Birkie Training Group Mid-Week Session

Course Content:
The focus will be on developing ski specific fitness and improving technique and efficiency on skis (participants should be of at least average fitness and intermediate ski ability). It will also include current practical info and tips on topics like equipment, waxing, clothing, stretching, hydration and nutrition and race strategies to help you plan and ski your best Birkie yet (and/or other loppets or races you participate in over the season). 

A highlight will be two longer ski days incorporated out at Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area to help you learn and enjoy the trails and terrain in Birkieland

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. 

Registration:  Sold out!  

Dates and Times:

10 sessions Tuesday mornings from 10 – 11:30 a.m. starting November 24, 2020
November 24, 2020
December 1, 8, 15, 2020
January 5, 12, 19, 26, 2021
Feb 2, 9, 2021


  • $185
  • Minimum 6 to run the course
  • No refunds if the course is run, including for illness (counting COVID 19)

Most scheduled days will be at Lower Gold Bar park shelter (10955 50 Street)

A couple of long ski days will be at Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area with dates and locations by mutual arrangement, based on weather and ski conditions.

Lead Instructor and Coordinator:

Joy Mekechuk will be the Lead/Coordinator Instructor for the Mid-Week program this year. An Edmonton Nordic Ski Club instructor and coach and an accomplished Birkie skier, Joy has her Level 2 CANSI and an extensive cross-country ski racing background, representing Alberta both Nationally and Internationally when she was younger. She will create and foster an environment for learning while improving classic technique and ski preparation. 

CANSI = Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors

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