CANSI - Adult and Family Lessons




  • ALL ages and skill level WELCOME

  • Beginner to advanced lessons

  • Improve your technique, efficiency and confidence

  • Skating and Classic Techniques

  • HAVE FUN!!!

  • Meet Other Skiers

We have a great team here at Otway who love to share the passion of Nordic Skiing. Whether it is your first time, or your 100th+, classic and skating lessons are available in private, semi private or group settings. We can tailor lessons to your particular needs and to fit your schedule.  All of our instructors are members of the Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors (CANSI)

Are YOU interested in becoming a CANSI certified ski instructor? See below!!

All lesson prices subject to GST  - 

All bookings and queries regarding lessons and CANSI please contact Carolyn, Ski School Coordinator at or call her at the office.  250 564-3809

Pay for all CANSI Lessons at Otway Nordic Centre.


Private Lessons  (One hour)

Contact us for a private lesson, offered by request (with at least 24 hours notice) and based on instructor availability. Prices do not include rentals or day passes.  


  • Private (one hour) $50.00

  • Semi-Private $70.00 ($35.00 per person)

  • Group/Family $30.00 per person

  • For larger groups, contact Contact Carolyn, Ski School Coordinator at


Introductory Package (One hour)

New to Otway?  Check out our Intro Deals! We offer one time introductory packages for private lessons or families.


  • Day pass,

  • Classic ski rentals and a

  • One hour classic lesson/tour.

Price: $50.00 per person or $99.00 per family (2 Adults / 2 kids)



GENTLE Ski or Snowshoe option:

Have you and perhaps other members of your family set a goal to get outdoors and exercise? Perhaps you are recovering from an injury or illness, or you have been inactive and are unsure how to start being active. Maybe you are nervous about joining a ski or snowshoe group because you are worried the pace and difficulty will be beyond your capabilities.

We can provide classic ski or snowshoe lessons tailored to your individual fitness level, starting with shorter duration, slower pace or easier terrain. 

Talk to Carolyn about arranging or joining a group or taking a private lesson.



CANSI Group Lessons

Monday Evening Group Lessons - Three lessons BOTH CLASSIC AND SKATE SESSIONS ARE FULL!!!

January 14, 21 & 28, 2019   7:00 - 8:30 pm   $90.00

Sessions cancelled due to cold weather will be made up after the last lesson date. (see cold weather policy below)

  • Classic or Skate, Beginner to Experienced.  

  • Learning together in a group setting. Fun, social, educational.  We will build your technique in steps so "homework" is mandatory!  

  • 4.5 hours total 

 Monday Night Lessons Cold Weather Policy for lesson cancellation:

If the temperature is -13.0 or colder at 4:30pm Monday afternoon the Monday Night session will be cancelled.

For consistent temperature verification, please use the Stride and Glide weather station in the header of the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club Website. 


Weekday Lessons - Classic or Skate 

Want to learn to ski but would rather ski in the daylight? Whether you have some experience under your belt, or brand new to cross-country skiing, you will learn the basics of the sport while skiing the trails. Best suited for beginner to intermediate.  INSTRUCTOR: Barbara Robertson

CLASSIC LESSONS New, beginner or experienced but want to improve further  


Small group Starting Wed January 9 and continuing Monday January 14 and Thursday January 17 2019

9:00 am -10:30 am

three 1.5 hour sessions $90.00 

SKATE SKIING LESSONS New, beginner or experienced but want to improve further - STILL ROOM!!

Small group - daytimes with Barbara  Starting in February  contact Carolyn for details


SDP Parent Lessons - FULL!!!

Ski Lessons for Parents of Bunnies, Jackrabbits and Jackalopes

  • Enjoy a lesson while your child is in lessons too!

  • Tuesday evenings (6:15pm-7:15pm)  Starting on the SECOND EVENING  of SDP Tuesday January January 15

  • or Saturday mornings (10:45am-11:45am)  Starting on the SECOND EVENING  of SDP  Saturday January 12

  • Three Sessions of Classic or Skating

  • Second and third lesson dates dependent on instructor availability and registration numbers.

  • $75.00


ICEMAN CRAM Skate or Classic Session with Adrianne and Barrie

SUNDAY JANUARY 27 10:00 - 11:30am   One session  $50.00

Check out our guys and gals ICEMAN Tweaker. Starting tips, ski the course, crest the hills (and still be able to breathe). You've got two more weeks to master those sought after skills and make your ICEMAN Ski go from YIKES to YES!!!!



CANSI certification courses are intended to teach people to teach skiing, and are not designed to be lessons for personal skill development in skiing.  CANSI instructor certification courses have specific evaluation criteria that must be met in order to pass the course.  Candidates are evaluated on their ability to ski identified techniques at an appropriate skill level.  Their ability to adequately teach techniques is also evaluated.

At level 1, the evaluated techniques are diagonal stride, double pole, one skate and wedge turn.  Lesson evaluations include diagonal stride without poles, diagonal stride, double pole, straight running, braking wedge, wedge turn, herringbone, side step, free skate, one skate and diagonal skate.

This national designation is the minimum requirement needed to teach with the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club Ski School.  Teaching experience is not required to take a CANSI level 1 course.

We have new dates!!! Friday January 25, 6-9pm, Saturday and Sunday Jan 26,27 830-430.  Please contact Carolyn if you are interested.

Facilitators Bruce Bennett and Tuppy Hoehn

Please contact Carolyn if you are interested! 250 564-3809 or

Registration is online at

Early bird pricing ONLY until the 20th of January.

CANSI Level 1 Recertification

Recertification is required a minimum of once every three years.  Instructors are reminded that in order to teach as part of the CNSC Ski School, and be covered by our insurance, CANSI courses and fees must be kept up to date. If you are unsure of the status of your membership or recertification please visit the CANSI website at


For more information or to book a lesson contact: Carolyn   or call her at the office 250 564-3809


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