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’. The course will conclude with a post-Birkie wrap-up celebration with food and drink provided.
Registration: Minimum of 6 registrants for course to run
- Free admission to wax clinics (beginner and intermediate) held in January by MEC
- Discounts off Birkie event registration
Dates and Times:
10 sessions Tuesday afternoons from noon – 1:30 p.m. starting November 20, 2018. (Nov 20, 27 and Dec 4, 11, 18, 2018: Jan 8, 15, 22, 29 and Feb 5, 2019)
Long ski days from noon – 2:30 pm at Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area with dates and locations by mutual arrangement, based on weather and ski conditions.
Combined Wrap-up celebration for all Birkie Training Groups: Evening of Feb 11 or 12, 2019 hosted by Alley Kat brewery (Food & drink provided)
- no refunds if course is run
Most scheduled days will be at Lower Gold Bar park shelter (10955 50 Street)
Lead Instructor and Coordinator:
Laura has a Bachelor of Physical Education degree and has CANSI Level 2 certification. This is her fourth year teaching nordic skiing, and she has previous experience as an alpine instructor. She is a member of the Edmonton Nordic Ski Club and has completed numerous Birkies and other loppets.
CANSI = Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors