Price-related questions are answered on the pricing page.
Scroll down for Coach-specific FAQs.
Who joins XC Ski Nation?
XC Ski Nation members are a mix of coaches, master's level athletes, beginner skiers, youth athletes and their parents. You don't have to be a coach or a particular level of skier to benefit from the video courses.
XC Ski Nation members:
- Share an interest in competition-style skate and classic skiing, meaning the graceful and highly efficient techniques used by competitive skiers.
- Are comfortable with an online video-learning format.
- Are thinking skiers, who enjoy nuanced discussions about ski technique.
How does this compare to in-person coaching?
XC Ski Nation is a completely different experience. There's no standing around in the cold while a coach talks. You can watch videos as many times as you like. Slow motion videos are especially powerful and cannot be matched by in-person lessons. Many of our members experience rapid improvement. Please read the reviews to learn more.
Is XC Ski Nation a complete, step-by-step guide to xc skiing?
No yet, but it's getting closer.
Can I download the videos?
Most lesson videos are only available by live streaming so you don’t have to worry about managing large files. Where appropriate, we also provide short downloadable videos for easy reference when you’re out of Internet range.
Can I share a membership?
Memberships may be shared within a household. It's possible for members from the same household to log in at the same time on different devices and to view different videos.
Sharing outside a household is not allowed and will result in cancellation of service.
We are real life skiers and coaches, just like you, and we rely on the honesty of our members to ensure the long-term sustainability of the website.
How often do you add new videos and courses?
As of Fall 2018, XC Ski Nation has more than 700 videos. This includes demo videos of top skiers, skill and drill lessons taught by a variety of coaches, lectures by sports scientists etc.
We enjoy making new videos and updating and improving the site, but we don't follow a schedule for releasing new content and we reserve right to stop adding new content at any time.
Do the videos have transcripts?
Only a few of them. You must be comfortable listening to spoken English to benefit from XC Ski Nation video courses.
Can I view a sample video?
Is there a free trial?
Unfortunately we had to remove the free trial option because of abuse.
Should I buy a one month or annual membership?
XC Ski Nation contains a large collection of videos. It will be difficult to get through everything in one month. In addition to the ski drills and information, you'll find information for off-snow training, both dryland exercises and roller skiing. Most of the information in the biomechanics courses is relevant to all movement and sporting activities.
We set the annual price as low as possible so people can take their time watching the videos and processing the information.
What if I'm not satisfied?
Please send an email within 14 days of purchase and request a refund.
FAQs for Coaches
What is your coaching philosophy?
We don’t pretend to have all the answers. Ski techniques evolve, as does our thinking. We believe technique should be aligned with current ideas about healthy and optimal movement.
Will I agree with all your ideas?
Will I learn anything new from XC Ski Nation?
Hard to say. Our coach members enjoy the chance to see how other coaches interpret technique and explain different drills and ideas. They integrate our ideas into their own and come up with something that works for them.
Can I submit video of my athletes for technique analysis?
No. The person in the video has to sign off permission for us to use the video. This is all done electronically and assumes the account holder is the person in the video (or at least a member of the same household).
Can I share my login with my club members/athletes?
No, please don't do that. We are coaches just like you and XC Ski Nation demands a lot of our resources (time and money). Encourage them to buy a membership. It's incredibly affordable and we even offer group rates (10 or more memberships). Contact us if you're interested.
Can I show your videos to my athletes?
Sure, as long as you are with them for the viewing. Many of our coach members use our videos with their athletes. Our demo videos are great for this purpose. Please give us credit and encourage others to buy their own membership.
Is XC Ski Nation appropriate for kid's coaches?
Often parents with little skiing experience get recruited by ski clubs to coach the youngest skiers. If you fall into that category and are looking for simple information and quick drills, XC Ski Nation may be too much for you.
On one hand, we do have games and drills you can use with children and the cost of a membership is incredibly affordable. On the other hand, XC Ski Nation is best for people who have a passion for the sport and a keen interest in ski technique.