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2023/2024 Youth Ski Lessons  

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Early registration (Aug 1 - Aug 31) is only for those who are participating in the dryland program.

All Youth Ski Lessons Open for Registration now!

Ski Equipment Rentals for 2023-2024 Season:

Rental equipment will be available for pick up on two dates. When picking up equipment, please send a single family member to meet a Youth Program Coordinator outdoors. Please bring the volunteer bond cheque (see below). Lesson participants will not enter the SANSC building. 

  • Date: TBD

    • A to M from​ 10:00-11:00 am

    • N to Z from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon

 

Note: All lessons will run in Kingswood Park and the Lower Riverlot.

1. Bunnies and Jack Rabbits (ages 4-11, beginners to 3+ years experience)  

Bunnies Program: a learn to ski program suitable for younger beginner skiers aged 4 to 6 yrs old. This program focuses on having fun and developing some of the basic skills in cross-country skiing. The program leads kids progressively through different skills, all geared towards improving their comfort level and technique on skis. Parent/guardian is required to stay during the lesson. Maximum of 6 skiers per group.

  • Saturdays from 1:00pm to 1:45pm, 2:00pm to 2:45pm or 3:00pm to 3:45pm (starting January) 

  • Sundays from 1:00pm to 1:45pm, 2:00pm to 2:45pm or 3:00pm to 3:45pm (starting January

Fees: $100 with rentals included. Additional fees include club membership ($25 for individuals or $50 for families) and Nordiq Canada/AB fees of $20 per skier.

Jack Rabbits Program: this program focuses on more advanced skills and is geared towards improving ski  techniques in classic along with an introduction to skate skiing. Maximum of 10 skiers per group.

  • Saturdays from 1:00pm to 2:00pm or 2:30pm to 3:30pm (starting January) 

  • Sundays from 1:00pm to 2:00pm or 2:30pm to 3:30pm (starting January) 

Fees: $100 with rentals included. Additional fees include club membership ($25 for individuals or $50 for families) and Nordiq Canada/AB fees of $20 per skier.

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2023/2024 Ski Lessons Open for Dryland Registration

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2. Youth Development Program (ages 12-17, beginners)  

This program is focused primarily on building the fundamental skills and techniques of cross-country skiing for skiers new to the sport aged 12 - 17. All skiers will be provided rentals for the duration of the ski season, and no previous cross-country skiing experience is required to join this group. The lessons will run twice weekly, Saturdays and Wednesdays in Kingswood Park and Riverlot 56. 

  • Saturdays from 2:30pm to 4:00pm AND Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

 

Fees: $150 including rentals. Additional fees include club membership ($25 for individuals or $50 for families) and Nordiq Canada/AB fees of $20 per skier.

**New this year: dryland program including running, strength training, waxing and team building activities.

3. Track Attack (ages 11-17, skill level 2 to 3+ years experience)  

This program is focused on refining cross-country ski skills and further developing fitness through training for skiers 11 years old and older. The lessons will run twice weekly, Sundays and Wednesdays in Kingswood Park and Riverlot 56. Skiers are highly recommended to have their own ski equipment but rentals, if available, can be rented for the season for an additional fee although they may not be suitable for racing. In order to support any athletes who would like to try their skills at a more competitive level, one of the Track Attack coaches will be available to accompany and coach any skiers who wish to attend races (Loppets) in the local area during the season. Please note that any athletes who plan to attend events must be accompanied and transported by parents and that lessons will still run with one coach for skiers who do not wish to attend races. Previous cross-country skiing experience is required to join this group.

  • Sundays from 2:30pm to 4:00pm  AND Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

 

Fees: $150 not including rentals, transportation to loppets or entry fees for loppets. Additional fees include club membership ($25 for individuals or $50 for families) and Nordiq Canada/AB fees of $20 per skier. Rentals may be available for an additional $75 but are not guaranteed.

**New this year: dryland program including running, strength training, waxing and team building activities.

*****Early registration (Aug 1 - Aug 31) is only for those who are participating in the dryland program. If you wish to participate only in the ski portion of Youth Development or Track Attack, registration will open on September 1. Please note that spots may be filled at this time as we are expecting a high volume of registrations in the dryland program.*****

Dryland Camp for Track Attack and Youth Development Youth

We will plan to run a fun dryland day-camp (charges included in the fee for the program) at Chickakoo Lake Recreation area on Sunday, October 22nd for Track Attack and Youth Development athletes. We are unable to provide transportation to and from the day-camp, though we encourage families to get to know each other for carpooling!

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Multi-Skier Discounts

St. Albert Nordic Ski Club offers discounts for families with multiple skiers in the same household, as shown below. To receive the discount, please register all skiers during one transaction.

  • One youth skier - full price

  • Two youth skiers - $25 discount off the total registration cost

  • Three youth skiers - $50 discount off the total registration cost

  • Four youth skiers - $75 discount off the total registration cost

  • Five+ youth skiers - $100 discount off the total registration cost

 

Volunteer Bond

A $50 volunteer bond will be required for all youth program registrations via cheque deposit at the start of the season. Cheques made out to St. Albert Nordic Ski Club (not SANSC or any other alternatives) must be submitted when families pick up their ski rentals. If not renting equipment, bring cheques on the first day of lessons. Please write the names of the children you have registered on the back of the cheque. We require one cheque per family, NOT one cheque per skier. Cheques will be shredded at the end of the ski season for all families that complete a minimum of 3 hours of volunteer time. Opportunities for volunteering will be provided in a sign-up sheet on a first come, first served basis. For any questions regarding the volunteer duties, please contact our volunteer coordinator Vonda at sansc.volunteers@gmail.com.

Cancellation Policy

Our cancellation policy for youth lessons is as stated below. Please read these policies before registering for youth programs. Requests for refunds based on extraordinary circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis by the Youth Program Director.

  • If lessons are cancelled due to low enrollment or due to new Alberta Health restrictions, lesson fees will be refunded but club membership and insurance fees will not be refunded.

  • If a participant chooses not to attend the lesson due to icy conditions or other reasons, the lesson will not be rescheduled or refunded.

Please arrive at your lessons early to help your kids find their groups and instructors. If the parking lot is full, there is alternate parking in the Kingswood neighborhood across the street.

 

    

Youth Program Inquiries:

 

Isabelle Poulin

Mia Cowper

Youth Program Coordinators

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