Saskatoon
Nordic Ski Club

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

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Winter activity for children and teens

Youth Ski Lessons

Saskatoon Children's Ski LessonsThe Saskatoon Nordic Ski Club offers ski lessons for children and teens.  There are two basic streams: the Cross Country Canada  Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) program and the Youth Learn-to-Ski, which is designed for older kids and teens new to cross country skiing. 

 Kids that have never cross country skied before or are developing core skills will find the Cross Country Canada's Bunnyrabbit and Jackrabbit programs a fun way to be active in a winter sport in Saskatoon.  After completion of the Jackrabbit program kids may move on to the Track Attack program. This program focuses a bit more on recreational skiing , while still developing more ski skills.

Ski lessons are held from late November through to March but are dependent on snow conditions.  Both Wednesday and Sunday classes are conducted at Kinsmen Park in downtown Saskatoon. 


In it's third season is the Youth HiPer race teamIt introduces 8 to 14 year olds to the fun of competition, different types of races and exposure to training. It will begin in early fall with "dryland" or off snow training. Participants in this program need to have intermediate classic and skate skiing abilities equal to completion of at least one year of Jackrabbits Level 3. Details on this program can be found on the drop down menu for Youth ----- High Performance training

Class Cancellation Policy

Youth programs are cancelled if at 1 hour before the start of lessons conditions as listed on the Environment Canada Weather office (http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/city/pages/sk-40_metric_e.html) indicate:

 

  1. Temperature is -20°C or below, OR
  2. Wind chill is -25°C or colder

For example:

 

  • a temperature of -18°C with a wind chill of 22 below - programs are on
  • a temperature of -18°C with a wind chill of 25 below - programs are cancelled
  • It is each parent’s responsibility to check the weather 1 hour before each lesson.

All classes end with a warm drink and snack in the shelter.

Online registration is available here.‚Äč

 IF YOU FIND THAT YOUR CHILD'S LEVEL IS FULL  CONTACT     youth@saskatoonnordicski.ca 

 TO HAVE YOUR CHILD ADDED TO THE "PENDING MORE COACHES LIST"

Bunnyrabbit Ski Program  (ages 3 – 5 years)

This program is directed at children in the “Active Start” stage of the development (children five years of age and younger) with a fun introduction to a great family-friendly winter sport. The objective of this Cross Country Canada program is to introduce cross country skiing and the healthy lifestyle associated with it through organized activity and active play. In addition, the program is designed to:

  • Help children develop a positive self-image.
  • Be a fun winter activity for kids in Saskatoon.
  • Provide children with the opportunity to make ski-friends.
  • Develop fundamental movement skills.
  • Help children develop an awareness and appreciation of our natural environment.

Program materials include an enrolment kit, an age appropriate booklet and skill award stickers.  A parent or adult must accompany each child in the Bunnyrabbit Program.

 Time:
 Weekly classes Wednesdays 6:20 - 7:15 pm OR Sundays 2:50 - 3:45 pm
Fee:
$35 + membership
 

Equipment:


Due to the skill level of very young nordic skiers, poles are not used.  Equipment needed to participate includes skis (either with regular winter boots or cross country ski boots depending on the style) and warm winter clothing.  For information on the annual children’s ski equipment swap please see the
Events  page.
Registration:
Online registration

Jackrabbit Ski Program  (ages 6 – 9 years)

Saskatoon Nordic Ski Club Jackrabbits

This program is directed at skiers in the “FUNdamentals” stage of development (children six to nine years of age) and is the second stage of the Cross Country Canada program. 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.

In addition, it is designed to:

  • Help children develop confidence.
  • Be a fun winter activity for kids in Saskatoon.
  • Provide children an opportunity to ski and socialize with their ski-friends.
  • Build overall motor skills.
  • Help children develop outdoor winter safety skills.

Previous enrollment in the Bunnyrabbit program is encouraged but not required as kids are grouped according to experience and skill level.

Children are encouraged to learn at their own pace, based on their personal abilities, skills and interests – making it very common for kids to repeat levels

TO ENSURE THAT YOUR CHILD IS ENROLLED IN AN AGE AND SKILL APPROPRIATE LEVEL  WE HAVE INCLUDED SOME GUIDELINES.

FOR    Level 1 -  Has passed the Bunnyrabbit Ski Program    OR  is usually 5 to 7yrs old with limited ski experience.

 Level 2 -  Has passed Jackrabbit Level One    OR   is usually 6 to 8yrs old and can classic ski , climb hills using  sidestep or herringbone ,can control their descent on hills with  snowplow braking , and skis well with poles.

  Level 3 -  Has passed Jackrabbit Level Two   OR   is usually 7 to 9yrs old  and can classic ski well,  climb hills using herringbone,        control their descent of hills well  with a snowplow stop/turn, has the basics of double poling and knows how to kick turn.

 Level 4 -  Has passed Jackrabbit Level Three   OR  is usually 8 to 10 yrs old and can  do all of Level Three skills well, which are classic ski , free skate, diagonal skate, skate turn and  double and one-step double poll.  It is recommended that the child skis twice a week at this level. Please sign up online for both Wednesday and Sunday if you plan to attend both This group will be combined with the Track Attack group.

Program materials include an enrollment kit, an age appropriate door or wall poster that provides a comprehensive record of the young skier’s ski career and “technique” and “program” award stickers to chart the different levels of achievement.  

Parents of children in Level 1 and 2 are  encouraged to take a turn assisting for at least one session.  A sign up sheet will be circulated to ensure the coach has the help they require. 

 Time:


Weekly classes Wednesdays 6:20 - 7:30pm AND/OR Sundays 2:50 - 4:00pm

(Higher Jackrabbits are encouraged to participate in lessons 2x/week
 Fee:
 $35 +membership / wk, $70 +membership for 2 lessons/wk.
 Equipment: 

Skis with bindings, ski boots, poles and warm winter clothing.  For information on the annual children’s ski equipment swap please see the Events page
Registration:
Online registration

Track Attack Program (ages 10 – 12 years) This group will be combined with the Level 4 class

This program is designed for skiers in the “Learning to Train” stage of development (skiers ten to twelve years of age) and is the third stage of the new Cross Country Canada program.  The objective is for the participants to become technically competent cross-country skiers and to utilize those skills to explore a wide range of cross-country ski activities, from backcountry excursions to ski tournaments. In addition, it is designed to:

  • Develop fitness through active play, games and activities.
  • Be a fun winter activity for kids in Saskatoon.
  • Provide children an opportunity to be part of a sports “team.”
  • Develop overall sport skills.
  • Expose children to a variety of “adventure-based” cross country ski activities.

Previous completion of the Jackrabbit program or proficiency in all  Jackrabbit Level 4  skills are required. These skills are advanced diagonal stride ; Free ,One,Two,Diagonal, and Offset Skate techniques and step turning. Program materials include a program-specific enrolment kit, an age appropriate booklet and coaching materials specific to this stage in the skier development progression.  

 Time:

Twice a week classes, Wednesdays 6:20 to 7:45pm
AND Sundays 2:50 to 4:15pm.  
 Fee:

 $70 + membership  

 Equipment: 


Skis with bindings, ski boots, poles and warm winter clothing.  For information on the annual children’s ski equipment swap please see the Events page.
Registration:

Online registration

Youth Learn-to-Ski (ages 8 and up)

This program is designed for older kids new to cross country skiing.  Each year we have youth in this age group interested in taking up skiing but socially they need to be with peers. This is the program for them.  No previous experience required.  

 Time:

Weekly classes Wednesdays 6:20- 7:30pm
                        Sundays 2:50 - 4:00pm
 Fee:

$35 + membership  
 Equipment: 

Skis with bindings, ski boots, poles and warm winter clothing.  For information on the annual children’s ski equipment swap please see the Events page.
Registration:

Online registration.

 Parental Time & Financial Contributions

Hint: very little

There are no additional costs or fundraising activities required beyond the nominal cost of the lesson and club membership. NO casino nights, NO bake sales, NO bottle drives and NO sales campaigns. 

We  DO ask that you take a turn  assisting with serving the snack at the end of the class a few times during the season (all snacks are purchased and provided by the club).  

We also ask that you take a turn assisting  in your skiers class session once or twice at the Jackrabbits Level 1 and 2 .

 We also strongly suggest that you get out and ski with your child as often as possible outside of lessons. Enjoy the Saskatchewan outdoors and time well spent as a family!

 

 

 

 

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