The Canmore Nordic Ski Club (CNSC) was created more than 34 years ago and formally organized under the provisions of the Alberta Societies Act for more than 15 years. The Club has an active membership of roughly 600 members year in and year out.
Approximately 350 children every year are registered in one of our programs, from the early Jackrabbit program through to recreational programs for kids 10-17 years old and up to youth and junior racing programs. We have diverse adult programming ranging from beginners to advanced, be it to improve and hone your skills and challenge yourself, learn how to do Biathlon, or ski with your buddies and friends and get outside for a social outing. About 150 adults yearly take part in these programs, and roughly 150 members at large take part in more social activities, family Races and other fun events.
CNSC employs one program director and four coaches who help to deliver most of the racing programs but are also actively involved in the creation and coaching of our recreational and social programs. The Club has more than 30 volunteer instructors, athletes and coaches who support the club in the delivery of programs. All CNSC instructors have at least their CANSI Level 1 coaching certificate.
The Club raises funds primarily through membership dues and program fees and through hosting several ski and biathlon races and the Canada Day Fun Run. We traditionally have not relied heavily on grants or aggressive fundraising.
The Club is one of the largest members of Cross Country Alberta.
The aim of the Adult Cross-Country program is to make you a better all-around skier. You will have the opportunity to develop your classic and skate techniques while improving your endurance, strength, balance, and speed on skis. Both during the dryland portion and on-snow portion, fitness and technique will be emphasized. Although the training is not aimed at racing per se, the training will prepare you for racing should this be of interest, such as local races and loppets, or Alberta Cups or even Westerns. The Masters Cross Country is for both adults (18+) and Masters (any skier over 30 years of age)
Foothills Nordic is a full-service ski club based out of Calgary. We ski locally in Calgary and in the Mountains of the Bow Valley. For adults, we offer Masters and Learn to Ski programs:
Group training sessions for intermediate through advanced skiers experienced in both classic and skate techniques. The program starts in the fall with dryland and strength train and builds toward peak speed and endurance for the January to March Lopper and Race season.
Adults Learn to Ski
This is an adult learn-to-ski and ski skill improvement program coached by experienced Masters and high-performance athletes. The focus of the program is on improving your skiing, either as a “learn-to-ski” or more advanced ability.
Hypersonic Racing is a grassroots Nordic ski racing club composed of members from non-skiing endurance sport and competition backgrounds (cycling, running, etc) looking to enter Nordic Ski racing and improve technique. Knowledge and support shared between experienced and novice members will address perceived barriers to entering racing, and create a supportive, flexible, fun environment for members through cross-country ski competition.
We are a racing club… because we strongly feel the act of racing is about challenging yourself and seeking self improvement. We welcome all abilities and don’t care how fast you are – so long as you are up for the personal challenge of racing and the comradery it builds. Attitude is more important than ability!
Space Dogs Ski Club specializes in the development of adult cross-country skiers of all levels – from beginner to competitive master racer. Besides season-long club memberships, we also teach 4-week Ski Foundation Courses and offer private instruction.
Our strength lies in developing skiers from beginner & intermediate to much more proficient, confident, and technically sound. All of our coaches come from international-level race backgrounds, including ex-National Ski Team skiers, Olympians, and World Cup medalists. We offer individualized training plans, detailed technique work (drills, video analysis, etc.), intensity training, fitness testing, competition preparation and support, access to our club wax room in Canmore, race wax support, and summer training (private outdoor-based gym, roller skiing). Our club members also have access to group ski trips, social events, and discounts on ski gear.
Our goal is to provide a professional, well-organized structure where club members can thrive in a supportive, inclusive, and positive environment and enjoy the opportunities to become better at their skiing. Our skiers say that the best part of the club is the passionate coaches they get to work with and the fun team culture.
We welcome ski newbies to try one of our Foundation Groups, where we focus on building a technically-sound foundation for anyone willing to take up skiing. A true testament to the program’s success is seeing our members progress from the beginner level to the Competitive Group in just a few seasons of skiing.
If you would like to learn more or come and try out one of our complimentary sessions, please contact Club President Dasha at (403) 679-1699 or email@example.com.
Three Sisters Nordic, based in Canmore, provides coaching and training out of the Canmore Nordic Centre, and offers coaching and technique sessions for beginner to advanced skiers in both classic and skate techniques.
All sessions take place in the daytime, on week days.
Monday, Tuesday afternoon, and Wednesday mornings are for beginner and intermediate groups.
Tuesday morning Masters sessions are oriented to training for Masters races or loppets.
Thursday mornings are interval training sessions in the technique of your choice.
Wapiti Nordic is an outdoor wilderness gem located 14 km south of Grande Prairie, Alberta. We have 35 km of ski trails groomed for classic and skate skiing, a cross-country stadium, a biathlon stadium, and a biathlon range. Our two-story heated lodge with waxing facilities in the basement is a legacy from the Canada Winter Games in 1995. The Wapiti Nordic Ski Club averages 700 members per year.
For adult and masters skiers, we offer beginner and intermediate classic and skate ski lessons taught by CANSI certified instructors. We have a very active “Chicks on Sticks” recreational ski program with twice-weekly group skis that have been running for nearly 20 years. We also offer a co-ed recreational group ski once a week. There are several masters skiers who participate in our biathlon program and compete at the Calforex Cups. Many of our masters skiers also compete in events such as the Canadian Birkebeiner. Wapiti Nordic hosts the Sveinungsguaard Loppet each year and also puts on a duathlon event (ski and snowshoe).