Development Team

2017-18 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.

The Whistler Nordics have partnered with the Whistler Nordic Development Center (WNDC) to facilitate the coaching for the Whistler Development Team. The objective of this partnership is to ensure a smooth and continuous transition to offering our high performance athletes the coaching and training needs they require.

The Development Team is a 27 week program. The program starts on September 12, 2017 and finishes on the March 15. 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 12 September – Sunday 5 November. Tues & Thurs after school, Sat & Sun day time.
On-snow training – 19 weeks starting Tuesday 7 November.  Days to be confirmed. Tues & Weds after school, Sat & Sun day time.

Program Fee

  • Dry-land component: $450, On-snow component: $1,050. Total of $1,500 due on 12 Sept, 2017.

Contact the club administrator if you would like to join the Development Team.

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 $45+tax Whistler Olympic Park seasons pass and Lost Lake Pass, a significant discount off the regular price. FOR 2017/18 ONLY – YOUTH PROGRAM FEES INCLUDE A FREE YOUTH SEASON PASS! All Youth age 7 and older on Nov 23rd who participate in a club program qualify for the Youth Sport Season Trail Pass in the area where their season pass takes place, value $45+tax!
Youth Sport Season 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 November 20 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.

2017-18 Competition Schedule


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.