Youth Programs: Teen Ski Fit

2018-19 Program Information (for youth ages 11-17)

Program information for 2018-2019 coming soon! 

Ski Fit is our recreational youth program, the emphasis is on a fun, social environment with the opportunity to aevelop ski skills, physical literacy (agility, balance, coordination), and speed.

This program is based on Cross Country Canada’s LTAD (Long Term Athlete Development) principles. The registration includes both dryland preseason training and on snow sessions as soon as the weather permits.

Fall training begins the weekend after Thanksgiving with Saturday morning hikes, ranging from 5-10km over varied terrain. Winter training will take place on Saturday afternoons, mainly at Wesley Clover Parks (401 Corkstown Rd), in addition there will be 4 Saturday morning ski tours within an hour’s drive of Kanata, carpooling will be arranged and parents are encouraged to join us. Once a week, evening training sessions are optional for Ski Fit athletes, these sessions occur at WCP on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:00pm.

The program focuses on a combination of participatory and competitive elements. There is technique work, touring and fitness activities. Your registration in the program includes five months of instruction (dryland 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) .

Program Information

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  • Teen Ski Fit 2018-19

    Ski Fit 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 11-17 who’ve completed Jackrabbit Level 4 or have equivalent experience. Ski Fit instruction is exclusively in the skate technique and participants are required to have skis and poles compatible with the skate skiing. Young athletes with no skate skiing experience, who have a good level of fitness and transferable skills from other sports should contact the program coordinator before registering for this program.  Ski Fit aims for a fun social environment through which skiers continue to improve their skating technique and fitness while introducing them to some aspects of racing.

    Dryland Training Details:
    Dates TBC

    Locations: Gatineau Park, Carp Ridge, Murphy’s Point and Wesley Clover Parks.

    Winter Training Details:

    Dates TBC

    Program Times: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Locations: Wesley Clover Parks with additional outings to Gatineau Park, Murphy’s Point, Forest Lea and Fitzroy Park.

    Dates TBC

    Program Prices: Pending


  • Program & Equipment Requirements

    Equipment: One pair of waxable skis for skating, only SNS Profil, Pilot or NNN system are permitted (75mm norm are not suitable for the skate technique). One sets of poles for skating. Combi boots are fine, though skate ones are always preferred. Club members receive a 10% discount on equipment at Fresh Air Experience, Trailhead and Bushtukah stores (except for sales items and packages). Our fall Ski Swap is another chance to pick up decent equipment at a lower cost.

    Clothing: Dress appropriately for the temperature and conditions. Snowsuits are not appropriate. Please layer clothing using breathable fabrics that wick moisture away. Fleece tops, polypropylene or Lifa© underwear, Thinsulate© and Gortex© are recommended apparel items. If possible avoid cotton which does not wick moisture away from the body. Don’t forget an outer windproof layer. Hands and feet should be kept warm and dry and the head covered. Avoid cotton socks. An extra layer may be added or removed and carried with as well as hat, mitts, scarf, snack and liquid etc. in a knapsack.

    Skier Commitment: For the success of the program skiers are expected to attend no less than 75% of the sessions. If too many sessions are missed the skier falls behind and the risk is that other skiers are then held back as a result. In addition, parents and skiers will be expected to provide a certain level of volunteer support. Club subsidized training for volunteers is available, including as ski leaders and in first aid.

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

View photos of Track Attack skiers and other club members and events (hosted by Flickr)


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 19, 2015. 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.