Youth 5-9

Jack Rabbits

Jack Rabbits is a fun early skill development program for those children aged 5-9 years old. Coaches focus on keeping kids moving, developing poling, striding, turning, and hill skills. Parents must accompany kids 8 years and under. This program is approximately 8-10 sessions based on weather and each lesson followed by hot chocolate and social time

Wednesdays January 8 - March 11, 2020 

5:00 - 6:30PM

Cost: $102

Jack Rabbits Parent Ski Skills 

Open to all parents who would like to develop their ski skills and learn alongside their kids. January 15, 2020 5:00PM- 6:30PM

Cost: $52

Youth 10-12

Track Attack

For youth who have completed the Jack Rabbits Level 5 and are ready to take their training and racing to the next level. This Dryland and on snow 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 back country skills. Ski experience equivalent to Level 5 in Jack Rabbits or Learn - to - Ski L2 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 poppets, 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. 

Wednesdays October 9, 2019 - March 11, 2020

5:00 - 6:30 PM. Super Saturdays TBA

Cost: $372

Dryland Training Only

For those who want to get an early jump on training. 

Wednesdays October 9 - November 27, 2019

5:00 - 6:30 PM

Cost: $152

Youth Learn to Ski - L1-L2

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

Wednesdays January 8 - March 11, 2020

5:00 - 6:30

Cost: $102

Youth 13-17

Red Deer Nordic Race Program

For athletes who LOVE to race! The focus for racing programs will be to improve technique, increase 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 and provides specific skill directed fun practices in a team setting, where friendships can be fostered. Individual training plans, and Coaching/waxing support is provided 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

  • work towards becoming an independent 24-hour athlete

Tuesdays/Thursdays October 1 2019 - April 2 2020

5:00 - 6:30PM

Saturdays

10:00 - 12:00 PM

Cost: $812

Fitness Program 

For athletes looking to continue with training and skiing, but are not necessarily interested in high level racing. 

Tues/Thurs December 3 - March 18, 2020

Cost $322

Biathlon 12+ 

Introduction to Biathlon using EcoAims camera rifles with certified biathlon coaches. Youth are encouraged to sign up for appropriate Red Deer Nordic Youth Ski Programs to develop skiing skills. We require a minimum of 6 registrants to run program. 

4 week program:

Thursdays

January 23, 30 Feb 6, 20 at RiverBend Course Biathlon Range

7:00 - 8:30 PM

*additional fees for Biathlon Alberta Membership