Adult Skate Skiing

Classes offered at both Martock Nordic and McDonald Sport Park: Saturdays or Sundays, January 14 to February 18, 2017 (six-weeks). Saturday classes take place at the same time as the Youth programs at Martock and McDonald Sport Park, so consider learning to ski at the same time as your kids!

To offer a focussed, fun learning opportunity for skiers at any level, classes will be organized into:

  • Beginner: introduction to skate skiing: free skate,double pole (including double poling on one ski as a progression to one-skate),snowplow, sidestep,step turn

Duration: one hour

Instructor ratio: Martock - two instructors per class with maximum 10 class size; McDonald Sport Park - one instructor per class with maximum 7 class size

  • Intermediate: one-skate, two-skate, diagonal skate,offset, skate turn

Duration: 1.25 hours

Instructor ratio:one instructor per class with maximum eight per class at both Martock and MSP.

  • Drop-in Option: Club members can join in on any class at Martock or MSP: $20 per session payable in cash to the club through the instructor. (Note: drop-ins do not count toward the class limit).
  • “Skiing for Skill” is an opportunity for members who have moved beyond the “Beginner” level to practice and gain feedback on their skills, get a great workout, and socialize with other club skiers. Conditions permitting, we plan two weekly sessions:
    • Sundays 10am to 12 noon likely at Martock or Dollar Lake and
    • Wednesdays either 2:30pm-4:30pm or 7pm-9pm at one of our HRM venues (likely MacDonald Sports Park, Graves-Oakley or Brunello).

Announcements will be made weekly about exact locations. It will be mainly skate but, if there’s sufficient demand, we will include classic. No additional fees beyond club membership and no registration required. Just show up and ski with us!

Martock Nordic Trails: groomed trails with snow-making capacity

Cost: $60 ($80 after Dec. 11) Try the morning Adult Biathlon class too for a cost-saving total of $120 ($150 after Dec. 11).

Beginner: Saturday Mornings 10:15-11:15

Beginner: Saturday Afternoons 12:45-1:45 (appropriate for, but not restricted to those doing combined adult skate and biathlon)

Intermediate: Saturday Mornings 10:15-11:30

Intermediate: Saturday Afternoons 12:45-2:00 (appropriate for, but not restricted to those doing combined adult skate and biathlon)

Participants in programs at Martock must have a Ski Martock season or day-pass. A season pass gives you access to both the nordic trails (snow-making equipment guarantees trails for all lessons) and the downhill slopes. Purchase a discounted season pass at the same time as you purchase your Club membership: $120+HST rate available until Dec. 12.  Show your MNSC Zone4 Online Registration Receipt showing purchase of a Season Pass, to or in-person at their lodge.

McDonald Sport Park: Lessons are dependent on snow conditions.Trail grooming provided by MNSC when possible. Instructor will send email notification if class is cancelled or moved.

Cost:$40 ($50 after Dec. 11)

Beginner: Saturday Mornings 9:45-10:45

Intermediate: Saturday Mornings 9:45-11:00

REGISTER NOW for all Programs - Prices will increase after Dec. 11, 2017.  

You must become a Club member in order to register for programs.

Refund Policy: full refund possible before second lesson.

Individual Lessons or Classic Ski Lessons More Your Style? Some Martock Nordic club members may be unable to attend our scheduled weekend skate ski lessons or perhaps want instruction in classic skiing. We may be able to arrange a lesson for you at Martock or McDonald Sport Park. Cost will be $30 per session per student. For further details contact Adult Program Director Steve Chipman at or 902-464-5055. Please direct all Adult Program questions to Adult Program Director, Steve Chipman, or 902-464-5055.