Youth Programs

2021-2022 Program information (for youth ages 11-16)

Teen Skate is our recreational skate-only 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 ‘Learn to Train’ level of athlete development, which is the third level after Bunnyrabbits and Jackrabbits or DynaRabbits. It’s designed for Kanata Nordic members ages 11-16 (YOB 2010) who’ve completed Jackrabbit Level 4 or have equivalent experience.

  • Teen Skate (11-16 yrs) Program Information for 2021-2022

    The TEEN SKATE PROGRAM focuses on a combination of participatory and competitive elements. The lessons combine technique work, touring and fitness activities. 

    Due to increased interest in the program, for the upcoming 2021-22 season three Teen Skate classes will be offered (subject to sufficient registration):

    Teen Skate 1*  

    TS1 is for youth skiers aged 11-16** (YOB 2010) who are new to the skate ski technique, who need additional time to practice and reinforce the basic technical elements, or who prefer to ski at a slower pace. Lessons combine the teaching and practicing of the fundamentals of skate skiing (Offset, Diagonal skate, Free skate, double poling techniques, hill techniques) as well as a 3-5km trail ski. Lessons will be Saturday mornings.

    Teen Skate 2*  

    TS2 is for skiers aged 11-16** (YOB 2010) who are skate skiing at an intermediate level. Lessons combine the teaching and practicing of skate techniques (Offset, Diagonal skate, Free skate, One skate, double poling, hill techniques) along with a 5-7km trail tour. Lessons will be Saturday mornings.

    * Some students progress rapidly through the learning stages, and others find they need extra time at a slower pace to really grasp the techniques. Since Teen Skate 1 and Teen Skate 2 are both held Saturday morning, the option is available, at the discretion of the coaches, for a student to move to the other class for one or more lesson(s).

    Teen Skate 3 

    TS3 is for youth skiers aged 11-16** (YOB 2010) who have a few years intermediate/advanced skate skiing experience and want to hone their technique while skiing 8-15km during a lesson on Sunday mornings. The lessons focus on optimizing speed and efficiency of the 5 Gears (Diagonal skate, Offset, One skate, Two skate, Free skate) through improved weight transfer, long balanced glide and more torso engagement. A good level of fitness is expected for this class.

    3-5 of the TS3 Sunday classes are conducted in Gatineau Park. A pass is required for skiers aged 13 and over. Day passes, Family passes and Season passes are available. Information can be found at the following link –

    ** Minimum age for registration is 11 (YOB 2010). Contact before registering next season if you have any questions.


    Registration includes both dry land pre-season training and on-snow sessions as soon as the weather permits. Teen Skate instruction is exclusively in the skate technique and participants are required to have skis, boots and poles compatible with skate skiing.

    • Fall training begins after Thanksgiving with Saturday morning hikes, ranging from 5-10km over varied terrain. 
    • Winter training takes 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.) or from the Kanata Nordic cabin at the Wesley Clover Park Equestrian Centre (401 Corkstown Rd.). In addition, there may be several weekend ski tours within an hour’s drive of Kanata (during regular class time, plus driving time). 
    • Weekly winter evening training sessions, designed to focus on technique improvement, are held at WCP on Wednesdays (beginning January 12, 2022) from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.

    Program Dates and Cost

    Dry land Training: 

    Saturdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, beginning October 23, 2021.
    These sessions are for youth registered in Teen Skate 1, Teen Skate 2 and Teen Skate 3. 

    Ski lessons:

    Teen Skate 1: Skiing Saturdays (beginning January 8, 2022) 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 Saturdays (beginning January 8, 2022) 10 am – noon (FULL)

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

    Teen Skate 3: Skiing Sundays (beginning January 9, 2022) 10 am – noon

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

    Combined class (for TS 1, 2, and 3): Wednesday evenings (beginning January 12, 2022) 7 pm – 8 pm

    Program Price: $165.00

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


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 by January 11, 2021. 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. 

In the event that program instruction days are cancelled by Kanata Nordic at the direction of Provincial or Municipal authorities in response to the COVID health emergency and classes cannot be rescheduled in the current ski season, credit will be given for a portion of the program fee towards 2021-2022 registration fees.