Birkie Training Group Winter Session
The focus of the program will be on building ski specific stamina, strength and technique refinement, with the aim of skiing a successful long-course (55 km or 31 km) Birkie. Dryland training will be done until there is sufficient snow; this will be directed towards muscle specific ski techniques. Running will not be used, but ski walking and bounding will. Once on snow, classic ski skills will be reviewed and refined. Ski-skating will be touched upon - mostly dependant upon snow conditions. Separate skating equipment is not necessary. One on-trail session at the Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area (Blackfoot) is planned as part of the course prior to the Birkie by mutual arrangement among registrants and the Coordinator. The course will conclude with a post-Birkie wrap up celebration with drinks and pizza provided.
Registration: Minimum of 6 registrants per training group for the Winter Session to run
Dates and Times:
Cost: NO REFUNDS (if the course runs)
Gold Bar park shelter (10955 50 St.), unless otherwise notified by the instructor
Blackfoot, Waskehegan Staging Area for on-trail ski session
Roy Merritt has a Bachelor of Physical Education degree, has his NCCP 2 certification, is a CANSI Level 3 instructor and has almost four decades of experience. He’s been a long-time Birkie Learn to Loppet 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.