Our beginner to advanced cross-country ski lessons will give you the skills to explore groomed trails in Kananaskis for years to come. Look forward to winter again.
What sets us apart?
A wide range of instruction and training to choose from. We offer informative seminars, waxing clinics, progressive lessons, on and off-season Loppet training and advanced skill-building courses.
Experience. Our Learn to Loppet programs are in their 10th year running. Managed by Angela Harder, the programs were one of the first to incorporate University of Calgary certified fitness training.
Shuttled or self-drive. Optional van transportation on beginner lessons.
Select 'Browse programs' to see Outdoor Centre offerings/dates on the shared Active Living registration tool.
Beginner to advanced cross-country ski lessons will give you the skills to explore groomed trails in Kananaskis for years to come. Then train with us to race in your first Loppet.
It all started on an Outdoor Centre course
Ten years ago, my husband and I met, for the very first time, at Pocaterra Hut in Kananaskis. We were attending/participating in an Advanced Cross Country Ski course organized by the University of Calgary Outdoor Center. This past winter, January 2019, we returned to this same venue to introduce our beautiful seven year old daughter, Arizona, to cross country skiing. To ensure she had a good experience, we registered her in the Jackrabbit Ski course run by U of C. Arizona had a blast on her ski course, and we took the opportunity to ski some of the great trails through the area! Occasionally we would cross paths with Arizona and her new ski buddies as they mastered the various aspects of cross-country skiing. They were clearly having a great time! By the end of the course, we were able to ski together as a family and reflect on how the University of Calgary Cross Country Ski programs changed our lives forever.
We were able to ski together as a family and reflect on how the University of Calgary Cross Country Ski programs changed our lives forever.
Cross-country ski program participant
In the News: All ages and abilities can find their glide with cross-country skiing
Cross-country skiing is a great way for everyone from toddlers to seniors to enjoy winter.
“You have to embrace winter if you’re going to live in Alberta,” says Finlay MacNeill, a programs co-ordinator with The University of Calgary’s Outdoor Centre. “Cross-country skiing is affordable and accessible, so maybe this is your year to try it.
NEW PROGRAM: Parent and Tot - Learn to Ski
If you are keen to enjoy winter with your toddler and learn tips and tricks of cross-country skiing with them, then join our NEW program to help you have success and fun skiing together. We will have an in class session to help set you up for success for when you are on the snow. Then we will have a 2 hour session on the snow to get out skiing together. Prerequisites: none. Included: chariots for the ski day but you will need to rent or bring your own skis.