ENSC Adult Lessons
Please see below the descriptions for all current lesson offerings.
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Classic Beginner (Dryland & Snow)
These programs take students from beginner to competent confident skier over the entire season – 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.
We need 6 participants needed to have the class go forward. Class is limited to 10 participants.
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 2, 9, 16, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27 Mar 6, 13) Instructors: Mary Ann Merritt & Simone Levy — Fee: $275
Session 2 — 1.5 hour sessions Saturdays 2:00 -3:30pm (12 Sessions Nov 17, Dec 1, 8, 15, 22, Jan 5, 12, 26, Feb 2, 16, Mar 2, 9) Instructors: Sarah Hanstock & Abby Brown – Fee for Session: $220
Chicks on Sticks Beginners Classic (October – March) 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) & Simone Levy – Fees $275.00
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.
Classic Beginner (on Snow only) (min of 6 to have class make)
Beginner Lessons – instruction combined with sessions for guided practice, skill development, and fun social ski times. Fee: $150
Session 1 (Sundays) 9:30 -11:00am — Nov 18, 25, Dec 2, 9, 16, 30 Instructors: Samantha Gottschalk & Alexandra Gottschalk
Session 2 (Sundays) 9:30 -11:00am — Jan 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb 3,10 Instructors: Samantha Gottschalk & Sol Bobier
Session 3 (Mondays) 6:30pm-8:00pm -Feb 11, 18, 25, Mar 4, 11 Instructor: Erin Bennett (Registration is coming soon on Zone4 see link above. Contact Lessons@edmontonnordic.ca if you have difficulties/questions.
Birkie Beginner Classic
10-11:30 Sunday, Jan 6,13,20,27, Feb 3 and Saturday (Birkie Day) Feb 9, 2018. Instructors: Karen Stix, Euna Kang – fee $150
These classes will cover the basics of Classic Cross Country Skiing and participants will gain some fitness skiing in a safe, friendly, supportive small group setting. The last class will be to try one of the manageable shorter Birkie courses (you choose which one 2, 4, 8, or 13 km) on Saturday, February 8, 2019. We will meet and travel with our race buddies to the Waskahegan site via the transport services available from the Birkie organization at the Sherwood Park main transit center. You are responsible for Birkie sign up. (class limit is 15)
Classic Beginner – next strides
This class will be geared to skiers with a bit of skiing experience but looking to learn proper technique. A fit true beginner would certainly fit into this class as well. Sunday Jan 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10 11:30am-1pm. Fee: $125 Instructor: Susan Yackulic
Intermediate Classic (Dryland & 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. 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. (Min of 3 to have class make)
Chicks on Sticks Intermediate (Classic & Skate) (October- March) Tuesdays 10:30am –noon (13 Sessions Nov 20, 27, Dec 4, 11, 18, Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 26, Mar 5, 12). Fee: $220.00 Instructor: Mary Ann Merritt (Lead)
Intermediate Classic (on Snow only)
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. (Min of 3 to have class make)
Session 1 (Sundays) 2-3:30pm: Nov 18, 25, Dec 2, 9, 16, Jan 6 Fee: $150 Instructors: Joy Mekechuk (Lead) & Sarah Hanstock
Session 2 (Sundays) 2-3:30pm Jan 6, 13, 20,27, Feb 3,10 Fee $150 Instructor: Joy Mekechuk (Lead)
Session 3 (Thursdays): 7:00-8:30pm Nov 22, 29, Dec 6, 13, 20, 27 Fee $150 Instructor: Eugene Ulmer (Lead)
Session 4 (Thursdays): 7:00-8:30pm Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7 Fee: $150 Instructor: Eugene Ulmer (Lead)
Skate Beginner (On Snow Only)
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 minus 15. Min of 6 to have class make
Session 1 (Mondays) 7:00pm-8:30pm: Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11 Instructor: Greg Yarkie & Alexandra Gottschalk Fee: $150
Skate Refresher (On Snow Only)
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. Min of 6 to have class make
Session 1 (Sundays) 9:30 -11:00am Nov 18, 25, Dec 2, 9, 16, 30 Instructor: Alexandra Gottschalk Fee: $150
Session 2 (Sundays) 9:30 -11:00am Jan 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb 3,10 Instructor: Alexandra Gottschalk & Abby Brown Fee: $150
Session 3 (Wednesdays) 7:00pm-8:30pm: Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13 Instructor: Greg Yarkie Fee: $150
Saturday One Skill Sessions (on snow)
These sessions can be about one specific skills. We need to have at least 3 to have class make. Class will be capped at 10 participants. Fee 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
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: Saturday Feb 16th – 1:30 -3:30pm Instructor: Don Mallon
Get back into skate skiing with a 2 hour refresher class on the basics. Previous experience skate skiing is required.
Jan 27th 1pm-3pm Instructor: Susan Yackulic
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
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
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
Parent Association Fees
In addition to ENSC Membership 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
Will the Course Run? Refund Information
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.
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.
If you are already an ENSC member you can ask for a discount at some of these stores.
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