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Cross-Country Ski Program

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Good news! Our cross-country ski courses will be back this winter. We are currently working on our program schedule. Check this page and our social networks for details starting in early December or subscribe to our newletter​!

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.

About the lessons

Our ski program is back! Details soon.


Our ski program is back! Details soon.

The choice of course level depends on your child’s age and amount of cross-country skiing experience. The following guidelines will help you select the right level:

Beginner skiers (with little or no cross-country skiing experience):

  • 4 to 5 years old: Jeannot lapin

  • 6 to 8 years old: Jackrabbit level 1

  • 9 to 15 years old: Explorateurs level 1

Intermediate skiers:

  • 7 to 8 years old: Jackrabbit level 2 (must have completed level 1 or have 1-2 years experience in cross-country skiing)

  • 8 to 9 years old: Jackrabbit levels 3 and 4 (must have completed level 2 or 3 or have 3 years experience in cross-country skiing

  • 10 to 15 years old: Explorateurs level 2 (must have completed Explorateurs level 1 or have 1 year experience in cross-country skiing)

Advanced skiers:

  • 9 to 15 years old: Pisteurs (must have completed all Jackrabbit levels or have good skiing experience)

Our ski program is back! Details soon.

Our ski program is back! Details soon.

Our ski program is back! Details soon.

Our ski program is back! Details soon.

Our ski program is back! Details soon.

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.

Please note that the Beaver Lake Pavilion will be closed in the winter 2021 for health and safety measures. Only the restrooms and the Café des Amis will be accessible.

What should my child wear for cross-country skiing?

Opt for layered clothing. Wearing several thin layers will allow him or her to add or remove layers if too hot or too cold. The Parent Handbook (available in December) will include tips on dressing for cross-country skiing.

What level is best for my child?

Before registering your child, make sure to carefully read each lesson description as well as the section “Choosing the Right Level for Your Child.” These sections include course-specific information as well as any prerequisites. 

My son will turn 4 after January 1. Can I still register him in the Jeannot Lapin group? He is very active and would have no trouble following the group.

No. All children enrolled in the Jeannot Lapin level must be aged 4 or older on January 1 of the current ski season. Any falsification on the registration forms could lead to the cancellation of the registration, without a refund.

My daughter completed the Jeannot Lapin level last winter, but will turn 5 after January 1. Can I register her for Jackrabbit Level 1? She is very active and would have no trouble following the group.

No. Children aged 5 must redo Jeannot Lapin for a second time. However, all participants are assessed during the first lesson. If the ski instructor thinks that your child would benefit from being in another level, the change will be made for the second lesson.

Can my child and his friend be in the same group?

If both children are registered in the same level and age group, they should be together during the session. However, if children are not of the same age or level, they will not be in the same group.

Since all participants are assessed during the first lesson, the ski instructors may restructure groups for the following week.

What payment methods do you accept?

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

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

Lessons begin with warm-up exercises inside (Jeannot Lapin) or outside for other levels. 

We often practise technical exercises on our school ski trail (figure 8 loop and short ascents/descents). Games are part of teaching cross-country skiing: on one or two skies, with or without poles, various games help kids practise during the lesson. 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. It is not possible to use the ski equipment elsewhere than in Mount Royal Park.

Can I accompany my child during the lesson? I have skis and could help the group.

No, it is better for your child to be on her own. In this manner, she will learn to get up alone (according to the technique taught by the instructor) and be more likely to take part in the various group activities. Integration will also be easier without the presence of a parent.

Groups are made up of about 12 children. Two instructors accompany each group of 8 or more children.

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.

If a lesson is postponed when will it be rescheduled? 

A special activity is planned for the weekend following the end of the session. A condensed course will be offered at this time, followed by the activity.

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.

My child does not have a health insurance card (RAMQ), but we have private insurance. Can he still participate in cross-country skiing lessons?

You can register your child for our cross-country skiing lessons, but you will need to provide all the details of your private insurer when registering online.

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

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