Kids / Youth

JackRabbit Program (Winter)

Focus: Active play and FUNdamentals
For kids aged 4* to 10. This nationally supported program promotes the fundamental development of ski skills in a fun-filled environment. The objective is for children to learn basic cross-country ski skills (both classic and skating) and to instill a lifelong interest in the sport, thereby enhancing their quality of life and health. Many special event nights are included throughout the program. Parents must choose from a number of volunteer opportunities to help the program run smoothly. * Note that we will only accept twelve 4 year old kids in the program in 2016 (see note below)
RESOURCE: Cross Country Canada’s Skill and Development Program for Children
CONTACT: jackrabbits@canmorenordic.com
ONLINE REGISTRATION: Jackrabbit online registration commences online October 1 and runs through October 31. Note the price increase after October 24! See link on our home page starting October 1st. Note the price increase after October 24!
VOLUNTEER COMMITMENT: Parents must choose from a number of volunteer opportunities to help the program run smoothly.
* 4 YEAR OLD JACKRABBIT PROGRAM: We will accept a maximum of twelve 4 year old kids in the program this year (2 groups of kids). Kids must be ready physically and socially to take part in the program. Parent participation is mandatory for registering your 4 year old as we need a minimum of 3 parent helpers at each session.
BIATHLON ADD-ON: It is possible to add a Biathlon Polar (winter) or Grizzly (fall and winter) Bears shooting session with the Jackrabbit program. This add-on session is on Wednesdays. Only 15 spots available in each program.

Dates:

January 10 to March 14, 2017

Times:

Tuesday 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Cost:

$145 online registration Oct 1-24
$155 online registration Oct 25-31


COACHING: Our coaches are all volunteers and we are continuously looking for new leaders and helpers to join our team. Training is provided.

CANCELLATION POLICY AND PARTICIPANT RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Under no circumstances will abuse of any kind be tolerated.
  2. Should any problem arise with the program or instructor, please notify the program coordinator as soon as possible.
  3. The participant is responsible for all their own equipment. This needs to be acquired prior to the start of the class.

Program Withdrawal: Refund before the start of the program less $30 admin fee. No refunds after the program begins, except for medical reasons, in which case program fees will be pro-rated.
ONLINE REGISTRATION: See link on our home page!

Radical Skiers (Winter)

This one day/week recreational ski program is for 10-14 year olds. The goal of this program is for participants to have fun and improve their technique on their cross-country skis (classic and skating) both on and off the groomed trails. Be prepared to ski a variety of terrain, play games in the woods, learn a little orienteering as well as some wilderness survival skills. Participants must be able to comfortably ski 5km and have a taste for fun and a little adventure.

The Radical Skiers online registration will commence online October 1 and run through October 31. Email the program coordinator after the online registration has ended to see if any spots are left.
COORDINATOR CONTACT: radicalskiers@canmorenordic.com
NOTE: A minimum number of registrants is needed to run the program.

LOCATION:

Canmore Nordic Centre

DATES:

Thursdays: January 12 – March 16, 2017
Classes cancelled due to bad weather will not be rescheduled

TIME:

5:30 – 7:00pm

COST:

$145 online registration Oct 1-24
$155 online registration Oct 25-31


ONLINE REGISTRATION: See link on our home page!

Track Attack (Fall and Winter)

Focus: Learning to train
The Track Attack program is for kids aged 9 and older who have completed Jackrabbits or reached a comparable level of skiing. This program is for skiers who are committed to improving their skiing and fitness and who want an introduction to training and racing at the local level.

Requirements to join the program:

  • Enthusiastic about xc skiing
  • Fit enough to be active for 1.5 hrs
  • Able and willing to ski for 5 km
  • Willing to try new things
  • Mature and responds well to instructions from coaches

THERE ARE 2 OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR THIS PROGRAM:

1. INTRODUCTION TO TRACK ATTACK
For skiers born in 2007 (or skiers born in 2006 that have completed Jackrabbits but don’t want a transition to the full Track Attack program, or for those that are new to the sport or haven’t completed the Jackrabbit program). This program is to help with the transition from the Jackrabbit program to the full Track Attack program; therefore skiers in this program have not been in the Track Attack program before. The Introduction to Track Attack program is for kids who are keen on improving their skiing (classic & skating) and fitness. The program gives the kids an introduction to training and racing in a fun and encouraging environment. Participation at local races is encouraged but not required.

Parents will be asked to help either on snow and with various activities throughout the season.

Dates:

September 12 to March 9, 2017. No sessions on holiday Mondays

Times:

Dryland: Monday 5:00pm – 6:30pm (September 12 to October 3). No sessions October 10, 17, 24, 31
On-Snow: Monday & Thursday 5:00pm – 6:30pm (November 7 to March 9). Only occasional sessions during the Christmas holidays

Cost:

$390



2. TRACK ATTACK

For skiers born in 2005-06 (older skiers could join if they are starting up in the sport) who have completed Jackrabbits, Intro to Track Attack or reached a comparable level of skiing. The Track Attack program is for kids who are keen on improving their skiing (classic & skating) and fitness. The program gives the kids an introduction to training and racing in a fun and encouraging environment.

Participation at the local races is encouraged but not required. The Track Attack program follows Cross Country Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model that confirms the importance of sequential motor development.

This program alternates between two and three sessions per week from Mid-September through mid-March and consists of 60 sessions. Dryland training commences in September to build fitness, and continues on-snow at the first possible opportunity. Skill development/training camps and events are included in the program for a nominal additional fee.

Parents will be asked to help either on snow or with various camps and activities throughout the season.

Dates:

September 12 to March 9. No sessions on holiday Mondays

Times:

Monday & Thursday 5:00pm – 6:30pm & some Saturdays
Only occasional sessions during the Christmas holidays

Cost:

$490


ONLINE REGISTRATION: See link on our home page!
Track Attack Head Coach: Andrea Quinlan, Community Coach
Resource: Cross Country Canada’s Skill and Development Program for Children
Coaching Contact: Andrea Quinlan at trackattackcoach@canmorenordic.com
Coordinator Contact: Meghan Bryant at trackattack@canmorenordic.com

Biathlon Bears Programs

Polar Bears

Winter Only
FOCUS: Introduction to Biathlon
Biathlon air rifle program for ages 9 to 10 (born 2006, 2007) with a focus on biathlon skill development and fun. This program runs in the winter only and must be taken simultaneously with the Intro to Track Attack, Track Attack, Radical Skiers or Jackrabbit cross country ski programs.
COACHING: Riley Millar
RESOURCE: Biathlon Canada’s Biathlon Bears Program
COACHING CONTACT: Rachel Koroscil at biathloncoach@canmorenordic.com

Dates:

Winter only, 5 weeks Feb 1, 8, 15, March 1, 8

Times:

Wednesdays 4:45pm to 6:15pm

Cost:

$70 (this includes ammunition and rifle rental)

LIMITED SPACE:

Due to rifle numbers, space is limited to 15 athletes.



Grizzly Bears *New Program*

Fall & Winter
FOCUS: Biathlon Air Rifle and Racing Skill Development
Biathlon air rifle program for ages 10 to 11 (born 2005 or 2006) with a focus on biathlon racing skill development. This program runs in through the fall and winter and must be taken simultaneously with the Track Attack or Radical Skiers cross country ski programs. Athletes will be able to compete in 2 local races and 1 away race throughout the season.
Athletes born in 2006 must have at least 1 year of experience in Polar Bears. 
COACHING: Rachel Koroscil, Dave Dalman, and other club coaches (biathlon). Cross Country Ski coaches dependant on Cross Country Program choice.
RESOURCE: Biathlon Canada’s Biathlon Bears Program
COACHING CONTACT: Rachel Koroscil at biathloncoach@canmorenordic.com

Dates:

Fall and Winter, Starting October 5, 2016, Ending March 1st, 2017.

Times:

Wednesdays 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Cost:

 $300 (this includes ammunition and rifle rental)

LIMITED SPACE:

Due to rifle numbers, space is limited to 15 athletes.


Biathlon 2.0 – Recreational Biathlon

Focus: This program is intended to provide biathlon skills development opportunities for youth (born 2000-04) who do not want to or who haven’t yet decided to compete in biathlon. Biathlon .22 caliber rifle supplied but not ski equipment.
Days/Times:
8 week program: Thursdays. Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, and March 2, 9
Time: 4:45-6:30pm
Cost: $275
Coaching: Dave Dalman
Coaching Contact: Rachel Koroscil at biathloncoach@canmorenordic.com

Youth Racing – Biathlon & Cross Country – Train to Train

The focus of the Train to Train program is the continued development of overall fitness and ski specific skills of children age 12-13, who have completed the Track Attack (TA) program or similar level. This stage is the window of optimal trainability for aerobic training. Developing sound technique is again a major component at this stage.
Coach: Allison McArdle, Bachelor of Applied Science in Sports Coaching and a Diploma of Education in Physical Education and Health Education. She is a certified level 2 cross country ski coach with the Ski and Snowboard Australian Sports Commission
Resource: Cross Country Canada’s Skill and Development Program for Children
Coaching Contact: Allison McArdle at traintotraincoach@canmorenordic.com
Coordinator Contact: Wendy McGregor at traintotrain@canmorenordic.com
Train to Train 1:
12 year olds: Program runs from September to March. There are 3 sessions per week on average.
Cross Country $720
Biathlon $920

Train to Train 2:
13 year olds: Two sessions in the spring months, light program in the summer (1 session per week); full program in the fall (3 sessions per week on average).
Cross Country $1065
Biathlon $1265

Other cost: Waxing deposit, rollerski rental (if needed), rifle rental (if needed), club membership, all expenses at camps/races, CCC insurance, CNC range pass (if needed)
ONLINE REGISTRATION: See link on our home page!

Junior Racing – Cross Country – Learn to Compete

Focus: Training and racing
A complete year-round training and racing program for youth aged 14 and older who have completed the Train to Train program or reached a comparable level of skiing and training. The program provides skiers the opportunity to develop their skiing skills with physical conditioning and proper skiing techniques. The Junior Racing program follows Cross Country Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model.

The program also promotes goal setting that may eventually lead skiers to be selected to the Alberta Ski Team. The Junior Racing Team will travel and compete at the Nationals, Alberta Winter Games, Western Canadian Championships, Alberta Cup Series, and the Bow Corridor Regional Race Series. Special events and camps offered throughout the year for an additional fee.

  • Learn to Compete (LC): 3 to 5 sessions per week for athletes aged about 14-17/18. Lead coaches: Alain Parent and Matt DeCarufel.
  • Personalized Training Program (PC): Personalized plan for older junior or senior skiers. Lead coach Alain Parent

Dates:

Year-round, starting May 1st

Times:

Learn to Compete 1 (LC1): After school program and weekend program for 14-15 year olds. 3 or 4 sessions per week.
Cost $1545 + gst
Learn to Compete2 (LC2): After school program and weekend program for 16-17/18 year olds. 4 or 5 sessions per week.
Cost $1800 + gst
Personalized Training (PC): Personalized program for athletes that have graduated from high school. Email program director for application alain.parent@canmorenordic.com
Cost $2025 + gst


Other cost: waxing deposit, rollerski rental (if needed), club membership, all expenses at camps/races, CCC insurance, BWTC gym pass.
Coaching staff: Alain Parent NCCP level 4 coach, Matt Decarufel, Learn to Train coach,
Resource: Cross Country Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development Model
Coordinator Contact: Patricia de Boer at racing@canmorenordic.com
ONLINE REGISTRATION: See link on our home page!

Junior Racing – Biathlon – Learn to Compete

Focus: Training and racing
A complete year-round training and racing biathlon program for athletes aged 12 and older who have completed the Train to Train program or reached a comparable level of skiing and training. The program provides biathletes the opportunity to develop their skiing and shooting skills with physical conditioning, shooting education and proper skiing techniques.

The Junior Racing program follows Biathlon Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model. The program also promotes goal setting that may eventually lead athletes to be selected to the Alberta Biathlon Team. The Junior Racing Team will travel and compete at the National Championships, Alberta Winter Games, Western Canadian Championships, and the Calforex Cup Series. Special events and camps offered throughout the year for an additional fee.
Learn to Compete (LC): 3 to 5 sessions per week for athletes aged about 14-17/18. Coach: Rachel Koroscil

Dates:

Year-round, starting May 1st

Times:

Learn to Compete 1 (LC1): After school program and weekend program for 14-15 year olds. 3 or 4 sessions per week.
Cost $1545 + gst
Learn to Compete2 (LC2): After school program and weekend program for 16-17/18 year olds. 4 or 5 sessions per week.
Cost $1800 + gst + biathlon specific expenses (ammunition, …)


Other cost: Waxing deposit, rollerski rental (if needed), rifle rental, ammunition, club membership, all expenses at camps/races, CCC insurance, BWTC gym pass, CNC range pass
Coaching: Rachel Koroscil & other qualified coaches.
Resource: Biathlon Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development Model
Contact: Rachel Koroscil at biathloncoach@canmorenordic.com
Coordinator contact: Alison Andrews at biathlon@canmorenordic.com
ONLINE REGISTRATION: See link on our home page!

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