Ontario 2007-2008 XC Courses (Updated) Posted on Nov 3rd, 2007

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CANSI Ontario Course Conductor training weekend, Dec. 2006Greetings fellow skiers and instructors. Once again we look optimistically to the upcoming winter, setting new goals, and/or continuing to pursue elusive goals from years previous. As long as there is a hint of snow we will keep at it. Please keep checking this web site as course dates approach, since any course changes will be posted here as comments.

Bellow is a summary of all the Ontario XC courses planned for this season - including the newly approved Level III course. Here you can find direct links to the desired course pages from which you can easily register. However, If you know exactly what course your are looking for, simply select the appropriate course on the course page. For easier viewing, make sure you select the ON-Ontario and X-Country options.

Early season Level I+II Instructor Refresher and Preparation course - 2 Days

This is a new course this year that is designed for aspiring instructors, level I and level II instructors teaching in local area ski clubs and resorts. Refresher and prep courses always provide great learning and a chance to relate to peers working on the same challenges without the stress of a certification course. You must be at least Level I instructor to take part in the Refresher part of this course.

December 15-16 - Highlands Nordic, Duntroon

Prices:
a) Level I/II Refresher course - $120 ($100 if you register early**)
b) Level I Preparation course - $170 ($140 if you register early**)

Note:
- Since this is a new course, we like to hear your opinions, preferably before the course starts. Please add your questions and comments at this message.
- If there is not enough snow on this early-season weekend, this course will be moved to the weekend of Feb. 2-3, 2008. In that case, your registration fees will be fully refunded and you will be asked to re-register for the new course date.

Level I Instructor Refresher - 1 Day

If you cannot make the above early season refresher, you can always tune-up your skiing and teaching skills in the following two full day sessions. You must be at least Level I instructor to take part in this course.

January 7 course - Mooney's Bay Park, Ottawa
January 20 course - Arrowhead Provincial Park, Huntsville
February 2 course - Mooney's Bay Park, Ottawa

Price: $60 ($50 if you register early**)

Note: Due to a limited number of available course conductors, both these refresher courses are offered only on day 1 of the full level I certification courses.

Level I Instructor Certification - 2 days

This 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 7 & 18 (Monday & Friday) course - Mooney's Bay Park, Ottawa
January 20 & 27 (2 Sundays) course - Arrowhead Provincial Park, Huntsville
February 2-3 (1 weekend) course - Mooney's Bay Park, Ottawa

Price: $350 ($300 if you register early**)

Level II Preparation - 2 Days

As requested in the combined Level I+II Refresher in the early season, we added this course to help you prepare for the XC Level II certification requirements and be well prepared for next season. This full 2-day course is being offered on February 23-24 weekend in conjunction with the Level II refresher course at the Highlands Nordic, Duntroon resort. (See below). You must be at least Level I instructor to take part in this preparation course.

Level II Preparation course

Price: $170 ($140 if you register early**)

Level II+III Instructor Refresher - 2 Days

In case you missed the combined Level I+II Refresher in the early season here is one a last chance in the season for you to get updated on the latest Level II techniques. This is full 2-day course that will put you through all the XC Level II paces to ensure you are up to the latest requirements. You must be at least Level II instructor to take part in this Refresher course

Level II Refresher course
Level III Refresher course

Both are offered on February 23-24 and at the Highlands Nordic, Duntroon resort.

Price: $120 ($100 if you register early**)

Level II+III Instructor Certification - 5 Days over 2 weekends

After an absence of two seasons, we are again offering full Level II and III certification courses. This combined 5-day courses are for instructors looking to hone their teaching and skiing skills. It focuses of skills and tactics needed to work with intermediate through advanced skiers.

You must be at least Level I instructor to take part in the Level II course, and Level II instructor for the Level III course.

Level II certification course
Level III certification course

Both are offered on the two consecutive weekends of February 22-24 and March 1-2, and at the Highlands Nordic, Duntroon resort.

Price: $580 ($500 if you register early**)

Level IV Preparation - 1 Day

This is a special 2-day course offered right after the national XC seminar (January 15) at the Highlands Nordic, Duntroon resort in order to help you prepare for CANSI XC Level IV certification requirements. Note that you do not need to have any CANSI certification in order to take part in this preparation course. But expect to ski a lot, on both skating and classic skis.

Level IV Preparation course

Price: $60 ($50 if you register early**)

National Briefing & Course Conductor Training - 2 days

After over 5 years the CANSI National briefing will be held in Ontario. This briefing is designed to train Course Conductors from all regions. In particular, this season, it will be considered as the official training of all Ontario XC Course conductors. However, all XC instructors that have Level III certification can attend this high level workshop with some of the best instructors in the country.

The guest XC instructors scheduled to present their latest knowledge at this are:
- Ulf Kleppe - XC Classic
- Jack Sassville - XC Skate
- Rob Henderson - XC Downhill

Accommodation is available onsite at the Highlands Nordic farmhouse #2 for $25 per night - including XC trail pass. This farmhouse is smaller than the original one located near the main chalet. It has only room for 8 people (2 beds per the 4 available rooms) and one bathroom. But includes large communal kitchen and living area.

January 13-14 - Highlands Nordic, Duntroon

Price: $230 ($200 if you register early**) plus $15 per day for a trail pass if you are not staying at the farmhouse)

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 2007-2008.

** Early registration means at least 2 weeks before the start of the course. Further details about Ontario's course registration and cancellation policies, please read this news item.

 

1 comment so far

George Lorenz January 3rd, 2008

I would eventually like to try my CANSI level II and I think that doing the course of two weekends is much better than 5 straight days for two reason: 5 days is a long time to maintain stamina consistently without rest and secondly, this time of year can be busy at work and taking 3 or 4 days holiday for course is not always feasible. Keep up the good work.

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