 6 weeks

Session 1 (Sundays) 9:30 -11:00am — Nov 18, 25, Dec 2, 9, 16, 30

Instructors: Samantha Gottschalk (Lead) & Valerie Klikach

Session 2 (Sundays) 9:30 -11:00am — Jan 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb 3,10

Instructors: Samantha Gottschalk (Lead) & Sol Bobier

Session 3 (Sundays) 11am –12:30pm — Feb17, 24, Mar 3, 10, 17, 24

Instructor: TBA

Need 5 in each session for class to make

 

Classic Intermediate (on snow)

Students must have completed at least one Beginner Classic Program, have good fitness levels, and be either at or ready to advance to the Intermediate level. The focus will be on skill improvement, as well as social ski times.

Fee Per Session: $130.00 (5 classes)  $150 (6 classes)

Details:

Suggested Dates:

Session 1 (Sundays): Nov 18, 25, Dec 2, 9, 16

Instructors: Joy Mekechuk (Lead) & Sarah Hanstock

Session 2 (Sundays) 2-3:30pm Jan 6, 13, 20,27, Feb 3,10

Instructor: Joy Mekechuk (Lead)

Session 3 (Thursdays): 7:00-8:30pm Nov 22, 29, Dec 6, 13, 20, 27

Instructor: Eugene Ulmer (Lead)

Session 4 (Thursdays): 7:00-8:30pm Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7

Instructor: Eugene Ulmer (Lead)

Need about 5 in each session for class to make

 

Skate Beginner (on snow)

Instruction combined with sessions for guided practice, fun and social – some sessions may be classic if weather is not good for skate skiing. Skate skiing when temperatures are colder than -15 degrees is not recommended. We will consider alternative activities when the temperatures are colder than -15.

Fees for Session $150

Details:

1.5 hour sessions (6 week sessions)

Session 1 (Mondays) 7:00pm-8:30pm: Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11

Instructor: Greg Yarkie (Lead)

Need about 5 in each session for class to make

 

Skate Refresher (on snow)

A refresher for those who are already able to skate ski but want to improve their skills. Skate skiing when temperatures are colder than -15 degrees is not recommended. We will consider alternative activities when the temperatures are colder than -15.

Fees per session: $150.00

Details:

1.5 hour sessions –

Session 1 (Sundays) 9:30 -11:00am Nov 18, 25, Dec 2, 9, 16 30

Instructor: Alexandra Gottschalk (Lead)

Session 2 (Sundays) 9:30 -11:00am Jan 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb 3,10

Instructor: Alexandra Gottschalk (Lead) & Abby Brown

Session 3 (Wednesdays) 7:00pm-8:30pm: Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13

Instructor: Greg Yarkie (Lead)

Need about 5 in each session for class to make

 

Saturday One Skill Sessions (on snow)

These sessions can be about one specific skills. I have proposed several below based on what was popular last year. Please feel free to suggest other sessions! Send me your descriptions and dates/times.

Fees per session: $30

Early season refresher – Let’s get the rust off with a two hour refresher on basics and some finer points of classic skiing.  Lesson geared for the novice to intermediate skier.

Date: Wednesday Dec 5th 7:00p – 9:00pm

Instructor: Don Mallon

Date: Saturday Dec 15th 10:30 am-12:30pm
Instructor: Don Mallon

Need to have at least 3 to have class make. Class will be capped at 10 participants.

Skiing down hills on skinny skis – How do you do that?  This lesson is geared for those whose hearts are in their throats at the top of a hill.  Can’t lift your skis out of the tracks?  Scared stiff?  Sign up for this one. Will only be offered if weather conditions are favourable.
Date: Feb 16th – 1:30 -3:30pm

Instructor: Don Mallon

Need to have at least 3 to have class make. Class will be capped at 10 participants.

New skis for Christmas?  How do you use these things?  A two hour beginner Classic lesson to get you started.

Date: Thursday Dec 27 10:30-12:30pm
Instructor: Don Mallon

Date: Saturday Jan 5 1:30 -3:30pm

Instructor: Don Mallon

Need to have at least 3 to have class make. Class will be capped at 10 participants.

Learn to Loppet! 2 hours of tips and tricks to take 30 minutes or more off your best Birkebeiner result.  Whether you’ve skied many Birkies or just signed up for your first, this lesson keys on technique improvements, waxing tricks and race day strategies to assist you to ski your best Birkebeiner ever.

Date: Wednesday Jan 9th 7:00pm -9:00pm

Instructor: Don Mallon

Need to have at least 3 to have class make. Class will be capped at 10 participants.

 

REGISTRATION

You can register in a course without ENSC membership, but will need to get your membership before the first class.

A club membership is a PREREQUISITE to taking the course due to insurance requirements.

Skiers will not be allowed to participate in the course if they do not have their membership before the class starts.

Fees:

Edmonton Nordic Membership Fees

$20 single and $50 Family

ENSC fees help us to deliver programs, including snowmaking and grooming at Gold Bar and Capilano. They also entitle you to purchase discounts of 10% at Fast Trax and Track ‘n Trail

Parent Association Fees

In addition to ENSC Mebership fees, you must pay fees as outlined below. We get our insurance from these organizations. These fees will be collected when you purchase your membership and are in addition to the ENSC membership fee.

Cross Country Alberta Membership Fee  $8

Cross Country Canada Membership Fee $10

Registration Information

Will the Course Run? Refund Information

A minimum registration requirements are outlined for each type of class. If the minimum registration is not met four days prior to the first class, the course will be cancelled, or if appropriate, combined with another class.

Refunds will only be issued if the course is cancelled by ENSC and/or the instructor OR a student is unable to attend the entire course due to injury/illness.

Make up sessions are not generally permitted.

The decision on cancellation and/or rescheduling of individual classes due to weather/snow conditions is at the discretion of each instructor. If snow conditions prevent offering the entire on snow portion of the course, participants will receive a refund.

 

Instructors

All ENSC instructors are club members, and are trained & certified by the Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors (CANSI).

Intermediate and Advanced lessons are taught by CANSI Level 2 or Level 3 instructors

Location

Most courses run out of Gold Bar Park Pavilion, just south of the river and east of 50th Street.  Lessons may take place at Victoria Park.

EQUIPMENT

Students need to have their own equipment. The club does not have any equipment for rent at this time.

There are no skate ski rentals in Edmonton and the club is working to a way to make equipment available for lessons.

Daily rentals are available from Totem Outdoor Outfitters and MEC. Totem Outfitters also has a selection of new and used equipment. Specialty XC ski stores include Fast Trax and Track ‘n Trail.

If you are already an ENSC member you can ask for a discount at some of these stores.

 

Volunteer Commitment

ENSC asks all its membership to consider volunteering for events throughout the winter season. These events generate funds that we use to keep our fees low and to support other services such as trail grooming and snowmaking. We host races & loppets, hold social events, and have