Beginner Classic & Skate Ski Courses 2017

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If you’ve never skied before, or have been a frustrated skier, these beginner courses will help get you started on the right track. All cross-country ski lessons are taught in Saskatoon on the Kinsmen Park ski training track. Courses are approximately 7 hours long and consist of some theory, but mostly practical instruction; the relative time spent on each dictated by prevailing weather.

If it gets too cold, we will postpone the class and notify you. Otherwise dress in warm layers that can be adjusted if you get too warm. Hands and feet are the parts that need special attention, so make sure you have warm mitts with an outer wind shell and boot warmers if your boots are old or poorly insulated. Call Cliff at 306-653-5693 well before class if you have questions or need advice.

Private Instruction
If your personal schedule doesn’t fit with the timing and duration of our scheduled cross-country skiing courses or you are more interested in getting tips on specific areas of difficulty, we also offer one-on-one and semi-private instruction. Contact Cliff for details 306-653-5693.

Cross-country skiing in Saskatoon’s Kinsmen Park

Learn to Classic Ski Lessons

A foundational course for those starting out on cross-country skis or for skiers never having taken formal instruction. In the classroom we’ll cover the basics of waxing, equipment and clothing, and safety precautions. On the training track you’ll learn the classic techniques of diagonal stride, balance and weight shift, double poling, turning, and uphill and downhill techniques. Topics covered in the classic cross-country skiing course are outlined in a participant’s take-home manual. Each complete course consists of 3 sessions; all courses have identical content.

Course I: Jan 7, 14, 21 (Saturdays 1:00 – 3:15 pm)
Course II: Jan 10, 12, 17 (7:00 – 9:15 pm)
Cost per course: $95 + 5% GST

Learn to Skate Ski Course

A course for those wanting to learn the skating motion on skis and technique tips to getting started without getting frustrated. Basic techniques – free skate, 1-skate and 2-skate will be covered, including fundamentals of balance and weight transfer. The classic cross-country skiing course is recommended for beginners as a precursor to the skate skiing course as many principles carry over from classic to skate skiing.

Dates: Feb 6, 13, 20 (Saturdays 1:00 – 3:15 pm)
Cost: $90 + 5% GST

Learn to Ski Course Plus

Cross-country skiing at Eb's Trails

A comprehensive 12-hour introduction to the exciting world of cross-country skiing starting with two evenings and a Saturday session on the training track at Kinsmen Park. On Sunday, the course continues with instruction on a day tour to Eb’s Ski Trails in the beautiful Nesbit Forest, putting new skills to practice in the real world of ski touring!

Dates: Jan 31, Feb 2, 4, 5
Tues/Thurs evenings 7:00 – 9:15 pm
Sat. 10:00 – 12:15 pm
Sun. 9:30 – 4:30 pm
Cost: $155 + 5% GST

Learn to Telemark Course

This course introduces the telemark turn to skiers interested in alpine backcountry touring or in skiing groomed slopes at mountain resorts. Battleford’s Table Mountain Ski Resort is the venue for this course. Fee does not include lift ticket. Car pooling to the resort will be arranged.

Date: Not available this season

Private Lessons or Custom Group Instruction

The personal attention in a private or semi-private lesson with an experienced instructor can sometimes be the most effective way to improve one’s skiing skills, especially for novice and intermediate skiers. Cross-country skiing courses can also be designed to cater to groups with specific requirements re scheduling and skills development.  Contact Cliff Speer at (306) 653-5693 or email  to make arrangements.


For all courses, contact Cliff Speer at (306) 653-5693
or fill out the Registration Form and post mail it or email it with your course fee via E-transfer. When we receive your registration, we’ll send more course info, where to meet, what to bring, etc.

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