Youth Cross-Country Ski Program

Designed for children ages 4 to 15, Les amis de la montagne’s cross-country ski program takes advantage of 22 km of groomed trails in Montréal’s Mount Royal Park to introduce boys and girls to the pleasures of skiing right here in the city! Kids of all levels learn techniques and hone their skills while enjoying Mount Royal’s beautiful natural habitats in the wintertime.

Lessons take place in the park on Saturdays or Sundays from January 5 to February 17, 2019. The seven-week program also includes an evaluation to establish children’s abilities and is certified by Ski de fond Québec.

Your child doesn’t have any ski equipment? Don’t sweat it. Our rates include the option of renting equipment for the session.

Please note that ski lessons are conducted in French.
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Geared for youngsters, the Jeannot Lapin program focuses first and foremost on fun! Children learn how to stand and maintain their balance on skis, which is the first step in becoming a proficient skier and enjoying the cross-country skiing experience. Children typically complete this program within the winter.

Our ski instructors take charge of students for the duration of the ski lesson, giving you some time to hit the trails on your own!

No prior skiing experience is required.

Lessons take place in the park on Saturdays or Sundays from January 5 to February 17, 2019.

Ski school members meet at the Beaver Lake Pavilion in Mount Royal Park, located at 2000, Remembrance Road. Metered parking is available at both Beaver Lake Pavilion and Smith House.

Cost
  • $175 without equipment rental
  • $195 with equipment rental
Registrations will begin on October 1, 2018, at 10 a.m.
 
Once they can maintain their balance on skis, young skiers start honing their skills and learning freestyle and classic skiing. Divided into four levels, the Jackrabbit cross-country training program is designed to highlight the progress made in acquiring technical skills such as speed, regularity and distance.

Our ski instructors take charge of students for the duration of the ski lesson, giving you some time to hit the trails on your own!
 

Jackrabbit Level 1 


Children must meet the following prerequisites:
  • Be 6 or 7 years old
  • Able to get up alone
  • Able to walk with skis on

Jackrabbit Level 2 


Children must meet the following prerequisites:
  • Have completed Jackrabbit Level 1 (or possess equivalent ski experience)
  • Be 7 or 8 years old
  • Know basic positions
  • Able to get up alone, take side steps and do the star
  • Able to run with skis on and slow down or stop using the snow plow technique

Jackrabbit Level 3 


Children must meet the following prerequisites:
  • Have completed Jackrabbit Level 2 (or possess equivalent ski experience)
  • Be 8 or 9 years old
  • Able to perform alternative steps such as the side step
  • Able to ascend using the herringbone technique and turn and stop completely using the snow plow technique

Jackrabbit Level 4 


Children must meet the following prerequisites:
  • Have completed Jackrabbit Level 3 (or possess equivalent ski experience)
  • Be 8 or 9 years old
  • Able to perform alternative steps such as the extended glide, double poling, conversion and alternative skate technique
  • Able to turn using the skate technique

Lessons take place in the park on Saturdays or Sundays from January 5 to February 17, 2019.

Ski school members meet at the Beaver Lake Pavilion in Mount Royal Park, located at 2000, Remembrance Road. Metered parking is available at both Beaver Lake Pavilion and Smith House.

Cost
  • $245 without equipment rental
  • $265 with equipment rental

Registrations will begin on October 1, 2018, at 10 a.m.
The Level 1 of the Explorateurs program is designed to introduce cross-country skiing to children 9 to 15 years of age who have never taken lessons before. Participants learn classic cross-country ski techniques as they explore the woodland trails of Mount Royal.

Lessons take place in the park on Saturdays or Sundays from January 5 to February 17, 2019.

Ski school members meet at the Beaver Lake Pavilion in Mount Royal Park, located at 2000, Remembrance Road. Metered parking is available at both Beaver Lake Pavilion and Smith House.

Cost
  • $245 without equipment rental
  • $265 with equipment rental

Registrations will begin on October 1, 2018, at 10 a.m.
 
In Level 2 of the Explorateurs program, children 10 to 15 years of age pursue their introduction to cross-country skiing. Participants learn classic cross-country ski techniques as they explore the woodland trails of Mount Royal.

Lessons take place in the park on Saturdays or Sundays from January 5 to February 17, 2019.

Ski school members meet at the Beaver Lake Pavilion in Mount Royal Park, located at 2000, Remembrance Road. Metered parking is available at both Beaver Lake Pavilion and Smith House.

Cost
  • $245 without equipment rental
  • $265 with equipment rental

Registrations will begin on October 1, 2018, at 10 a.m.
In the Piste program, young skiers learn advanced classic and freestyle cross-country skiing techniques as they glide through Mount Royal woodlands. They also learn how to wax their skis.

To be eligible, participants must have completed Jackrabbit Level 3 or 4 or possess equivalent ski experience.

Lessons take place in the park on Saturdays or Sundays from January 5 to February 17, 2019.

Ski school members meet at the Beaver Lake Pavilion in Mount Royal Park, located at 2000, Remembrance Road. Metered parking is available at both Beaver Lake Pavilion and Smith House.

Cost
  • $245 without equipment rental
  • $265 with equipment rental

Registrations will begin on October 1, 2018, at 10 a.m.
Ski school members meet at the Beaver Lake Pavilion in Mount Royal Park, located at 2000, Remembrance Road. Metered parking is available at both Beaver Lake Pavilion and Smith House.
Registration is done online on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited.

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The program is offered on Saturdays or Sundays between January 5 and February 17, 2019.

Length of courses : 1 h 30

4 - 5 Year Olds
Saturdays and Sundays: 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Jackrabbit (levels 1 to 4) and 9 - 15 Year Olds (beginner levels)
Saturdays and Sundays: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

9 - 15 Year Olds (advanced level)
Saturdays and Sundays: 11 a.m.

The cost of registration differs according to the age group and the rental (or not) of equipment. Please see  the different groups above based on the age of your children.

Accepted modes of payment are VISA and Mastercard. Please note that payment is necessary to reserve your child’s spot in the chosen summer camp. A $50 non-refundable registration fee is included in the total cost. No refund will be given within seven days of the start of the activity, unless a written medical certificate is presented.
 
Feeling inspired to learn how to ski or improve your technique? Les amis de la montagne offers cross-country ski lessons for adults on Mount Royal’s 22 km of ski trails.

Registrations will begin on November 15, 2018, at 10 a.m. 
For more information on our Youth Cross-Country Ski Program, please call 514 843-8240, ext. 222 or write to clubdeskidesamis@lemontroyal.qc.ca.