Birkie Training Group Mid-week Dryland Session

Course Content:

This dryland cross country ski training course will require a pair of classic cross country ski poles. Activities will align with cross country skiing, starting with balance drills progressing to ski walking, ski striding and ski bounding. Strength and core work will be a key component. Sessions will start with a whole body muscle activation warm up. The aim is to acquire ski-specific fitness and technical transferable cross country ski skills.

You must have at least average fitness to take this course and have experience skiing (not for complete beginners). There will be minimal running. This course will be beneficial for all levels of skiers, as efficient technique will be emphasized.

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:
10 sessions: 10 am – 11:30 am, Tuesdays starting September 13, 2022
September 13, 20, and 27, 2022
October 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2022
November 1, 8, and 15, 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.  Email will be sent day before as other locations may be used such as Kinsmen.

Equipment: Classic cross country ski poles and ankle resistance bands.  A yoga mat will be beneficial.

Instructor:  Joy Mekechuk is a CANSI Level 3 Instructor.  She is a Birkie Instructor, Edmonton Nordic Ski Club coach and avid Birkie racer.

CANSI = Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors