Nordic Hoppers is designed for 10-14 year old participants interested in participating in both cross-country skiing and ski jumping. Participants take part in a “Track Attack” oriented cross-country ski program (see cross-country program descriptions) followed by a jumping program. We bring these two disciplines together for unrivaled fun in the snow.
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 events such as Nordic cross races, jumping and Nordic combined events that focus on skill acquisition and teamwork.
The goal of the program is to continuously develop and refine cross-country skiing and jumping skills in a safe and fun environment.
The Nordic 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to let him know of your interest and availability.
In order to register in the Nordic Hoppers program, you must meet the following prerequisites:
– membership with the Sea to Sky Nordics
– at least one season of cross-country skiing experience is required
– no jumping experience is required
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 (13 sessions – no practice on Dec 21 and 28)
Location: Whistler Olympic Park
Activities: Cross-country skiing and ski jump training
Dates: Dec 11-Mar 11 (12 sessions – no practice on Dec 25 or Jan 1)
Whistler Olympic Park 17:00-20:00 (15min. nutrition break between cross-country and jumping)
Activities: Cross-country skiing and Ski Jumping
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.
Both Saturday and Wednesday: $720.00
Participants are required to provide their own cross-country ski equipment (skis, boots, poles), for both skate and classic skiing techniques.
Equipment rentals are available through Whistler Olympic Park and local ski shops.
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!