Winter Classes, Clinics and Training

If you are a total beginner, we recommend that you start through Cypress Ski School, (or join us at Silver Star - see below) where they will start out from scratch. Then when you can ski about 10 km distance or more, our classes will focus on technique and training to get you going further and faster.  As beginner skiers, you still benefit from all membership privileges and is an excellent opportunity to get to know your fellow skiers.

All classes are Wednesday nights at Cypress Nordic Area, and we meet at the base. Fees do not include your trail pass, and you must be a current member to participate including drop-ins. Hot chocolate afterwards for all members taking lessons or not.

IF YOU ARE HAVE TROUBLE DECIDING WHAT LEVEL YOU FIT INTO, SEE ALSO THE GRID AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE

 

Masters Racing

For skate and classic technique, this six week program will focus on technique improvement and fitness in both classic and skate. The program is geared towards experienced skiers who want to ski more efficiently and improve their ski fitness, as well as preparing for Loppets. The lessons will be active, with a blend of instruction and fitness including some interval training. Fee=$110, max 10 skiers. 
(changed) Wed Dec 19 and Jan 2 - Jan 23 at Cypress 6:30 to 8:30pm (with one make-up class to be determined)

Joy of Classic

A five week ski clinic for advanced beginners, intermediate to potentially advanced classic skiers looking to improve their diagonal stride and other classic techniques. During the ski clinic, we will also touch base on kick zone waxing with tips and recommendations for different snow conditions.The first class will be held mid-December, off-snow, to discuss equiment, waxing and to camber test your skis. The on-snow classes will begin in January. Fee=$90, max 8 skiers.
Off snow: Wed Dec 12 at MEC 6:30 to 8:00pm (SOLD OUT)
On snow: Wed Jan 9 - Jan 30 at Cypress 6:30 to 8:00pm (SOLD OUT)

Learn to Loppet Series - Skate Clinics

Also called L2L, this is a series of classes starting from the more beginner levels progressing to advanced levels of skiing ability, training and intensity. All Learn to Loppet start Jan 2, and run for four weeks.

L2L Women Only - Skate

A women's only skate group. Geared towards skiers that are aiming for their first loppet. Technique-wise the focus will be on balance & timing. Energy-wise the goal is to build a strong aerobic base. NOTE: if there are insufficient numbers then ladies will be put into the co-ed L2L class. Fee=$90, max 8 skiers.
Wed Jan 2 - Jan 23 at Cypress 6:30 to 8:30pm 

L2L Go the Distance - skate

Go the distance, in this learn-to-loppet class geared towards skiers that are aiming for their first 15k loppet. Technique-wise the focus will be on balance & timing. Energy-wise the goal is to build a strong aerobic base. Fee=$90, max 8 skiers.
Wed Jan 2 - Jan 23 at Cypress 6:30 to 8:30pm 

L2L Race the Distance - Skate

This level of learn-to-loppet is about beating your previous time (or your friend). It will focus on increasing the efficiency of your technique and introduce race tactics that can help improve your time. It also ups the level of work on the aerobic power. Fee=$90, max 8 skiers.
Wed Jan 2 - Jan 23 at Cypress 6:30 to 8:30pm 

L2L Race the longer distance - skate



A 30k race is what participants in this learn-to-loppet should have their eye out for. Building maximal aerobic power (intense intervals) will be key. But we will also discuss race strategy and nutrition, and make sure your technique is at the newest and best racing level. Fee=$90, max 8 skiers.
Wed Jan 2 - Jan 23 at Cypress 6:30 to 8:30pm 

Learn to Sprint

A 4 week introduction to one of the most exciting race formats - Sprints and Team Sprints! This will appeal to skate skiers who want to do a planned and progressive interval workout while exploring how to generate power in their skate technique. Fee=$90, max 8 skiers.
Wed Jan 2 - Jan 23 at Cypress 6:30 to 8:30pm 

Joy of Skate

Four week ski clinic for advanced beginners, intermediate to potentially advanced skate skiers looking to improve technique and skills to ski longer and potentially faster. This will be an active lesson moving across the entire Cypress slopes working to improve all skate skills. The class is intended to keep us moving and work on one skate, two skate, offset, hills, corners and downhill. The objective of the class is to improve skill levels and is not intended as a race clinic. Fee=$90, max 10 skiers. Note: Additional four session program added for January. 
Wed Jan 2 - Jan 23 at Cypress 6:30 to 8:00pm (ADDED)

Wed Feb 6 - Feb 27 at Cypress 6:30 to 8:00pm (SOLD OUT)

Drop Ins

Technical one hour drop in sessions in February focusing on specific techniques.

Jan 30 - Feb 27, 6:30 - 7:30pm

$5 per drop in or pay in advance for all four sessions for $15


Ski Fit one hour drop in sessions in February with focus on fitness. Like our Fall Dryland sessions but on snow!  Any level of skier is welcome. Make sure you warmed up for at least 20 minutes and be ready for your adrenaline high with a side effect of performance improvement.

Jan 30 - Feb 27, 7:30 - 8:30pm

$5 per drop in or pay in advance for all four sessions for $15

 
 
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