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Programs for the 2016 Season

By , September 16, 2010

The Arrowhead Nordic Ski Club offers programs for almost all ages, abilities and motivations.  You have several options if you want to register for these programs.  Please go to our program registration page to find out how!

Arrowhead Nordic Ski Programs

A summary of all club programs can be found in our general program brochure for 2015.  Additional program information is provided below.  For each program, the coordinator name is listed.  Any program questions can be sent via e-mail to: webmaster@arrowheadnordic.ca

Please note: funding is available for children’s programs via KidsSport Ontario and Children’s Foundation

For Children

Cross Country Canada’s Skill Development Program provides three levels of skier development opportunities for children – Bunnyrabbits, Jackrabbits and Track Attack. The overall objective of the program is to assist children in the development of a love of the outdoors, a healthy lifestyle, excellent technical skills and a good level of physical fitness within a sport environment.

Jackrabbit Program – Program Coordinator:

Bunnyrabbit Program (4-5 years) is designed to introduce cross-country skiing through organized activity and active play. Children make ski friends, develop fundamental movement skills and have fun!

Jackrabbits (6-10 years) is designed to teach basic cross-country ski skills (both classic and skating),  help children develop confidence, provide children an opportunity to ski and socialize with their ski friends, instil a lifelong interest in the sport and have fun. Each level includes an enrolment kit, a poster that provides a comprehensive record of the young skier’s ski career and award stickers to chart the different levels of achievement.  Fruit, hot chocolate and cookies provided every week!

Bunnyrabbits and Jackrabbits run for 8 Saturdays or Sundays beginning January 3rd/4th and are taught by qualified instructors. Choose from Saturday morning or afternoon classes, or Sunday morning classes.

Equipment Selection Guidelines for Jackrabbit

Track Attack Lynx – Program Coordinator: Nicholas Laning

Track Attack Lynx is a program for ages 9-12 who are new to skiing and have not participated in Jackrabbits in the past (or completed Jackrabbits Level 4) but would like to begin developing their skills. This program will serve as a link between Jackrabbits and Track Attack for those who would like to join the sport in a less demanding environment than Track Attack. This program will begin from the ground up, providing beginner training and skill development so that the athlete may join Track Attack as soon as their skill level allows and no longer than one season after they begin the program.  Track Attack Lynx starts with Jackrabbits on Jan 4th and will run from 10-12 on Saturdays for 8 weeks.

Track Attack – Program Coordinator: Meghan deLagran

Track Attack is a 3 year program that builds on Jackrabbit training. Lessons run on Saturdays with optional Tuesday nights throughout the winter season. The Track Attack athlete will develop confidence in all aspects of the sport in either recreational skiing or racing (the focus is up to your child). Skills are developed through games, play, and direct instruction. Prerequisite is Jackrabbits Level 4 or Lynx.

 Before the snow – Saturday mornings 10-12 starting Oct 25th with an optional dryland training camp at Horseshoe Valley.

 Winter – Saturdays 10-12 or 1-3

For Youth

Arrowhead Race Centre Team – Program Coordinator: Katerina Jakl

The ARC program enables skiers to improve their fitness and skiing in order to compete in cross country ski racing This group trains year round and includes weekly off-season training sessions, training camps and biweekly on-snow instruction. It is designed for athletes interested in racing at the Ontario Cup or Masters Cup levels, but is also suited to skiers wishing to compete in friendly loppets and younger athletes who are considering racing at higher levels but are not quite ready yet. Athletes have access to roller skis, classic skis, slider mats and roller boards. Coaching and waxing support is provided at O-Cup races. Ages 11 to adult.

For Adults

Adult Ski for Fitness – Program Coordinator: Steve Jones

This friendly, non-competitive class is for adults who want to improve their skiing and fitness at their own pace and level. (This is NOT a program for ―hardbodies‖ only!) Choose from classic or skate instruction, or both. You’ll also meet other skiers and have fun! Runs on Saturday afternoons.

Masters Fall Program 2015

Interested in a Masters ski program for adults?  Masters skiing is generally for ages 30 to 90+!, but this training program would also be open to young adults under 30 as well.

  • Program starts September 2015
  • 2 training sessions per week for the fall and winter
    • every Saturday 10 to 12 am usually at Conroy Park, Huntsville
    • Tuesdays fall – gym at Pine Glen Public School. 6:00-7:30 p.m. starts Sep 22 – Dec. 15, Tuesdays winter – on snow.
    • Once a month there will be Saturday afternoon session added to regular morning session and will be posted month ahead with the training plan.
  • Fall/winter weekend training camp
  • training plan
  • Start Day: Saturday, September 12, 2015
  • Locations of training sessions: Conroy Park, Huntsville, or Arrowhead Park
  • Coaches: Petr Jakl, assisted by Katerina Jakl
  • For more information about the program each week (location and activity), please check the club website at www.arrowheadnordic.ca

Petr is a highly qualified and experienced coach, has coached Olympic athletes and has most recently been coaching New South Wales XC Ski Team in Australia. For more information visit his website, www.lifeski.com.

Price: $ 180.00 once per week/ $240 twice per week (Sept to mid Dec)

The Masters program runs year round, but is divided into fall, winter and summer sessions. Participants may sign up for any or all of the sessions.

Price includes:

  • One – two training sessions per week
  • Training camp (weekend)
  • Training plan
  • Ongoing communication and consultation
  • Training log
  • Individual racing plan on demand (extra charge)· The Program will include: running, cycling, roller skiing, specific dryland drills, general & specific strength, stretching, regular performance testing
  •  Masters Training Program Structure
  • Own equipment needed for fall session:
    • medicine ball (3 kg)
    • exercise mat
    • bungee cord
    • jumping rope
    • roller skis, ski boots, poles, helmet, roller blades, pads optional (rental is available, fee is $20.00)
    • running poles

For further information, contact Petr at petrlyzec@yahoo.com, or Katerina at  katkadok@yahoo.ca


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