Birkie Training Group Mid-Week Session

Course Content:

This course is held Tuesdays during daytime. The focus will be on developing ski specific fitness and improving technique and efficiency on skis. It will also include current practical information and tips on topics like equipment, waxing, clothing, stretching, hydration, nutrition and race strategies to help you plan and ski your best Birkie. A highlight will be two longer ski days incorporated out at Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area (Blackfoot) to help you learn and enjoy the trails and terrain in ‘Birkieland’. The course will conclude with a post-Birkie wrap-up celebration with food and drink provided.

Participants should be of at least average fitness and intermediate ski ability to register for this course. Sessions will not be cancelled due to inclement weather – rather we may move inside for topics such as waxing, nutrition, hydration and race preparation.


Other Benefits!:

  • Free admission for Birkie Training Group (BTG) participants to wax clinics (beginner and intermediate) held in January by MEC
  • Discounts for BTG participants off Birkie event registration
    • $15 off 55 km events
    • $10 off 31 km event
    • $5 off 13 km event
Registration:  Minimum of 6 registrants for course to run

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Dates and Times:

  • 10 sessions on Tuesday afternoons starting November 22nd, 2016
  • Nov. 22, 29; Dec. 6,13, 20 2016; Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31; Feb. 7, 2017
  • Most scheduled days will be 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. at Gold Bar Park
  • Long ski days from noon – 2:30 pm at Blackfoot with dates and locations by mutual arrangement with instructor, based on weather and ski conditions
  • Wrap-up celebration Feb. 14, 2017
Cost:  NO REFUNDS (if course is run)
  • $185


Gold Bar park shelter (10955 50 St.) most scheduled days
Cooking Lake/Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area for Birkie trail familiarization by arrangement

Lead Instructor and Coordinator:

Laura Maser has a Bachelor of Physical Education degree and CANSI Level 2 certification.  This is her third year teaching Nordic skiing, and she has previous experience as an alpine instructor. She is a member of the Edmonton Nordic Ski Club and has completed seven Birkies, as well as numerous other loppets.