Is Masters for Me?
Are you a mature skier (18+)? Do you want to glide farther, go faster, and gain confidence on both classic and skate skis? Do you want to ski with others in a fun social atmosphere? The Telemark Masters program is for skiers of all ages and abilities looking for an inspiring ski experience.
This year we are changing things up a bit. There will no longer be a split between Master Blasters and Smooth Cruisers. Instead everyone will be a Smooth Cruiser with two options for number of sessions. Groups will be split at each session depending upon ability and the ski technique used at that session. The Telemark Masters Program is focused on learning technique with a fitness component in a fun, social environment. Our goal is to ski longer and more efficiently while having a blast on snow! Registration is through our Season Pass Registration page on Zone 4 coming soon!
This year sessions will be on Saturdays and Tuesday evenings and we will be starting sessions in December (weather permitting) and continuing through to March.
- Improve your skate and classic skiing technique
- Develop strength and endurance on skis
- Ski with others in a fun atmosphere 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)
- Intro to waxing & ski maintenance
- Fun local loppets (races)
Telemark XC Masters Program Prices 2022-2023 Season
Smooth Cruisers – Light – $215 – 7 x 2hr sessions on Saturdays 10:00 – 12:00 Dec to March with the flexibility to join Tuesday evening sessions. This program is for the skier who wants to ski smoother, faster and farther but does not have the time to commit to the full program. Expect beautiful skis with lots of technique work in both Classic and Skate skiing. We encourage everyone to do both techniques but if you are interested only in skate or classic skiing please contact us and we will work to accommodate you as long as your schedule is flexible. Our goal is to improve your confidence and fitness and have some fun. These are not beginner lessons – Some ski experience is required. Please contact us with any questions.
Smooth Cruisers – Full – $430 – 14 x 1.5-2hr sessions – Saturdays 10:00 – 12:00 and Tuesday 6:00 – 7:30 from Dec to March. (7 sessions Classic + 7 sessions Skate). This program targets the keen skier who wants to ski smoother, faster, and farther in a fun and social atmosphere and has more time for more sessions. Expect beautiful skis while working on technique in both classic and skate (all participants are expected to do both classic and skate). There will be some longer skis for those who want to build their fitness. Our goal is to improve your confidence and fitness and have some fun. These are not beginner lessons. Some ski experience is required. Please contact us with any questions.
* We will be combining the Smooth Cruisers-light and Smooth Cruisers-Full in some sessions where appropriate to increase exposure to different coaches, allow for differing abilities and to increase the social aspects of the program.
2022-23 Coaches (More Coaches TBA soon)
Aengus McCullough discovered the delights of cross country skiing when he moved to Alberta from the UK in 2011. After floundering in the snow for his first winter season he realized that skiing was not as effortless as it looked and decided to join Edmonton Nordic to develop his technique. Aengus progressed through Edmonton Nordic’s adult skiing program through to their Master’s program after which he went on to take CANSI instructor courses so he could help others on their skiing journey.Before he discovered skiing, Aengus was a keen mountain runner who competed in British Fell Running events for several years as well as the occasional ultra-marathon, including the 300Km PTL in 2010 and the 160Km Sinister 7 in 2015. He is also a certified rock climbing instructor and since moving to BC has been dabbling in ski mountaineering racing.
Aengus has a PhD in Geoinformatics and a Certificate in Outdoor Recreation from Tai Poutini Polytechnic in New Zealand. He works as a Software Development Manager at TELUS Health, and in his free time is working on building a data analytics app for cross country skiing.
Nathan Forestell: Nathan was born and raised in Huntsville ON where he learned to ski in the cold Northern Ontario winters. He began racing competitively in 2010 for Arrowhead Nordic Ski Club on the Ontario Cup circuit and with Huntsville High School where he was a multiple time OFSAA medalist. He was a founding member of the University of Ottawa’s Nordic skiing program, uOttawa Nordiq, and competed on the OUA varsity circuit for 5 years, captaining the men’s team from 2019-2021. Nathan is a NCCP certified coach who began coaching at a youth level in 2013 with Arrowhead Nordic Ski Club and most recently coached masters with XC Chelsea Masters out of Gatineau, QC. Nathan recently moved to Kelowna to complete his Bachelor of Education at UBC Okanagan and check out all of the skiing and biking that the Okanagan has to offer!