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.
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.
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
Our hourly intro to skiing clinics run hourly on Saturday and Sunday. 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.
Beginner Package Price $45.00 + HST
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
Beginner Package Price $55.00 + 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.
Package of 3 private lessons
- $49.00 + HST
- $20.00 + HST for each additional person
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.
To book your Private lessons please call is us in advance by phoning (705) 487-3775
- $139.00 + HST - 45 minute lesson x 3
- $50.00 + HST for each additional person
Anyone taking a lesson requires a valid facility or seasons pass.
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.
- Individual lessons - $100 + HST
- Package of 3 - $275 + HST
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.
Classic Skiing - Classic Clinics will improve upon your diagonal stride, step turning, one step double pole, and other polling techniques.
- Saturday January 12th - 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
- Sunday February 3rd - 10 am to 12 pm
- Saturday March 2nd – 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
- Saturday February 16th - 10 am to 12 pm
- Sunday March 10th - 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
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.
For twelve years this program, developed and lead by our senior instructor Ed Johnson, assisted by other experienced and certified instructors. 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.
Ski 4 Life may be taken as a 4 two-hour lessons in Classic technique course, 4 two-hour lessons in Skate technique course or the complete 8 two-hour course of both Skate and Classic technique.
Various dates include:
Ski 4 Life (Classic and Skate)
- Saturdays 10:00 am to noon
- Sundays 1:30 to 3:30
- Mondays 1:00 to 3:00
Ski 4 Life Classic Only (4 weeks total, every other week)
Ski 4 Life Skate Only (4 weeks total, every other week)
* 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.
Register online now!
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