Birkie Training Group Winter Session
The focus of the program will be on
building ski specific stamina and strength and ski technique refinement, with a view to skiing a successful 31 km or 55 km Birkie. Dryland training will be done until there is snow. Dryland will be directed towards muscle specific ski techniques. Running
will not be used, but ski walking and bounding will. Bring poles,
preferably ski walking length (about 10 cm shorter than your regular classic
length). You should be fit, have at least 2 years of cross country skiing experience and be able to ski a minimum of 10 km to register for this course.
Bring ski equipment and a headlamp
Gold Bar park shelter (10955 50 St.), unless otherwise notified by the instructor
Blackfoot, Waskehegan Staging Area for on-trail ski session
Roy Merritt has a Bachelor of Physical Education degree, has his NCCP 2 certification, is a CANSI Level 3 instructor and has almost four decades of experience. He’s been a long-time Birkie Learn to Loppet instructor as well as an Edmonton Nordic Ski Club coach, instructor and wax tech. He’s skied the Birkie many times as well as numerous other loppets.