Cross-Country Ski Lessons for Adults

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.

Please note that ski lessons programs are offered in French.
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.

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: $110 per person with equipment rental / $90 without rental

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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: $110 per person with equipment rental / $90 without rental

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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: $110 per person with equipment rental / $90 without rental

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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.

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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

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

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

Skate Skiing Technique

This one-hour lesson is intended for skiers wishing to learn how to skate ski. The objective is to learn the gliding and various skating techniques.

Prerequisites: You should be able to cross-country ski in the classic style.

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

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