Area cross-country skiers were out in full force this weekend.
 
The Fort Saskatchewan Nordic Ski Club (FSNSC) hosted a dryland training camp for young skiers from across central and northern Alberta.
 
"A good chunk of these are developing skiers, some of them are new to cross-country, so the pathways at West River's Edge are excellent right outside the door," said Vaughn McGrath, vice president of coaching and athlete development at the FSNSC.
 
Athletes from as far as Canmore and Fort McMurray took part in weekend events, with others coming from Edmonton, Vermillion, Athabasca and right here in the Fort.
 
Skiers from Canmore led the training sessions, with a big focus on agility, balance, core strength and technique. The dryland drills included roller skiing (an off-snow equivalent to cross-country skiing).
 
For a lot of the skiers, racing starts on November 1.
 
"With these athletes, some of them are hoping to move on, in four years to the National team, the Olympics, World Championships, different things like that."
 
Now, all McGrath and the athletes can do is hope for snow.
 
"Hopefully we're going to have a much better snow year than we've had in the past, that's been a limiting factor for us," concluded McGrath.
 
The weekend was hosted in partnership with the Alpine Insurance Alberta World Cup Academy and the Capital Regional Training Group.
 

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