Racing Add-Ons – L2C & L2R

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Racing Add-Ons: Learn 2 Race (L2R) & Learn 2 Compete (L2C) – Program Information

There are 2 racing add-on options: Learn 2 Compete (L2C) OR Learn 2 Race (L2R)

Learn 2 Compete is for skiers age 12-18 who want to focus on racing, improve their technical skill, ski faster, and train on Thursdays as an additional 3rd day/week. In order to join the Learn 2 Compete program, skiers must be registered in an XCBC competitive ski program and be at least 12 years old.

Cost – $300 (after Oct 31, add $30), program runs Thursdays Dec 7/17-Mar 29/18, 5:15-6:45pm @ Redwood Meadows unless specified otherwise (as a 3rd training night in addition to being registered in a competitive ski program), no classes Dec 28, Jan 4, Feb 22

Included in the Learn 2 Compete program:  an additional  3rd training day/week on Thursdays, wax room rentals, coach trail passes, race waxes, weekend coach support, pre-race waxing/support.

Both Classic & Skate gear are mandatory.  A club race suit and club jacket are mandatory.

Learn 2 Race (L2R) is for skiers age 9-18 who want to race at weekend race events. Athletes will need to be registered in the competitive ski program, then register in the L2R in order to race with XCBC. There are approx 12 race events/ ski season that are attended by XCBC.

Cost – $100 for all season payable upfront on zone 4 registration OR payable prior to any race events at $20/race day (ie) AYC weekend = $40)

Why do we charge for race events? Races cost the club money in form of wax room rentals, coach trail passes, race waxes, weekend coach support, pre-race waxing/support.

Mandatory classic & skate ski equipment. Mandatory club jacket. Club race suit is recommended.

L2R & L2C program goals:

  • All classic & skate ski techniques
  • Improve endurance, speed, balance, agility
  • Ski preparation – equipment, grip and glide waxing
  • Attend  Alberta Cup events & other competitions/loppets
  • Assist the Jackrabbits in coaching as a regular coach or as needed on Fridays (L2C group)
  • Attend an XCBC hosted off season training camps (age specific)
  • Sharing your expertise, enthusiasm & support to other skiers
  • Bonding with like minded skiers with a goal in mind

Please read below for equipment requirements.

For season schedule, see “Calendar” at top menu bar.

Cold weather cut off is -18 C with windchill for Learn 2 Race & Learn 2 Compete.

Unfortunately we are not able to provide make up classes for lessons cancelled due to inclement weather.

If conditions are considered dangerous or risky, classes are subject to be cancelled.

Registration link in flip box below.

Days & Times

Information on class days and times.

Schedule

Learn 2 Compete – age 12-18
Thurs 5:15-6:45pm @ Redwood Meadows & weekend race events
Dec 7/17 – Mar 29/18

Learn 2 Race – age 9-18
Weekend race events

Program Costs

Costs for season with Learn to Train.

Costs

Learn 2 Compete ages 12-18 -$300

Learn 2 Race ages 9-18 – $100

(in addition to the competitive ski program registration)

Join Our Club

To join our program!

Club Involvement

If you wish to be added to our email distribution list: Program Director

Events Register

Zone 4 registration.

Information

Programs are now closed. Visit us in late Aug/early Sept

Competitive Team Further Information

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The checklist for L2R & L2C Skiers:

Learn 2 Compete ages 12-18 – mandatory club jacket and race suit.

Learn 2 Race ages 9-18 – mandatory club jacket, recommended race suit

Equipment:
Classic Gear:
•waxable classic skis that are appropriate for your child’s weight ( please have the camber & kick zone checked at a reputable ski store for weight) and height (tops curve over the head or slightly longer is the approximate size ski length for this age group & skill level). Have your kick zones marked with permanent marker on the ski sidewall.
•classic poles- pole top/handle straps should be between the armpit & top of shoulder. Straps should be adjusted so hands are close to the pole.
•classic boots that fit well. No lift or rubbing in the heel area. A way to snug them up tightly ie) laces or pull tie.
•skate skis that are appropriate for your child’s weight (please have the camber checked at a reputable ski store for weight) and height (tops curve over the head).
•skate poles- pole top/handle straps should be between chin and nose. Straps should be adjusted so hands are close to the pole.
•skate ski boots that fit well. No lift or rubbing in the heel area. A way to snug them up tightly ie) laces or pull tie.

Clothing:
3 w’s wicking layer (no cotton):
•under layer (wicking layer -to take dampness away from the skin such as polypropylene long underwear or wool (NO cotton!))
•mid layer (warm layer– fleece or wool works well)
•windproof layer (our club jacket and a pair of light windproof pants will work)

A vest is a good to keep your core warm. It is better to dress in multiple thin layers, rather than one bulky one. (you can regulate your temperature better). Be warm but avoid sweating – take off layers as needed and make sure your outer layers are breathable. Being damp is what will make you cold (especially if you have to stop moving)
•appropriate ski socks (no cotton)-You can again use the 3 Ws; wicking, warm, then your boots are the wind layer. It’s better to have two thin socks than one pair of bulky thick socks. If your feet are prone to getting cold, then get a ‘boot warmer’. (It’s a layer you put over your boots that are designed for ski boots and bindings). For kids- a large wool sock over their boot, (with the appropriate holes cut in it to accommodate bindings) will suffice as a boot warmer.
•mitts are warmer than gloves (no cotton). Again, for colder days, layering mitts are a good idea. Some little fleece mittens work well inside a x-country ski mitten for cold days. Instant hand warmers (‘hot shots’) are good if your hands get really cold.
•a toque
•thin neck buff (Lycra)
•sunglasses (for Fridays)
•Headlamp mandatory (for evening classes)
•Plastic whistle mandatory for emergencies (no metal whistles)
•Wrist Watch for race events

Other:

•Water bottle and holder (the bottle needs to be covered or it will freeze)
•Snack for after practice
•Hip pack to carry water bottle and whistle. Backpacks are not optimal as they can throw the skier off balance especially when skate skiing.

Wax: (for the family)

For starting out, 3 hard waxes will suffice-for example: Swix green (-10/-20C), Swix blue extra (v40 -1/-7C), Swix red (-1/+2)
•Cork
•Scraper
•Wax remover- I like “KUU” bio citron base cleaner ( pump bottle)
•Shop cloths (lint free cloths- blue shop towels from Canadian Tire work great). The x-c version is called
•fiberlene-it’s much more expensive)
•Universal klister

Nice to have:
•Balaclava for our coldest days
•Ear warmers or headband for warmer days
•Other waxes not on the above list

Learn 2 Compete (L2C) is for skiers age 12-18 who want to focus on racing, improve their technical skill, ski faster, and train an additional 3rd day/week. In order to join the Learn 2 Compete Team, skiers must be registered in the competitive ski program and be at least 12 years old.

Included in the Learn 2 Compete program: an additional  3rd training day/week on Thursdays, wax room rentals, coach trail passes, race waxes, weekend coach support, pre-race waxing/support.

Learn 2 Race (L2R) is for skiers age 9-18 who want to race at weekend race events. Athletes will need to be registered in the competitive ski program, then register in the L2R in order to race with XCBC. There are approx 12 race events/ ski season that are attended by XCBC.

Included in the Learn 2 Race program: wax room rentals, coach trail passes, race waxes, weekend coach support, pre-race waxing/support.

Competitive Team program goals:
•All classic & skate ski techniques
•Improve endurance, speed, balance, agility
•Ski preparation – equipment, grip and glide waxing
•Attend Alberta Cup events & other competitions/loppets
•Assist the Jackrabbits in coaching as a regular coach or as needed on Fridays (L2C)
•Attend an XCBC hosted off season training camps (age specific)
•Sharing your expertise, enthusiasm & support to other skiers
•Bonding with like minded skiers with a goal in mind

Below are some helpful links on kick waxing:
http://www.swixsport.com/Wax-Resources/Wax-Wizard

West Bragg Creek Trails Report:
http://braggcreektrails.org/report

Please see “calendar” for all scheduled program sessions, events and other scheduled XCBC activities.

Upcoming race events:

AB Cups to be announced by Cross Country Alberta

AYC (Alberta Youth Championships) Mar 2-4/18 – XCBC in West Bragg ages( born 2004-2007)
Save the date. We also need many volunteers to host this event, please keep this in mind.

B4S (Built For Speed) TBD – XCBC West Bragg. We will need many volunteers to host this event, please keep this in mind.
(B4S are a series of race events created for novice skiers. Dates to be determined by other ski clubs).

On Snow Camp:
Ribbon Creek Hostel Jan 5-7 , 2018

Please see “calendar” for all up to date scheduled program sessions, events and other scheduled XCBC activities.

FAQs

  • Q: Cold weather cutoff? A: -15 air temp -18 wind-chill
  • Q: If a session is cancelled? A: An email will be sent out by noon the day of the lesson.

What Member’s Say

When you really think about it, this is almost the “ideal” program in so many ways. It is local and convenient. It is a “no stress” introduction to a sport that promotes fitness and health for life. It offers competitive opportunities to those who so desire. Finally it happens in a beautiful outdoor environment. I believe there are many sports clubs who seek to fulfill one of these goals, but very few who attempt to fulfill all of them. We are so fortunate to have XCBC in our backyard!
Greg Morris, Coach
Let me say something. You have an amazing team with awesome support. They really helped me this weekend. This is what I call an “extra mile” in customer relationship. So I give 8 stars for the program theme and if I could, I’d give 10 stars for support.
Carrie, Calgary

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