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2022/2023 Adult Ski Lessons    

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.

COVID UPDATES:

As mandatory health restrictions for COVID-19 have been lifted, wearing masks during lessons is no longer mandatory, and proof of vaccination is no longer required. All adults and youth are, however, welcome to wear masks and encouraged to stay home if feeling unwell.

 

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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 with rentals (or own skis)

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

Cost: $80  (plus membership fees as noted above)

A) Monday and Wednesday Evenings:  Monday Nov. 28, Wednesday Nov. 30, Monday Dec. 5 & Wednesday Dec. 7

B) Tuesday and Thursday Evenings: Tuesday Jan. 10, Thursday Jan. 12, Tuesday Jan. 17 & Thursday Jan. 19 

C) Monday and Wednesday Evenings: Monday Jan. 30, Wednesday Feb. 1, Monday Feb. 6, Wednesday Feb. 8

I have my own skis but am still a NOVICE

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

Cost: $80 (plus membership fees as noted above)

             A) Tuesday and Thursday Evenings: Tuesday Dec. 13, Thursday Dec. 15, Tuesday Dec. 20, Thursday Dec. 22

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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 1 km continuously. Lessons will focus on improving technique and becoming a stronger skier.   

Lesson time is 7:00 – 9:00 pm.  

Cost: $60.00 (plus membership fees as outlined above; no rentals available).

A) Wednesday Evenings: Wednesdays Jan. 11, Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 1

*New* SKILL IMPROVEMENT (no rentals)

​These lessons are intended for skiers who have had novice lessons and will focus on improving/refreshing technique and building endurance to ski longer distances.

Cost: $40  (plus membership fees as noted above; no rentals available).

A) Thursday Afternoons : Thursdays Jan. 12, Jan. 19 - Lesson time: 2:00 - 3:30 pm.

B) Thursday Afternoons: Thursdays Feb. 9, Feb. 16 - Lesson time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm.** New dates and times

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 – 9:00 pm.  

Cost: $60.00  (plus membership fees as outlined above; no rentals available).

A) Wednesday Evenings: Wednesdays Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14, Dec. 21

A) Monday Evenings: Mondays Feb. 6, Feb. 13, Feb. 20, Feb. 27

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GROUP LESSON WAITLIST

 

Lessons full?  We have a waitlist and may be able to add more classes.

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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 is run by the City of St. Albert, so please check their website hours.

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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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