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

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 coordinator Janelle Dunn Parchomchuk.


Program Lessons Membership Insurance Total
Bunny Rabbit $75 0 $19 $94
Jackrabbit Level 1/2 $85 $50 (ages 6+) $19 $154
Jackrabbit Level 3/4 $95 $50 $19 $164
Trailblazers $95 $50 $19 $164

We would like families to know that subsidized rates are available to those who may not be able to afford the cost. For information please contact info@nickelplatenordic.org.

Registration for the 2017-2018 season is now open on the zone 4 system! Visit Zone 4 to register for Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Youth Programs.

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. Sign-up is available during the online registration process.

2017/2018 Schedule

This is a 12-session program every Saturday from December 9th to March 10th. Nickel Plate is now aligned 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.

Lessons begin at 10:30 am. Students will meet outside at the location designated by your coach.

  • Dec 9: Lesson #1. Please come early for meeting at 9:30am.
  • Dec 16: Lesson #2
  • Dec 23: no lessons
  • Dec 30: no lessons
  • Jan 6: Lesson #3. New Year Campfire. BYO BBQ food
  • Jan 13: Lesson #4
  • Jan 20: Lesson #5
  • Jan 27: Lesson #6
  • Feb 3: Lesson #7
  • Feb 10: Lesson #8
  • Feb 17: Lesson #9
  • Feb 24: Lesson #10 – Fun day activities and potluck
  • Mar 3: Lesson #11 – Bonus lesson
  • Mar 10: Lesson #12 – Bonus lesson

Track Attack

The Track Attack program has now been joined with the junior racing program. Please view the junior racing program for information.

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 Junior Racers Program. It is also designed for those kids that are more inclined towards recreational skiing.

Volunteer Coaching Certification For Parents

Learn to coach cross country skiing! Nickel Plate is offering both the “ICC” and the “CC” Workshops this November. They are part of the National Coaching Certification Program in Canada.

Introduction To Community Coaching Workshop “ICC”

This workshop is designed to teach parents and other beginning coaches with basic information and a feeling of confidence as they begin their role as a coach.  It teaches coaches how to deliver a series of age-appropriate skill development sessions under the guidance/supervision of more experienced coaches.  The orientation is to skiers of all age groups with an emphasis on working with children under six years of age. Coaches are taught basic coaching skills, how to teach the fundamentals of technique, growth and development considerations, how to create a motivating learning environment and how to set up a ski playground.  There are no prerequisites except enthusiasm and the minimum age requirement of 14 years. 10 hrs/ workshop. $85 for CCBC members. Free for volunteer coaches.
Date – October 28, 2017.

Date – November 3rd and 4th, 2017.

Community Coaching Workshop “CC”

This workshop is the second step in the NCCP coach education program. It provides essential training for coaches delivering an effective skill development program to children six to nine years of age. This program is designed to train coaches to teach children technical skills, select games that reinforce the technical skills being taught, design and lead on-snow sessions, select and prepare equipment for young children and make learning FUN. Successful completion of the ICC Workshop, enthusiasm and a minimum age of 14 years are the only prerequisites. 16 hrs / workshop. $105 for CCBC members. Free for volunteer coaches.
Date – November 25th and 26th, 2017
Place – Nickel Plate Nordic Centre, Penticton, BC

Date – December 2nd and 3rd, 2017

Registration – contact janellep@telus.net.