Cross-Country Skiing: Coaching & Challenges

With roller skiing, you can prepare for all kinds of on-snow challenges - from holidays to ski marathons; Arctic adventures to international competition. We aim to help you get more out of cross-country skiing on snow, whatever your challenge might be. Training on rollerskis gives you better technique, fitness and specific strength and endurance, which translates directly onto snow.

Our focus is on providing the best possible rollerski instruction, to get you ready for snow. We work with organisations which value preparation on rollerskis, and who want their skiers to get the most out of their time on snow. Here are a few -

 

 

Totally Nordic offers first rate cross-country ski instruction on snow, based mainly in Austria. Set up by rollerski instructor and GB international cross-country skier Alan Eason, it sets the standard for technical instruction, and preparation for cross-country ski marathons.
   
Exodus Travels is a leading adventure holidays company, with a long history of cross-country skiing (it took over Waymark Holidays a few years ago). It offers a wide variety of trips across continental Europe and Scandinavia, including ski marathons. We would particularly recommend its Kvitavatn centre, whose instructors include experienced rollerskiers Mary Wray and Dagmar Junghanns.
   
IGO Adventures was established by trans-Atlantic rower Bobby Melville, and runs the N60 Adventure Race in Norway. This involves cross-country skiing, mountain biking on snow (fat bikes), running a marathon and ski touring. The first race took place in 2016, with racers all preparing on roller skis.
   
Warthog Off-Grid Adventures runs Arctic challenges, including cross-country skiing and snow shoeing in Northern Norway. Their speciality is providing challenges and races for team building and charity fundraising and their clients include RBS, Taylor Wessing and other leading businesses.
   
Nordic Challenge runs trips in Norway, aimed particularly at familes, shools and inviduals. Run by former marine officer, Tony Turnbull, it has a loyal following and offers both week long trips and long weekends.

 

 

Ski Marathons

Cross-country ski marathons have become increasingly popular over the years. Totally Nordic and Exodus (above) run ski marathon trips, but these are challenges you can also do independently. We prepare a lot of people for the Engadin Skimarathon, which is the most popular among British skiers. In 2016, over 130 British skiers finished this race, including a whole team from the law firm CMS, Mark Carney (Governor of the Bank of England) and Lord Foster. The Engadin can also be done on an extreme budget. Race entry covers half of the train travel from Zurich Airport (on the Rhatische Bahn) and you can stay in a coverted school or nuclear bunker at a low cost.

Other popular races include the Vasaloppet in Sweden (the largest cross-country ski race in the world), the Birkebeiner in Norway, and others in the World Loppet series, see www.worldloppet.com. A lot of the smaller races are very friendly and characterful.

 

Snowsport England

Snowsport England is the governing body of all cross-country skiing, and runs an end-of-season coaching week each year in Norway. SSE focuses particularly on 'Masters' skiers (40+). You can find more information at www.snowsportengland.org.uk.

 

British Army

The Army is one of the biggest supporters of cross-country skiing in the UK. Each year many of its regiments send teams to compete in cross-country skiing and biathlon (skiing and shooting) races in Scandinvia and the Alps. The British Biathlon Union runs the British Championships for cross-country skiing and biathlon in Ruhpolding, Germany each year, and this is the biggest meeting of British skiers each year. Non-military skiers can compete, and the 15k Classic race has one of the biggest fields of any national championships of cross-country skiing in the world. See - www.britishbiathlon.com. We help prepare a number of regimental cross-country and biathlon teams on rollerskis, in advance of the ski season.

 

Juniors

We work with various individuals and schools. Several of our junior club members in Hyde Park and Surrey are members of the British Nordic Development Squad, and they attend squad training camps on roller skis, and compete on snow in national and international races. Our instructors Felicity and Jordan also run weekly roller skiing sessions at primary schools in Oxfordshire, and we do an annual rollerski day at Cherwell School in Oxfordshire and Stowe School in Buckinghamshire.

 

Corporate

We work with various skiers whose employers sponsor teams to take part in races such as the Engadin or Arctic challenges. A 5-week course of roller skiing will see skiers well prepared, although we also do one-off sessions, which give an idea of what it's all about. More competitive skiers can join our Hyde Park and Victoria Park training group, for regular training and roller ski racing.

 

We have a very experienced team of instructors, and always teach rollerskiing with reference to skiing on snow, whether or not you actually go on snow. Our equipment is renewed every year, and we use high quality rollerskis, boots and poles - the same boots and poles can be used with cross-country skis on snow.

If you are thinking of doing a cross-country ski challenge, we will help you prepare.