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ADULT CROSS COUNTRY SKI PROGRAMS

Whether it is your first time on the snow, if you are just moonlighting from Alpine Skiing or this is your passion and your thing, we have a program to suit you. Cross country skiing can be as easy or as hard as you want, it can be as leisurely as stroll along the lake, but there are hills so make sure you jump into our programs so we can show you how to gently glide around the corners. Learning a little bit of technique will help you glide.

If you are one of those people who love to be pushed, then you are in the right place and you should definitely be in one of our programs. Let us teach you how to go fast and bring in the speed elements of alpine skiing while bringing up a sweat and raising that heart rate. There is a reason Cross Country Skiing is billed as the greatest aerobic sport on the planet, using every muscle in your body. Some compare it to rowing, the main difference is you don’t have to navigate corners and hills while rowing.

Early season we have a wide selection of introductory skate and classic programs to get you started. Then as the season progresses we have more programs and drop-in sessions for everyone. An annual favourite is our ladies Tuesday program which runs for 3 weeks and is a great social environment for beginners and intermediate skiers to progress their classic or skate skiing and get comfortable around the Snow Farm trails.

The Two Disciplines of Cross Country Skiing

Until the 1970s, there was only classic skiing. Where you skis stay in a parallel position and your forward momentum is provided by a grippy surface under your foot that when you put all your weigh on one ski (and a little kick), the camber of the ski compresses and it comes into contact with the snows, allows you to kick forward. When you stand on both skis evenly or balance on one without any kicking action, then kicking surface touch the snow and you can glide forwards.

Slating was invented in the late 1970s by an American Bill Koch, and a Swedish person Gunde Svan – the jury is out as to who started skating first. Skating has rapidly become very popular and is faster than classic skiing. If you ever watch a Cross Country ski race, these are often classed as either Classic or Freestyle, freestyle meaning you can do either, but the preference for competitors is to skate as it is much faster.

Classic Skiing

Often referred to as the origin of all skiing, classic skiing bear some similarities to backcountry skiing, in that it uses a striding motion, but that’s where the similarities end.

Using a stepping or kicking motion, you gain forward momentum by pressing the ski into the snow, connecting the gripping surface on the ski under your foot with the snow to allow you to push forward, then you glide and repeat with the other leg.

Classic skiing can be gentle, like an easy walk around the lake, or an athletic run, depending on what you want to achieve.

Skating

Skating is Classic Skiing’s sexy alternative. Skating uses a motion similar to ice skating, but with poles. The boots have ankle support and stiffer sole than classic skiing and the skis tend to be shorter, and the poles longer.  Skating is faster than classic skiing and the skis are more maneuverable.

If you have alpine skied before, we recommend skating as your alpine skills on the downhills will be more easily transferred to skating, and you might get some of the same thrills of alpine when heading downhill. You can also ski a lot further in a shorter space of time.

Snow Farm has a fleet of brand new skate equipment this winter for you to have the latest gear to try skating

Free Introductory Lesson

New for 2019 is a free introductory lesson for Seasons Pass holders until the end of June. You can choose to learn classic skiing or skating and these are essential if it’s your first time at Snow Farm and you want to try some of our other programs.

Please select either Skating or Classic. If trying skating, we recommend some prior snowsports experience.

Use discount code: seasonspass19, you will be required to show your seasons pass at guest services before starting your lesson.

Skill LevelBeginner
Age8 years and up
Number of Sessions1
DatesJune 21st until June 30th
Times9:00 am, 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm
PricingFree - To Seasons Pass Holders Only
DeadlinesDue to limited availability we recommend booking in advance to get the time you want.

Learn to Classic Ski – 3 Session

This 3 session course will teach you the basics of kicking and gliding, how to control speed on descents and turn around corners. It will also show you the various techniques within classic skiing for different gradients.

By the end of the 3 sessions, you should be able to ski the beginner and most of the intermediate trails at Snow Farm.

Skill LevelBeginner
AgeAdult
Number of Sessions3
DatesMonday - 24th of June, 1st & 8th of July
Saturday’s - 22nd, 29th of June & 6th of July
Sunday’s - 30th June, 7th & 14th of July
TimesMonday - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday - 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
Sunday - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
PricingIn Season - $120.00
DeadlinesIn Season - June 25th

Learn to Skate Ski – 3 Session

This 3 session course will teach you the basics of skate skiing. It will focus on learning weight transfer, correct poling technique and learn essential basic skating techniques such as stance, gliding, poling, and getting up and down hills will be taught progressively to provide a solid ski foundation to enjoy the trails.

Skill LevelBeginner
AgeAdult
Number of Sessions3
DatesTuesday - 2nd, 9th & 16th July
Saturday’s - 22nd, 29th of June & 6th of July
Sunday’s - 30th June, 7th & 14th of July
TimesTuesday - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday - 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Sunday - 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
PricingIn Season - $120.00
DeadlinesIn Season - June 25th

Weekend Skate Clinics

Start the season with a bang with our 2 day, 4 session Skate clinic. There are two clinics, the first for beginners and the second for people who have been skating for a while (intermediate) but might not have had much instruction and who want to start to refine your technique.

For the beginner skate camp, a prerequisite is that you have completed one of our introductory skate lessons, and if you are not sure what intermediate is, you are someone who has been skating for a while but might not have had much instruction and you want to start to refine your technique.

Beginners will learn weight transfer, correct poling technique and learn essential basic skating techniques such as stance, gliding, poling, and getting up and down hills will be taught progressively to provide a solid ski foundation to enjoy the trails.

For intermediate skater, the Clinic will focus on refining skating techniques such as free skate (V2), one skate (V2 Alternate), offset (V1) and downhill to build ski literacy on a variety of terrain.

Skill LevelBeginner - Intermediate
AgeAdult
Number of Sessions4
DatesSaturday & Sunday
Beginner - 29th and 30th of June
Intermediate - 6th and 7th of July
Times10:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
PricingIn Season - $180.00
DeadlinesIn Season - June 25th

Progressions Skate Clinics – 3 Session

This 3 session course is aimed at intermediate level skiers and is a great progression from any of our beginner clinics. You will learn weight transfer, correct poling technique and learn essential basic skate techniques such as stance, gliding, poling, and getting up and down hills. The clinics will be taught progressively to provide a solid ski foundation to enjoy the trails. Similar to the Weekend clinic but spread over three weeks.

Skill LevelIntermediate
AgeAdult
Number of Sessions3
DatesThursday -- 18th and 25th of July, 1st of August
Saturday -- 20th and 27th of July, 3rd of August
Sunday -- 21st and 28th of July, 4th of August
TimesThursday -- 10am to 12pm
Saturday -- 1pm to 3pm
Sunday -- 10am to 12pm
PricingIn Season - $120.00
DeadlinesIn Season - June 25th

Technique Clinic’s

Every Saturday morning starting July 6th from 12:00 pm until 1:00 pm we will have Technique Clinics, where we will select a specific area of both skating or classic skiing technique to develop. Sessions must be booked at 4:00 pm the Friday before the Saturdays clinic.

Addiotnla sessions will be added as the season progresses based on demand.

Spaces are limited – bookings online now.

  1. Classic –  Downhill & Cornering Technique, Skate – Downhill & Cornering Technique
  2. Waxing for Glide and ski maintenance
  3. Classic – Weight Transfer and Glide, Skate – Weight Transfer and Glide
  4. Classic – Kick Double Pole on Flat Terrain, Skate – V2 or Alternate skate on Flat Terrain
  5. Classic – Herringbone on a steep hill, Skate – V1 or Offset on Steep hills
  6. Waxing – Kick wax and waxing for races
  7. Classic – Poling Technique, Skate – Poling Technique
Skill Level Intermediate-Advanced
AgeAdult
Number of Sessions7
DatesSaturdays
July 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th
August 3rd, 10th & 17th
Times12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Pricing$20.00 Per Session
Deadlines4:00 pm the Friday before the Clinic. Limited spaces.
*More sessions will be added to the program later in the winter.

The Musterers

Every Sunday from 9:00 am until 10:00 am or from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm we will have the Musterers. Our own adult program that is purely focused on having more fun in and performing better at the Merino Muster where our coaches will take you on a journey to completing the Merino Muster Ski Race, either the 7, 21 or 42km distances or achieving a personal best.

The first session the coach or coaches will assess all the participants and discuss your goals for the program. Then every subsequent Sunday the participants will communicate with the coaches about which time they can make. The one-hour session will review your training, progress and work on specific areas of your technique that you coach determines will best help you go further or faster for the Merino Muster.

Take on a challenge this winter and join the Musterers!

Skill LevelBeginner - Advanced
AgeAdult
Number of Sessions8
DatesSundays
July 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th
August 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th
TimesSundays from 9:00 am to 10:00 am and 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
PricingIn Season - $120.00
DeadlinesIn Season - June 30th

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