Upcoming Ski Clinic

Tay Valley Cross Country Ski Club

Classic Ski Technique Clinic

Novice to Intermediate

Place: Murphys Point Provincial Park

Sunday, January 31st, 12:00 hrs.

Meet at the warming chalet

Park Administration Area

Registration Required

Limit 16 Participants

The Tay Valley Ski Club is pleased to offer a classic technique cross country ski clinic. This afternoon ski clinic will focus on basic classic cross country technique for beginner to intermediate skiers and will cover the following topics:

Chalet – Meet sign in, 12:00 hrs.:

1) A brief discussion of modern cross country skis, their design and the merits of both waxable and waxless bases, and short discussion on waxing of both.

On 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

6) Turning and stopping; a demo / introduction to christie and telemark turns;

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.

The session will be held at Murphys Point Park beginning at 12:00 noon, on the afternoon of Sunday February 17th, weather permitting. Pre-registration is required and participants will be asked to sign a waiver. Participants must be 18 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. 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.

To register please email Rick Sauder at sauderr@sympatico.ca

Include your name, phone number and brief description of your XC ski experience, or ability and level of skill. You will be notified by return email to confirm your participation.

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