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Start Date: September 1, 2020

End Date: March 13, 2021

Schedule: Tuesday & Thursday: 5:00pm – 6:30pm & Saturday: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Equipment: Walking poles (fall), Classic & Skate boots (or Combi boots), Roller ski carbide tips for skate poles (interchangeable), and additional equipment as required per coaching staff. Ownership of at least 1 pair of skis is required however a minimum of 2 sets of skis is strongly encouraged (Classic skis/poles and Skate skis/poles). Season ski & pole rental available for $75 per season per set of skis (to be used during scheduled lessons only). As equipment sizes are limited, availability based on first come, first serve basis.

The fourth level of programming provides athletes coaching based on the “Train to Train” and “Learn to Compete” principles set out in the Nordiq Canada Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) training guidelines. Although athletes are encouraged and can be supported to build/maintain fitness throughout the summer, team training begins in September with action-pack dryland training programming (including running, pole-striding, and roller-skiing). The transition to snow begins as soon as conditions allow! In general, cross-country training activities focus on establishing aerobic capacity and power, through sport-specific and individual-specific skills, self-awareness, and independence. Athletes are supported to learn how to prepare and participate in all aspects of both informal and formal race events. Prior ski or other sport-specific training experience required. The program runs 3 sessions per week for approximately 6-8 hours of coaching per week.

Cold Weather Policy: Coaches will cancel lessons if the weather is colder than -25 C or -28 C with a wind chill and indoor programming for that lesson can not be arranged. Please contact your coach if you are unsure whether your lesson will be cancelled.

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