Nordic Ski Club

Cross-Country / Nordic Ski Lessons and Events in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

High Performance Training

Youth HiPer  and Junior HiPer (High performance) race teams

Youth HiPer - age 8-14

The Youth Hi-Per race team program is an introduction to racing program with a focus on developing ski skills, physical literacy (agility, balance, coordination), speed and approaches to racing. It introduces 9 to 14 year olds to the fun of competition, different types of races and exposure to training.  Developmentally, this program targets athletes that are prior to the onset of the growth spurt to just after, with a large focus on skill acquisition, speed and flexibility.  The emphasis at this stage is on group-oriented games and activities to develop competence in the basic skills of both classic and skate skiing. Participants will be placed into training grouping based on skill and fitness.  However many activities allow for friends of different skills and fitness levels to participate together.  Participants will be encouraged to race in the Saskatoon Grapefruit Cup race series and attend Sask Cup level races as appropriate for the athletes in the program.


This program alternates between two and three sessions per week from September through March and consists of 60 sessions. Dryland training commences in September to build fitness, and continues on-snow at the first opportunity.

HiPer participants should have intermediate classic and skate skiing abilities equal to completion of at least one year of Jackrabbits Level 4 program. Please discuss with the coaches if you are unsure of the level of your athlete.


Program Specifics

  • Coaching is provided by NCCP certified coaches.
  • Dryland training (roller skiing, hikes, games, relays, fitness stations, scavenger hunts)
  • On snow training (games, relays, scavenger hunts, skill stations, races, loppets)
  • Waxing workshops for parents
  • Coaching and support at local Grapefruit Cup races.Waxing services will be provided at Provincials and designated SaskCup races.
  • Registration into Tuesday night local Grapefruit Cup race series.
  • Participants will require a CCS Racing Licence.


September - March:

Sunday 3:00-4:30pm,

Wednesday 6:30-7:45pm

Alternating Friday’s 6:30-7:30pm

We will transition from dryland to on snow sessions when the snow flies.  Snow sessions run alongside the Jackrabbit programs but there will be a few Sundays out at Blackstrap Provincial Park. Transportation to and from the venue will be the responsibility of the athlete.  Carpooling is encouraged


No skiing over Christmas Break



$350/person (does not cover membership to club)


Equipment Requirements

We encourage that all athletes have both classic and skate skis, if the athlete only has 1 pair of skies they need to be waxable skies. Waxless skis are not recommended.   Specific classic and skate poles are required – the boots can be combi boots.  Good running shoes and a waist pack for water and snacks. Roller skis are provided as part of the program, but athletes require a helmet, gloves and kneepads. 

Contact Alison and Geoff at for more information

Junior HiPer -age 14 to 23+

The Junior HiPer Race Team has posted strong results at both provincial and national competitions in addition to the local Grapefruit Cup races. Team members are supported by high level coaches, a physiotherapist, a team manager and team treasurer.

With the success of the Saskatchewan Team at the 2011 and 2015 Canada Winter Games , the Junior Racing Team is positioned to continue to grow and excel in Saskatoon.  

Members should have skills in both skate and classic style skiing and be committed to additional team dry land training. For more information on this team contact Robin Butler at

Please visit the team site  for training schedule and the HiPer Challenge ;informal races; and  Grapefruit Cup and Sask.Cup ; points races.

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