Ontario 2006-2007 XC Courses Posted on Dec 2nd, 2006


As you may have noticed, we now have several X-Country courses scheduled for this coming season and available at the course page. From this page you can find information about each course and register for it on-line. Here is a quick summary of these courses and how you can register for (or cancel from) them.

The courses

Level I Instructor Refresher

Start the season off right and get together with your fellow instructors and get ready for the season. Tune-up your skiing and teaching skills in this full day session. You must be at least Level I instructor to take part in this course.

January 7 - Highlands Nordic, Duntroon
January 13 - Mooney's Bay Park, Ottawa
March 3 - Mooney's Bay Park, Ottawa

Price: $60 ($42 if you register at least 2 weeks before start of the course)

Level I Instructor Preparation

Make sure that your skiing skills are ready for the XC Level I Instructor course. This full day session is for ski improvement, with a focus on the skiing that is required for the Level I course. You must be a strong intermediate skier to take part in this course.

January 7 - Highlands Nordic, Duntroon

Price: $100 ($80 if you register at least 2 weeks before start of the course)

Level I Instructor Certification

This 2-day XC Level I instructor certification course trains you for teaching beginner X-country skiers. It will introduce you to the fundamentals of X-Country skiing and the Canadian technique. You will improve your demonstration skills and learn how to introduce new people to the sport.

We recommend completing the X-Country Level I Instructor Preparation course prior to attending this certification course.

January 13-14 - Mooney's Bay Park, Ottawa
January 20-21 - Highlands Nordic, Duntroon
February 24-25 - Arrowhead Provincial Park, Huntsville
March 3-4 - Mooney's Bay Park, Ottawa

Price: $300 ($240 if you register at least 10 days before start of the course)

Course Conductor Training

Highlands Nordic farm house kitchenThis is a course dedicated to refreshing and training new X-Country course conductors. Any XC Level II+ instructors interested in becoming course conductor are welcome to attend this course.

Accommodation is available onsite at the Highlands Nordic farm house for $20 per night. The farm house lodging is rustic and includes a communal kitchen. Beds will be assigned on a first come first served basis. Volunteers willing to prepare meals for the group will be refunded their costs. For details contact the course coordinator Jan Vopalensky (president@ontario.cansi.ca).

December 9-10 - Highlands Nordic, Duntroon

Price: $30 (plus $27 for 2-day trail pass)

Note: You are eligible for reimbursement of the costs of this course (course fee plus reasonable expenses) should you commit to assist in the running of Ontario X-Country courses during the winter of 2006-2007.


The registration process and policies

This season's course registration process and policies are similar to those used over the past three seasons. However there are some differences you should be aware of:

  • Your membership and certification status is now automatically verified. That is, you must have 2006-2007 membership and the appropriate certification level before you can register for any Refresher or Level II+ courses. (For Level I pre-/certification courses you do not have to be a member to register!)
  • On-line payment processing is now handled by PayPal instead EventsOnline. This payment service provider is more security conscious: it requires each submitted credit card to match exactly the name, phone number and address associated with the credit card before being considered valid. Also, if you credit card was already associated with some PayPal account, you will be required to use that PayPal account. (For more information see this PayPal article.)
  • If none of these listed courses fit your schedule, or you do not wish to register and pay online for these courses, please contact Nancy Crump (xc@ontario.cansi.ca) our new XC Programs director or any of the Ontario local area course coordinators listed on the Ontario's contact page.


The cancellation process and policies

This season's course cancellation process and policies are similar to those used over the past three seasons. Namely:

  • To request a cancellation of your registration, you need to send an email to course-cancellation@ontario.cansi.ca and include your registration information along with the reasons for your request.
  • Refunds will be given less a handling fee (around 15% of the course cost) only if cancellation requests are received at least 7 days before the course starts.
  • No refunds will be given if cancellations are received less than 7 days before start of the course.
  • If a course has to be canceled by CANSI Ontario (such as due to insufficient number of registrants or due to poor snow conditions) every effort will be made to move the course and its registrants to another date during the same winter. If that is not possible, full refund will be given to each registered course participant.
  • All refunds will be given only at the end of the season (but no later than April) and generally using the same payment method as the one you used to register for the course.



Michael Lalonde December 11th, 2006

I would like to thank Steve Gentles and Jan Vopalensky for organizing and leading CANSI Ontario's course conductors training session December 9 & 10. Steve presented the x-c technical updates from the National Seminar including rotation of the hip and stepping forward with a flexed ankle and knee in both skating manoeuvres and the diagonal stride; and torso compression to name a few. Jan did a super job in planning and organizing the seminar. Thanks to all who attended and made the weekend a success. Welcome back Rob Henderson!

Michael Lalonde

Jan Vopalensky December 13th, 2006

Thank you Michael for your comments.

You can see some photos I took that weekend on our Flickr group site: http://www.flickr.com/groups/cansi/pool/.

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