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Cross Country Ski Lessons

We have something for everyone ages 4 and up, beginner to intermediate. Cross country skiing is a sport that the whole family can enjoy.  All ages and abilities can take part, so get out, learn a new sport and enjoy the winter. Cross country skiing is one of the most cost-effective winter sports – there are no expensive lift tickets!  Modest trail fees may apply at some locations.

Note: Costs for our cross country ski lessons programs do not include Calgary Ski Club Membership, trail passes, or adults' ski equipment rentals (we have equipment for children's Jackrabbit programs). 

Jackrabbit registration opens late summer for 2019-2020 programs.


Jackrabbit Program, ages 4 to 12 learn to ski program

The club offers cross country lesson programs for children ages 4 to 12, following the national Jackrabbit (JR) program. This program is recreation focused and is not competitive. Participants will be divided into groups based on age and ability. This is an excellent way to introduce your child to cross country skiing.

Equipment
The Club provides loaner equipment for the Jackrabbit program subject to size & availability.

Schedules
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 –18 degrees Celsius (with wind chill) for the Jackrabbit programs. 

Costs
$  65.00  Calgary Ski Club family membership required.
$  80.00  Jackrabbit program fee per child.
$300.00 Equipment deposit per set(prorated part set).  Refundable if returned in good form.
$100.00  Vest deposit per child
$150.00   Volunteer deposit (per child). Refundable upon completion of commitment.
$150.00 Fundraising deposit (per child). Refundable upon completion of fundraising commitment.
$ varies   Trail fees may apply at some lesson locations.

Subject to review and change by Council

Volunteer commitment
The Jackrabbit program is volunteer run.  Help is needed with lessons, equipment and social media and other areas.  The Head Coach will discuss volunteer opportunities with you. You may work an extra fundraising shift to fulfill the  commitment if there are no volunteer opportunities.

Fundraising commitment
While there is a small fee for lessons, the majority of the cost of the program is covered by funds raised at an AGLC casino and the Club's annual New and Used Ski Sale.  Parents will be asked to complete one shift (4 hours) per child at our annual New and Used Ski Sale in late October.  Additional shifts would be much appreciated and earn points that may be used to pay for programs.  Parents unable to volunteer at the Ski sale will have an opportunity to work at our AGLC Casino but the date of our next casino has not been set.

Coaches
Many of our coaches are parents just like you.  We will arrange and pay for training.  Interested? Contact our Head Coach
XC@calgaryskiclub.org

Adult Registration will open in the fall for 2019-2020 winter.


Adult Programs

Level 1 - Beginner: A beginner has little to no cross country ski experience.

Level 2 - Novice:
A novice has cross country skied a few times.

Level 3 - Intermediate:
An intermediate has cross country skied at least one winter but has not learned much technique.

Note: people with strong skating or downhill skiing experience may be moved into a higher level.


Cross country ski equipment rentals
CSC does not provide ski equipment for adult lessons and programs - and they are not included in the lesson prices  See our cross country page for a list of rental and retail locations.

Scheduling lessons
The lesson programs offered may depend on registration levels, weather, and availability of coaches. Coaches will cancel or reschedule the lesson(s) if the temperature is colder than –20 degrees Celsius (with wind chill) for the adult programs.

Private lessons
CSC does not conduct or provide private lessons.  If you have a private group or family, our coaches may be able to accommodate this based on availability.

Additional Information

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Questions?  Email xc@CalgarySkiClub.org

Meeting Spots & Trail Passes

CSC lessons may be held at a variety of locations based on snow and weather conditions. Coaches will confirm lesson locations the day prior.
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. 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.  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.  No trail fees, but a box is provided at the trail head near the washrooms to facilitate donations.
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.  No trail fees.
Canmore Nordic Centre - located on the western edge of Canmore along the Smith Dorrien Spray Trail. Trail fees apply.

Downhill Lessons

CSC does not offer downhill Skiing or Boarding lessons. Downhill ski resorts all offer lesson and lesson plans. Special lift ticket, rental and lesson packages may be available for newcomers to the sport.