Is Master’s for Me?
Are you a mature athlete? Do you want to glide farther, go faster, and gain confidence on both classic and skate skis? The Telemark Nordic Master’s program is for skiers of all ages and abilities looking for an inspiring ski experience.
With a two-part program to accommodate both less experienced skiers and those who are looking for a little more, the Telemark Masters is focused on technique with a strong fitness component. Our goal is to ski longer and more efficiently while having a blast on snow!
*Some ski experience recommended.
This year we will be starting training in December and continuing through March.
- Improve your skate and classic skiing technique
- Develop strength and endurance on skis
- Ski with others’ at your speed
- Learn to ski more efficiently (go faster with less work! Keep up with your kids!)
- Two streams of the Master’s program (see below)
- Over 25 coached on-snow sessions with 2 ski sessions per week
- Intro to waxing & ski maintenance
- Fun local loppets (races)
Faster Master Blasters (advanced group)
This program targets the skier who wants to ski smoother, faster, and more powerfully. With an intensity workout every Tuesday and a distance ski every Saturday, expect to sweat (a lot!) while working on technique. Our goal is to prepare you for some races on the BC Master’s circuit and/or to complement your summer sports training. Previous ski experience is required.
Smooth Cruisers (less advanced group)
A more relaxed pace than the Master Blasters, this program is for the skier who wants to work on technique at a less intense pace. With a heavier emphasis on efficiency and long slow distance, expect beautiful skis with lots of technique. Some ski experience is required. Please contact us with any questions – all fitness levels and abilities are welcome!
|Masters Fees 2017-18||Early Bird (before Oct 31, 2017)*||Regular|
|Telemark pass holder||$290||$340|
|Parent of Skier in any Telemark Youth Program||$240||$290|
*Early Bird pricing is ONLY available through on-line registration
(Schedule subject to additions and changes)
- Oct 29 – Fall Dryland Intro / Fun Day
- Nov 4 – Intro to Strength Training (optional extra)
- Dec 16 – First On-Snow practice
- Dec 26 – Boxing Day Burnoff
- Jan 14 – Apple Loppet (Telemark)
- Jan 20 – Reino Keski Salmo Loppet (Salmon Arm)
- Jan 28 – Apple Loppet (West Kelowna)
- March 3 – Last Practice
- March 11 – Sovereign Lake Loppet (Vernon)
Saturday 10-12 (alternate 12:15-2pm)
Bonus events Extras
- Fresh Air buyers night
- Kelowna Cycle buyers night
Bryana van Leeuwen
After four years competing with Nakkertok Nordic’s race team in Ottawa, Bryana began coaching to pass on her love of sport to athletes of all ages and abilities. She spent the next four years racing and training in Thunder Bay, developing as both an athlete and a coach while completing her Kinesiology degree at Lakehead University. Bryana has coached Jackrabbits, university classes, junior racers, and co-led Big Thunder Nordic’s Master’s team with Greg Kilroy. Her passion, enthusiasm, and love of skiing help her connect with athletes and challenge them to achieve their goals. When she’s not skiing, you can find her running, hiking, cycling, and coaching the Central Okanagan Sailing Association’s race team. She loves all things outdoors, and can’t wait to meet you on the trails!
Originally from Powassan Ontario, Greg Kilroy was introduced to ski racing in high school to stay involved in athletics over the winter time. Greg quickly became hooked and made skiing my number one priority for the rest of the year. After graduating high school, Greg relocated to Thunder Bay and competed for the Lakehead University Varsity Nordic Ski program for 4 years, in during which Greg became a two-time Ontario University Athletics champion, and was part of the National Championships men’s team. Greg ranked 5th aggregate CCUNC at 2014 Ski Nationals. His favourite race is American Birkenbeiner and Hayward Wisconsin. In addition to competing, Greg Kilroy worked with Bryana to create and coach the Big Thunder Master’s Program which helped individuals learn to improve their ski technique, understand how to train for skiing, and how to wax.
After graduating, Greg Kilroy furthered his education at Confederation College where he also competed in the xc- running program. Now as fresh graduate, Greg has relocated to Kelowna where he works at Kelowna General Hospital as a medical radiation technologist. Greg Kilroy’s passion is not only for skiing and competitions, but to also encourage active and healthy lifestyles!