Program Description

The Hoppers program is designed for 8-16 year old participants who want to experience the exhilaration of flight on skis while learning about the sport in a safe and controlled manner.

The jumping program employs an individualized skill development progression to bring participants from introduction to competent jumping on our 10 meter snow bump, 20m and 40m jumps. There is no pressure to jump on larger hills until the participant feels ready to move up. Younger participants may remain on the 10 and 20 meter jumps for an entire season.

There will be opportunities to participate in jumping events that focus on skill acquisition and teamwork.

The goal of the program is to continuously develop and refine jumping skills in a safe and fun environment.

The Hoppers program is for participants in the FUNdamentals and Learn to Train stages of the Canadian Sport for Life – Long Term Athlete Development Model.

Parent Involvement

Parent involvement is appreciated. This could involve helping with equipment set-up, hill preparation, driving snowmobiles for uphill transportation or assisting with coaching support (training provided).

Parents who are interested in volunteering are encouraged to contact John Heilig through info@seatoskynordics.ca to let us know of your interest and availability.

Registration Prerequisites

In order to register in the Hoppers program, you must meet the following prerequisites:

– membership with the Sea to Sky Nordics

– at least one year of experience cross-country or downhill skiing

– no jumping experience is required

Program Levels

The nature of ski jump training allows for a broad range of ages and skill levels to train together. Each participant chooses the hill that they feel most comfortable on and the coaches develop an individualized program to meet their specific needs.

2019-2020 Winter Schedule and Dates

This winter, the Nordic Hoppers program offers training sessions on Wednesdays and Saturdays. For those athletes who want to train on Sundays, we are offering a multi-sport program that includes both biathlon and ski jump training.

Dates: Dec 7-Mar 7 (12 sessions – no practice on Dec 21 or 28)
Time: 13:00-15:00
Location: Whistler Olympic Park
Activities: Ski Play, snow bump, ski jumping and dryland training

Dates: Dec 11-Mar 11 (12 sessions – no practice on Dec 25 or Jan 1)
Whistler Olympic Park 18:30-20:00
Activities: Ski Play, snow bump, ski jumping and dryland training

Program Fees

Program fees cover coaching and ski jumping equipment,

Trail passes are not included in the program fee.

$52.50 discount season passes to Whistler Olympic Park can be purchased in connection with program registration.

Saturdays: $220.00
Wednesdays: $190.00

Both Saturday and Wednesday: $360.00


Equipment Required

All jumping equipment provided. Participants must provide their own cross-country boots for ski play and snow bump activities. The club has a limited supply of boots that can be used at no cost on a first come first served basis. Boots can also be rented at Whistler Olympic Park.

Participants should come to practice prepared for the weather conditions with multiple sets of pants, jackets, gloves, and hats. At least 3 pairs of gloves and 3 jackets are recommended in wet weather!

Enjoy the friendly skies of Whistler Olympic Park!

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