Friday, December 9, 2022

Your adult program coaches for 2022-23

 Your awesome adult instruction coaches ...

Athletic Beginner:



John M


Daylight and Special Coach
John K


Friday, December 2, 2022

Adult program update - December 2nd

 Hey skiers,

Adult programs are now hopefully starting the week of December 12th.  

Be sure to register by December 9th and you will be updated via email of all the details!


Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Adult program update!

 A couple of things:

1) Dryland training has ended (get out and ski! Birds Hill Park and Wildwood golf course have skied in tracks)

2) below is the latest on our club plans for the season

Here are the plans for the season once we have skiable snow:

We will have 3 instructional sessions in each of classic and skate at Windsor Park for Athletic Beginner and Intermediate skiers starting as soon as there is skiable snow at Windsor Park (note that WP plans to make snow - if needed - this year, so hopefully we will get going by early December at the latest)

Athletic Beginner skiers - 3 x Monday (classic) and Tuesday (skate) - 7PM

Intermediate skiers - 3 x Tuesday (Skate) and Thursday (classic) - 7PM

Advanced skiers - drills and technique work most Thursday evenings and occasional daylight and other sessions.

Start date TBD - but we hope to start by early December.   We strongly encourage AB and Intermediate skiers to attend all 3 sessions for a given technique

Also be prepared to be adaptable/flexible as every winter is different and conditions can vary greatly from day to day!

After instructional sessions we plan a combination of occasional evening / weekend (and possibly an overnighter) social skis, interval training, and occasional daytime and evening ad hoc instructional sessions over the rest of the winter.  Please reach out if you would like to help organize a social ski or two.   Also, there will be a CANSI ski instructor training session in January -- check that out and let us know if you are interested in this program.

Registration is at -> see the link in one of the posts below

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

DN Dryland training

Dryland training (for those that want) will start on Thursday, October 13th at 6:45 PM at Westview Park ("Garbage Dump hill").

We meet on the north side and there is a small parking lot there.


Sunday, October 9, 2022


Swap Shop Cancelled (for the 3rd year in a row)

CCSAM has again decided to cancel the annual Swap Shop. It had been held in mid November for over 30 years.

In recent years, the vast majority of equipment for sale at the Swap Shop has come from local ski shops who are clearing out previous years’ stock. Again this year, there is little to clear out, so the Swap Shop would have had a shortage of items for purchase.

There are a number of online buy & sell platforms that individuals can use to buy or sell cross country ski items — Facebook Marketplace and Kijiji are the two most obvious. In particular, there is a Manitoba Cross Country ski gear Buy, Sell and trade Facebook group that has almost 2600 members.

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Registration open now and dryland training starting October 13th

 Hey - Registration is now open!

We haven't yet finalized winter plans, but dryland training at Westview Park (north of Polo Park area) will start Thursday, October 13th at 6:45 PM

Here is a little bit of what we do for dryland training:

Downtown Nordic: Downtown Nordic - Transition to Skiing - Episode 1

... So we can get ready for this:

Strength Training with Amy!

Checkout the info below - Amy is a past member of the club an A+ instructor that many DN skiers have used to build great resilient strength for skiing and other endurance sports.  She is starting her next block of training next week!

Do you want to:
1) Ski faster, longer, & feel stronger,
2) Have an insanely strong core,
3) Get back into a consistent exercise routine?
This progressive series is designed to help you build strength, coordination & balance for the x-country trails and the slopes! 
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The Blocks:
Block 1: September 5 - September 28 (body weight exercises)
Rest week
Block 2: October 10 - November 2 (exercise bands)
Rest week
Block 3: November 14 - December 7 (free weights - ie. dumbbells/ kettlebells)
Sessions will be held over Zoom on Monday & Wednesday evenings from 6-7pm (CDT/CST).
*Equipment is optional & will not be provided. Exercises can be done without resistance bands or weights, however greater benefit will be gained from some equipment. If you don’t have any at home, I’m happy to provide suggestions or house-hold alternatives.  
$140/ block 
You’re welcome to sign up for 1 block at a time. You do not have to commit to all 3. 
Payments can be made via E-Transfer to If you’d like an invoice or a receipt, please send me an email to let me know. 
Payment is due before the beginning of each block. 
*Workouts will be recorded over Zoom (instructor only) & sent out to participants who missed the live session. These recordings will be accessible for a limited time (48 hrs) post-session. 
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Amy Lynn Schappert, BScHK, CEP, CSCSBachelor of Science in Human KineticsCSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist™CSEP Pre & Postnatal Exercise Specialist™Exercise is Medicine® Canada Level 2NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist®Certified Pilates Instructor

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Anyone who's spent any time at the Windsor Park Nordic Center will have either met, seen or been influenced by Jim's work.   The master groomer spent countless hours sculpting the trails for our skiing satisfaction.

Jim had a big presence and a huge heart.   Always friendly, always smiling and always available for a quick hello.

He will definitely be missed.

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Another historic moment for DN

 For the first time in recorded history, Downtown Nordic held a practice in April.   Not to refute any of the illustrious scientific studies on climate change, but winter 2021/2022 has indeed come close to being the ultimate “Endless Winter”.   We have held on snow practices over a total of six months!  

The April 3rd practice consisted of a friendly group ski, during which various water obstacles were avoided.   The group ski was followed by caloric replenishment and beverages to counter any effects of malnourishment and dehydration  

Please stay tuned for details on May practices.  

Also Kristin is ok.  

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Tim & Steve (DN founders) reunite for Whistler Nationals Livestream commentary!

 Team Sprint Final - Steve & Tim on the mic!

(you can find a bit more on youtube from the sprint races as well.