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Adult Ski Lessons

Cross Country Ski Lessons for Adults 2022- 2023

Practically everyone can benefit from ski lessons. While cross country skiing appears deceptively simple, instruction can make skiing less effort and more fun, enabling you to go further and ski faster. A trained instructor can help get you started – or get much better – in one of the best winter sports in Saskatoon! This season we are offering courses to adults in beginner classic, beginner skate skiing and intermediate classic & new courses in X-C downhill skills and intermediate skate technique. 

All SNSC adult instruction courses are taught by Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors (CANSI) certified instructors. Ski lessons take place at the Gordie Howe Complex and Holiday Park Golf Course on machine groomed trails maintained by Nordic Ski Club volunteers. Some scheduled classes may be held at other locations depending on prevailing weather and availability of other facilities. Registrants will receive more specific course info from the instructor when they register.

Classes (limited to 8 candidates) usually fill up well before start date, so register early to reserve your place. More courses may be added to the schedule as the season progresses, depending on instructor availability, weather, etc. Course fees do not include skiing equipment so you will need to provide your own ski gear. If you need rentals they will be hard to find as we are advised that Eb's Source for Adventure 306-652-0385 is restricting their rentals to weekends only. Our other local store to try is Escape Sports 306-244-7433.

For general inquiries on the instruction program/registration, please contact the Adult Instruction Coordinator, Bruce Simms at 306-220-6967, email: For inquiries about course content or technical issues, please contact the particular course instructor.  If a private or semi-private lesson suits your schedule better than a group lesson, contact instructors below to make arrangements.


Course I: Dec 12, 15, 19 (7:00 - 9:00 pm) Instructor: Rob Howse

Course III: Jan 12, 17, 24 (7:00 - 9:00 pm) Instructor: Bruce Simms

Course IV: Jan 10, 12, 17 (1:00 - 3:00 pm) Instructor: Cliff Speer

Each classic course covers identical content - wax-no wax theory, basic diagonal stride techniques, including balance and weight transfer, double poling, herringbone, and snowplow, turning and stopping.  Suitable for those who have never skied before or have had no formal instruction.  You provide your own ski equipment.   Contact if you need advice on ski equipment.  Gear was hard to obtain last season.


Course II: Jan 3, 5, 10 (7:00 - 9:00 pm) Instructor: Bruce Simms

A course for those new to skate skiing or those wanting an understanding of the skate fundamentals. Covers basic skate techniques - free skate, one skate, two skate and offset. You will need your own skate ski equipment for this course.


Course V: Jan 26, 31 (7-9 pm); Sat. Feb 4 (1-3 pm) Instructor: Bruce Simms

Would you like to be more knowledgeable and confident with downhill maneuvers? Could we help you ski a wider variety of trails?  If so, this course may be for you. The first session will take place at the Gordie Howe practice hill. It will cover the fundamental skills and mental aspects of downhill. Depending on participant progress, the second session may take place at Langham (River Ridge) ski trails, built on the slope of the North Saskatchewan River Valley. As these trails aren’t part of SNSC, a small donation for use is appreciated. Expect to be incrementally challenged and rewarded throughout the course as your confidence improves.


Course VI:  Feb 7, 9, 14 (7:00 - 9:00 pm) Instructor: Bruce Simms

Let us help you take your one skate, two skate and offset techniques to the next level with drills, instruction and feedback that focuses on timing, balance, and coordination of movement.  Your technical know-how will improve as we break down complete techniques into phases for practice. Expect this course to both challenge and reward you.


Course VII:  Jan 13, 14, 15 (Fri. 7-9 pm; Sat/Sun 1-3 pm)  Instructor: Cliff Speer

Skill improvement for skiers interested in understanding and applying the principles of efficient motion on skis.  Course includes waxing theory, review of basic technique and practice on areas needing improvement, plus adding more advanced techniques such as kick double-pole. Longer daylight for this course will permit using the Holiday Park Golf Course slopes for tuning your hill skills. Previous beginner instruction would be an asset, but equivalent experience and feeling comfortable on your skis will help you progress in skill development.

Course Costs: All fees are $90/course

Private instruction

Private instruction may be preferable for some as lessons are tailored to your schedule and specific needs. A lot can be accomplished in these typically shorter focused sessions. Contact the instructors below to inquire about private lessons.

Bruce Simms 306-220-6967
Cliff Speer 306-653-5693
Rob Howse 306-664-6888

How to register...Club members or those needing to become club members must register online at Zone 4:   If you have questions or are unable to register on-line, contact Coordinator Bruce Simms. Courses filled quickly last season.

Class location...

Please follow the directions in your instructor's registration info.

A note about bad weather...

Sessions will be rescheduled by the instructor in the event of bad weather.  The instructor will contact you if a session needs to be cancelled.





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