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 5-9
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 5-9
Wednesdays January 5, 2022 - March 9, 2022
5:00 - 6:30 PM
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 5, 2022 5:00PM- 6:30PM
Youth: Ages 10-12
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 6, 2021 - March 9, 2022
Wednesdays 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Saturdays 10:00 - 12:00
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
Wednesdays January 5 - March 9, 2022
5:00 - 6:30
*new for 2020* Early-Start 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.
Wednesdays October 6, 2021 - March 9, 2022 (3 week pause over Christmas break)
5:00 - 6:30 PM
Youth: Ages 13-17
Red Deer Nordic Program
The focus for older youth and 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.
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 5, 2021 - March 31, 2022
5:00 - 6:30PM
10:00 - 12:00 PM
*Please note that all program registrations are done through Zone4 Registrations and include membership with Nordiq Canada which supplies insurance for all participants*