Birkie Training Group Fall Dryland Session

Course Content:

Fall Dryland Training is a terrific way to kick off your fall fitness program AND prepare your mind and body for cross-country skiing!

This Training Group focuses on ski-specific fitness (aerobic, anaerobic, strength, flexibility) and skills (balance, agility, technique).  It is of significant benefit in preparing the body for the higher volumes and intensities needed for cross-country skiing when the snow comes to stay. 

This class does not include running or soccer, however hopping and skipping exercises are performed.  Ski bounding and ski running may be included for more experienced skiers.

Experienced skiers of all levels beyond complete beginner (beginner lessons are offered by local ski clubs) with average to excellent fitness levels are welcome.  This program is NOT for beginner skiers.

Start working on your personal Birkie ski goals this season with Fall Dryland Training!

COVID 19 protocols may be in effect during all Birkie training classes.  Instructor will email you prior to class with any instructions.


Registration is now closed

Dates and Times:
5 sessions: 9 am – 10:30 am Saturdays starting September 10, 2022
Class Dates:
September 10, 17 and 24, 2022
October 1 and 8, 2022

Minimum of six registrants needed to run the session.
NO REFUNDS if the course is run, including for illness/COVID

Lower Gold Bar Pavilion shelter (10955 50 Street) unless otherwise notified by the instructor.

Equipment: Bring old ski poles or walking/hiking poles, preferably ski walking length (about 10 cm shorter than your regular classic length), and a yoga mat.  Wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather (even rain!)


Mary Ann Merritt. Mary Ann is a CANSI Level 2 with about 8 years teaching experience with the Birkie Society and Edmonton Nordic Ski Club.  She and Roy have team-taught many classes.

Rob Chevalier. Rob is a CANSI Level 1 and has been training and assisting with Roy and Mary Ann for the past several years.

Roy Merritt. Roy is a CANSI Level 3 instructor, with over four decades of experience. He’s been a long-time Birkie 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 and Alberta Cups. He will be assisting with the Dryland Training this year.

All 3 Instructors have First Aid Certifications.

Other Instructors, as needed.

CANSI = Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors