Welcome to Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Cross Country Ski Lessons for Youth Skills Development Program (SDP)

Nickel Plate Nordic Centre has been providing lessons for children for over a decade. The Skills Development Program is an excellent way to get your children involved in the great sport of cross country skiing. From ages three to teen, skills, technique, and competition are taught at a progressive level. Children will learn both classic and skate skiing at the appropriate lesson levels. For more information contact our coordinators Janelle Dunn Parchomchuk

Registration for the 2016-2017 season is now open on the zone 4 system! Please visit Zone 4 for registration by clicking here.

Learn to Cross Country Ski

New this year!

Volunteer sign up

This is a volunteer run program, therefore all parents will be called on to volunteer at some time. Tasks include coaching, assistant coaching, helping with special events and preparing hot chocolate. There will be sign up available during the online registration for volunteers.

More sessions

We are now running a 12-session program every Saturday from December 10th to March 11th, so that families can squeak in a bit more snow time! Nickel Plate is moving towards aligning with the Skills Development Program laid out by Cross Country Ski Canada. We know that some families will not be able to attend each and every ski-session, and that is A-okay. We recommend that each skier tries to attend 10 sessions to get the most out of the program. Ski days are: Dec 10, Dec 17, Jan 7, Jan 14, Jan 21, Jan 28, Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb 18, Feb 25, Mar 4, Mar 11.

Track Attack moves to 2-days per week

The Track Attack program now includes 24 sessions with practices 2-days per week – Tuesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. The Tuesday practices will meet for carpooling in Penticton at 3:30pm.

Trailblazers Program

The Trailblazers program has been reinstalled this year. This program helps to accommodate skiers and families who may not be able to commit to the 2-days per week Track Attack Program. It is also designed for those kids that are more inclined towards recreational skiing.

New Rates

Lesson fees have risen modestly to reflect the increased number of sessions offered this year. We would like families to know that subsidized rates are available to those who may not be able to afford the new cost. For more information please contact info@nickelplatenordic.org

Child Fitness Tax Credit

We have an easier way of handling the child fitness tax credit. Once you have registered your child for the program, the child fitness tax credit is available to print and put in your tax files. Watch for it on your receipt.

For those of you putting kids into cross country ski lessons for the first time, here are a few tips on clothing:

  1. Please don’t overdress your kids. Nordic skiing generates a LOT more body heat than downhill skiing, and overdressing restricts body movement, as well as getting very sweaty (which then becomes very cold very quickly when you stop moving).
  2. Dress in layers. Use wool or synthetic pile-type clothing in layers, with a windproof layer on top if necessary. NO JEANS (or cotton) – they are unsuitable for this activity as they keep moisture next to the skin.
  3. Spare clothes (hats, socks, gloves/mittens, snowboots and a warm overjacket) are great for after the class – many kids love to stick around and play after lessons are over. By all means, bring toboggans and other snow toys for after class fun. We have “adventure hill” immediately behind the main lodge, where kids will be sure to have some “close encounters with gravity”.
Please try to be familiar with your kids’ gear before the lessons begin. If the boots are new or unfamiliar, have your child wear them for a while to see that they fit well. If you know that their boots chafe, try to tape their heels or other areas, so that hot spots don’t become blisters. The coaches will give suggestions if the child’s equipment is too long, short, etc.

You can find more information about Ski Equipment/Preparation on the CCBC website.

The club hosts a Nordic equipment ski-swap every year. Check the website for more details in September/October.
If you missed the annual ski swap in Penticton, or if your kiddo is growing too darn fast to justify equipment ownership, Nickel Plate offers an affordable ski rental for the season. Seasonal rentals may be purchased during online registration.
Helping children learn to ski is a great way to enjoy the sport as a family. New coaches are always needed to help run the Skills Development Program! Nickel Plate Ski Club offers coaching courses, free of charge, to parents or guardians who would like to begin coaching. For information on upcoming coaching courses, please contact info@nickelplatenordic.org.
Too little for lessons but want to join in the fun? We have a Cottontail Trail activity loop for parents to use with their 3 and 4 year olds. Hot chocolate is provided in the cabin. No charge for this volunteer parent-led program.
Cross country ski fun for children ages 4 to 6. The emphasis is on having fun while developing fundamental movement skills through activity and play. Bunny Rabbits is a one-hour program.

Saturday mornings – 10:30 am -11:30am.
Fees: $75 + insurance fees. Membership for children 5 and under is free.

These levels teach the basic cross-country classic skills. The emphasis is on having fun, helping develop confidence, improving the skiers’ balance & agility, and providing children with an opportunity to ski and socialize with their ski friends. This is a 2-hour program with a 15-minute hot chocolate break.

Saturday mornings – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Fees: $85 + membership and insurance fees

The Jackrabbits levels 3 and 4 continues to teach cross-country classic skills and introduces the basics of skate skiing. The development of agility, balance and coordination gives children a foundation for participation in many physical life-activities. (Please note, skiers are not expected to pass each level every year. Cross Country Ski Canada outlines a 30 session program for Level 3 and 4, whereas our program offers 12 sessions).

Saturday mornings – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Fees: $95 + membership and insurance fees

New this year! The Track Attack program has moved from one session per week to two sessions per week. Carpooling from Penticton will be arranged for the Tuesday sessions, meeting in Penticton at 3:30pm.

Games, activities & drills will be utilized to develop fitness at this stage. There will be a focus on balance, agility and rhythm. The objective is for participants to become technically competent skiers and to utilize those skills in a wide range of ski activities including optional regional races.

Saturday mornings – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.
Tuesday afternoons – 4:30pm – 6:30pm (carpooling at 3:30)
Fees: $120 + membership and insurance fees

This group is for the youth skier who has completed Jackrabbits Level 3, and would like to continue skiing, but with less focus on skills development. The program will emphasize social and recreational opportunities, with some technique reminders, while going on longer skis.

Saturday mornings:
Coaching: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Fees: $95 + membership and insurance fees