Les amis de la montagne offrent des cours de ski de fond aux adultes sur le mont Royal

Cross-Country Ski Lessons for Adults


Registration for the 2020 winter season starts in November! Please note that registration dates vary according to the selected type of lesson.

Mount Royal is the best spot in town for outdoor activities in a bucolic winter setting! Our cross-country ski lessons are for adults of all levels wishing to learn this winter sport or perfect their Nordic skiing technique on the 22 km of groomed trails in Mount Royal Park.

Courses are offered from January to February by experienced instructors certified by Ski de fond Québec.

No equipment? No sweat. With our outdoor equipment rental service, you can rent all the necessary equipment every time you come to ski on the mountain. To simplify your task, our rates include the option of renting equipment.

Registration is done online on a first come, first served basis. Limited places. 
Take advantage of three lessons to discover the joys of cross-country skiing on Mount Royal and hone your skills and techniques. Lessons last 1 h 30 and include a maximum of six participants.

Note that lessons may vary depending on the skill level of participants. An evaluation will take place at the beginning of the first lesson. Les amis’s cross-country ski club reserves the right to change a participant’s group based on the instructor’s assessment.

Lessons are given in French only.

Beginner Level

Participants learn the basics of classic cross-country skiing, while enjoying the great outdoors and developing their confidence.
  • Lesson 1: Learn basic ski techniques (diagonal stride, weight transfer, balance)
  • Lesson 2: Learn uphill and downhill techniques
  • Lesson 3: Apply and improve techniques during an excursion on trails
Prerequisites: You should be in good physical shape, have good motor coordination and have cross-country skied at least once before. If you have never skied, we strongly suggest you take a beginner’s group lesson before registering for this 3 lesson session.

Cost: $120 per person with equipment rental / $90 without rental

Intermediate Level

Participants perfect their classic cross-country skiing style and develop greater confidence in their abilities.
  • Lesson 1: Review basic ski techniques (diagonal stride, weight transfer, balance)
  • Lesson 2: Perfect uphill and downhill techniques
  • Lesson 3: Apply and improve techniques during an excursion on trails
Prerequisites: You should be in good physical shape, have good motor coordination and have already cross-country skied several times. You should be able to ski a long distance (at least 5 km) and for the duration of the lesson.

Cost: $120 per person with equipment rental / $90 without rental

Beginner Level – Skating Style

Participants learn the basics of skate skiing, while enjoying the great outdoors and developing their confidence.
  • Lesson 1: Learn basic skate skiing techniques (balance, glide, one skate)
  • Lesson 2: Learn uphill and downhill techniques
  • Lesson 3: Apply and improve techniques during an excursion on trails
Prerequisites: You should be in good physical shape, have good motor coordination and have experience in classic cross-country skiing style. 

Cost: $90 per person without rental (please note that you must have your own equipment to participate in this program)

Registrations for lessons in January begin on November 1, 2019, at 10 a.m. Additional lesson dates in January will be made available as of December.

Registration for lessons in February begin on December 16, 2019, at 10 a.m.

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Group lessons are offered on a stand-alone basis allowing you to choose the level and time that suit you best for a one-time lesson on the mountain. Group lessons last 1 hour and include a maximum of four participants at a time.

Lessons are given in French or English.

Introductory Lesson

This one-hour lesson is intended for individuals with little or no cross-country skiing experience. The goal is to introduce new skiers to the basic techniques (weight transfer, arm use and synchronism, gliding posture and use of poles) and the pleasure of skiing in an efficient and safe manner.

Prerequisites: None

Intermediate Lesson

This one-hour lesson is intended for skiers with one year of experience who have never taken a lesson or who lack efficiency in their skiing technique. The objective is to improve efficiency and learn uphill and downhill techniques.

Prerequisites: You should be in good physical shape, have good motor coordination and have a base in cross-country skiing.

Cost: $40 per person with equipment rental / $30 without rental

Registrations for group lessons in January begin on December 16, 2019, at 10 a.m. Registrations for group lessons in February begin on January 15, 2020, at 10 a.m. 

Click here to create or update your account information in our online reservation system.
Prefer to learn on your own? Sign up for a private one-hour lesson with one of our instructors. To reserve, call 514 843-8240, ext. 222 or write to clubdeskidesamis@lemontroyal.qc.ca. Lessons are given in French or English.

Cost: $50 per person with equipment rental / $45 without rental

Reservations begin on Monday, December 16, 2019.
Participants 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.
Do you have children aged 4 to 15 who want to learn or practise cross-country skiing? Sign them up for a lesson offered at the same time as yours! See our youth cross-country ski program.

What should I wear for cross-country skiing?

Opt for layered clothing. Wearing several thin layers allows you to add or remove layers if you get too hot or too cold. Also, choose waterproof pants that are comfortable and allow for ease of movement.

What type of lesson is best for me?

Make sure to carefully read each lesson description for course-specific information and prerequisites before registering.

What is the difference between a group lesson and a three-session lesson?

A group course is a 1-hour “à la carte” lesson for a maximum of 4 participants who wish to learn or review the basics of cross-country skiing. The three-session lesson is a series of three 90-minute courses designed to help participants improve their skiing technique.

If I want to do several group lessons this winter do I have to register each time?

Yes, you have to register for each group lesson. These “à la carte” courses are offered throughout the winter at different times of the week and weekend. Two levels are available: introductory and intermediate.

I used to cross-country ski several years ago, but would like to improve my technique to make my movements more efficient. What type of lesson is best for me?

Make sure to carefully read each lesson description before registering. If you are still unsure of your current level, we suggest you register in the introductory level and check with the instructor after the first lesson to determine whether you should change levels.

Will new group lessons be added during the winter?

Check our website regularly for dates and times of group courses. Courses are offered all winter long depending on snow conditions.

What is a typical lesson with Les amis Cross-Country’s Ski Club?

Lessons begin with an introduction to cross-country skiing (apparel, types of skis, waxing) and participant evaluation (ski experience, fitness level, sports background). We then practise technical exercises on our school ski trail (figure 8 loop and short ascents/descents) or on the trails in the park.

Typical lessons also include various exercises to perform on one or two skies, with or without poles. Participants take part in short or long excursions depending on group skill level and progression during the session.

How does the option “with equipment rental” work?

Lessons begin at the indicated time. If you are renting equipment, it is very important to arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the start of the lesson to get your equipment.

Equipment is loaned for the lesson only and must be returned at the end of the lesson. If you wish to continue skiing, it is possible to rent cross-country skis at our equipment rental counter located at the Beaver Lake Pavilion.

Are ski lessons maintained during bad weather?

Lessons are maintained in the following conditions:
  • Snowstorms
  • Extreme cold (shorter outings with stops in the various park buildings)
  • Little or no snow, icy conditions or light rain: machines used to groom trails in the park are usually able to trace trails but lessons will be postponed or cancelled if this is not the case.
Lessons are cancelled during heavy rain.

How will I know if my lesson is cancelled or postponed?

If and when Les amis de la montagne’s Ski Club decides to cancel or postpone a lesson, an email is sent to participants informing them of the postponement or cancellation. As weather conditions can change rapidly, this email might be sent the day before or the morning of the course.

For security reasons, we might also be forced to cancel a lesson only a few minutes before it is due to start. Certain factors in the park are beyond our control, hence the decision to cancel a lesson at the very last minute.

If you are unable to retake a group lesson that is postponed, we will refund the amount of the lesson. For three-lesson sessions, the cancelled lesson will be scheduled at the end of the session.

Who are the ski instructors in the Les amis de la montagne Ski Club?

Our ski instructors are often CEGEP or university students who love cross-country skiing and teaching this winter sport. Most have practised this sport since childhood or have competed in various ski clubs across Quebec. Our assistant instructors are often former students who are now old enough to teach.

All our instructors are trained as community coaches with Ski de fond Québec and Ski de fond Canada.

Can I check trail conditions online or by phone?

The City of Montréal maintains and manages the cross-country ski trails on Mount Royal. It displays ski conditions (French only) every morning during the season.

The information is also available by calling 514 280-8989 or on our Winter Site Conditions page.

Where can I get a map of the ski trails?

You can download a map of cross-country skiing trails on Mount Royal in PDF format.
For more information on our cross-country ski lessons, please call 514 843-8240, ext. 222 or write to clubdeskidesamis@lemontroyal.qc.ca.

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