Price-related questions are answered on the pricing page.
Scroll down for Coach-specific FAQs.
Who joins Nordic Ski Lab?
Nordic Ski Lab 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.
Nordic Ski Lab members:
- Share an interest in competition-style skate and classic skiing, meaning the graceful and highly efficient techniques used by competitive skiers.
- Enjoy video-based learning.
- Are thinking skiers, who enjoy nuanced discussions about ski technique.
How does this compare to in-person coaching?
Nordic Ski Lab 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 Nordic Ski Lab 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 but we are gradually increasing the number of videos that may be downloaded. The downloadable videos are low resolution and prominently watermarked to help protect our copyright. They are meant for the benefit of folks with slow internet.
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?
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.
Please scan through the various video libraries to see if you're happy with the amount of content.
Do the videos have transcripts?
We are gradually adding closed captioning (English only.) You must be comfortable listening to spoken English to benefit from Nordic Ski Lab videos.
Can I view a sample video?
Is there a free trial?
We no longer offer a free trial.
Should I buy a one month or annual membership?
Nordic Ski Lab 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 30 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 Nordic Ski Lab?
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 Nordic Ski Lab 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?
You are welcome to show our videos to your athletes provided you are present at the time. Please respect the privacy of Nordic Ski Lab members and do not show the member technique analysis videos to non-members. When showing our videos, please give us credit and encourage others to buy their own membership.
Please don't share your login with your athletes or their parents. Thanks!
Is Nordic Ski Lab appropriate for kids' coaches?
Often parents with little skiing experience are recruited by ski clubs to coach the youngest skiers. If you fall into that category and are looking for simple information and quick drills, Nordic Ski Lab may be too much for you.
Nordic Ski Lab is best for people who have a passion for the sport and a keen interest in ski technique.
Our collection of on-snow games to play with children is completely open-access, for the benefit of young skiers and their coaches everywhere. The videos are available in English or French.