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High Performance Training

HiPer (High Performance) Race Team

The HiPer Race Team is Saskatoon Nordic's high performance pathway for young skiers working towards athletic success in cross country skiing.  The Race team consists of mutiple training groups focused on developing physical conditioning, ski technique, and gaining racing experience.  Athletes range in age from 9 to 23+ years of age.  Youth HiPer is an introductory program designed for 9-14 year old. As skier progress they can graduate to the HiPer program which offers year round training and racing opportunities.
 
2022/2023 Training season starts September 11!
 
Youth HiPer - age 9-14
 

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 is three sessions per week from September through March and consists of approximately 70 sessions. Dryland training commences in September to build fitness, and continues on-snow at the first opportunity.

Youth 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.

HiPer - age 14+

 

The Hi-Per program builds on the Youth Hi Per race team program. Athletes are typically 15+ years of age, have strong fundamental ski skills, good physical conditioning and are motivated to improve their personal skiing performance.  The emphasis at this stage is on developing physical conditioning and ski technique in a training and racing environment.  Athletes are encouraged to train year round, with multi-sport activities in the off-season.  Additional training outside formal HiPer sessions is expected, with assistance with training plans provided upon request.  Participants will be encouraged to race in the Saskatoon Grapefruit Cup race series, attend Sask Cup level races, and attend out-of-province races including Nationals, Westerns and select Alberta Cups or NORAM level events.

HiPer is four to five sessions per week from September through March. Dryland training commences in September to build fitness, and continues on-snow at the first opportunity. Year-round training in encouraged and the summer training program begins in early May.

More information on all HiPer programming can be found here

Contact Alison and Geoff at saskatoonyouthhiper@gmail.com for more information

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