Birkie Training Group Fall Dryland Session

Course Content:

This course will focus on activities like ski walking and ski bounding, strength and core work, stretching, etc; with the aim of making a smooth transition from general to ski-specific fitness (e.g. aerobic and anaerobic, strength, flexibility) and technical (e.g. ski specific balance and agility). The program will be of significant benefit in preparing the body for higher volumes and intensities of ski specific training once the snow comes to stay. Many previous students attest to the helpfulness of learning how to ski quickly even with no previous ski experience if they take this course.

You should have average to excellent fitness to take this course. There will be no running or soccer. This course is perfect for those who have never skied before all the way up to seasoned skiers.

COVID 19 protocols in effect during all Birkie training classes. Canadian Birkebeiner Society, under the guidance of Nordiq Alberta and Alberta Health Services, take necessary precautions to stop the spread of coronavirus. 


 2020 session is full. Look for this course next year.

Dates and Times:
5 sessions; 9 am – 10.30 am; Saturdays starting on September 19, 2020
September 19 and 26, 2020
October 3, 10, and 17, 2020 

Minimum of six registrants needed to run the session.
NO REFUNDS if the course is run, including for illness (counting COVID 19)

Lower Gold Bar Pavilion shelter (10955 50 Street) unless otherwise notified by the instructor.

Equipment: Bring poles, preferably ski walking length (about 10 cm shorter than your regular classic length).


Roy Merritt. Roy is a CANSI Level 3 instructor, with almost four decades of experience, assisted by Mary Ann Merritt, CANSI Level 2. He’s been a long-time Birkie instructor as well as an Edmonton Nordic Ski Club coach, instructor and wax tech. He’s skied the Birkie many times as well as numerous other loppets and Alberta Cups.

CANSI = Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors

Additional information:
During this course the social distance guidelines of 2m will be followed.
Students are required to submit a self assessment form to the instructor 24hr or less before each lesson.
Availability of restrooms during training will be dependent on City of Edmonton and/or AHS directions.