Development Team

2016-17 Program Description

Our Development Team is a race program for experienced and competitive skiers who are passionate about Cross Country Skiing or Biathlon and consider one of those sports their main sport activity.

Development Team athletes are experienced competitors who want to improve their skills to a high level, and are interested in competing in multiple events throughout the year.

This program is for youth at the Train-to-Train and Learn-to-Compete stages of the Long-Term Athlete Development Model.

New for 2016! The Development Team training program will be overseen by the BC Ski Team coach and coaching delivered by high level coaches. The Development Team is a 27 week program. The program starts on the September 13, 2016 and finishes on the March 11/12 weekend. The 27 week program includes:

Training 4 times per week
Annual Training plan
Weekly Training plan
Pre-season Hot Box Skis
Wax for Race days
Oversight by high level BC Coach


Participants are expected to train four sessions per week.
Dry-land training – 8 weeks starting Tuesday 13 September – Sunday 6 November. Tues & Thurs after school, Sat & Sun day time.
On-snow training – 19 weeks starting Tuesday 8 November.  Days to be confirmed. Tues & Weds after school, Sat & Sun day time.

Program Fee

  • Dry-land component: $450
  • On-snow component: $1,050
  • Pay as one installment of $1,500 or 2 installments: $450 on 13 Sept 2016 and $1,050 on 8 Nov 2016.

Click here to register for the program.

All program fees include entry into the Coast Cups, and a discount on the P’ayak.
Trail passes and costs associated with other events such as BC Cups and NorAms, are not included in the program fee.
Development Team athletes are eligible for a $35+tax Whistler Olympic Park seasons pass and Lost Lake Pass, a significant discount off the regular price. This offer is only available in conjunction with program registration and has a deadline of Nov 15, 2016.
Youth Trail Pass Pick Up:
Whistler Olympic Park – collect your pass from the Day Lodge when Whistler Olympic Park opens.
Lost Lake – collect your pass from the front desk at Meadow Park from Nov 26 onwards.
At Meadow Park please tell the staff your child has purchased a pass through the ‘Whistler Nordics Youth Program Account’ and your child’s name will be on the list. Parents will need to sign a waiver for the pass to be issued and the child who is receiving the pass also needs to be present in order to have their photo taken and printed on the pass.

Equipment Guidelines

The following equipment is required for Development Team athletes:

  • Skate skis, poles and boots
Classic skis, poles and boots
Skate roller skis (the club has some pairs that athletes can borrow)
Bike helmet and hi-visibility vest for rollerskiing

For roller skiing bring: helmet, ski poles, fluorescent shirt or vest, roller skis ( if you have your own), drink belt,  snack for after, change of warm cloths for after, running shoes / trail shoes, heart rate monitor / watch)

For trail runs bring: classic poles, trail running shoes, dress in layers as we can expect rain and hat, warm / dry clothes for after, drink belt and a snack for after.

2016-17 Competition Schedule

Nov 27  Teck Coast Cup # 1, Whistler Olympic Park
Dec 10-11 Haywood NorAm, Silverstar, BC
Dec 16-18 3 day Norams, Rossland, BC
Jan 7-10 – World Junior Trials, Park City Utah (USA).
Jan 7-8 BC Cup#1 Salmon Arm, BC
Jan 20-22 Haywood NorAm Western Championships/Coast Cups, Whistler Olympic Park
Feb 4-5 BC Cup#2, Prince George, BC
Feb 17-19 Tech BC Championships, Kamloops, BC
Feb 25 Payak Loppet, Whistler Olympic Park
March 18-25 Canadian Nationals, Canmore, AB

Volunteer Commitment

The success of our Development Team is built on parent participation. The expectation for parents or guardians of Development Team athletes is that a parent or guardian will be present for at least 5 days during the season at a club event or training session. Club events will be listed in the events calendar.