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 6 to February 25, 2018. 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.
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!

Children must be 4 years old by January 1, 2018. No prior skiing experience is required.

Seven 75-minute lessons

Cost: $170 without equipment rental / $190 with equipment rental

Saturdays or Sundays: 9 a.m., 11 a.m. or 13:30 p.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

Seven 90-minute lessons

Cost: $240 without equipment rental / $260 with equipment rental

Saturdays or Sundays: 9 a.m. or 11 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.

Seven 90-minute lessons 

Cost: $240 without equipment rental / $260 with equipment rental

Saturdays at 9 a.m. or Sundays at 11 a.m.
In Level 2 of the Explorateurs program, children 9 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.

Seven 90-minute lessons

Cost: $240 without equipment rental / $260 with equipment rental

Saturdays at 11 a.m. or Sundays at 9 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 4 or possess equivalent ski experience.

Seven 90-minute lessons

Cost: $240 without equipment rental / $260 with equipment rental

Saturdays at 11 a.m. or Sundays at 9 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. Subscribe to our mailing list for news and information on ski program registration dates.

Accepted modes of payment are VISA and Mastercard. Please note that payment is necessary to reserve your child’s spot. A $50 non-refundable fee is applied for cancellations. No refund will be given within seven days of the start of the activity, unless a written medical certificate is presented.

If the activity is already fully booked, you can join a waiting list. If and when a spot becomes available, you will be advised and will have 24 hours to complete your online payment and secure your child’s place in the program.

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Registration must be done before January 3, 2018.
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.

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For more information on our Youth Cross-Country Ski Program, please call 514 843-8240, ext. 222 or write to clubdeskidesamis@lemontroyal.qc.ca.