The checklist for Learn 2 Train Skiers:
•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.
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)
•sunglasses (for weekends)
•Headlamp mandatory (for evening classes)
•Plastic whistle mandatory for emergencies (no metal whistles)
•Wrist Watch for race events
•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)
•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
L2T focuses on skill development and on developing a positive orientation to different types of cross country ski experiences, in a fun environment. The goal of the program is to develop classic, skating, and x-country downhill techniques and to attend more competitions such as the Built4Speed Series and local Alberta Cups.
Classic & Skate ski equipment is necessary
Learn 2 Train program goals:
•All classic ski techniques
•All skate ski techniques
•Ski preparation – equipment, grip and glide waxing
•Attend the Alberta Youth Championships either as an athlete or assistant coach/volunteer
•Attend local Built 4 Speed and Alberta Cup events
•Assist the Jackrabbits in coaching as a regular coach or as needed on Fridays
•Attend an XCBC hosted on snow ski camp
We plan on skate skiing on Tuesdays and classic skiing on Fridays, but weather & snow will be the determining factor. Unless posted otherwise, please have the appropriate equipment, skis ready and waxed for these sessions before the start of class.
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.