Learn Through Play.


Cross-country ski clubs across Nova Scotia and Canada, implement the Skills Development Program (SDP), designed by Nordiq Canada and the Coaching Association of Canada

The SDP is an established age-specific program developed to teach cross-country skiing and lifestyle to skiers of all abilities, from ages 4 – 12 years.  Programs are delivered following a proven method of teaching cross-country skiing. 

Cross Country Nova Scotia supports our member clubs to promote cross-country skiing for participants of all abilities, ages, and backgrounds. 

Clubs offer supportive programs that make skiing fun, and encourage children to try new movements within a supportive environment.

Halifax Nordic Ski Club instructor, Nicholas Cordone, instructs the Bunny Rabbits at The Links of Brunello.

Program Levels

The Skills Development Program teaches age appropriate skills through a series of games with an emphasis on “fun”.  Young athletes and parent helpers will learn skill, balance, strength, and endurance. Along the way, athletes make many new ski friends, while surrounded by nature. All program levels correspond with the Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD).

Many provincial, national, and international-level athletes started out in this program.  Competitive athletes transition from the development program to the competitive pathway at approximately age 12. 

Young athletes who display an aptitude for cross-country skiing are identified by club coaches and recommended to the Provincial Team, for consideration.  Learn more about the Provincial Team (click link).

Bunny Rabbit

Age 5 and under

  • Help children develop a positive self-image.
  • Fun.
  • Provide children with opportunity to make ski-friends.
  • Develop fundamental movement skills.
  • Help children develop an awareness and appreciation of our natural environment.

Tips for Parents

Nordiq Canada Program Description


Age 6-9

  • Encourage fun & participation in a team / social atmosphere.
  • Develop Agility, Balance, Coordination & speed.
  • Introduce competition in a team environment whenever possible.
  • Good technique habits, through repeated practice using Jackrabbit awards
  • Utilize games and ski playgrounds to develop technique, speed skills & fitness.

Badges – Technique Awards Description (videos + text)

Nordiq Canada Program Description

Track Attack

Age 10 – 12

  • Fitness!  Fun!  Teamwork!
  • Improve XC technique.
  • Explore & enjoy many fun off trail ski activities.
  • Learn how to wax skis, race with confidence, and learn about wilderness safety.

Ski Equipment & Safety

Track Attack Passport 2019 – 2020 (French)

Nordiq Canada Program Description

Nova Scotia Club Programs

Learn more about cross-country ski programs offered in your area, by contacting your local club. View a listing of the cross-country ski clubs in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Cross-Country Program Features

  • Follow the national Skill Development Programs.
  • Recruit qualified coaches, encouraging parent involvement.
  • Create an inclusive learning environment for all ages and abilities.
  • Teach technical cross-country skills.
  • Foster a healthy lifestyle.
  • Increase an appreciation for nature.
  • Governed by Safe Sport policy.

Program participants at Halifax Nordic Club, prior to lesson start time at The Links at Brunello.

Be sure to arrive early for lessons… the youngsters are serious about play, with their ski friends.

Complimentary Programs

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