Youth programs

The BMNSA has a Youth Program for children 6 years to 14 years old. Our Head Ski Coach Dr. Chris Garwah has run the program for the past 4 years. Chris has completed his Introductory Community Coach and Learning to Train Workshops through Cross Country BC. Chris is an established chiropractor in the communities of Dawson Creek and Chetwynd. He and his wife, Nancy, have lived in Dawson Creek for over 14 years. Their two boys, Jake and John, are also a part of the youth ski program. He is passionate about health and fitness and participates in many different sports including downhill skiing, running, swimming and cycling.

 

The program has increased to 40 youth and the curriculum has been expanded to include skate skiing techniques for the advanced skiers. Assistant Coaches are also certified as National Certified Coaches through the Coaching Association of Canada and Cross Country Canada.

 

Athlete and coach development follows Sport Canada's Long Term Athlete Development model. LTAD focuses on the general framework of athlete development with special reference to growth, maturation and development, trainability, and sport system alignment and integration. It incorporates information from a number of sources. It draws on the experiences of various athlete development projects that have been implemented by different sport organizations in British Columbia since the mid-1990s. LTAD is an inclusive model that encourages individuals to get involved in lifelong physical activity.

 

The program is based on the Cross Country Development Program for Children. The focus on the program is to provide the kids with a healthy, fun and safe social experience while teaching them the basic techniques of classic and skate skiing. Currently the club has a number of junior/assistant coaches and volunteer parents who assist the lessons from beginner to advanced. Future goals of the program are to host our own races and have the kids attend regional races to encourage sportsmanship and competition.

 

The program runs from January to the end of March on Saturdays from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm [children must be registered and members of the club to participate]. Equipment is provided to youth registered in the program as available. Kids are encouraged to buy their own equipment as they progress through the program and advance in their skill level.

 

Each class is carefully structured consisting of a warm-up, skill development, games and tour/practice on the trail systems. The philosophy of the program is built upon sportsmanship, respect, fitness/health and environmental stewardship.

 

Youth Membership Application

 

Waiver


 

 

More Programs

ADULT SKI LESSONS


If you are interested in adult lessons please contact us at info@nordicski.ca. If there is enough people interested the club will try and organize orientation and/or lessons. We can provide basic classic ski lessons or skate ski lessons. You have to provide your own equipment for these sessions.

 

MOONLIGHT SKI


The club has a long standing tradition of " moonlight" skiing. On the full moon of the winter months - when snow conditions, clear skies and temperature permit, interested persons meet at the parking lot at 7:00 pm [sharp] to go out for a group ski. NOTE: Head lamps must be worn as part of your equipment. Check the calendar for the full moon - or closest weekend date. This is not a formal structured event, but if you are interested please contact at\f0 info@nordicski.ca and we will try and put you in touch with a member who is attending.

 

CLUB SOCIALS


At times the executive will organize a club social or fun day for members and the public. If you would like to be on our e-mail list or receive the club newsletter please fill in the following:

Include the request for newsletter and club information that is currently on the opening web page with " submit" ....

 

SNOWSHOEING


Snowshoeing is permitted on secondary trails and on the extreme outside edges of the wider trails. Please stay off set track and skate pad.

 

SPONSORS & FUND RAISING


Pat to provide a listing of our on-going, priority sponsors and general sponsors.

Option to link to key sponsors\rquote web-sites -

Mega Lottery: The Rotary Mega Lottery ticket sales have been one source of funding for the club for a number of years. Thank's to Rob Jones for his organization of this function and thank you to the volunteers who sold ticket on behalf of the club.

 

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