This lesson is for people who have been on skis before, either downhill or cross country, or people who have experience rollerblading or ice skating.
The focus of this lesson is for students to become more comfortable on skis and build confidence navigating different challenges like hills and turning.
The best way to build confidence and set yourself up for years of skiing enjoyment is by taking multiple lessons.
You will learn to ski more efficiently, which in turn increases your ability to go longer distances.
Progress weekly, gain confidence, and set yourself up for many years of cross country skiing enjoyment.
Lessons and courses
Most lessons are based at the Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary Alberta, Canada.
Group lessons will have a maximum of 8 students, we also offer semi-private and private lessons.
For e-transfers or alternative lesson and payment arrangements, contact us directly by
Physical distancing in lessons will be maintained whenever possible.
Masks are to be worn when within 2 meters of other people.
Expect to wear a mask for beginner lessons.
There will be no carpooling until AHS guidelines state carpooling is a Covid-safe activity.
Single 1.5 hour group lesson options:
(scroll down for multi-day lessons)
If a group lesson results in 1-2 individuals booked, closer to the date of the lesson we will contact you to discuss other options such as rescheduling or shifting the lesson format with one option being moving from a group to a private or semi-private lesson format and pricing model.
Students will learn the foundations of cross country skiing in this beginner lesson.
Different skills will be worked on to build confidence and comfort while sliding on skis.
All lessons are taught at a pace where everyone is comfortable.
Lessons start on flat gentle terrain in and around Calgary, and progress from there.
Designed for experienced cross country skiers, intermediate lessons take students through specific drills and exercises to improve their skills on the snow, which in turn increases efficiency.
Expect to learn a lot and work hard on fixing ingrained muscle memory, habits, and techniques.
The biggest challenge is being mindful and to pay attention to the changes one is trying to make to hopefully not revert back to how one has "always" skiied.
Multi-day programs and lessons
Fixed date lessons with the same instructor.
A great way to build confidence and set yourself up for years of skiing enjoyment is by taking multiple lessons.
Students learn to ski more efficiently, which in turn increases their ability to go longer distances.
Progress weekly, gain confidence, and meet other cross country ski enthusiasts in this fun learning environment.
Skiers who want a guided experience while improving their classic technique will gain confidence and enjoy some mileage on some of the best trails outside Calgary.
Meet the instructor at the trailhead for 3 hours of skills work combined with skiing to really improve.
Participants will ski with a light backpack carrying extra clothing layers, a thermos or water bottle, and a few snacks to enjoy during short breaks.
It is best if participants are a comfortable novice cross country skier or confident downhill skier.
Lessons start at 10:00am sharp. The lesson location will be determined 2 to 3 days prior, based on weather and snow conditions.
Due to Covid, there is no carpooling at this time.
Become a certified cross country ski instructor in this three day informative course consisting of 2 days on snow, and a 6-hour online component.
In the CANSI level 1 course students learn the basic pedagogy or fundamental skills of how to teach cross country skiing, focusing on adult beginner lessons.
CANSI course conductors are excited to roll out the latest teaching techniques developed over many years and recently revised from a collaborative partnership between different stakeholders in the snow sports industry.
Skate skiing is a different technique from classic skiing in tracks, and skate skiers are also using different ski equipment!
Students will learn the basics of movement, weight transfer and balance in this fast-paced form of cross country skiing.
Participants should either be experienced cross country skiers who have skiied for at least one winter, or are experienced alpine skiers, ice skaters, or roller bladers.
Skate ski gear is required. Classic ski gear is not appropriate for skate ski lessons, as the skis, boots and poles are all different.
Rentals are available at many locations in Calgary such as at the Norseman Outdoor Specialist, Lifesport, the U of C Outdoor Centre, and Sports Rent.
and Student Withdrawals
Lessons may be cancelled or rescheduled by XC YYC due to the following reasons:
-20 temperature outside with windchill
Inadequate snow cover or poor snow conditions and the majority of students are not willing or not able to drive to the alternate lesson location
Instructor availability change
Insufficient student enrolment numbers
High winds at ground level
Circumstances out of our control
In the case of cancellation, refunds will be given (less credit card processing fees if e-transfer refund is not possible.)
** All prices are subject to 5% GST.
** Student withdrawals from lessons:
An administrative charge of $10.00 will be charged to all lesson withdrawals and rescheduling where the student withdrawal or rescheduling is within 2 days of the lesson date.