Dates and times for lessons for the 2017/18 Season AVAILABLE HERE

New Courses Added or Last Updated: 14th February 2018

Classic Beginner

This class is for beginner skiers. Course divided equally between proper diagonal stride and hills. The pace is slow and easy and much instruction on a grid.

Classic Refresher
This class is for beginning skiers with reasonable fitness level and/or limited previous skiing experience. Instruction focuses on how to improve technique and for fit individuals to learn XC skiing. Focuses on improving diagonal stride and downhill turns. Our goal is to be able to ski all the Gold Bar loops, and course aimed at persons comfortable (though not necessarily skilled) at going downhill.
5 week session incl. extra waxing, loppet & training tips.

Classic Intermediate

This class is a follow-up to beginner’s class for intermediate to advanced skiers. Skiers taught advanced basic elements of classic skiing with emphasis on balance in motion, using core muscles and developing power in various techniques. Skiers will also have hands-on experience with performance waxing.

Classic Gold
Is a class for active adults who would like to learn to ski and/or improve their ski technique.  Previous skiing or skating experience will provide a great foundation for learning to glide.

Skate Beginner
This class is for novice to intermediate skiers. Pre-requisite “Classic Beginner” or equivalent. The lessons will follow gradual progression learning to skate on flats, and then very gradual terrain.

Skate Advanced

This class is for intermediate to advanced skiers. Pre-requisite “Skate Beginner” or equivalent. Participants will be taught advanced basic elements of ski skating with emphasis on varied terrain skiing.

Family Classic Early Start to Winter Fun (Beginners – Kids ages 3-8)
Learn to ski as a family! Basic skills are covered such as rising and falling, moving on snow, and uphill / downhill techniques.  Parents and children develop their skills with the emphasis on fun and play. Skills will be developed with age specific games on skis.  Families learn about equipment, staying warm and keeping kids motivated.  Families will learn to plan their own ski adventures! All lessons must least one adult per family in attendance (2 adults preferred – no drop-offs)

Other Classes
We will be offering other classes and some one session classes on specific skills.

  • 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.
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about classic XC Skiing in two hours – a lesson for beginners
  • 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.*
  • Skiing hills with control and confidence.  A graduated approach using ski technology and physics to learn to control direction and speed. This is a lesson for those who feel their uphill and downhill ski skills need improvement
  • New skis for Christmas?  How do you use these things?  A two hour beginner Classic lesson.
  • 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.

*If conditions at Gold Bar are sub-optimal we move the lesson to a local bunny hill.

More one day classes may be added for February.



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.


Edmonton Nordic Membership Fees

$20 single and $50 Family

Get Membership HERE

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


How to Register

Registration OPEN

We have organized registration such that you will not pay until we know that the course will be going forward (all courses are weather dependent). Some fees are non-refundable (CCC/CCA) so we only want you to pay them when we know that weather will not be a factor in offering a course.



Details as to whether a course will run:

  • A minimum of three people are required for a course to be run. If the minimum registration is not met ONE WEEK 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. Students may be allowed to switch to an equivalent course at the discretion of the adult lessons coordinator. Such requests must be made at least one week prior to the start of the course.
  • The decision on cancellation and/or rescheduling of individual classes due to weather/snow conditions is at the discretion of each instructor.


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


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.


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 number of Committees that support our activities. All these rely on volunteering by our membership.

Upon registration you will be notified that we will be contacting you about volunteering for a club activity. We will be offering a variety of volunteer options, many only involve a small time commitment. We hope you will take the time to volunteer.

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