Children are encouraged to take part in an Active Lifestyle from a young age. The Youth Initiation programs target the ACTIVE START and FUNdamental stages of development as outlined in the Canadian Sport For Life (S4L) model. This includes Bunnies (ages 4 and 5), Jackrabbit Levels 1-4 (ages 6 to 10), Jackrabbit-Plus (ages 8-10) and Marmots (Jackrabbit 5 +, ages 10-13).
Weekly, 1.5 hour long (bunnies, 1 hour), on-snow sessions will include lots of activity and increasing work on ski skills. Additional activities are available for the kids in the higher levels of the Youth Initiation programs. Registrations for all sessions will be for the full season (12 weeks, weather permitting for Jackrabbits and Marmots).
- 14+ Teen Ski: Skiing at a recreational level with w/end trips and great friends.
- 14-15 Training-to-train 2: Athletes will work on developing their ski specific fitness, a stepping stone to our LC program.
- 16+ Learn to Compete: Foothills’ most advanced youth program, aiming to optimize ski technique and performance. Year round training.
Foothills Nordic offers instruction in classic and skate techniques for all ages. Programs are offered in Calgary at Canada Olympic Park, and many programs include weekend sessions at the Canmore Nordic Centre or in the mountain parks.
At Foothills Nordic, we’re passionate about cross-country skiing: we thrive on being active outdoors in winter, we enjoy the challenge of improving our technique and we love the warm friendships we form in the nordic community. Please check out our program links below and if you have questions, please email Kevin McLean, our Cross-Country Program Director.
- Program costs do not include Club membership fees, or trails passes for Canada Olympic Park or the Canmore Nordic Centre.
- Please review limitations on programs.
- A great way to get a feeling for our programs is to visit the Forum.
- Foothills is volunteer-powered; members are regularly asked to contribute in various ways. Volunteering with Foothills is a great way to connect with the nordic community. Get involved!
Registration for Track Attack opens June 18, 2014 at 9AM.
Registration for Bunnies and Jackrabbits opens September 22, 2014 at 9AM.
Our children’s programs focus on the FUNdamentals of cross-country skiing. Foothills Jackrabbit and Track Attack programs offer children a fun way to learn cross-country skiing from some of the best coaches in Canada. Our goal is to instill in children a love of cross-country skiing and winter outdoor activity.
|Bunny Rabbits||4-5||Tues 4:30 – 5:30 pm||Jan – March||$130||Jan 7 or 9, depends on snow and weather|
|Tues 6:15 – 7:15 pm||choose one of the four sessions offered|
|Thurs 4:30 – 5:30 pm|
|Thurs 6:15 – 7:15 pm|
|Jackrabbits||6-10||Tues 4:30 – 6:00 pm||Dec – March||$165||Dec 10 or 12, depends on snow and weather|
|Tues 6:15 – 7:45 pm||choose one of the four sessions offered|
|Thurs 4:30 – 6:00 pm|
|Thurs 6:15 – 7:45 pm|
|Track Attack||10-12||Tues AND Thurs 6:30 – 8:00 pm||Sept – March||$575||plus some Saturdays, locations vary|
All of our youth programs train in Calgary during the week and often venture into the mountains on weekends. Youth Group (T1, T2 , LC and Teen Ski) continues to develop overall fitness and ski skills by providing a mix of both recreational and competitive experiences. It’s a transitional program for 12-16 year olds where athletes develop a strong background in ski technique from which they can continue to develop their ski skill/recreational interests and/or more competitive goals. We use the CCC (Cross Country Canada) long term athlete development model (LTAD) as a guide in implementing our training sessions. Teen Ski is a recreational program that builds on the fitness and technique base acquired in T1 and T2 in a fun, easy going environment. LC (Learn to Compete) is a comprehensive, year round training program that allows athletes to meet their competitive or non-competitive sport and fitness goals.
|T1 Year-round 2013-14||12-13||M and Th 6:30 – 8:00,every Saturday 10:00 to 1:00||May- March||$1100||Saturdays durations and locations will vary|
|T2 Year-round 2013-14||14-15||M and W 6:30 – 8:00 Th 6:30-8:00 Canmore and every Saturday 10:00 to 1:00||June- August||$1425||Saturdays durations and locations will vary|
|LCYear round||16 +||M, W,Th 4:30-6:00, Saturday 10:00 to 1:00, athletes will also be given individual training plan||May – March||$1925||training times and locations vary, this is a full time training program|
|Teen Ski||14 +||T 6:30 – 8:00 pm||Sept – March||$325||includes weekend trips/activities|
Adults looking for intense and technical year round training can join Masters, a program focused on technique refinement and intense conditioning. This is a perfect program for people looking to take their skiing to the next level. While many Masters chose to race loppets and local races there is no pressure to compete. The program includes an 11-month training plan plus on-line training diaries are used by the athletes and monitored by the coach.
Adults looking for a less intense program focusing more on technique and skill improvement (but still providing a fitness workout) can join Ski Fitness or Foothills Adult Ski Technique (F.A.S.T.). Ski Fitness is ideal for people looking to train during the day while F.A.S.T. runs in the evenings, concurrently with the FNSC youth programs. Ski Fitness combines dry land and on-snow training and F.A.S.T. offers on-snow training with the option of adding fall dry land training.
Finally, Foothills is proud to have helped launch Calgary’s first collegiate nordic program. Calgary area post secondary students are welcome to join the University of Calgary Dino’s Team.
Please click on the links below to learn more about each program.
|Masters||4 times per week||May – March||$750||year round training and conditioning|
|Ski Fitness||R 9:15 – 10:45 am||Sept – March||$325||fitness and ski improvement|
|FAST Fall Dryland Session||R 6:30 – 8:00 pm||Sept – Nov||$75||Pre-season fitness and conditioning|
|Foothills Adult Ski Technique||T or R 4:30 – 6:00 pm||Dec – March||$250||learn to ski and technique improvement|
|T or R 6:30 – 8:00 pm||Dec – March||$250||learn to ski and technique improvement|
|U of C Dinos Team||varies||check out their website to learn more|