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 a variety of locations in Calgary and the surrounding region.
Program Framework ‘Sport for Life’
Foothills Nordic Ski Club programs are aligned with Sport Canada’s Sport for Life model and are designed to meet the physical, mental, emotional and cognitive developmental needs of participants. Sport for Life emphasizes the importance of sport in children’s development, as well as for the health and well being of all Canadians.
The key feature of Sport for Life is the Long Term Athlete Development model. The LTAD is an 8 stage-model based on the physical, mental, emotional and cognitive development of children and adolescents. Each stage reflects a different point in athlete development.
All Foothills programming as well as competitive events are aligned with the LTAD model. This means you can be assured that Foothills programs are carefully matched to the participants’ physical, mental and emotional stage of development.
Our children’s programs focus on the FUNdamentals of cross-country skiing. Through the delivery of Cross Country Canada’s Bunny and Jackrabbit programs Foothills Nordic offers children a fun way to learn cross-country skiing from great youth and adult coaches! Our goal is to instill in children a love of cross-country skiing and winter outdoor activity.
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 Level 1 to 4 model.
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 12-19 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.
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.
Group training sessions for intermediate through advanced skiers experienced in both classic and skate techniques. Participants can adapt training program to one technique. The program will build toward peak speed and endurance for the Cookie Race.
FAST 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.
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, some free skiing time and social time, which includes a coffee stop after the class.
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 be cancelled due to lack of snow, temperatures below -20c, and conflicts with racing schedules.
- Program costs do not include Club membership fees, trail passes for Canada Olympic Park or the Canmore Nordic Centre
- 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!
If you are unsure which program is best suited to you or if you have questions, please email our Club Coach.