If your child is NEW to the program and born in 2010 or 2011, register in Bunnies.  If your child was born in 2008 or 2009, register in Jackrabbit 1. If your child is 8-9 years old and has not skied, register in Jackrabbits Learn to Ski (JR L2Ski)

If your child has ALREADY COMPLETED one or more years of the program, refer to the end-of-season evaluation and register in level recommended by coach.  The Foothills Administrator has a list of completed levels for each child.

  • Steps:
  • 1. Obtain your Foothills Nordic membership.
  • 2. Register for the Program you are interested in.  You can find ski programs and register using the information below.

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 our Cross-Country Program Director. 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.


Children’s Programs

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.

Program Ages Time Season Cost Notes Status: 
Bunny Rabbits 4-5 Tues 4:30 – 5:30 pm Jan – March $135 January 3/4/5 start, depends on snow and weather  –
Tues 6:15 – 7:15 pm Choose one of the four sessions offered
Wed 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Thurs 4:30 – 5:30 pm
JackrabbitsLevels 1 to 4 and Learn to Ski 6-10 Tues 4:30 – 6:00 pm Dec – March $170 Nov 29/30/Dec 1 start, depends on snow and weather.
Tues 6:15 – 7:45 pm  See JR schedule for availability
Wed 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Thurs 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Thurs 6:15 – 7:45 pm
Jackrabbits Plus 8-10 Tues and Thurs 4:30 – 6:00 pm Oct – March $385 Sept 15 start
Tues and Thurs 6:30 – 8:00 pm Choose one of two time slots offered
Track Attack 10-12 Tues and Thurs 6:30 – 8:00 pm Sept – March $600 Sept 15 start, some Saturdays, locations vary
Marmots 10-13 Thurs 6:15 – 7:45 pm Oct – March $185 Oct 13 start


Youth Programs

 Our youth programs train in Calgary during the week and often venture into the mountains on weekends. Youth Group (T1, T2, and LC) 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 Cross Country Canada (CCC) 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.


Program Ages Time Season Cost Notes
T1 Year-round 12-13 M and Th 6:30 – 8:00 pm,
Saturday 10:00 – 1:00
May – March $1100 Saturday duration and location will vary
T2 Year-round 14-15 M and W 6:30 – 8:00 pm,
Th 6:30 – 8:00 pm (Canmore),
Saturday 10:00 – 1:00
June – August $1425 Saturday duration and  location will vary
LC Year-round 16+ M, W, Th 4:30 – 6:00 pm,
Saturday 10:00 – 1:00
May – March $1925 Training times and locations vary
This is a full time training program
Athletes are given an individual training plan with extra training
Teen Ski 14+ Tues 6:15 – 7:45 pm Sept – March $185 Will be run together with Marmots

Adult Programs

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.

Program Time Season Cost Notes
Masters n/a May – March $n/a year round training and conditioning
Ski Fitness R 9:30am – 11:00am Sept – March $325 fitness and ski improvement
FAST Fall Dryland Session n/a Sept – Nov $n/a Pre-season fitness and conditioning
Foothills Adult Ski Technique T or R 6:30 – 8:00 pm Dec – March $300 learn to ski and technique improvement
Foothills Adult Training Group T or R 6:30 – 8:00 pm Sept – March $325 Group training sessions
U of C Dinos Team varies check out their website to learn more