The UofA Nordic Academy offers the following programs for the 2019-2020 season: (Register Here)
|Varsity|| Designed for skiers who are developing their fundamental attributes as an endurance athlete and their sport specific skills as a Nordic skier. The Program offers a full training program and weekly workouts. Skiers in this program will attend Alberta Cups, Major Loppets, Western/Eastern Championships and Canadian College and University National Championships. |
Program fee includes annual plan and training log, technical sessions, tactical and intensity sessions, ski specific muscle endurance and strength training. Scheduled workouts are Tues, Thurs and Saturday. Dryland Training starts in September and runs until we can get on snow.
Race service (wax and logistics) support for Alberta Cups is included in the full program fee. All other expenses related to training and travel will be the responsibility of the skier.
Training camps, Westerns, Nationals and Trial Races will be trip specific fees including race service calculated prior to the trip based on number of skiers attending a trip.
The full-time program fee includes race support for the 8 Alberta Cup races and 2 club camps.
Part Time Program Fee: TUESDAY: $320 THURSDAY: $320 SATURDAY: $320
Part-time athletes will pay extra for race support ($30/race day for Alberta Cups) and $50/camp.
|Alumni / Associate|| This program is for U of A Alumni and current varsity skiers who want to ski competitively, but cannot commit to a regular training program. This membership includes weekly communication and the opportunity to come to peer scheduled open workouts (distance workouts and intensity workouts). Eligible skiers may attend and represent at Alberta Cups, Regional Races and Major Loppets, Western Championships and Nationals.|
Race service is provided as a fee for service, and will be calculated prior to the committed race. All other expenses related to training and travel will be the responsibility of the skier.
|Junior|| This program is designed for skiers who are developing their fundamental attributes as an endurance athlete and their sport specific skills as a Nordic skier. The Program offers training program guidance and weekly recommended workouts that are developmentally appropriate. Workouts are a combination of fitness focused workouts and technique focused workouts. Skiers in this program would attend Alberta Cups, major Loppets, Western Championships and Nationals (if appropriate for level of development and goals). |
The minimum age for this program is 13 years of age. 13-year-olds who are uncertain about being ready for the Junior Bears program should contact Head Coach Lowell Niven for a recommendation.
Scheduled workouts are Tues, Thurs and Saturday. Dryland Training starts in September and runs until we can get on snow.
|Bear Tracks|| This program is for aspiring Nordic skiers from 10 – 13 years of age who are interested in developing their fundamental aerobic and muscular endurance fitness and develop their technique in both skating and classic skiing. Skill development will focus on the fundamental skills of balance, body awareness, weight shift, and sequencing of upper and lower body for both classic and skating techniques. |
Skiers when appropriate would attend Alberta Cups, Regional Races and Major Loppets, as well as Midget Cup Races, Alberta Youth Championships and Alberta Winter Games.
13-year-olds who may need another year of development before moving up to Junior Bears should contact Head Coach Lowell Niven.
Dryland Training starts in September, on Thursdays and Saturdays, and runs until we can get on snow. Once on snow, training is three times per week – Tues, Thurs, and Saturday.
|Bear Paws|| This program is parent volunteer delivered. This program is for 7 – 9 year olds who are interested in developing their fundamental movements for Nordic skiing. The program offers technique driven practices that are designed to introduce the important skills of balance on skis, weight shift, body position and timing of upper and lower body. Other skills will include developing downhill control and cornering as well as stopping. The approach will be on repetition of movement to develop the movement patterns and start to increase economy of motion on skis (because skiing is a continuous aerobic sport). This level will offer the chance to explore different trail systems. |
Practices will start in September, with dryland sessions, and run until March. Sessions will run Tuesday and Thursday nights with an option of participatory adventure skis on the weekend. Sessions will shift to skiing when we can get on snow.
Bear Paws would be encouraged to attend regional loppets with their coaches and regional races (when appropriate).