Learn to Cross-Country Ski

Jackrabbit program - two children cross-country skiing

The Bruce Ski Club and its partners offer many opportunities for children and adults to learn to cross-country ski.

Learning to ski is not as difficult as you might imagine. With the right equipment, proper clothing and a little instruction, you can be skiing the trails in no time.

The Bruce Ski Club has no shortage of cross-country ski trails at all of its locations that are ideal for beginner and novice skiers.

Events for new skiers

Here are some of the programs and events offered by the Bruce Ski Club that will help you learn to ski or improve your skills. For the latest information, check out our events or Facebook page.

Adult ski lessons

For those of you who would like to improve your skiing technique, here is your chance. The list below includes some of our most experienced instructors and coaches. Don’t be shy. They are happy to help you ski more efficiently. Just call or email.

  • Heidi Tones – is the mother of National Ski Team member, Julian Smith, and she is willing to help you improve your skiing if you donate to Julian’s travel fund. You can reach Heidi at: 519-534-3222 or smith.tones@gmail.com.
  • Marlyn Suke – is the Coaching Coordinator for Georgian Bay Nordic Ski Team and Marlyn will give you a lesson if you make a contribution to GBN. You can set up a lesson with Marlyn at 519-374-4227 or mpsuke@gmail.com.
  • Dr. Don Eby – he would be happy to provide free advice and or mentoring to anyone interested in pursuing a passion for long-course loppets. He has completed the Canadian Ski Marathon four times, the long course Gatineau loppet about 12 times and last year was recognized as a ‘master’ (completing 10 long course loppets in 10 different countries) by the World Loppet association. 519 371-2720 (H) or 519 373-2535 (C) or d.eby@sympatico.ca.
  • Barbara Gray – Qualifications: Level 2 NCCP, Level 2 Officials course, St Mary’s Nordic ski team coach x 5 yrs, and Jackrabbit coordinator and instructor ( many yrs). I’m not interested in compensation as I just like spreading the fun of Nordic skiing. Email: bmulroy@sympatico.ca.
  • Ani Eby – Qualifications: Level 1. I would be good with older beginners (preferably classic). We would start with “how to pick ourselves up after GENTLY lowering ourselves down”…a far cry from my enthusiastic and dramatic “fall -then-roll-on- back-to-dead-bug-on-back” lesson:) Email: ani.eby@sympatico.ca.
  • Dawn Williams – Qualifications: Cansi Level 1, Level 2 NCCP , Coached GBN and Saugeen District Secondary School team, competed at the masters level for 15 years provincially, nationally and internationally. Any contributions to supporting youth in the sport: Jackrabbits, GBN, Julian Smith. Email: dawnwilliams@bmts.com.

Ski equipment rentals

Cross-country ski equipment can be purchased or rented at Suntrail Source for Adventure, a short drive from the Sawmill Nordic Centre in Hepworth, Ontario.

Waxing your skis

Not sure how to wax your skis? Check out these helpful online instructions: