Bear Paws (Learn to Ski):
This program is coach delivered. This program is for ages 6 and up who are interested in developing their fundamental movements for Nordic skiing. Children younger than 6 will be accepted on a case by case basis. The program offers technique driven practices that are designed to introduce the important skills of balance on skis, weight shift, body position and timing of upper and lower body. Other skills will include developing downhill control and cornering as well as stopping. The approach will be on repetition of movement to develop the movement patterns and start to increase economy of motion on skis (because skiing is a continuous aerobic sport). This level will offer the chance to explore different trail systems.
10 Lessons will start in December or January and run until March. Sessions will run Saturday afternoons for 1.5 hours. The schedule is TBD. Lessons will be cancelled if temperatures are below -20C.
Bear Paws would be encouraged to attend regional loppets with their coaches and regional races (when appropriate).
Register at https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=24070
Have a look at our vlog for the latest ski adventures!
AB Cup Complete; Thanks to Sponsors!
Well Mother Nature provided some great snow and beautiful scenery, but also presented challenges due to frigid temperatures! A big Thank You to our generous sponsors and all of the hard-working volunteers for making the event a success:
February 16-17, 2019
Pembina Nordic Ski Club and the University of Alberta Nordic Racing Foundation invite you to join us in Drayton Valley, Alberta, for Alberta Cups 5, 6 & 7 on February 16 and 17, 2019.
Come ski the beautiful trails of Eagle Point Provincial Park for the last Alberta Cup of the season.
Weather forecast for Drayton Valley.
Course maps for:
- Saturday free technique, mass start: 5km, 3.8km, 3km
- Sunday classic technique, interval start: 4km, 3km, ParaNordic
Pembina Nordic Ski Club, Eagle Point Provincial Park, Brazeau County, AB (Drayton Valley)
Google Map Link: Pembina Nordic Ski Club
Address: 7010 Township Rd 494, Rocky Rapids, AB
A Big Thanks to our Sponsors:
- Saturday, Feb 16 – AB Cup #5, Sprint – Free Technique, Individual Qualifier + Heats
- Sunday, Feb 17 (am) – AB Cup #6, Distance – Classic Technique, Interval Start
- Sunday, Feb 17 (pm) – AB Cup #7, Relay – Classic Technique
Member hotels of the Drayton Valley Hospitality and Tourism Authority are offering special room rates to participants. Ask for ‘Pembina Nordic Ski Club rate’ when booking at the following:
- Holiday Inn Express Local: 780-515-9888, Toll Free: 1-877-660-8550
- Lakeview Inns & Suites Local: 780-542-3200, Toll Free: 1-877-355-3500
- Ramada Local: 780-514-7861, Toll Free: 1-877-514-7861
- Service Plus Inns & Suites Local: 780-541-4348, Toll Free: 1-888-875-4667
- Town of Drayton Valley RV Park & Campground Local: 780-898-5448
- Service Plus Encore Local: 780-542-2031, Toll Free: 1-888-875-4667
- Drayton Valley Hotel Local: 780-542-5351
Ask for ‘Pembina Nordic Ski Club rate’ when booking your stay!
A big congratulations to two of our athletes, Ember Large and Matjaz Cigler, 22 and 19 respectively, who qualified to represent Canada and the University of Alberta at the 2019 Universiade, in their sport of cross-country skiing!
The trip costs to Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia, are significant; please consider supporting them with a financial contribution so that they can focus on studies & training!
About our Athletes:
Ember, who in her spare time is a guide at a wilderness camp out in the Rocky Mountains, head coach of some young skiers with the Edmonton Nordic Ski Club, as well as avid rock climber and adventure bum, is striving to become a professional social worker in a wilderness therapy setting for at-risk youth. She has been ski-racing competitively for over 10 years and it has been her long-time dream to represent Canada at an international sporting event. This year, her dream came true when she succeeded at qualifying for the games based on her performance in the 2017-18 race season. She appreciates support in whatever form you are able, from donations to smiles and encouraging thoughts!
Matjaz, who is currently entering his second year of civil engineering co-op, can be seen at the gym, on the track, and on the trails in every spare waking moment. He enjoys mountain biking, wake surfing, and rock climbing in what free time he has. Making the move from Southern Ontario to Edmonton for his education, he has put endless time and effort into becoming the best skier he can be, and some of his friends wonder if he actually ever sleeps or studies, because he always seems to be training. He also qualified for the games based on his results from the previous race season, and hopes these games are just the first step to his international racing career.
The Universiade (FISU) Games:
11 days. 11 Different sports. Over 2500 participants from over 50 countries. This March these participants will come together in Russia to compete in the largest winter multi-sport event for student-athletes in the world. The 2019 Winter Universiade, is a games formatted not unlike the Olympic games, and will be held in the city of Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. Over the two-week span that the athletes attend, they will participate in multiple competitions and events in their respective sports, representing their university and country and competing against the top university athletes from all around the globe. These games provide an opportunity unlike any other, fostering connections across international borders for student-athletes, and giving them the opportunity to compete at and observe first-hand the level of competition that exists internationally.
Registration is now open for the 2018/2019 season! Get it while it’s hot, here:
The Canmore Nordic Centre hosted the first Alberta cup of the season and the tracks stayed white despite the brown surroundings! Complete results here.
It was a beautiful 24 C September evening for a race. Congrats everyone!
Results at Results Canada