Cross Country Programs

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. Foothills Nordic offers instruction in classic and skate techniques for all ages. Programs are offered in Confederation Park Golf Course, and many programs include weekend sessions at the Canmore Nordic Centre or in the mountain parks.

Program Framework ‘Sport for Life’

OUR CROSS COUNTRY PROGRAMS

AGES 4-5



Bunny sessions are focused on “ski-play” as children learn movement on cross country skis and develop basic motor skills through participation in games and activities and having FUN.

AGES 6-10



Jackrabbits will acquire basic ski skills while developing agility, balance, coordination and speed with an emphasis on FUN and participation! Jackrabbits develop through a progressive skill program following the Cross Country Canada Jackrabbit model.



Jackrabbits develop through a progressive skill program following the Cross Country Canada Jackrabbit model. Jackrabbits Plus is designed for kids with an interest in skiing more than once a week



JRL2Ski Pikas program is targeted at kids ages 6-8 who are NEW to skiing (or have done limited nordic skiing).  The program will mainly work at Jackrabbit Level 2 skills (classic), with the goal to have kids ready for JR level 2 or 3 in the next season.  The group will be divided into sub-groups as needed for age and ability.

AGES 10-13



As a progression from the Jackrabbit program, Track Attack is a skill development program aimed at improving skate and classic techniques in a fun and social environment. Track Attack will promote teamwork and personal interaction skills.



JRL2Ski Hares program is targeted at kids ages 9-12 who are NEW to skiing (or have done limited nordic skiing).  The program will mainly work at Jackrabbit Level 2 skills (classic), with the goal to have kids ready for JR level 2 or 3 in the next season.  The group will be divided into sub-groups as needed for age and ability.



As a progression from the Track Attack program, Train to Train 1 is the next stage in Cross Country Canada’s Long Term Development Framework. It is aimed at improving skate and classic techniques in a fun and social environment. Skiers are encouraged to participate in competition and will be able to race many times during the season.



The U14 Adventure Ski (formally Marmots) program is intended for youth who are interested in skiing for fun, fitness and friendship. Includes group ski sessions to develop and improve on skills attained in the Jackrabbit program.

AGES 14-19



Train to Train 2 includes an introduction to sport rules and ethics, nutrition, goal setting skills, teamwork, personal interaction skills and fitness testing.



Learn to Compete (LC) is for athletes seeking improvement and refinement in XC skiing. Training sessions and workout modes are specifically catered to meet different athlete needs depending on their development.





U18 Adventure Ski (formally Teen) is intended for skiers aged 14+ with prior nordic experience who are interested in skiing for fun, fitness and friendship. *NEW* Participants can register for the Fall Adventure Dryland program independent of the On-Snow program.

Adult Cross Country Programs



Ski Fitness is an adult program coached by passionate and qualified Masters athletes/instructors. Sessions focus on fitness and improving classic and skate techniques – giving participants the skills and fitness to ski effortlessly!



The Masters program is built for intermediate and advanced skiers who want to improve their fitness and ski technique in both classic and skating styles in a fun group atmosphere. Group training and varied sessions build motivation.



This is an adult learn-to-ski and ski skill improvement program coached by experienced Masters and high-performance athletes. The focus of the program is on improving your skiing, either as a “learn-to-ski” or more advanced ability.



The Masters Training Group (MTG) is for adults who desire a cross-country ski training program with instruction for both skate and classic techniques.



Women’s 55+ XC ski class offered by Foothills Nordic Ski Club strives to follow the goals of Physical Literacy in the delivery of the program. The classes are structured to include some instruction and some free skiing time.


LIMITATIONS

Foothills Nordic reserves the right to reconfigure programs based on the numbers and skill levels of the subscribers.  Programs may be limited to a specific number of participants. There may be multiple groups within each level depending on how many athletes sign up for each level.  Within a level, groups will be structured based on ability and skier chemistry.

Sessions missed due to inclement weather will be made up at the coaches’ discretion.

There is no guarantee to the number of nights that the programs will run.  Typically we are able to get 8-10 weeks in during the December-March period.  Sessions may be canceled due to lack of snow, temperatures below -20c, and conflicts with racing schedules.

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