WCCSC Junior Athlete

Development Program

Registration for the program 2021/22 will open on September 6 at 7am.

The Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club operates on a model that promotes a healthy lifestyle and joy in lifelong physical activity.

The Junior Athlete Development program provides skiers an opportunity to develop technique, increase physical fitness and explore the many facets of cross-country skiing. Skiers can join at any age regardless of previous ski experience and are grouped according to ability. 

 

Cross country skiing may seem like an individual sport but the enjoyment and fulfillment for any athlete come from being part of a team, a club, a community.  

Objectives for this program are:

  • Challenge athletes physically and mentally

  • Enabling athletes to identify and work towards their goals 

  • Provide drills and activities that foster continuous technical improvement in cross-country skiing.  Athletes will practice both classic and skate technique.

  • Nurture a fun and inclusive space where social activities compliment physical challenges.

  • Create a love and passion for outdoor physical fitness in all seasons while exploring the Mt Macintyre area.

  • “Dryland” workouts will begin in September, with a focus on running and strength training to build a base of physical conditioning. 

  • Provide an environment where opportunities to race are offered if this is something the athlete is interested in.

 

A program coordinator will support this program.  All coaches will work with the program coordinator throughout the season to coordinate all practice plans and skill and fitness development. 

 

DETAILS

AGE GROUP: 12-18

DATES: SEPT 13, 2021- MARCH 2022 (END DATE DETERMINED BY SNOW CONDITIONS)

DAYS OF WEEK: TWO PRACTICES PER WEEK – MONDAY AND THURSDAY – from 5:00 to 6:30 pm

FEE: $380 FOR SEASON - MEMBERSHIP WITH WHITEHORSE CROSS COUNTRY SKI CLUB IS ALSO REQUIRED AND IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM FEES.

EQUIPMENT RENTAL IS AVAILABLE AT THE CHALET FOR THE DURATION OF THE PROGRAM OR THE SEASON. 

Cold weather Guidelines

  • Normal practice at or above -25C (Env Canada Temp one hour before practice; not including wind Chill)

  • Practice shortened to 1 hour from -26C to -29C (Env Canada Temp one hour before practice; not including wind Chill)

  • Practice shortened to 1 hour and not skiing (snow games, hike; boots and proper clothes required) from -30C to -31.9C (Env Canada Temp one hour before practice; not including wind Chill)

  • Cancelled at or below -32, or any other time that the wax room is closed. This will be communicated by email.

  • Parents are free to determine their own limits also.

  • Coach judgement will be used if there are other factors such as high winds, humidity, precipitation; email will go out if practice is being modified or cancelled.

Need financial support, these programs are here for you

Recreation Assistance Options

Kids Recreation Fund

668-4236 sportyukon.com

Supports sport and recreation for ages 18 or under. Families may qualify for up to $400 yearly per child.

 

Canadian Tire Jumpstart

jumpstart.canadiantire.ca

Funding is available to support children ages 4 to 18 participating in sport and recreation.