Please note that we have changed the name of our adult programs. Both Adult Racing (AR) and Adult Development (AD) now come under one name and are known as Masters Cross Country.
We did this based on feedback from the adult groups and the overwhelming success of last year’s adult programs.
What is Masters Cross Country?
The aim of the Adult Cross-Country program is to make you a better all-around skier. You will have the opportunity to develop your classic and skate techniques while improving your endurance, strength, balance, and speed on skis. Both during the dryland portion and on-snow portion, fitness and technique will be emphasized. Although the training is not aimed at racing per se, the training will prepare you for racing should this be of interest, such as local races and loppets, or Alberta Cups or even Westerns.
The Masters Cross Country is for both adults (18+) and Masters (any skier over 30 years of age)
Under the guidance of Nordiq Canada certified and trained coaches (who are present at every session), this program is aimed at those who are excited to improve, welcome a little hard work, and are truly serious about having fun.
Participants will be divided into subgroups based on skill and fitness. Skiers will run, stride, and do general strength training during dryland sessions. On-snow sessions may include skiing continuously up to 1.5 hrs. A general training plan will be provided and additional training outside formal ENSC sessions is encouraged. Participants will identify the group’s focus-races or events for the season.
Adults with basic to intermediate classic AND skate skiing abilities
Adults need to have a basic to intermediate level of aerobic fitness.
First Saturday after Labour Day – March (weather permitting).
Tuesday, 10-12pm, 6:30-8pm
Thursday, 10-12pm, 6:30-8pm
Saturday, 10am-12 pm
Please note: sessions are run at the same time as other ENSC training groups for the convenience of families.
Dryland locations will vary: Hawrelak Park, Goldbar Park, Gallagher Park
On-snow sessions take place on Edmonton Nordic Ski Club groomed trails at Gold Bar, Capilano and Goldstick Park. We can now enjoy a longer skiing season with Edmonton Nordic Ski Club snow-making capabilities at Gold Bar Park!
The Tuesday and Thursday morning sessions are held at Strathcona Wilderness Center
*Last minute changes to locations and training plans can occur due to weather
$375 – 1 day/week, Tuesday pm
$485 – 1 day/week, Saturday am
$815 – 2 days/week, Tuesday pm and Saturday am
$1145 – 3 days/week, Tuesday pm, Thursday pm and Saturday am
$925 – 2 days/week, Tuesday am and Thursday am (Strathcona Wilderness Center)
Training sessions based on an Annual Training Plan (ATP), general weekly and daily training plans, coached training sessions,
Lake Louise Camp, race support and an ENSC clothing item
ENSC membership, NC/NA membership, roller ski rental (if required), additional training camps and all personal expenses at camps/races
Boots: combi or combination (skate and classic) boots are acceptable
Skis: 1 pair of classic skis, 1 pair of skate skis, but Combi skis are not suitable
Poles: 1 pair of classic length poles, 1 pair of skate length poles, ski striding poles for dryland training (7-10 cm shorter than your classic poles)
Rental of roller skis for dryland training is available through ENSC and is NOT included in registration fees.
“Rock” skis are recommended for early and late season training