Programs for every  age

Our Kids and Youth Programming is modelled after the Nordiq Canada program outlines and prepares kids for sport-specific cross country skills.

 

 
Kids Ages 4-9

 

 
Bunny Rabbits

Our Bunny Rabbits program is a fun program geared towards children ages 4-5.  Children are introduced to cross-country skiing and the healthy lifestyle associated with the sport.  Coaches teach the fundamental of skiing through organized, active play focusing on movement skills, an appreciation for the outdoors and ski friendships.  Parents must accompany children in this program. 

Snow Season: Ages 4-5

Wednesdays January 11, 2023 - March 15, 2023

5:00 - 6:30

Cost: $107

Jackrabbits 

Jackrabbits is a fun foundational skill development program for children aged 5-9 years old. Coaches focus on keeping kids moving, developing poling, striding, turning, and hill skills. Kids will be introduced to both classic and skate skiing. Parents must accompany kids 8 years and under. This program is approximately 8-10 sessions based on weather conditions. 

 

​Snow Season: Ages 6-9

Wednesdays January 11, 2023 - March 15, 2023

5:00 - 6:30 PM

Cost: $107

 

Jackrabbits Parent Ski Skills 

Open to all parents who would like to develop their ski skills and learn while your kids are having fun and learning with their group. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

5:00PM- 6:30PM

Cost: $57

Youth Learn to Ski - Level 1 - Level 2

A nordic program designed for young skiers who did not participate in the "Jackrabbits" program but are beginning their ski training between ages 10-12. OR, for those wanting a recreational option to continue skill development. Coaches will instruct the fundamentals on ski technique and skills. A fun way to begin, or carry on with your skiing. 

Skiers will :

  • be introduced to basic classic and skate ski techniques on flat terrain progressing to hilly terrain

  • build fitness and endurance

  • learn how to dress for cold weather

  • learn basic ski waxing techniques

  • have opportunities to participate in fun Jack Rabbits events

Snow Start

Wednesdays January 1, 2023 - March 15, 2023

5:00 - 6:30

Cost: $107

Jack Rabbit and Youth Learn to Ski - FULL SEASON

For those skiers looking to get a head start on their conditioning, fitness and bounding skills. The EARLY-START season offers dryland activity moving to on ski snow training when the weather allows. 

Fall and Winter Combined

Wednesdays- October 1, 2022 - March 15, 2023

5:00 - 6:30

Cost: $167

 
 
Youth: Ages 10-12

Track Attack 

For youth who have completed the Jackrabbits Level 5 and are ready to take their training and racing to the next level. This full season program will focus on improving skate and classic techniques in a fun social environment. Skiers will grow their technique, strength and endurance. Skiers will also have a chance to learn backcountry skills. Ski experience equivalent to Level 5 in Jackrabbits or Learn - to - Ski Level 2 is the minimum level to take best advantage of Track Attack. Coaching is provided by our head coach and trained parent coach volunteers. 

Skiers will be: 

  • challenged to improve their skate and classic ski techniques on flat and hilly terrain

  • encouraged to participate in local ski loppets, and other weekend activities like ski orienteering, and waxing clinics

  • introduced to dressing for winter outdoor pursuits, nutrition, hydration and ski care

  • encouraged to ski at least once a week outside of Nordic with friends and family to continue to develop their skills and maintain their fitness. 

  • ​encouraged to apply and manage their own waxing 

 

Wednesdays and Saturdays

October 1, 2022 - March 15, 2023

Wednesdays 5:00 - 6:30 PM

Saturdays 10:00 - 12:00

Cost: $377

 

 

 

Youth: Ages 13-17

 

Red Deer Nordic Program

The focus for older youth and racing programs will be to improve technique and increase the athlete's fitness, strength, and mental preparedness for Alberta Cups and other races.

The program is facilitated by the RDN head coach with support from trained parent coaches. It provides specific skill-directed, fun practices in a team setting where friendships can be fostered. Individual training plans and coaching/waxing support are included for all Alberta Cup races in this program price.

Skiers will:

  • be on a monitored training plan requiring an additional 2-3 days of training per week;

  • be challenged to improve skate and classic technique on a variety of terrain throughout the province;

  • work and communicate with coaches to find a healthy balance between school, family, self, training and racing;

  • learn about the physical impact of training, mental training, time management, sport nutrition, racing strategy, equipment/ski preparation, and being a good team member; and

  • work towards becoming an independent 24-hour athlete.

 

Tuesdays/Thursdays 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Saturdays 10:00am - 12:00pm

October 1, 2022 - March 31, 2023

Cost: $817

 
RDN Recreational Program

Red Deer Nordic is very excited to offer a new trial program for our RDN athletes (aged 13-18). You now have the choice to join our new flexible recreation program designed to empower athletes to be active for life and make friends while enjoying skiing on our beautiful trails.

Participants may choose between 1, 2 and 3 days per week and must identify which day(s) they will be skiing for the season: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and/or Saturday. Tuesdays and Thursdays participants will be skiing with the RDN athletes (best for fitness training). Wednesdays will be with the Track Attack skiers where they will also have a chance to mentor younger athletes. Saturdays all three groups will merge together for practice and divide into groups for activities.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Saturdays 10:00am - 12:00pm

October 1, 2022 - March 15th for Wed and March 31st, 2023 for all other days.

Cost: 3 days $817; 2 days $377, 1 day $188

 

 

*Please note that all program registrations are done through Zone4 Registrations and include membership with Nordiq Canada which supplies insurance for all participants*

Please review our COVID-19 page for important program details