As Calgary's premier masters cross-country ski club, we specialize in helping you achieve tangible gains in your skiing technique, confidence, and general fitness.
7 years of delivering outstanding experience and real success
Premium & highly customized programming (most comprehensive adult ski programs in Calgary)
Training based on National and Olympic training systems and strategies, run by the best high-performance coaches (ex-National Ski Team, Olympians, World Cup racers)
Inspiring you to be the best, and train with the best
Offering 3 levels: Competitive, Recreational, and Foundations (classic & skate)
If you are just getting into skiing, or skied your entire life, we welcome you to try out one of our groups before deciding if we’re a good fit for you. You will fit well with our group if you choose to commit to self-improvement, show up to workouts, and be respectful, accountable, fun, and brave.
WHAT OUR SKIERS SAY:
Being a 40+ "weekend warrior" I signed up to improve my classic and skating techniques, and generally just to learn how to move more efficiently. Joining Space Dogs was an opportunity to get feedback from top-level coaches, build up both my base level strength and ski-specific fitness, and participate in a consistent training program week after week. This combination allowed me to take a big leap forward in improving my skiing. As the coaches are all ex-pros, I was expecting it to be a fairly intense atmosphere. But they are all very relaxed, and it felt more like going for a ski with friends (albeit ones that are much better than you) It is a wonderful training group, and the program has a very welcoming atmosphere. Primarily it is about pushing yourself as much as you can, or want to, and having the right people there to provide guidance and support.
MEET OUR COACHING TEAM
Currently ½ way through his Ph.D. in Biomechanics at the UofC Faculty of Kinesiology, Andy has raced for 9 years on the NZ National Cross-Country Ski Team. He raced in 2 World Championships, and multiple World Cups and was awarded the title of NZ Cross Country Skier of the year 3 times. Andy spent many Northern Hemisphere summers working back home in NZ as a Coach and eventually the GM at Snow Farm NZ. Apart from enjoying 11 years of continuous winter, Andy got to work with many adult athletes, helping them towards their goals on and off snow. After retiring from XC racing Andy moved into an analyst role with the NZ Knowledge for Rio and later the Knowledge for Tokyo team working towards optimising learning and performance for New Zealand’s top tier Olympic athletes, coaches and support staff.
Drea’s path to high performance sport was quite different than most. It wasn’t until her final year of MSc, while racing World University Games in Italy (completely out of shape), that Drea decided to chase her dream of representing Canada on the world stage. And so, despite being told that she started training too late, Drea has raced and trained herself into one of Canada’s top female cross-country skiers (Racing at World Championships and World Cups around the World). It has not been an easy path, as anyone who tries to do anything outside of the norm can attest. In the process, Drea have learned an incredible amount from sport, and she loves passing on what she has learned in training, nutrition, and life balance. Drea lives in Canmore and when not coaching or skiing for fun, she works as the CEO of Buff Canada.
Recently retired from international high-level racing, Michael is currently studying towards a mechanical engineering degree at UofC. What’s unique about Michael path in high-performance, is that for the last few years of his racing career he has built his own custom training plans together with his coach, in order to maximise his performance with the limited training abilities due to a multitude of ongoing injuries. As such, Michael brings lots of experience, expertise, and knowledge to providing personalized training, analyzing technique, identifying strengths and weaknesses, and helping with the race day ski selection, and waxing.
Originally from Whistler, B.C. Benita is one of the very rare high-performance athletes who is racing while pursuing a university degree (UofC) at the same time. With her eyes set on racing World Cup Biathlon circuit this coming winter, Benita has competed in both cross-country and biathlon on international level (World Junior Championships, World Cups). Benita is a Canadian National Ski Champion and Biathlon NorAm winner, and is the FIRST Canadian to be member of both Cross-Country and Biathlon National Teams at the same time. If you ever wanted to try biathlon, or learn from the best in Canada, Benita would be delighted to share her knowledge, expertise and passion with you. She brings with her most up-to-date knowledge on current ski techniques, skis waxing and high-performance training.
Founder of Space Dogs ski club, Dasha was a National Ski Team Athlete for >10years and raced her way to 7th at Vancouver 2010 Olympics and 10th at Sochi Olympics 2014. Passionate about sharing her extensive knowledge and joy for skiing, Dasha enjoys teaching adult skiers of all levels and abilities, inspiring many to reach and surpass their personal achievement goals. When not skiing, Dasha works as a broker and financial planner in investing / wealth management industry.
Previously racing for team USA and training out of Anchorage Alaska, Chels made a wise choice to marry a Canadian and move to Banff. An ex-World Cup and World Championship racer, Chelsea was one of the top North-American distance skiers (don’t try to compete against her in a 15km race!). Many of our skiers appreciate her very detailed, attentive, yet gentle coaching style. Chelsea is in the process of completing her Nursing degree at UofC.