Ski Training Sessions for Adults

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Coaches Emily, Susan and Tarah will be offering adult classic and skate lessons for beginner and intermediate skiers through private or semi-private lessons starting just as soon as there is enough snow to groom the staging area of the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. Please note that our instructors have limited availability during this winter season.

All lessons will take place at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. Meet in the staging area outside the Warming Hut.

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Group Lessons

Intermediate to Advanced Nordic Lessons (Masters)

on Saturdays from 1:30 to 3 pm
Dec 16, 30, Jan 13, 20, Feb 10, 17, 24 plus one other session and may extend into March weather permitting.
You can register for all 8 sessions for $200 or do a drop-in fee per lesson of $35/lesson.


  • Payment for your lesson must be made BEFORE your lesson starts.
  • Please come prepared for all types of weather (cold, wet, snowy, windy, sunny, etc) as your comfort is your responsibility and we will not have access to the hut to warm up cold toes. Lessons may be rescheduled in the event of extreme weather.
  • Please make sure you have the right equipment properly sized for your weight/ability. We do not have rentals. Contact Tarah for questions about equipment and rentals BEFORE your lesson.
  • Please ensure that you have a day pass or club membership at the time of your lesson. Day passes are available online HERE.

Please contact us to book a session

Any questions? Get in touch with us!

Make your online payment

Once your lesson has been confirmed, you will be requested to make an online payment:

Option 1: send an e-transfer to

Option 2: pay by credit card using the Payment button below

Frequently Asked Questions

Coach Qualifications
We currently have three instructors who are CANSI certified.

Scheduling of lessons
Each instructor will be available at different times during the winter season. Contact us with your day/time preferences and we will get you in touch with an instructor.

Lesson Types
Private lessons are offered by each instructor. It is also fun and more economical to learn in a group, so if you have some friends with similar nordic skills and goals you may choose a semi-private or a group lesson. The cost of each type is listed on this page. 

The lessons may be for absolute beginners in the classic ski or skate ski technique. Or intermediate skiers may just be looking to improve their technique and performance.

  • Beginner 1 : first time on skis
  • Beginner 2 : feel confident on various terrain types – no previous lessons
  • Intermediate : have had a lesson or have 2 + years of experience skiing

Lessons are usually about one hour long. They are held at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre located a few minutes drive from downtown Fernie. Link to location. Meet outside the warming hut. If you have a special request, please let us know when you get in touch with us. Participants will be asked to sign a waiver prior to the lessons.

Once you have confirmed a time and the number of participants with your instructor, please make the payment in advance of the class to confirm your session. Payment details can be found elsewhere on this page.

What to Wear?
Dress in layers so that you can adjust your clothing accordingly. A hat and neck warmer are very helpful for maintaining your body warmth.  Nordic specific gloves or mittens help with grip and are more user friendly with ski pole straps.

Gear fit is Important
If you have questions about your gear, discuss with the local outdoor stores that sell Nordic gear or a specialty Nordic shop.  Fit really does matter! 

Equipment Rentals
We do not offer or arrange any rentals of ski equipment. A few local shops have cross country ski gear available for rent. They are located either in downtown Fernie or at the Fernie Alpine Resort. More details on this page.

Gift Certificates
Thinking of offering a present to a friend? We offer gift certificates for ski lessons. Just let us know the details when you contact us. Certificates may be picked up locally or mailed out.

Cold Temperatures
Fernie gets cold and windy from time to time. Sometimes conditions are not suitable for learning. Instructors or participants may need to reschedule a lesson in extreme conditions.

Your Instructors

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Tarah Leggott
CANSI Level 3
Emily DeFreitas
CANSI Level 1
Susan Smith
CANSI Level 1
Tarah Leggott is a CANSI Level 3 instructor that is passionate about cross country skiing as a lifelong, family-oriented sport that can be pursued competitively or as recreation in our beautiful, little corner of BC.Emily has been cross country skiing for over 20 years. She grew up as a competitive racer for Foothills Nordic in Calgary. She has coached in adult and youth programs in both Calgary and Whistler. “I’m looking forward to connecting with the Fernie ski community and helping you reach your nordic goals!”

Improve your ski technique

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Several of our club members have found the Nordic Ski Lab website useful. The videos and instructions are clear. Videos appear to be made at the Canmore Nordic Centre. The website has a few videos free of charge and the rest is available to paying customers.

Nordic Ski Lab website at

A quote from their advertising message:
We have a number of free resources designed to make the sport more accessible to more people, including free instructional videos and articles to help orientate new skiers to the sport.