Ski4Life is a training program for adults (18+) interested in improving their skiing and staying
“fit for life”.

The program has three objectives:

1. to increase participants’ physical fitness, strength. balance and agility
2. to help participants improve their technique in both classic and skate skiing
3. to encourage participants to use and enjoy Nakkertok’s facilities.

Ski4Life is intended for adults who already have at least basic skills in classic and/or skate skiing. For new skiers looking for their first introduction to cross-country skiing, Nakkertok offers an adult Learn-to-ski program.

Ski4Life consists of a dryland training component and an on-snow component. Participants have the option of joining both components, or just one of the two. Dryland training focuses on stretching, strength, agility/balance work, pole walking, hillbounding and running. On-snow training focuses on improving ski technique and fitnes through a combination of formal instruction and opportunities to practice what is learned on Nakkertok’s extensive trail network.

Social events (e.g., fondue/ski night) will be planned to offer participants the chance to gather outside of the formal lessons.

2021/22 program fees

Program fees are listed here.

Meet-Up Times and Locations

Two training-day options will be offered (participants choose one of the two):

  • Tuesday evening (6:00-8:00 pm for dryland; 6:30-8:30 pm for on-snow)
  • Wednesday daytime (1:00-3:00 pm for both components)

A minimum of 10 participants is required to the program for a given training day. For the Tuesday session, program size will be capped at 30 participants. For the Wednesday session, program size will be capped at 15 participants. Training for the Tuesday session will take place at Mooney’s Bay (dryland) and Nakkertok (on-snow). Training for the Wednesday session will take place at Mooney’s Bay/Gatineau Park (dryland) and Nakkertok/Gatineau Park (on-snow) depending on athlete preferences.

Dryland training will begin in the week of September 20 and will run until the week of
November 30 (11 sessions). Unless there is snow (natural or artificial) to ski on, we will take the month of December off.

Unless there is snow earlier, on-snow training will begin in the week of January 3 and run until
the week of March 7 (10 sessions).

Feel free to contact Rob Smith, Lead Coach, at or 613-716-5230 with any questions regarding the program.