Adult Programs

We offer adult ski programs for Kanata Nordic members (ages 14 and up) to learn to ski and to refine their skiing technique. The programs include: Adult Novice for those first learning to ski, Adult Intermediate for skiers with some experience, an intermediate level Touring program and a new Adult Masters program. All programs are taught by experienced and trained coaches.

2018-2019 Program Information

NOVICE PROGRAM

Intended for beginners and those who have limited skiing experience and will like to build their confidence level. Focused on classic technique – the skier skis in tracks and skis generally are parallel to each other.  Registrants for the 5 week program should have some experience. Group size is limited to 12 skiers.

Recommendations:  

Program Times: Saturday afternoons from 1:40 pm (on-skis) to 3:15 pm (this allows parents of Jackrabbit program participants to participate)

  • 10 week program – Saturday January 5th to March 9th
  • 5 week program – Saturday January 5th to February 2nd

Location: Wesley Clover Parks (401 Corkstown Rd)

Program Prices: 

  • Early registration $115, Regular cost $130 (10 week program) 
  • $65 (5 week program) – no early registration discount

Sessions build upon one another and regular attendance is important.  Topics include:

(1) Review of equipment and basic waxing techniques (to be scheduled in early December)

(2) Start at the beginning – falling down and getting up

(3) Classic diagonal stride (with emphasis on weight shift and glide – balance is the key

(4) Turning and stopping

(5) Downhill technique – skiing in control: snow plow, step turns, double pole

(6) Climbing uphill – herringbone, side step, classic technique

(7) Use the terrain to your advantage to be an efficient skier: Which technique for which terrain?

(8) Introduction to skate skiing (depending on the progress of the group and interest)

INTERMEDIATE PROGRAM

Intended for skiers who are comfortable on XC skis but may not have had any formal training. Focused on skate technique – the skier skis outside the tracks in a skating motion.  Registrants for the 5 week program should have tried skating previously – athletic people without previous experience generally have success in the program as well. Group size is limited to 12 skiers.

Prerequistes:  

Program Times: Saturday afternoons from 1:40 pm (on-skis) to 3:15 pm (this allows parents of Jackrabbit program participants to participate)

  • 10 week program – Saturday January 5th to March 9th
  • 5 week program – Saturday January 5th to February 2nd
  • Informal Tuesday evening session during which interested skiers can skit together to improve technique through additional “time on skis”

Location: Wesley Clover Parks (401 Corkstown Rd starting point / forays to 411 Corkstown)

Program Prices: 

  • Early registration $115, Regular cost $130 (10 week program) 
  • $65 (5 week program) – no early registration discount

Sessions build upon one another and regular attendance is important.  Topics include:

  1. Review of equipment and basic waxing techniques (to be scheduled in early December)
  2. Review basic ski techniques – balance, weight shift, body position, poling
  3. Free skate – skiing without poles – glide, weight shift, flat ski, efficiency
  4. Double poling- the basis of all XC poling – classic, skate, one-skate, two skate
  5. One skate – combining free skate with double poling
  6. Offset technique – hills
  7. Downhill technique = skiing in control: controlling speed, cornering
  8. Use the terrain to your advantage to be an efficient skier: Which technique for which terrain?
  9. Ideally participants will have access to classic skis – we will review the common elements in the two techniques – good classic technique makes better skate technique

ADULT TOURING

The Adult Touring program is intended for intermediate skiers that are comfortable on XC skis and skiing up and down hills. The sessions consist of recreational skiing over a variety of terrain intermixed with instruction and pointers on classic and/or skating technique.  The program is suited to couples, friends and parents with older teen or adult children. Group size limited to 12.

Prerequisites:  

  • Ideally skiers should be familiar with both classic and skate technique; as a minimum the skier should be comfortable in one of the techniques.
  • Ability to ski for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours with short breaks

Program Times: Saturday mornings meet at a location in Kanata at 8:30 to drive to various locations in Gatineau Park; the drive time depends on location in the Park and weather conditions.  Ski for two hours; or earlier if participant has commitments (own transportation required). Officially the program starts January 5th and goes until March 9th.  Snow conditions permitting the program could start earlier and continue into March if there is interest.

Location: Various locations in Gatineau Park

Program Prices: 

  • Early registration $75, Regular cost $85 (Gatineau Park trail fees not included)

KANATA NORDIC MASTERS

Designed for active adults (17 years and above) with a love of the outdoors, and a goal to improve their XC ski skills and fitness with likeminded individuals in a Club atmosphere.  Sessions will consist of nominally 20-25% focused technique work, and the balance various skiing intensities and fitness training. Group size limited to 12 registrants.

An optional Dryland program at no additional cost will focus on roller ski technique and aerobic training through ski striding/hiking and other techniques.  Those will limited roller ski technique should plan on regular attendance to avoid large disparities in skill level.

Prerequisites

Equipment:  Classic & Skate equipment

Participants should have and/or be interested in the following:

  • Fitness Level:  capable of continuous Zone 1 activity (approx. 60% of maximum heart rate –  can hold a conversation) for 60 – 90 minutes with limited breaks through activities such as cycling, XC skiing, running, hiking…..
  • Have fundamental classic and skate XC ski skills. i.e.  Know how to ski.
  • Interested in improving/maintaining fitness and/or improving technique
  • Appreciate that a good beer or a fine glass of wine can be part of post session recovery.

Program Times: 

  • An optional dryland program will begin in late September and continue until on-snow skiing is practical.    (Note that the leader may be unavailable for a period in November)
    • Saturday morning:  9:00 a.m until 11:00/11:30
    • Tuesday evenings:  6:15 pm – 7:45 pm
  • The On-Snow program will begin as soon as snow permits and continue until the snow permits (typically early April)
    • Saturday morning:  8:30 a.m until 11:00 a.m.
    • Tuesday evenings:  6:15 pm – 7:45 pm
    • Thursday evenings:  Open session; no coaching

Location:

  • Weeknight -Dryland:  Wesley Clover Parks /  Dryland in Kanata
  • Saturday – Dryland:  Various Locations in Gatineau Park and in Kanata
  • Weeknight – On Snow:  Wesley Clover Parks / periodically Gatineau Park
  • Saturday – On Snow:  Gatineau Park / periodically Wesley Cover Parks

Events: Participation in milestone events is encouraged but not mandatory:  Canadian Ski Marathon, or Gatineau Loppet and/or local National Capital Division Races such as Silver Spoon, Tay Valley Loppet, Thea’s Race.

Program Cost: Early Registration $185/ Regular Registration: $200 (including optional Dryland –Gatineau Park trail pass not included)

ADULT DROP-IN SESSIONS (Registration to open October 1st)

Intended for skiers with some experience who may wish to have some coaching and feedback on a specific technique.  Skiers register for each session separately and generally each session will cover a separate topic/technique.  Sessions will be led by experienced coaches.

Prerequisites:  

  • Skiers should have some experience with the specific technique listed for the session.  Experienced XC skiers that may have limited experience with a specific technique are welcome in related sessions.
  • Appropriate equipment for the technique being applied at a session.  Ex. Skate skis for a skate session, appropriate pole length for double poling etc.
  • Understanding of classic waxing techniques

Program Times: Generally session leaders will be coaches from other programs, therefore, the final schedule and topics will be confirmed in September.  Times will be 6:30 on a weeknight, or various times on weekends. Sessions will be 90 minutes on skis so be ready to go at 6:30 (arrival should be by 6:15).  Sessions my be rescheduled if conditions are not suitable.

Location: 401 or 411 Corkstown Road; Wesley Clover Parks

Program Prices: 

  • $20 per session
  • Club membership not required, waiver must be signed.

Session Topics are expected to be:

  • Diagonal Stride (Classic stride)
  • One-Skate
  • Double Poling
  • Skate – Offset Technique
  • Hill Techniques – Classic
  • Hill Techniques – Descending
  • Transitions – What technique to use where

Note:  group sizes will be limited to ten participants per session.


Refund / Cancellation Policy: Memberships fees are non-refundable. If you wish to withdraw from a program, we will refund the program fee less 20% retained to cover the club’s associated administration costs. To obtain a refund please contact registration@kanatanordic.ca by January 19, 2015. Please note that Kanata Nordic reserves the right to cancel any programs with insufficient registration or without volunteer leaders. In this case every effort will be made to find an equivalent program or a refund will be offered.

Kanata Nordic programs are subject to the will of Mother Nature. We generally follow Cross Country Canada’s guidelines in terms of program cancellation. This means programs will be cancelled if conditions are unsafe  or temperatures are below acceptable limits. We attempt to reschedule cancelled events but this is at the discretion of group leaders. The Club will attempt to give its members as much notice as possible for program changes caused by weather we thank you for your understanding.