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Come to Classic Technique Clinic

 The Tay Valley Ski Club is pleased to offer a classic technique cross country ski clinic at Murphy’s Point Park in the afternoon of Sunday February 17th, weather permitting.

There will be no charge for this clinic. The clinic will be taught by Nancy Gaudreau and Rick Sauder. Nancy is a former college level racer and high school level coach in the U.S.  Rick is a former loppet racer and was a nordic ski patroller in British Columbia for many years. Both have many years of nordic ski training, racing and experience.

Pre-registration is required and participants will be asked to sign a waiver. Participants must be 12 years of age or older and have their own ski equipment. The clinic will be limited to 16 participants on a first come first serve basis.

To Register contact:   sauderr@sympatico.ca

This afternoon ski clinic will focus on basic classic cross country technique for beginner to intermediate skiers and will cover the following topics:

At the Chalet:

  • Meet sign in:
  • 1) A brief discussion of modern cross country skis, their design and the merrits of both waxable and waxless bases, and short discussion on waxing of both.

On the Snow:

  • 2) Lets start at the beginning, falling down and getting up;
  • 3) Classic diagonal stride: with emphasis on use of poles, weight shift and maintaining your glide,
  • 4) Classic technique: kick double pole, double pole, changing technique to rest and maintain efficiency;
  • 5) Downhill technique, skiing in control: nordic snow plow, step turns, double pole and a demo / introduction to christie and telemark turns;
  • 6) Turning and stopping;
  • 7) Climbing uphill: herring bone, side step, classic technique and running;
  • 8) Learning to use the terrain to your advantage to be an efficient skier; which technique for which terrain;
  • 9) Introduction to skate skiing: depending on progress and interest of the group.

One Response

  1. The contemplated afternoon clinic is an appropriate, timely and nimble initiative. It makes so much sense to take opportunistic advantage of the favourable conditions while they last.
    Congratulations to Nancy and Rick for organizing this.
    Don Boyle.

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