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 Nordiq 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. To learn more about the LTAD pathway for cross country skiing check out - Cross Country Skiing A Sport for Life

Kids that have never cross country skied before or are developing core skills will find Nordiq Canada's Bunnyrabbit and Jackrabbit programs a fun way to be active in a winter sport in Saskatoon.

Check out how fun it is to learn to cross country ski! Ski Playgrounds

If you have any question about our programs please contact us at youth@saskatoonnordicski.ca 

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Fall 2020 Update - Look for registration to open the week fo October 26, 2020

Saskatoon Nordic is working on a plan for the safe delivery of our lessons this winter.  The club will be offering lessons on Sunday afternoon, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.  Lessons will be held at The Gordie Howe Sports Complex and Holiday Park.

The program information has been updated below

Unfortunately under current restrictions due to Covid-19 we will not be able to offer drinks and snacks after lessons.  We will also need to limit access to our indoor facilities.

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Do you have a skier interested in ski racing?

The Youth HiPer (High Performance) 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 8 to 14 year olds to the fun of competition, different types of races and exposure to training. For more details head to the High Performance Training page.

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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 which includes a fun Nordiq Canada toque, an age appropriate booklet and skill award stickers.  A parent or adult must accompany each child in the Bunnyrabbit Program.

 Time:

 Weekly January - March (10 weeks) - 45 min. sessions

Wednesdays evenings 6:25-7:10pm, OR

Thursday evenings 6:25-7:10pm, OR

Sundays afternoons 2:45 - 3:30 OR 3:45-4:30 pm (45 min. sessions)

Fee: $ 65 +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.  

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.

Program materials include an enrollment kit which include a fun Nordiq Canada toque, an age appropriate booklet 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. 
 Time:

 

Levels 1 and 2 Jackrabbits - Weekly January - March (10 weeks) - 1 hour sessions

Wednesday evenings (6:30 - 7:30pm) OR
Thursday evenings (6:30 - 7:30pm) OR
Sunday afternoons 3:15 - 4:15pm
Jackrabbits Level 1 & 2 are recommended to participate 1x/week

 Levels 3 and 4 Jackrabbits - Weekly mid-November - March (15 weeks) - 1.25 hour sessions

Wednesday evenings (6:15 - 7:30pm) OR
Sunday afternoons 3:00 - 4:15pm

Levels 3 and 4 Jackrabbits PLUS - Biweekly mid-November - March (15 weeks)

Wednesday evenings (6:15 - 7:30pm) and
Sunday afternoons 3:00 - 4:15pm
Jackrabbits Level 3 & 4 are encouraged to participate 2x/week

 Fee:

 Jackrabbits Level 1 and 2 - $75 +membership

Jackrabbits Level 3 and 4 - $100 +membership

Jackrabbits PLUS Level 3 and 4 - $175 +membership

 Equipment: 
 
Skis with bindings, ski boots, poles and warm winter clothing.  Please note that children enrolled in Level 3 & 4 will be learning to skate ski.  Skate skis are not required but they do make it much easier to learn the technique.  If a skier only has 1 pair of skis we recommend they are waxable classic/combi skis. Waxless (fish scales) skis are not recommended.  Specific classic and skate poles are encouraged.  Combi boots work great.
 TO ENSURE THAT YOUR CHILD IS ENROLLED IN AN AGE AND SKILL APPROPRIATE LEVEL  WE HAVE INCLUDED SOME GUIDELINES.

Bunnyrabbit. Introductory ski program for ages 3 – 5 years. No ski experience required.

Jackrabbits Level 1 -2. Skier has passed the Bunnyrabbit Ski Program OR is usually 5 to 7 yrs old with limited ski experience. Skiers with limited experience aged 8-9 should register in this class.

Jackrabbits Level 3-4. Skier has passed Jackrabbit Level Two OR is usually 7 to 9 yrs 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. ***Students in these classes will be learning to skate ski. Please see above notes on equipment.

 

Youth Learn-to-Ski (ages 10-16)

This program is directed at older kids and teens who are new to cross country skiing.  Skill development is similar to our Jackrabbit program but with a delivery that is age appropriate.  Session are planned for Wednesday evenings, Sunday afternoons are still tentative (updated October 13th)

 

 Time:

 

Youth Learn-To-Ski Weekly January - March (10 weeks)

Wednesday evenings (6:15 - 7:30pm) (1.25 hour sessions)

 Fee:

 $75 +membership

 Equipment: 
 
Skis with bindings, ski boots, poles and warm winter clothing.  Instruction will focus primarly on classic technique therefore waxless skis, either fish scales or skin skis, are acceptable.  Some skate technique will be introduced but specific skate equipment is not required.
 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 indicate that Temperature with the wind chill is -25 ºC or colder. It is each parent's responsibility to check the weather 1 hour before each lesson.

Parental Time & Financial Contributions 

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

We also ask that you consider getting involved in our club and help with activities ranging from coaching, volunteering, social media to grooming maybe taking your own ski lessons!

 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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