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). Participants should be of at least average fitness and intermediate ski ability

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:  Space still available  
Minimum number of students:
Small group – one instructor: 6 
Big group – two instructors: above 16

Other Benefits:

Discounts off Birkie event registration

Dates and Times:

10 sessions Wednesday mornings from 10 – 11:30 a.m. starting November 20, 2019. Nov 20, 27, and Dec 4, 11, 18, 2019: Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, and Feb 5, 2020

Long ski days 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 10 or 11, 2020 (TBD) hosted by Alley Kat Brewery; food and drink provided.


  • $185
  • no refunds if course is run

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

Lead Instructor and Coordinator:

Joy Mekechuk will be the Lead/Coordinator Instructor for the Mid-Week program this year. An Edmonton Nordic Ski Club member and an accomplished Birkie skier, Joy has her Level 1 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. Just in time for Birkie 2020!