Trakkers offers free lessons to members and guests. Lessons range from absolute beginners to advanced skiers, for classic skiing and skating. CANSI (Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors) certified instructors provide lessons on Sunday Trips. Sylvia has been an instructor for many year and tell about her latest Beginner Hill Lesson.
Sunday, January 20 was a cold day for Trakkers who headed to Hardwood Hills Ski and Bike. I was happy to have five keen students for my Beginner Hill Lesson despite the -34° wind chill!
Because everyone was at different levels, we started on a very small hill. Getting the right body stance was important to practise to build confidence. We gradually moved to snowplows. We didn’t move to higher hill until everyone was comfortable.
The benefit of having a lesson dedicated to hills is there is plenty of time to practise.
Some highlights were:
- learning herring bone technique to get up the hill
- body position and straight run
- snowplow turns to manage turns on trails
In addition to the many skills learned, we all managed to stay warm for the 75-minute lesson!
The special moment came when everyone skied snow plow and snowplow turn on a higher hill. Applause and cheers rang out for an absolute beginner who clearly made the most progress.
If you’re hesitant on hills, sign up for the Beginner Hill lesson. With the guidance of your instructor, working at your comfort level and having lots of time to practise you will feel the difference!
Learn more about the ski lessons and tips to ski at trakkers.ca/lessons.