Birkie Training Group Fall Dryland Session

Course Content:

This course will focus on activities like Nordic walking and ski bounding, cycling, strength and core work, stretching, etc; with the aim of making a smooth transition from general to ski-specific fitness (e.g. aerobic and anaerobic, strength, flexibility) and technical (e.g. ski specific balance and agility). The program will be of significant benefit in preparing the body for higher volumes and intensities of ski specific training once the snow comes to stay.

Registration:       Minimum of 6 registrants needed to run the session.

Registration will open again next season.


Bring poles, preferably ski walking length (about 10 cm shorter than your regular classic length) and a headlamp.

Dates and Times:

5 sessions, Sunday evenings from 6:30 – 8 p.m.
September 18, 25 & October 2, 9, 16, 2016.

Cost:     NO REFUNDS (if the course runs)

$100 for 5 sessions


Gold Bar Park shelter (10955 50 St.) unless otherwise notified by the instructor.


Roy Merritt has a Bachelor of Physical Education degree, has his NCCP 2 certification, is a CANSI Level 3 instructor and has almost four decades of experience. He’s been a long-time Birkie Learn to Loppet 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.