Nelson Nordic Ski Club offers FUN programs for children aged 4-18 years old. We strive to provide high quality programs that work on your child’s FUNdamental skills, beginning at any age.
As children get older, we have programs for both competitive and recreational skiers to provide a well-rounded sport for life program following the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model.
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Skills Development Program (SDP)
The SDP (Bunnies and Jackrabbits) is for kids aged 4-9 years old and is focused on having fun on skis while working on building FUNdamental movements and motor skills. This program runs through the winter months (January – March) and relies heavily on volunteer coaches.
B.C. Bunnyrabbits (Age 4 & 5)
Designed to introduce young children to the sport of
cross country skiing and a healthy lifestyle.
The focus is on balance and learning basic skills.
Jackrabbits Program (Ages 6-9)
Children grouped by age and ability within 4 levels and can join at any age.
Skiers get a booklet to record levels of achievement.
A typical session might be: goofy warm-up games, a ski obstacle course, technical instruction, a fun group ski, a brief soccer game on skis! Sessions close with a hot drink and snack.
Fun special events include ski orienteering and Racing Rocks Jamboree.
Youth Competitive Programs
Our Track Attack and Junior Racing programs are aimed at continuing to build the FUNdamentals of skiing, working on racing tactics and developing proficiency at both skate and classic technique. Both programs offer kids the opportunity to travel out of town with the team to races regionally, provincially and even nationally. Fun is still at the forefront of these programs as is the importance of building a good team atmosphere and supporting each other.
Track Attack (ages 9-12)
Nordiq Canada’s Track Attack program is designed to promote the continued development of physical literacy, fitness and the love of the sport. Skiers are grouped according to ability and the program runs three days per week (Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and Sunday mornings). All ability levels welcome.
The program starts with dryland training in the fall to get kids active and developing a sense of team spirit! (Think roller skiing, ultimate frisbee, track and field frolics, skating, soccer, hike to Pulpit – just having fun!)
Junior Racing (ages 12-18)
Targeted at kids who wish to continue their competitive development beyond Track Attack, and also open to those who just love training hard, skiing fast and attending the odd race, too. Athletes on the Junior Racing team will be provided with an individualized training plan from the club’s head coach to take their training to the next level!
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Want a little help with the fees for your child’s cross-country ski program? Cross-country skiing is one of many sports funded by JumpStart.
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We need a minimum of one parent per family to volunteer in some capacity with our youth programs: coaching, fundraising (Track Attack & Junior Racers), parent -helper, serving hot chocolate, phoning, or organizing an event (i.e., race committee). You can choose on the registration form or the coach/coordinator will reach out to you. Thanks!
Coaching Courses for Jackrabbit Parents
In order for our programs to thrive and be able to continue running, we really need parents every year to take these courses and help out with coaching. The Community Coaching course (see below) focuses on technique so it is a great way to improve your own skiing skills too!
Courses are free for club members willing to volunteer.
Introduction to Community Coaching
This 5-hour online learning module is recommended for parents wishing to coach or help coach. The ICC course content is orientated to entry-level children (Bunnies and Level 1).
Community Coaching (CC)
The Community Coaching (CC) course is 16 hours (usually over two days) and has an on-snow component to it. The ICC course is a pre-requisite. These courses are organized through the Cross Country BC (CCBC) Community Coaching Program. The next one will be held at Apex in December 2022.
You don’t have to be an expert skier, just willing to take one or both of the above courses (Introduction to Community Coaching and Community Coaching) and of course have funwith kids!