Active Start: Bunny Rabbit Program
FUNdamentals: Jack Rabbit Program
Learn to Train: Track Attack Program
Cross-country skiing is an optimal Canadian winter pastime. Roughly two million Canadians participate annually. Cross-country skiing has no limit regarding age, region, gender or conditioning level. It’s easy to learn and its benefits for health and fitness are fantastic. Regardless of whether cross-country skiers pursue competition or just personal enjoyment, each skier belongs to a “community” in which a love of the sport is the common denominator.
Along with teamwork, cross-country skiing teaches participants fundamental movement skills, fundamental sport skills and the ABCs – agility, balance, coordination and speed – of physical literacy.
Cross-country skiing’s Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model consists of eight stages.
- Active Start (M, F 0-6) – Develops fundamental movements and links them into play.
- FUNdamentals (M 6-9, F 6-8) – Builds all fundamental movement skills, overall motor skills and all basic cross-country ski skills.
- Learn to Train (M 9-12, F 8-11) – Refines basic cross-country ski skills and further develops fundamental movement and fundamental sport skills.
- Train to Train (M 12-16, F 11-15) – Establishes an aerobic base and develops speed and strength.
- Learn to Compete (M 16-20+/-, F 15-19+/-) – Develops aerobic capacity and power, sport-specific and individual-specific skills, and self-awareness and independence.
- Train to Compete (M 20-23+/-, F 19-23+/-) – Optimizes fitness preparation and masters both individual and sport-specific skills
- Train to Win (M, F 23+/-) – Maximizes preparation for high performance results.
- Active for Life (M, F any age) – Transitions high performance athletes into a participatory role and encourages everyone – whether competitive or recreational athletes – to remain active for life.
Cross-Country Ski: A Sport for Life
This document introduces and explains the conceptual framework for athlete development that will provide essential guidance for Cross Country Canada, its divisions, clubs and individual members as we pursue the shared vision of establishing a sport system that is in the forefront of theory and practice.
Cross-Country Ski: LTAD Poster
The framework for full sport system alignment in Canada, integrating health and education with sport and physical activity.
Cross-Country Ski: Competition Model
The alignment of a competition model with the LTAD guidelines per development stage.
Cross-Country BC: LTAD Implementation Plan
An overview of LTAD-related change within the sport.
The Bunnyrabbit Program centers on Active Start and is directed at children age five and under. Its objective is to introduce cross-country skiing and the healthy lifestyle associated with it through organized activity and active play.
The Jackrabbit Program focuses on the FUNdamentals and is directed at children between the ages of six and nine. Its objective is to teach children basic cross-country ski skills (both classic and skating) and to instill a lifelong interest in the sport.
Some great Jackrabbit programs in the Vancouver/Whistler area:
www.whistlernordics.com – Whistler, BC
www.seatoskynordics.ca – Whistler, BC
www.spudvalleynordics.com – Pemberton, BC
www.hollyburnxc.ca – North Vancouver, BC
The Track Attack Program addresses the Learn to Train stage and aims at skiers between the ages of 10 and 12. The objective is for the participants to become technically competent cross-country skiers and to utilize those skills to explore a wide range of cross-country ski activities, from backcountry excursions to ski tournaments.
Cross-Country Ski Canada – cccski.com