LNR Adults

Beginner/ Intermediate Racers: Skate


This skate-only group will do physically challenging workouts while supplementing sessions with technique instruction. Training will focus on skiers looking to train for a 30-50km race, like the City of Lakes Loppet and American Birkebeiner, as the main training goal.

Training sessions will have an emphasis on technique learning with a training component to help quickly improve your technique and your ski specific fitness. We will use video review quite often in the small group format. Athletes will use the three skate techniques: V-1, V-2, and open field. We will often work on downhill skills (slaloms, higher speed turns), as well as long uphill climbing intervals. In the small group format we strive for a coach to athlete ratio of 1:10.

This is a “learning to race” class, so some very basic skiing experience is needed, and a moderate level of physical fitness is required. If you are looking for a beginning skate class that is not oriented to racing, you can check out Loppet Ski Club.

Program Offerings

There are three Beginner/Intermediate Racing Skate groups to choose from when registering. Participants can always register after the session starts if there is enough room in the group.

Tuesday Mornings – Wirth

  • Dates: December 21st – February 22nd
  • Day: Tuesday mornings
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • Location: The Trailhead, Theodore Wirth Park
  • Equipment: Skate skiing equipment
  • Coach: Jenny Beckman
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Tuesday Evenings – Wirth

  • Dates: December 21st – February 22nd
  • Day: Tuesday evenings
  • Time: 6:00 – 7:20 p.m (at the same time as Trail Kids)
  • Location: The Trailhead, Theodore Wirth Park
  • Equipment: Skate skiing equipment – poles, skis and skate boots
  • Coach: Jonathan Sanborn and Hannah Narenden
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Friday Mornings – Hyland

  • Dates: January 7th – March 11th
  • Day: Friday Mornings
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Location: Jan’s Place, Hyland Lake Park Reserve
  • Equipment: skate skiing equipment
  • Coach: Mary McKelvey
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