227 Arbour Ridge Way NW, Calgary, T3G 3Z3(403) 282-4122office@calgaryskiclub.org

Skiing Lessons 

Cross Country Ski Lessons

We have something for everyone from ages 4 and up and at all levels of expertise - for beginner to intermediate-level skiers. Cross country skiing is a sport that all ages and abilities can take part in. Calgary Ski Club invites you, your family and friends to get out and enjoy our cross country skiing programs this winter. Cross country skiing is one of the most cost-effective winter sports – there are no expensive lift tickets!

Note: Costs for our cross country ski instructional programs do not include Calgary Ski Club Membership, trail passes, or adults' ski equipment rentals (Jackrabbits provides ski rental equipment).  You must be a Calgary Ski Club member to sign up for cross country ski lessons.

Jackrabbits Program

Our Jackrabbits Program is aimed at children 4 - 12 years old.  Participants will be divided into groups based on age and ability. If your child has never skied before, Jackrabbits is an excellent way to introduce him or her to cross country skiing.

Jackrabbits registration is open for the 2016-2017 winter.

Phone the CSC office at 403-282-4122 to register on the phone because online registration is closed.


Adults' Programs

• Level 1 - Beginner: A beginner has little to no cross country ski experience AND little to no downhill ski experience

Level 2 - Novice: A novice has cross country skied a few times AND/OR downhill skied a few times

• Level 3 - Intermediate: An intermediate has cross country skied at least one winter but has not learned technique AND/OR have much downhill ski experience

(A) February 2017 Programs - "Classic" Technique

     Registration is OPEN.  Click these links.


(B) December 2016 Programs - Completed

  • Combined Level 1, Beginner + Level 2, Novice: For participants who have no or little cross country skiing experience.  Learn the fundamentals of cross country skiing.
         - Lesson #1 - Saturday option at WinterStart (Sat. Dec. 3, 2016)
         - Lesson #1 - Sunday option at WinterStart (Sun. Dec. 4, 2016)
         - Lessons #2 and #3 (Sat. Dec. 10 + Sat. Dec. 17, 2016)
  • Level 3, Intermediate: Click here.  Dec. 3 and 17, 2016.  For participants who have cross country skied at least one winter but has not learned technique AND/OR have much downhill ski experience.

(C) January 2017 Programs - Classic Technique - Completed

     Check out the February programs instead (further up)


(D) "Skate Skiing" Technique - Program is underway

     Registration is CLOSED.


(E) Additional Information


Step 1: CSC membership is required: Adult, family, or, senior membership. 

Click here if you do not already have a CSC membership


Step 2: CSC Meetup account (free).

Click here if you do not already have a CSC Meetup account (free).  Wait for the Office Administrator to approve it.


Cross country ski equipment rentals

  • not included in the lessons' prices
  • CSC does not provide ski equipment for adults' lessons and programs
  • CSC provides loaner equipment for the children's Jackrabbits program - if equipment in particular sizes is available, on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Click here for rental locations.


CSC reserves the right to alter the schedule depending on registration levels, weather, and availability of coaches. The coaches will cancel or reschedule the lesson(s) if the temperature is colder than –20 degrees Celsius (with wind chill).

If your question is not answered above, then email xc@CalgarySkiClub.org.



Meeting Spots & Trail Passes

CSC lessons may be held at a variety of locations. Please select one of the following links for a map to find your meeting point.

Shaganappi Golf Course – located in central Calgary just off Bow Trail SW. Our classes will meet at the north end of the main parking lot. Click for a Google map of our Shaganappi meeting spot. No trail fees.

Confederation Golf Course - located in NW Calgary within Confederation Park just west of 14th Street. Our classes will meet at the park gate on Collingwood Drive just east of 19th Street. Click for a Google map of our Confederation meeting spot. No trail fees.

West Bragg Creek - located west of Bragg Creek at the end of Township Road 232. We will meet at the park gate. Click for a Google map of our West Bragg Creek meeting spot. No trail fees but donations are appreciated and boxes are provided along the trials to facilitate that.

Pocaterra - located in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park in Kananaskis Country just west of Hwy 40 at the intersection of Kananaskis Lakes Trail and Spray Trail. Click for a Google map of Pocaterra meeting spot. No trail fees.

Canmore Nordic Centre - located on the western edge of Canmore along the Smith Dorrien Spray Trail. Click for a Google map of Canmore Nordic Centre. Trail fees apply

Downhill Lessons

CSC does not offer downhill lessons. Downhill lessons are offered by WinSport Canada Olympic Park or any downhill ski resort.

Do you have any more questions about our lessons programs?  Contact us:

Adults' programs: Cross Country Skiing Lessons Director at xc@calgaryskiclub.org

Jackrabbits program (for children): Jackrabbits Director at jackrabbits@calgaryskiclub.org

General inquiries: our office at either (403)282-4122 or office@calgaryskiclub.org.