Youth Programs

2019-2020 Programs: Adventure Rabbits and Teen Skate

These include preseason autumn activities in addition to winter season skiing. Teen Skate is our youth recreational skate ski program for 11-16 year olds, while Adventure Rabbits is for 9-13 year old skiers using classic technique on both groomed and backcountry trails.

  • Teen Skate (11-16 yrs) Program Information for 2019-2020

    Teen Skate is our recreational skate ski youth program. The emphasis is on a fun, social environment with the opportunity to develop ski skills, physical literacy (agility, balance, coordination), and speed. Teen Skate follows Cross Country Canada’s ‘Learning to Train’ level of athlete development, which is the third level after Bunnyrabbits and Jackrabbits. It’s designed for Kanata Nordic members ages 11-16 who’ve completed Jackrabbit Level 4 or have equivalent experience.

    Registration includes both dryland pre-season training and on snow sessions as soon as the weather permits.

    • Fall training begins after Thanksgiving with Saturday morning hikes, ranging from 5-10km over varied terrain.
    • Winter training will take place on Saturdays or Sundays (depending on the class), mainly on the trail network starting from the Kanata Nordic cabin at Wesley Clover Parks (411 Corkstown Rd). In addition, there may be several Saturday morning ski tours within an hour’s drive of Kanata. Carpooling will be arranged and parents are encouraged to join us.
    • Weekly winter evening training sessions, designed to focus on technique improvement, will be held at WCP on Wednesdays (beginning January 8, 2020) from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.
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    The program focuses on a combination of participatory and competitive elements. The lessons combine technique work, touring and fitness activities. Registration in the program includes five months of instruction (dry land and on-snow), as well as the Kanata Nordic Sprint Race (The Pretzel). Many participates will choose to enter local races including the Gatineau Loppet, Forest Lea Freestyle Race, Nakkertok Cookie Race and their own high school team races (OFSAA).

    Teen Skate instruction is exclusively in the skate technique and participants are required to have skis, boots, and poles compatible with skate skiing.

    Due to increased interest in the program, for the upcoming 2019-20 season two Teen Skate classes will be offered (subject to sufficient registration):

    • Teen Skate 1 is for youth skiers new to skate skiing, or who are skate skiing at a beginner/intermediate level on Saturday mornings. Lessons combine the teaching and practicing of the skate technique along with a 3–5km trail tour. Young athletes with good fitness and transferable skills from other sports should contact the program coordinator before registering for this program.
    • Teen Skate 2  is geared to youth with a few years’ of intermediate/advanced skate skiing experience and wanting to hone their technique while skiing 7-10km during a lesson on Sunday mornings.

    The Teen Skate program aims to provide a fun social environment through which skiers continue to improve their skating technique and fitness, as well as explore some aspects of racing, if they so choose.

    Teen Skate 2019 – 2020 program dates and cost

    Dryland Training: 

    Saturdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, beginning October 19, 2019.
    These sessions are for registrants in Teen Skate 1, Teen Skate 2 or Adventure Rabbit programs.

    Ski lessons:

    Teen Skate 1: Skiing Saturdays (starting Jan 4, 2020) 10 am – noon

    Equipment: TS1 participants are required to have skis, boots and poles for skate skiing. While skate specific equipment will allow for more successful performance of skate technique, classic or combi equipment is permissible (skis must be waxable and the full length covered with glide wax; longer poles (nose-height and with skate appropriate baskets/tips) are required.)

    Teen Skate 2: Skiing Sundays (starting Jan 5, 2020) 10 am – noon

    Equipment: TS2 Participants are required to have skis, boots and poles designed specifically for skate skiing.

    Combined class: Wednesday evenings (starting Jan 8, 2020) 7 pm – 8 pm

    Program Price: $165.00 before October 15 at 11:59 pm | $180.00 October 16 onwards

    If you have any questions please contact Heather Boswell, Teen Skate Coordinator.

    New this year – our fall dry land hikes will be open to members of the Adventure Rabbit program. Please contact their program coordinator for further information.

    New this year – Adventure Rabbit members who would like to try skate skiing are welcome to attend the Teen Skate Wednesday evening classes. Please contact the AR program coordinator for further information.

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  • Adventure Rabbit (age 9-13) Program Information for 2019-20

    This is a new group for the 2019-2020 season, for the youth skier who has completed Jackrabbit level 3 and would like to remain active outdoors, having fun in a non-competitive environment. Skiers will use classic technique on both groomed and back country trails, with less focus on technical skill development.

    Registration includes both dryland preseason training in the fall and ski outings from January to March.

    The Adventure Rabbits’ season will begin the weekend after Thanksgiving with Saturday morning hikes*, ranging from 5-10km over varied terrain. Early snow will present the opportunity to do some snowshoeing before the ski season gets underway.

    Winter sessions will take place on Sunday mornings from 10am to noon, mainly on the trail network starting from the Kanata Nordic cabin at Wesley Clover Parks (411 Corkstown Rd). In addition, there may be ski tours within an hour’s drive of Kanata. Carpooling will be arranged and parents are encouraged to join us as assistants/helpers.

    Once-a-week evening training sessions are optional for athletes who would like to learn the skate technique. These skiing sessions occur at WCP on Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:00pm in January and February. (Classic skis with all grip wax removed are acceptable to start learning the skate technique. A limited number of skate ski can be rented from the club.)

    Kanata Nordic follows Cross Country Canada’s ‘Learning to Ski’ program of athlete development, which starts with Bunnyrabbits and Jackrabbits. Adventure Rabbits is designed for Kanata Nordic members ages 9-13 who’ve completed Jackrabbit Level 3 or have equivalent experience. Adventure Rabbits skiers will use the classic cross-country ski technique and participants are required to have skis and poles compatible with classic skiing. Equipment should be in good condition and properly sized for the skier. Waxable ski bases are preferred, but no-wax type skis that are waxed for glide are ok. Waxing instruction is part of the program.

    The Adventure Rabbits group is geared to youth who already have a few years of classic skiing experience, and who has sufficient ski experience and fitness to go on tours skiing 5-8 km during a lesson.  The program aims to provide a fun social environment through which skiers continue to improve their classic ski technique and fitness, as well as introduce the skate technique to those who are interested.

    Adventure Rabbits is being offered for the first time for the 2019 – 2020 ski season as an alternative to Teen Skate for those who want to continue with the classic ski technique. Both groups will be together on fall hikes and members who would like to try skate skiing will join the Wednesday evening classes, at the same time as the Teen Skate sessions.

    2019 – 2020 program dates and cost

    Ski lessons: (10 weeks)

    Sundays (starting Jan 5, 2020) 10 am-12 pm – classic technique

    Wednesday evenings (starting Jan 8, 2020) 7 pm-8 pm – skate technique

    Dry land Training:

    Saturdays 10 am – noon, beginning October 19, 2019.

    Program Price: $165.00 before October 15 at 11:59 pm | $180.00 October 16 onwards

    * These sessions are for youth registered in  Teen Skate 1, Teen Skate 2 and Adventure Rabbit programs. Locations will vary and the exact time will be dictated by the location of the hike. Local hikes at WCP and South March Highlands will start at 10 am, more distant hikes in the Gatineau Park, Murphy’s Point and Lanark will start earlier or run a bit later than noon.

    Contact David Bentley for further information at president@kanatanordic.ca

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Refund / Cancellation Policy: Memberships fees are non-refundable. If you wish to withdraw from a program, we will refund the program fee less 20% retained to cover the club’s associated administration costs. To obtain a refund please contact registration@kanatanordic.ca by January 19, 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.