Youth Programs: Kanata Nordic Racers

‘Learn to Train’, ‘Train to Train’ and ‘Train to Compete’

2018-19 Season Information

Kanata Racers is a program for motivated athletes who wish to build ski technique and participate in competition in a fun and supportive team environment.  The program provides an opportunity to refine both classic and skate ski skills, for youth with varying levels of experience.


The Racer Program is one of several paths offered by the club to help young athletes along the road to being “Active for Life” (A4L). As the basis for all of our programs, the Cross Country Canada Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model encompasses eight seamless, interconnected stages to understanding and achieving the benefits of physical fitness through Nordic skiing. The LTAD model promotes fitness and the enjoyment of the sport from the early formative years through to adulthood. Further information is available from Cross Country Canada:

Racer Program Outline

Because youth athletes mature physically and emotionally at different rates and ages, our racing programs are designed specifically for individual development. As such, there is provision for age overlap as the athletes transition from one stage to another. The racing groups share training times and venues, and some individuals may have an opportunity to transition to the next development stage when appropriate. Senior athletes will have some opportunity to train with our Para-Nordic and A4L Athletes (Masters).

Kanata Nordic Head Coach

For the 2017-18 season, Kanata Nordic is pleased to welcome Head Coach Mike Vieira. Mike is currently also employed with the Canadian Paralympic Committee. He previously held the position of manager of coaching development with Cross Country Canada, since 2013. Prior to that, Mike was the head coach at the largest ski club in our region, where he had a prime role in growing that club to the huge success it is today. Mike will be supporting the racers and our volunteer coaches, as well as working to enhance and grow all club programs.

Program Information
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  • Learn to Train (2018-19)

    Learn to Train (L2T) – typically ages 10-12

    Program Dates:  Dates TBC

    Program Prices: Pending

    Prices include coaching and Kanata Pretzel Race Fee.

  • Train to Train (2018-19)
    Train to Train Level 1 (T2T-1) – typically ages 13-15

    Program Dates: TBC

    Program Prices: Pending
    Prices include coaching, Kanata Pretzel Race Fee, race wax support and the Club’s roller skis for first year athletes.

  • Train to Compete (2017-18)
    Train to Train Level 2 (T2T-2), Learn to Compete Level 1 (L2C-1), Learn to Compete Level 2 (L2C-2) to Active for Life (A4L) – typically ages 16 and up

    Program Dates: Dates TBC

    Program Prices: Pending
    Prices include coaching, Kanata Pretzel Race Fee, race wax support and the Club’s roller skis for first year athletes.

Training Sessions

All the racing programs will meet and train at the same location and time. Once at the practice location, athletes join their assigned coach and group. All athletes should attend at least 2 of 3 coached sessions. For example, they can come out for Tues/Thurs, Thurs/Sat, or Tues/Sat practices.  Programs begin in mid-September and kick in to high gear to the middle or end of March, depending on conditions. After the last coached session in March, we may offer a separate dryland training program that includes roller-skiing, until the next season starts.

Dryland & Ski Training Times*

  • Tuesdays 6:30 to 8:00 PM
  • Thursdays 6:30 to 8:00 PM
  • Saturdays 9:30 to 11:30 AM *bi-weekly alternating between hike/ski in Gatineau Park (or similar) and Wesley Clover Parks
 *Approximate, some flexibility as the season progresses. 

Training Locations

  • Wesley Clover Parks (401 Corkstown Road)
  • Various Kanata-area parks/trails
  • Gatineau Park or other out-trips


Kanata Nordic participates in the National Capital District (NCD) of Cross Country Ontario. Racers can choose to do as many regional races as they wish throughout the season. We also track and share information about trail/running races around the region for interested athletes (ex: Beaver Chase series, Capital X-Country Challenge).

As a team, we will focus on several area ski races, at which we will provide coach and wax support to the team.  Our own “Pretzel Race” is the first event, and takes place January 14 2018. A full race calendar will be provided following registration. Racers can also expect one weekend out-of-town ski race.


Kanata Nordic racers train in the classic and skate ski techniques. Athletes are expected to supply the equipment for both disciplines, as well as dryland training. This includes:

  • Skate skis & poles
  • Classic skis & poles
  • Boots for both (Combi boots are most common)
  • A head lamp
  • Optional “rock skis” for times of light snow cover – old skis that can get banged up
  • Nordic walking poles – often just old/too short ski poles
  • Training and racing clothing suitable for the conditions


Kanata Nordic is a volunteer-driven community. There are many support tasks needed to run our racer programs. Each family will be asked to contribute hands-on support to the racing group for the 2017-18 season. Some roles include: on-show assistant coaching, on-show “scooping” (watching for lagging skiers), social and administrative tasks, wax support for/at races, parking lot/training area attending,  Kanata Nordic Pretzel Race support, etc. Opportunities will be outlined in more detail following registration and all hours will be tracked.

Wondering whether the Kanata Nordic Racer program is right for your teen or pre-teen skier? For answers to this and related questions please contact our Racing Coordinator (

Racer Documents

The following documents are coming soon:

  • Racer Handbook
  • Example Training Plan

Refund / Cancellation Policy: Memberships fees are non-refundable. If you wish to withdraw from a program, we will refund the program fee less 15% retained to cover the club’s associated administration costs. To obtain a refund please contact by January 15, 2018. Please note that Kanata Nordic reserves the right to cancel any programs with insufficient registration or without volunteer leaders. In this case every effort will be made to find an equivalent program or a refund will be offered.

Kanata Nordic programs are subject to the will of Mother Nature. We generally follow Cross Country Canada’s guidelines in terms of program cancellation. This means programs will be cancelled if conditions are unsafe  or temperatures are below acceptable limits. We attempt to reschedule cancelled events but this is at the discretion of group leaders. The Club will attempt to give its members as much notice as possible for program changes caused by weather we thank you for your understanding.