Saturday, December 8, 2018


2018-Dec-12 – Cross Country Ski Refresher Course at the Windsor Park Nordic Centre
 

Tuesday December 11:
This activity is a "go". The Windsor Park Nordic Centre has been open for 10 days.
30 people have confirmed their registrations. We'll have 4 instruction groups -- slightly different than listed below.


We offered this course in December 2014 and again in December 2016. It was very successful -- 20+ participants divided into three groups, each with a CANSI instructor.

Our suggested/tentative instruction groups will be the same as in December 2016:


1. Improve your diagonal stride (the basic cross country skiing technique) -- beginner to intermediate

The goal of this lesson is for all participants to improve their diagonal striding and therefore be a more efficient skier. I'm assuming that all of you generally know how to ski and have skied in the past, although it may (or may not) have been quite some time ago. Some hills skills will also be covered. The instructor will work with this group in the Practice Grid area.


2. Review/refresh basic skills and learn/refresh more advanced techniques -- intermediate to advanced


The goal of this lesson is to become a more efficient (or faster) skier by dialing in your diagonal stride and then learning/refreshing other techniques such as turning, kick-double-poling (which is ~20% more efficient than diagonal stride on flat terrain and very slight downhills), and double-poling (which is another ~20% more efficient). There will also be a brief refresher on hills.


3. Hills -- intermediate to advanced


The goal of this lesson will be to ascend a moderately steep hill using diagonal stride technique and a short steep hill with herringbone technique, and to descend these two hills safely and confidently. Hopefully there will be time to work on both descending and ascending; descending is the priority. After a brief diagonal stride refresher, the rest of the instruction will be on hills. The instructor will ask each of you what you specifically want to achieve and try to accommodate you.
Cost:
  

Participants will pay for their share of the instructors' fees (likely $5 of each instructor's $35 fee) and a Windsor Park Nordic Centre trail fee

   
Time:
   

Windsor Park opens at noon, so we'll schedule the course for 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. We'll have from noon to 1:00 PM in the clubhouse to get organized (grip wax skis, finalize the groups, etc), and Kevin will be available to answer questions about equipment/clothing and/or evaluate your equipment. 


Feedback from the December 2016 Cross Country Ski Refresher Course:

Group 1 -- Danielle (7 skiers): Improve your diagonal stride (the basic cross country skiing technique) -- beginner to intermediate

I really learnt a lot today and discovered what I was doing wrong and learning the right technique ...it really improved my skiing!
 
 
I thought today's lesson was great. Danielle went over a lot of info with us, covering all the basics to get us gliding on our skis. I thought her instruction was excellent. I had a lesson yesterday where we barely began on the info she covered in this lesson. It's a 4 week lesson. I think week 3 we will get to the hills. Danielle covered the hills with us today. I think she was able to judge the abilities of the group well. She also put in an extra hour! I have a lot to remember and to practice. I would sign up next year for sure.
     
 
My expectations were met and I feel tremendous benefit from today's outing. I feel much more prepared for the winter season and look forward to applying and working on what I learned, Leaning just enough to get my weight forward. Not shifting my weight from the one foot to the other using my shoulders. Do it more from the hip. Ski on the front ball of the foot, helping to keep the weight forward. Keeping an athletic, flexible stance in the knee and elbow joints. Keeping the weight low, arms in front and poles low on the downhill runs. Spreading the weight more evenly over the sole of the foot for the downhill runs. I feel the option arrangement was likely beneficial in allowing us to chose to emphasize learning different skiing skills. There was still plenty of room for the instructor to customize the skills covered according to the needs of the group.

The three instructors were clearly able to handle any of the groups. I would have been comfortable with whichever I was assigned. I have now studied under both Ken and Danielle and they certainly know there stuff and have very effective teaching methods. I actually look forward to next years experience and will certainly be signing up again.
       
I had a great day.  Danielle was a terrific instructor and broke down skills within skills for us.  She also provided some tidbits of information to help us REMEMBER...such as holding a tray of cookies, reaching out to shake hands, RELAX and ENJOY the day and skiing.  But oh, my aching buttocks from all that RELAXATION.
  
   
A fabulous day, a fabulous group and a fantastic instructor made the day very worthwhile and wonderful.
    
It was terrific and YES, I would take the course again next year.
 
  
I thought yesterday's ski instruction went very well.  Danielle was wonderful.  Next time I'll sign up for the intermediate class, though.  I'm a better skier than I thought I was.


Group 2 -- Jim (8 skiers): Review/refresh basic skills and learn/refresh more advanced techniques -- intermediate to advanced
 

It was great! Jim was a wonderful instructor. Refining our stride, polling, turning and downhill/ uphill techniques was helpful. I would definitely attend next year and hopefully can go in the "hill" group.
  
We learned exercises to do every time we go out. I have never used the grid before and now will hit it and practice stride, polling and Balance exercises before I head out to ski. Yes, I do think the different goals was a good idea.
The instruction was excellent.  
  
I liked your idea of defining the skills.  It makes a good starting point, and then the instructors can take it from there to fit the group, their experience, what needs refreshing and sharpening, and their interests. Yes I would come next year.  Early in the season is a good time to work on refreshing technique, getting rid of bad habits from last year, etc.
 
  
I was happy with what our group covered. The instructor asked us what we wanted covered and used that as a guideline. One hour seemed a bit short (maybe I wouldn't have thought that if it was colder). I definitely benefited from the refresher and would like one next year too. Held at the beginning of the season it gives you lots of time to work on incorporating what you need to change/improve.
 
  
I felt I got the refresher on basic skills that I needed in group 2. I always appreciate some individual feedback but I know that is hard in a group. It was another group member who told me what the instructor said about my technique as I couldn’t hear it as I was skiing away from him. I thought the instructor was scrambling for additional things to teach us at the end of the session. I would certainly do this again next year.

   
I like the breakout group idea for the hills and it would be nice to have that again for next year. The groups for different goals is also good . Overall my group and instructor met my objective of a skills refresher . Next year I would sign up for the hills. 

Group 3 -- Ken (5 skiers): Hills -- intermediate to advanced
 
    

I was really happy with the instruction I received, it was well worth the price!!!!
  Everything was great and a good idea. The instructor was excellent.  
    
I think the event was well run and the group definitions worked well. Our instructor was great as far as skill, teaching ability and communication. I was happy with the group and with the skills I was taught.

I thought I was pretty decent on hills but found a number of things to improve on. I would definitely come back next year. Only suggestion would be to make the course a little longer next time even if it was more expensive. An hour goes by very quick.
(Comment from Kevin: 10C colder and/or 20KPH windier, and an hour would have been plenty long enough!)
Weather:
    
Instruction involves some standing around, and the training grid at the Windsor Park Nordic Centre is somewhat unsheltered, so we'll cancel this activity at a less cold temp or lesser windchill than we'd cancel when skiing in a forest. Please dress warmer than you would usually dress for skiing.

   
Registration:

If you are interested (or might be interested) in attending this activity, please contact Kevin & Anita Miller at k.a.miller@mts.net ASAP to register or if you have questions or comments. Please indicate the level of instruction you'd like to receive, and even specific skills you'd like to acquire. The more info you provide when registering, the more likely we can create a group that will meet your expectations. A confirmation email message will be sent as registrations are received.
    
The registration deadline is Wednesday December 5 at midnight. At that time, registrants will be contacted and asked if they'd like to commit to the activity by agreeing to pay in-person at the Windsor Park Nordic Centre on Wednesday December 12. We will then determine if we have a sufficient number of registrations to form instruction groups and hire instructors.
    
This activity will be cancelled or postponed if snow conditions are poor or if the number of registrations in insufficient to form instruction groups.

    
2018-Dec-19 – Ski at a location with groomed snow
   
At this time of year, a few locations may still have good snow that is groomed, or there may be no locations, or (hopefully) almost every trail system has groomed snow.


The location decision will be made during the week leading up to this activity. At that time, detailed info will appear here. The weekly "activity reminder" email message sent to all Grey Hares will convey this.
   
Trip rating: Intermediate or perhaps Novice to Advanced, depending on the choice of trail system, the choice of trails within that system, and the condition of the trails.
  
Contact Kevin & Anita Miller at k.a.miller@mts.net to register or if you have questions or comments. A confirmation email message will be sent as registrations are received, and another message with final info will be sent to all registrants on the Tuesday.

2019-Feb-06 – Ski at a location to be announced
   
February is the prime cross country skiing month. A
lmost every trail system should have groomed snow, but some will be much better than others (as per trail conditions reports on CCSAM's website and the various club's/trail's websites). 

The location decision will be made during the week leading up to this activity. At that time, detailed info will appear here. The weekly "activity reminder" email message sent to all Grey Hares will convey this. Probable locations are Sandilands, Pinawa, Agassiz Provincial Forest, and Pine Falls.
  
Trip rating: Intermediate or perhaps Novice to Advanced, depending on the choice of trail system, the choice of trails within that system, and the condition of the trails.
   
Contact Kevin & Anita Miller at k.a.miller@mts.net to register or if you have questions or comments. A confirmation email message will be sent as registrations are received, and another message with final info will be sent to all registrants on the Tuesday.
   
2019-Feb-27 – Ski at a location to be announced
   
February is the prime cross country skiing month. A
lmost every trail system should have groomed snow, but some will be much better than others (as per trail conditions reports on CCSAM's website and the various club's/trail's websites).

The location decision will be made during the week leading up to this activity. At that time, detailed info will appear here. The weekly "activity reminder" email message sent to all Grey Hares will convey this. Probable locations are Sandilands, Pinawa, Agassiz Provincial Forest, and Pine Falls.
    
Trip rating: Intermediate or perhaps Novice to Advanced, depending on the choice of trail system, the choice of trails within that system, and the condition of the trails.
     
Contact Kevin & Anita Miller at k.a.miller@mts.net to register or if you have questions or comments. A confirmation email message will be sent as registrations are received, and another message with final info will be sent to all registrants on the Tuesday.
  
2019-Apr-24 – Kismet Creek Farm, Self-Guided Heritage Walking Tour of Steinbach
   
Kismet Creek Farm, located 10 minutes south of Steinbach, describes itself as "A forever place for animals in need."
  
Info:
      
Time: 10:00 AM to noon at Kismet Creek Farm ... plus lunch, plus a 2nd activity in the afternoon (see below), plus travel time.
     
Carpooling: 
We'll meet at the Tim Hortons at the Southdale Shopping Centre on Fermor (NE corner of the parking lot) at 8:45 AM to form carpools. Map. If you'd like to share a ride to Southdale Mall, we can help facilitate.
The drive to Kismet Creek Farm is 50 minutes / 65K.

     
Cost: $5.00 for age >=60, $7.50 for age <60, with a minimum group fee of $100.
    
We’ll have a bagged lunch afterwards, either onsite as part of our 2-hour slot or at a different location in the Steinbach area.
     
We’ll have a 2nd (no-cost) activity after lunch.
Possibilities (depending on weather and other factors):

Much (but not all) of our time will be outdoors.
Historical/normal low & high temps for April 24th are +1° & +14°.
 
Trip rating: Novice.
   
Contact Kevin & Anita Miller at k.a.miller@mts.net to register or if you have questions or comments. A confirmation email message will be sent as registrations are received, and another message with final info will be sent to all registrants on the Tuesday.
   
Please register by Sunday April 21 so we know if we have enough people to justify the minimum group fee of $100.
  

There may be a maximum number of participants for this activity.
         
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  • Saturday 2018-Dec-01 -- 2018-Dec-12 – Cross Country Ski Refresher Course at the Windsor Park Nordic Centre (good news!).
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