Hardwood Ski and Bike offers a variety of cross country skiing options for families, groups or the solo outdoor enthusiast. Lessons, clinics, coaching and introductory programs for both skate and classic skiing techniques run throughout the week and can be booked in advance by calling the office. Whether you are a beginner at any age, a youth or adult racer, or a seasoned veteran, our wide range of programs will keep you challenged, and enthusiastic about skiing.
Leading the instructor team is Jack Sasseville, former national team coach for Cross Country Canada bringing to Hardwood many years of experience teaching and coaching. Our instructors and team coaches are experienced skiers who both have completed their Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors (CANSI) level one or two; and may have also completed their National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). For our youth programs, we hire enthusiastic graduates of our programs and we provide them with comprehensive training for instructing a new generation of skiers.
We hope to see you in one of our lessons, clinics, or programs. Please let us know if you do not see something that fits your needs.
Programs fill up fast so sign up early!
Packages for Beginners
Package includes trail pass and rental for the day, and a 45 minute introductory lesson. These clinics are for anyone 18 and older or 14 to 17 years when accompanied by an adult.
Hardwood Ski and Bike has everything to get you skiing for the first time. We offer introductory clinics to Classic Skiing, Skate Skiing. Just come in to the front desk and sign up or call ahead if you have a group.
Our hourly intro to skiing clinics run hourly on Saturday and Sunday, from 9am to 3pm. You can call ahead to book a individual or a group session. If you would like to learn in a more focused one on one session you can book ahead for a private lesson for an additional cost.
Classic Skiing Intro Clinic - $46.50
This Skiing Technique is the most common among newcomers to the sport, and remains the most common form of skiing for people of all ages.
- Lesson covers putting on the equipment, getting up, turning, climbing hills, descending hills and efficient technique for flat terrain. These skills will give you the ability to navigate your way around the trails. Regular retail price $59.70 + HST
Skate Skiing Intro Clinic - $56.50
This skiing technique uses similar movements as ice skating, with the addition of long skis and poles you can get a great workout and cover a lot of ground as a Skate Skier.
- Lesson covers double poling, free skate, 2 and 1 skate, step turning and stopping; all the skills you will need to navigate the trails for your first skate ski outing. Regular Retail price $73.00 + HST
This Intro Package will be offered every Tuesday at 12pm from January 6 –March 3, 2015. It is the same program and price at the weekend intro clinics.
- Skate: January 20, February 17
- Classic: January 6, February 3, March 3
Family Intro Clinic
We can also offer your family a special rate for you to do your intro lessons together that includes trail passes, rentals and a 45 minute lesson. For this we need a minimum of 1 adult and 2 kids.
- Adults – $40 + HST
- Kids under 13 – $35 + HST
Individual Private Lessons
These 45 minute lessons are done with CANSI (Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors) certified instructors and are individualized to your ability or requests.
- $51.00 + HST
- $21.00 + HST for each additional person
Package of 3 private lessons
Your group will take part in a 45 minute lesson with a CANSI (Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors) certified instructor who will individualize the lesson to the ability or requests of the group.
- $143.00 + HST - 45 minute lesson x 3
- $53.00 + HST for each additional person
To book your Private lessons please call is us in advance by phoning (705) 487-3775
Anyone taking a lesson requires a valid facility or seasons pass.
Customized Group Clinic
If you are looking for a custom 45 minute clinic for your group we can design and deliver that for you. Please contact us to make arrangements.
High Performance Lessons with Jack Sasseville
Take a high performance lesson with former National Team coach Jack Sasseville. Jack has been coaching for over 35 years and is an expert on cross country ski technique. Jack is teaching a limited number of lessons by appointment only.
We offer two hour group clinics to improve your skiing technique. These clinics are for anyone over the age of 16 and are instructed by our trained staff.
Skate Skiing -Skate Clinics will improve upon your 1 skate, 2 skate, offset, step turning, and polling techniques.
- Sunday January 5th - 10 am to noon
- Sunday January 19th - 1 pm to 3 pm
- Sunday February 16th - 1 pm to 3 pm
Classic Skiing - Classic Clinics will improve upon your diagonal stride, step turning, one step double pole, and other polling techniques.
- Saturday December 21st - 10 am to noon
- Saturday January 11th - 1 pm to 3 pm
- Saturday February 1st - 10 am to noon
- $46.00 + HST or $140 + HST for a package of 4 clinics
With special thanks to SOD (Southern Ontario District) Nordic Skiing Hardwood can now offer a sit ski to our guests.
We welcome anyone who is intested in trying this for the first time or who has skiied before, our hope is to develop more paranordic skiers and exposing the sport to the community and our customers. This new unit built by Saski in Saskatchewan by a dedicated group of volunteers, and comes with a set of skis and poles as well as a variety of strapping supplied by Hardwood.
Please call ahead and reserve the unit to ensure it is ready for use, there is no charge to use the sit ski.
Ski 4 Life's focus has been directed at adults who wish to enjoy recreational cross country skiing by developing better technique. The aim is longer, healthier, more enriched life through a great many years of cross country skiing. The instruction is reinforced by continuous feedback and scheduled review each class. Participants are encouraged to take part at their own pace as they work with our instructors to raise their ability level.
This 8-week program integrates skiing into your life. The program will provide instruction for all skiing techniques as well as supplementary topics related to skiing. The program is offered to skiers of all levels.
Choose between these 2 sessions:
- Saturdays 10am -12pm starting January 4th
- Sundays 1:30pm-3:30pm starting January 5th
- Ski 4 Life Classic only (4 weeks) $135 plus tax
- Ski 4 Life Skate only (4 weeks) $135 plus tax
- Ski 4 Life Full (8 weeks) $215 plus tax
* All lessons must be on the same day of the week.
** Special rental packages are available for course participants.
A valid trail pass or membership is required to take part in this program.
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