If your child is NEW to the program and born in 2009 or 2010, register in Bunnys.  If your child was born in 2007 or 2008, 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.

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.


Children’s Programs

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.

Ages Time Season Cost Notes
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


Youth Programs


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.

Ages Time Season Cost Notes
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

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.

Time Season Cost Notes
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