YOUTH PROGRAMS

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Cross-country skiing is a true family sport, with many children joining their families on skis almost as soon as they can walk. “Learn to ski” programs for children ages four through 12, are extremely popular at Nova Scotia clubs. Our exceptional coaches and volunteers help your children develop solid technical skills, physical fitness, and a love for the outdoors.  CCNS supports our member clubs to promote cross-country skiing for participants of all abilities, ages, and backgrounds. 

Bunny Rabbit (ages 2-5)


The first level of our programming is for children up to 5 years old. Developed in parallel with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), Bunny Rabbit program materials include an enrolment kit, kid-friendly booklet and fun skill award stickers. The objective is to introduce cross-country skiing and the healthy lifestyle associated with it through organized activity and active play. Participants will develop a positive self-image, movement skills, an appreciation for the outdoors and new ski friendships.

Jack Rabbit (ages 6-9)


The second level of our programming is the “FUNdamentals” stage of development. It has been developed in parallel with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). Program materials include an enrollment kit, special toque and an illustrated booklet that tracks levels of achievement. The objective is for children to learn basic cross-country ski skills, including classic and skating styles and to instill a lifelong interest in the sport. Participants will develop the basics of agility, balance, coordination and speed, as well as good ski technique habits, fun and fitness.

Track Attack (ages 10-12)


The third level of our programming is for children up to 12 years old. Developed in parallel with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), program materials include an enrolment kit, buff, and all-weather program award stickers for the skier’s program passport. The focus of the Track Attack program is to help participants become technically competent cross country skiers and use their skills to explore a wide range of ski activities.

Nova Scotia Cross Country Ski Team


Many provincial, national, and international-level athletes started out in the “learn to ski” 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 Nova Scotia provincial team, for consideration. 

Provincial Team

Ski Parent 101


Whether your child aspires to greatness in our sport or just wants to have fun outdoors during winter, your local club can offer helpful information on everything from equipment and safety to lessons and competition.

  • Coaching Initiation in Sport
  • Introduction to Community Coaching

While these courses were designed for coaches, many parents have taken them to learn about equipment and to understand what and how their child is learning. After all, parents naturally become unofficial assistant coaches when they take their kids on a family ski.

To get started, go to the Locker and log in or create a free account. If you are creating an account, you will be prompted to create a NCCP number and a Locker account. Happy learning!

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