Adult Lessons

ENSC Adult Lessons 2021/2022 

*NEW* IC/BS: Full Season Intermediate Classic/Beginner Skate (Dryland and Snow)

As this class covers both Classic and Skate skiing, students must have both sets of skis (classic skis, classic poles, skate skis, skate poles and either “combi” ski boots, or classic boots and skate boots) by the first on-snow class.  Technique covered each week will depend on skiing conditions so students must be prepared for both.  Students must have taken Classic Beginner Ski Lessons, be comfortable doing the Diagonal Stride at a Beginner Level, comfortable going up and down hills, and able to ski at least 3 km.  Program starts in fall with fitness, balance, and ski walking until there are suitable skiing conditions. The Classic portion covers improvement of Diagonal Stride skills to an Intermediate Level and increasing speed, confidence, and endurance.  All Classic Beginner Skills will be reviewed with a goal of improving them.  New skills will be introduced such as the Situational Wedge Turn, shifting weight from ski to ski while gliding downhills, moving in and out of the tracks, more difficult hills and turns, step turns, One-Step Double Pole, and diagonal stride uphill without poles. More challenging terrain and longer distances will be skied. The Beginner Skate portion will focus on learning to Skate ski and includes techniques such as Free Skate, One Skate, Two Skate and going up and down hills.  Lessons will be geared to weather conditions so all aspects of learning to ski and ski fitness will be covered with lots of time to practice new skills on the trails.  All lessons will involve education on proper skiing clothing, equipment, waxing, and other information as the instructor sees fit. If you think that the Intermediate Classic/Beginner Skate program is a good fit for you, please register today!

Mary Ann: IC/BS Session 1 (16 sessions) ($350)– THURSDAY 6:30-8PM- Oct 14, 21, 28, Nov 18,  25, Dec 2, 9, 16, Jan 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 17, 24, March 3 REGISTER

 

CB+: Classic Beginner (Dryland and Snow)

Program starts in fall with basic fitness, balance, and ski walking before the snow falls; and then transitions to snow. This program takes students from beginner to competent confident skier over the entire season at an easy comfortable pace. Instruction will be a combination of guided practice, skill development, and fun social ski times.  Lessons will be geared to weather conditions so all aspects of learning to ski and ski fitness will be covered with lots of time to practice new skills on the trails.  This class is suitable for absolute beginners to those with some skiing experience who want to improve their skiing and progress to the intermediate level.  Only Classic technique will be taught in this class. All lessons will involve education on proper skiing clothing, equipment, waxing, and other information as the instructor sees fit. If you think that the Classic Beginner program is a good fit for you, please register today!

Rob: CB+ Session 1 (16 sessions) ($350)– WEDNESDAY 6:30-8PM – Oct 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec 1, 8, 15, Jan 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 16 REGISTER

 

CB: Classic Beginner (On snow only)

These programs aim to take students from the beginner level to be able to safely ski easy to intermediate terrain at the student’s level. Students registering for this class should either have never skied before, never had a cross-country ski lesson before, or want to refresh their classic skiing skills at the beginner level. In lessons, students will learn the diagonal stride technique with a focus on key points including but not limited to: athletic stance, leaning forward from the ankles, proper pole/arm placement with upper body engagement, and actively driving their knee/hip forward, with an overall goal of skiing on one ski at a time. Additionally, students will learn how to double pole, how to get up from a fall, herring bone, side step, as well as slowing down, turning, and stopping on downhills. Aside from technical aspects, students will learn the functional application of the skills they have learnt on adventure skis, and ultimately how to have fun while cross country skiing. All lessons will involve education on proper skiing clothing, equipment, waxing, and other information as the instructor sees fit. If you think that the Classic Beginner program is a good fit for you, please register today!

Rob: CB Session 1 (5 sessions) ($150) MONDAY 5:30-7PM – Nov 15, 22, 29, Dec 6, 13 

Katrina: CB Session 2 (5 sessions) ($150) MONDAY 6:30-8PM – Nov 15, 22, 29, Dec 6, 13

Jared: CB Session 3 (5 sessions) ($150) WEDNESDAY 5:30-7PM – Nov 17, 24, Dec 1, 8, 15 

Karen: CB Session 4 (5 sessions) ($150) WEDNESDAY 6:30-8PM – Nov 17, 24, Dec 1, 8, 15 

Susan: CB Session 5 (5 sessions) ($150) TUESDAY 12:30-2PM – Nov 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec 7

Andrew: CB Session 6 (5 sessions) ($150) SATURDAY 2-3:30PM – Nov 13, 20, 27, Dec 4, 11

Anneke: CB Session 7 (5 sessions) ($150) FRIDAY 6:30-8PM – Nov 19, 26, Dec 3, 10, 17

Sol: CB Session 8 (5 sessions) ($150) SUNDAY 9:30-11AM – Nov 14, 21, 28, Dec 5, 12

Bill: CB Session 9 (5 sessions) ($150) SUNDAY 9:30-11AM – Nov 14, 21, 28, Dec 5, 12

Jared: CB Session 10 (5 sessions) ($150) MONDAY 5:30-7PM – Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Rob: CB Session 11 (5 sessions) ($150) MONDAY 6:30-8PM – Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 

Samantha: CB Session 12 (5 sessions) ($150) SATURDAY 1-2:30PM – Jan 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Karen: CB Session 13 (5 sessions) ($150) WEDNESDAY 6:30-8PM – Jan 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb 2

Karen:  CB Session 14 (5 sessions) ($150) MONDAY 12-1:30PM – Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 

Katrina: CB Session 15 (5 sessions) ($150) SATURDAY 2-3:30PM – Jan 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Rob: CB Session 16 (5 sessions) ($150) SUNDAY 9:30-11AM – Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 

Katrina: CB Session 17 (5 sessions) ($150) SATURDAY 2-3:30PM – Feb 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5

Anneke: CB Session 18 (5 sessions) ($150) SUNDAY 9:30-11AM – Feb 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6

Alexandra: CB Session 19 (5 sessions) ($150) SUNDAY 9-10:30AM – Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

 

 

IC: Intermediate Classic

These programs aim to improve student’s pre-existing technique with an emphasis of skiing controlled and comfortably at the intermediate level. Students registering for this class should either have successfully completed a beginner classic course, and/or have comfort balancing on skis, and be able to ascend and descend a moderate hill with control. Instructors will review the beginner technique and introduce new techniques which may include step turns, snow plow turns, gliding snow plow, snow plow stop, and others as time permits. Aside from technical aspects, students will learn the functional application of the skills they have learnt on adventure skis, and ultimately how to have fun while cross country skiing. All lessons will involve education on proper skiing clothing, equipment, waxing, and other information as the instructor sees fit. If you think that the Intermediate Classic program is a good fit for you, please register today!

 

Bill: IC Session 1 (5 sessions) ($150) WEDNESDAY 6-7:30PM – Nov 17, 24, Dec 1, 8, 15 

Sol: IC Session 2 (5 sessions) ($150) FRIDAY 9:30-11AM – Nov 19, 26, Dec 3, 10, 17 

Greg: IC Session 3 (5 sessions) ($150) WEDNESDAY 2-3:30PM – Nov 17, 24, Dec 1, 8, 15

Sol: IC Session 4 (5 sessions) ($150) SUNDAY 9-10:30AM – Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Eugene: IC Session 5 (5 sessions) ($150) TUESDAY 1-2:30PM – Jan 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb 1

 

 

SB: Skate Beginner (MUST HAVE SKATE SKIING EQUIPTMENT)

These programs aim to take students from the beginner level to be able to safely ski easy to intermediate terrain at the student’s level. Students registering for this class should either have never skied before, have never had a cross-country ski lesson before, or want to refresh their skate skiing skills at the beginner level. In lessons, students will learn the ready position, how to get up from a fall, double poling, free skate, one skate, two skate, as well as uphill and downhill techniques. Aside from technical aspects, students will learn the functional application of the skills they have learnt on adventure skis, and ultimately how to have fun while cross country skiing. All lessons will involve education on proper skiing clothing, equipment, and other information as the instructor sees fit. If you think that the Skate Beginner program is a good fit for you, please register today!

Susan: SB Session 1 (5 sessions) ($150) TUESDAY 2:30-4PM – Nov 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec 7

Sol: SB Session 2 (5 sessions) ($150) MONDAY 9:30-11AM – Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Sol: SB Session 3 (5 sessions) ($150) SUNDAY 11:00-12:30 PM– Jan 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27

 

IS: Intermediate Skate

These programs aim to improve student’s pre-existing technique with an emphasis of skiing controlled and comfortably at the intermediate level. Students registering for this class should either have successfully completed a beginner skate course, and/or be able to perform the free skate and double pole technique, and be able to ascend and descend a moderate hill with control. Instructors will review the beginner technique and introduce new techniques which may include one skate, two skate, offset, marathon/half skate, skate turns, diagonal skate, downhill techniques, and others as time permits. Aside from technical aspects, students will learn the functional application of the skills they have learnt on adventure skis, and ultimately how to have fun while cross country skiing. All lessons will involve education on proper skiing clothing, equipment, and other information as the instructor sees fit. If you think that the Intermediate Skate program is a good fit for you, please register today!

Laura:  IS Session 1 (5 sessions) ($150) MONDAY 12:00-1:30PM – Nov 15, 22, 29, Dec 6, 13

Greg: IS Session 2 (5 sessions) ($150) WEDNESDAY 2-3:30PM – Jan 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb 2

 

 

*NEW* Spring Chicks on Sticks (MUST HAVE SKATE SKIING EQUIPTMENT)

This fun session would be for women of all ages that have taken a beginner/novice skate skiing course or who have several years of skate ski experience and would like to move their skiing to the next level while enjoying the camaraderie with other women and the support of an experienced and supportive female instructor.

Susan: CoS Session 1 (6 sessions) ($170) TUESDAY/THURSDAY 10:30-12– March 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31

 

 

Private lessons

More information will come about private lessons in October. Please contact lessons@edmontonnordic.ca if you have questions.

 

REGISTRATION

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

A club membership and payment of CCA and CCC fees 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) + Lesson Fee

Will the Course Run? Refund Information

Minimum registration requirements are 4 participants for each group.  If the minimum registration is not met prior to the first class, the course will be cancelled. In this case a full refund will be given to all participants.

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.

Cancellation and/or rescheduling of individual classes will occur if the temperature without wind chill is below -20ºC.

If a lesson is rescheduled by an instructor individuals who cannot make this rescheduled session will not be refunded (although students availability will be taken into consideration when deciding on the date/time of a makeup session)

The decision of refunds on an individual basis (e.g. injury preventing participation) will be up to the discretion of the Adult Lessons Coordinator.

 

COVID Policies

ENSC Adult Lessons has a COVID protocol, and instructors will communicate the details of this protocol to students upon registration. If there are any questions or concerns about COVID policies please contact lessons@edmontonnordic.ca

Instructors

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

Location

Most courses run out of Gold Bar Park Pavilion, just south of the river and east of 50th Street.  Lessons may take place in an around the Edmonton area and is decided by the instructor.

Equipment

Students need to have their own equipment. The club does not have any equipment for rent at this time. Students should check with their instructors prior to the lessons to ensure that they have the appropriate equipment.

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.