2021 – 2022 Adult Lessons at Kingswood Park     

*NEW* 2021/2022 COVID UPDATES:

To maintain a safe environment for everyone in our ski community, SANSC will be following the AHS Restrictions Exemption Program. This means that ALL participants and volunteers over the age of 12 are required to:

  • Be fully vaccinated or show proof of a negative rapid test within 72 hours of the lesson/event or provide documentation of a medical exemption.

  • Wear a mask during lessons or special events.

  • Complete and submit the COVID online waiver (link below).

Skiers will not be allowed to participate in lessons without the requirements noted above and refunds will not be provided to those who choose to not meet these requirements. Please do not attend lessons if you are feeling ill or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID.

Please read our complete COVID protocols at the link below as well as going through the AHS Checklist before each lesson.

Welcome to the St. Albert Nordic Ski Club’s Adult Lesson Programs! We offer various lessons and clinics for adults to learn the fundamentals of cross-country skiing.

 

Equipment rentals are available to registered participants for a fee of $75, which includes skis, boots, and poles. Use of the equipment is only for the duration of the course and will be issued to you on the first lesson day. There is also a $300 damage deposit required along with the completion of the Equipment Rental form on this page. Skate ski rentals are not available. Rentals that are not returned on the last day of lessons, will be charged a fee of $10/day and skiers will not be permitted to participate in future SANSC lessons. 

NOTE: All participants must be members of either St. Albert Nordic Ski Club or Edmonton Nordic Ski Club to register for adult lessons. An individual SANSC membership is $25 and a family membership for two or more skiers residing in the same household is $50. Each member must also pay a Nordiq Alberta fee of $10 and a Nordiq Canada fee of $10 (these fees cover the insurance requirements and are non-refundable). A registered adult may be accompanied by a registered teenage youth family member, but the lessons are intended for adults.

 

All lesson instructors are professional members of the Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors (CANSI) or National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) coaches.

 

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Novice Classic Lessons

The novice lessons will start by giving participants a basic understanding of clothing layering systems, ski equipment selection and maintenance as well as waxing the glide and grip zones of skis. Once on skis, classic cross-country skiing techniques will be introduced through a series of progressive exercises. The instruction will cover the following techniques: diagonal stride, diagonal stride with poles, double-poling, and uphill & downhill maneuvers.

**NOTE:  All lessons take place in Kingswood Park (meet at the SANSC Shed)

NOVICE #1 - I HAVE MY OWN SKIS BUT I'M STILL A NOVICE  (no rentals)

Lesson time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

Cost: $80 for 8 hours of instruction (plus membership fees as noted above; no rentals available).

Class limit: 20

A) Tuesday and Thursday evenings:  December 14, 16, 21 & 23. Instructors: Pat Kelly 

NOVICE #2 - NOVICE LESSON (with rentals or bring your own skis)

Lesson time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

Cost: $80 for 8 hours of instruction (plus $75 for rentals and membership fees noted above).

Instructors: Nadine Burdon & Keri Erickson

Class limit: 24

A) Monday and Wednesday evenings:  December 6, 8, 13 & 15. 

B) Tuesday and Thursday evenings:  January 11,13,18 & 20.

C) Monday and Wednesday evenings:  February 4, 7, 9 & 14. (NOTE: due to the cold weather, the lesson dates were revised.)

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Intermediate Classic Lessons

LEARN TO SKI BETTER (no rentals)

These lessons are intended for skiers that have taken the Novice lessons and can ski at least 1km continuously. Lessons will focus on improving technique and becoming a stronger skier.   

 

Lesson time is 7:00 – 8:30 pm.  

Cost: $60.00 for 6 hrs of instruction (plus membership fees as outlined above; no rentals available).

Instructors: Pat Kelly and Ken Burgess

Class Limit: 20

 

A) Wednesday evenings: January 10, 12, 19, and 26 (NOTE: due to the cold weather, the first lesson has been postponed to Monday, January 10.)

LEARN TO SKI FASTER (no rentals)

​These lessons are intended for experienced skiers that are looking to increase their speed. This class will have a higher fitness component but will also focus on fine tuning your technique to get more glide in your stride, oomph in your poling, and control on the hills so you can take them like a pro.

 

Lesson time is 7:00 – 8:30 pm.  

Cost: $60.00 for 6 hrs of instruction (plus membership fees as outlined above; no rentals available).

Instructor: Weitske Eikelenboom

Class Limit: 20

 

A) Monday evenings: Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28  

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GROUP LESSON WAITLIST

 

Lessons full?  Waitlist coming soon.

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PRIVATE LESSONS

Private lessons for individuals or small groups are available through the following instructors (listed in alphabetical order). Please contact the instructors directly for fees and availability. SANSC rentals are not available for these lessons.

Anne Bradley, CANSI Level 1 Instructor (Idiacb@gmail.com)

Teaches:

  • Beginner classic cross-country skiing

Laurie Hunt, CANSI Level 2 Instructor (laurienait@gmail.com)

Teaches:

  • Beginner and intermediate classic cross-country skiing

Pat Kelly, CANSI Level 2 Instructor (pat.kellypt@gmail.com)

Teaches:

  • Beginner and intermediate classic cross-country skiing

  • Beginner and intermediate skate skiing

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Cancellation Policy

Our cancellation policy for adult lessons is as stated below. Please read these policies before registering for adult programs. Requests for refunds based on extraordinary circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis by the Adult Program Director.

  • If lessons are cancelled PRIOR to the start date due to Alberta Health restrictions, lesson fees will be refunded but club membership and insurance fees will not be refunded.

  • If lessons are cancelled AFTER the start date due to Alberta Health restrictions, no refunds will be provided.

  • If a participant is not able to attend the lesson due to illness, SANSC will make reasonable attempts to reschedule the missed lesson(s). This is at the discretion of the Adult Program Director and based on availability of instructors and rental equipment.

  • If a participant chooses not to attend the lesson due to icy conditions or other reasons, the lesson will not be rescheduled or refunded.

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**NOTE: the Kingswood Shelter is heated with public washrooms but usage may be affected by the St. Albert COVID policies. See the City of St. Albert website for current status.

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As always, if you're looking for alternative lesson types or dates, please send us a message below.  If we have enough interest and can recruit CANSI instructors to meet those needs, we will try to accommodate any requests.

 

See you on the tracks!

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