Our youth Skill Development Program (SDP) is for children from 5 to 18 years of age. It follows the Cross Country BC youth skills program and the Long Term Athlete Development Program guidelines as set out by Sport Canada. The club offers programs for every stage: from the initial Bunnyrabbit program that introduces a cross country ski experience that will: help children develop a positive self-image; be fun; provide children an opportunity to make ski-friends; develop their skills; and help develop an awareness and appreciation of our natural environment, to the Development Program for skiers who are keen to ski fast, race, and compete. Follow this link for a detailed description of each level in the program.
Children enrolled in the program receive a ‘Kit’ from Cross Country BC, AND a toque / buff depending on the age of the child.
Where & When
The Whistler Nordics hold sessions after school on Tuesdays at Lost Lake and on Saturday mornings at Whistler Olympic Park/Callaghan Country.
Tuesday Programs meet at 4:30pm (ready to ski), outside the Passive Haus in Lost Lake Park. Saturday Programs start at 10am outside the technical building in the Cross Country Stadium at Whistler Olympic Park. Please arrive early to purchase your trail pass and pick up rental equipment. There are toilets at both locations, however once children leave for their session on snow these facilities are not as easy to access so please ensure children visit before their session. There is hot chocolate after the Tuesday and Saturday sessions provided by:
The Program is delivered by coaches trained under Cross Country Canada’s National Community Coach Program. The club’s coaches receive a ski pass in the area where they coach. If you are interested in coaching please see our coaching page.
Equipment & Clothing
Your children should be dressed for the weather so that they can stay outside for the duration of the lesson. It is better to be overdressed and to shed a few layers during the class than to be under-dressed and frozen. For younger children favour mittens over gloves. A mitten allows all fingers to work together to stay warm. There is Whistler Nordics ski clothing available to purchase, click here for details.
Your children should have skis, poles, and boots of the proper size. They will not have fun learning on equipment that is too big or too small for them. For Bunnyrabbits to Jackrabbits Beginner, a single pair of skis (classic) is sufficient, no need for skate-specific skis and boots. For Jackrabbits Intermediate and Track Attack children will need skate equipment too. There are several equipment options, purchase second hand gear at the club’s ski SWAP in October, buy new equipment from a local retailer, or rent equipment for the season (an excellent option if you are new to the sport, or have kids who outgrow their equipment), pick up your equipment waxed and ready to go. Check out the local retailers for equipment and rentals:
- SportStop Source for Sports (Whistler Village) 50% buy-back scheme – trade in your package for 50% towards your next purchase. Salomon packages for 2016-17 available.
- Cross Country Connection (Lost Lake, Whistler) $99 seasonal junior rental (Adults $199, Junior day rentals $15, Local/Employee day rentals for $20)
- Callaghan Country/Whistler Olympic Park (Ski Callaghan) Youth (7-18 years) season rental $144, Child (age 6 and under) season rental $80.
The equipment options for Biathlon and Ski Jumping vary, please talk with your coach for more details.
Trail Passes are not included in the program fees; please ensure that you and/or your children have a valid pass to ski. The Whistler Nordics are partnering with Whistler Sport Legacies/Whistler Olympic Park and the Resort Municipality of Whistler to offer all youth registered in club programs the option to purchase a $35+tax Season Trail Pass before November 15, 2016. This is a significant saving on trail pass fees and the Club is very grateful to each organisation for supporting sport development. There is no charge for a trail pass for Youth age 6 and under on Nov 20th. Children that are 6 and under can get a Lost Lake seasons pass for $0 at Meadow Park Sports Centre. The parents will just have to sign the waiver. To view details on pass purchase click here.
Every child should enjoy the opportunity of a season of sport
Kidsport Whistler supports every sport in the community and is open to applications from anyone who participates in sports locally, meaning if you live in Pemberton and play hockey in Whistler, you’re still eligible. Parents can apply for a grant of up to $400 dollars annually for their kids up to 18 years old to assist with registration fees. All applications are kept confidential and are processed by the Whistler Community Services Society. Preference is given to first-time applicants. For more information go to kidsportcanada.ca/british-columbia/whistler.
Children requiring extra support in the form of a buddy can contact the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program.
The Whistler Adaptive Sports Program is a not-for-profit society that provides year-around, recreational programs for people of all ages with disabilities. Whistler Adaptive is a centre for learning and sports excellence that has a local, regional, national and international clientele and encourages independence, self-confidence and self-motivation for all of our athletes and participants through outdoor activity. For more information go to whistleradaptive.com