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College of Extended Learning

Cross-Country Skiing Skills

CCOM 4204

'Jackrabbit' Johannsen, the legendary Canadian cross-country skier, hoped that chairlifts would help people build the confidence needed for ski touring through the hills. Instead, the sport split into two extremes, Nordic and Alpine, both forms dominated by the concern of racers to maximize speed on their respective tracks.

This course aims to revisit the mood of popular skiing, at once more relaxed and more practical, that prevailed in the mid decades of the last century. Equipment and technique will be reviewed with special attention to safely and enjoyably descending hills in the course of cross-country travel. We will teach you how to stop. It is inevitable that you will fall when skiing, so we will teach how to fall gracefully and safely.

Classes will meet once a week for six weeks - the first class will convene at the main entrance of the Q-Plex in Quispamsis. Classes will be primarily out of doors at sites in the vicinity and will last between 2 and 3 hours. No previous experience or skill level is required. Bring something to drink!

Course details

Upcoming dates: TBA 2019
Time: p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: TBA - Kennebecasis Valley
Course fee: $150 (+ HST)
Instructor: Mark Woolsey
Materials: Equipment is provided or participants can use their own.

About the instructor

Mark Woolsey, 72 years of age, is a lifelong backyard/backcountry skier, who still loves snow even when he has to shovel it. He is a former president of the Chignecto Ski Club at Fundy National Park. He has had training as a Jackrabbit Cross-country Ski Coach, and as a Telemark Instructor with the Canadian Association of Ski Instructors.

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