Youth Lessons- Winter 2022

SCOTIA XC offers cross country ski lessons based on Nordiq Canada’s Skill Development Programs for Children. The overall objective of the program is to assist children in the development of a love of the outdoors, a healthy lifestyle, excellent technical skills and a good level of physical fitness.

Winter Learn-to-ski Programs

2021/2022 Proof Of Vaccination Policy

  • Following provincial government guidelines, all participants age 12 and over in all organized recreation activities (including XC ski programs, group events and races) must provide proof of vaccination status. People who do not provide proof of vaccination status will not be able to participate in organized programs. Options for providing POV will be provided to those registered in programming.
  • Proof of vaccination status is not required for membership.
  • Proof of vaccination status is not required for unorganized use of groomed ski trails. (Updated Oct 18th/21)

Saturdays, January 15th –  March 5th at 9:30am at Brunello XC. (8 weeks) $50 + membership

  • Bunny Rabbits-FULL
  • Jack Rabbits- FULL
  • Track Attack- FULL

Mondays,  January 17th –  Feb 22nd at 6:45pm-7:45pm at Brunello (6 weeks) $40 + membership

  • Track Attack +

Mondays, Jan 17th (6 weeks) at 4:15pm-5:15pm at Brunello (6 weeks)

  • $40 + membership
  • Ages 6-8 (Jack Rabbits)

Register  early – classes do fill up!

  • To adapt to Nova Scotia’s challenging winters, SCOTIA XC has implemented snowmaking at Brunello XC, which may allow more on-snow sessions, however, lessons will proceed unless it is dangerous to be out (too cold or too icy)!  Instructors will have creative options to make lessons fun and instructive with or without snow, and may suggest a change of location to your group the night before to take advantage of local conditions. Flexibility is required for XC Skiing in Nova Scotia!

Program Levels:

The Bunnyrabbit Program is for children ages 4-5 is a fun, positive program to develop fundamental movement skills on skis, develop an awareness and appreciation of our natural environment, while providing children with the opportunity to make ski-friends.

The Jackrabbit Program is for children 6-9 years to learn basic cross-country ski skills (both classic and skating) and to instill a lifelong interest in the sport, thereby enhancing their quality of life and health.

The Track Attack Program is for children 10-14 to become technically competent cross country skiers, learn how to wax skis, learn about wilderness safety, and use their skills to explore a wide range of ski activities.

Trailblazers (14-16yrs) – recommended for both those who have moved through the Jackrabbit/Track Attack programs, as well as newcomers to the sport). Although learning to train for fitness and local racing is a focus, Trailblazers welcomes everyone who likes to ski and have fun with similar aged peers – including non-racers. We usually have a very, very small number of Trailblazers. Many of this age group would prefer to join an adult lesson instead of grouping together with the Track Attack Program.

Junior Racers– recommended for skiers who have progressed through Track Attack and want to ski stronger and faster and start racing.  Young skiers who are interested in racing and potentially joining Cross Country Nova Scotia’s High Performance Team, are usually identified through the development programs.