Recreational Ski (REC) – Program Information
The recreational ski program designed for the skier ages 9-18 who does not wish to focus on racing, but enjoys being outdoors, having fun on skis and wishes to improve on classic technique. If children under age 9 wish to ski recreational, please register them in the bunnies (age 5) or the jackrabbit (age 6-9) programs.
***RECREATIONAL (REC) – X-Country Ski Program age 9 and up (1 night/week)***
Fri Nov 29, 2019 – Mar 6, 2020 (12 sessions) $150 (price increase to $180 after Oct 31)
no classes Dec 27, Jan 3, Feb 21, Feb 28 (AYC)
Location: West Bragg Creek Trails
Our Friday recreational ski program will encompass ALL non-race skiers who wish to learn classic ski technique with skill development but without racing. Groups will be split into cohesive skill/age level training groups.
If there are skiers interested in skate ski technique but not interested in racing, please stay tuned for a potential biathlon program which will include skate skiing….more to come….
Groups will be split into cohesive skill level training groups (not based on age or friendships).
For season schedule, see “Calendar” at top menu bar.
Recreational Ski Program Goals:
- Improved Fitness
- Having Fun on Skis
- Classic Ski and/or Skate Ski Technique Skill Improvement
- Games to Increase Balance, Agility and Speed
- Enjoying the Outdoors
- Skiing with Friends
Registration link in flip box below.
Recreational Program Further Information
The checklist for REC Skiers ages 9-18:
Tuesdays Skate Ski Gear:
•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.
Fridays Classic Ski Gear:
•waxable or waxless 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.
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.
•thin neck buff (Lycra)
•Headlamp mandatory for the 5-6:30pm sessions due to low/no light conditions
•Plastic whistle mandatory for emergencies (no metal whistles)
•Water bottle and holder (the bottle needs to be covered or it will freeze)
•Snack for after practice
•Hip pack for water bottle. Backpacks are not optimal as they can throw balance off.
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)
•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)
Nice to have:
•Balaclava for our coldest days
•Ear warmers or headband for warmer days
•Other waxes not on the above list
Please have your child put on and take off gear on their own in daylight prior to XCBC programs. This will help them learn and become familiar with their equipment. At this age, they should be self-sufficient with gear and clothing.
The Recreational Ski Program is being developed this season to encompass ALL non-race skiers who wish to learn skate ski and /or classic ski with skill development but without racing. Groups will be split into cohesive skill level training groups (not based on age or friendships).
This program designed for the skier ages 9-18 who does not wish to focus on racing, but enjoys being outdoors, having fun on skis and wishes to improve on technique.
Option of enrolling in 1 or 2 nights/week: Tuesday Skate Ski, Friday Classic Ski
Recreational Ski Program Goals:
•Having Fun on Skis
•Classic Ski and/or Skate Ski Technique & Skill Improvement
•Games to Increase Balance, Agility and Speed
•Enjoying the Outdoors
•Skiing with Friends
Below are some helpful links on kick waxing:
West Bragg Creek Trails Report:
Please see “calendar” for all scheduled program sessions, events and other scheduled XCBC activities.
Please see “calendar” for up to date program schedule and upcoming events.
- 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!
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.