Age as of December 31st at the start of ski season.
Track Attack 1 (Jackrabbits)Unavailable in 2023-2024 due to lack of coach
- Youth Explorers
Ski Team Programs (LH Junior Race Team)
- Track Attack 2 (Ski Team)
- Race Team
- Recreation Team
The bunnyrabbit program is geared towards kids aged 3 to 5, and parents must stay with their child during the lesson. The lesson typically ranges from 45 minutes to an hour. If your child is new to cross country skiing, and is 4 or 5 years old, they should start in bunnies.
Jackrabbits has four levels, 1-4. Children typically start in level 1 when they are 5 or 6 years old, after completing bunnies the previous year, have skied with their family, or are starting out at 6 years old. Skiers progress through the levels as they meet skill requirements. An older skier (around 9 years old) who has just started cross country skiing, would be placed into a group of older beginners (as long as there is a coach for the group), or would be placed into a level 2 or 3 group depending on their skiing and athletic ability.
Youth Explorers (11-18)
The Youth Explorers Group is a group of youth skiers with strong parental support that explore the Larch Hill trail system. The program is designed for younger Larch Hill members [ages 11 to 18] who have completed the Jack Rabbit ski lesson program (minimum one year completed of Level 4) and wish to continue to spend their Saturdays skiing with an energetic bunch of young skiers. The emphasis of the program is on fun, social skiing and longer ski times [approx. two hours] providing a great alternative to the Racing Team.
Track Attack 1 (9-11) (Not Available for 2023/24 Due to Lack of Coach) This program is run by the Jackrabbit program, and is for kids who have completed Level 3 or 4 and are keen to ski more sessions than Jackrabbits offers. This is a lighter version of Track Attack 2 (Ski Team). There will be around 25 sessions Saturday mornings and Thursday afternoons on snow from December to March. There will be dryland sessions on Saturdays in November (hiking, running, skills, games). This program also fits new skiers who are 10-11 and have skied for at least one season. This is a fun program, with volunteer coaches teaching ski skills and techniques, developing strength, speed, power, and aerobic fitness. Games, fun events and challenges, and short and long ski adventures are used to teach skills and nurture a team atmosphere. Classic and Skate equipment is required (waxable skis are encouraged but not required). Some skate equipment may be available to borrow. Competition is introduced, and participation is encouraged in local races, the Track Attack race weekend, and at other regional races.
Ski Team Programs (Larch Hills Junior Race Team)
Track Attack 2 (9-11)
This program now requires the age of 9 instead of 8. Compared to Track Attack 1, this program has more sessions overall (50-60 sessions) starting in September and running Saturdays 10-12, Thursday afternoons (4:30 to 6) at South Broadview school, and once we have enough snow; Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at Larch Hills. Tuesdays are not required for the 9 year olds so they will have closer to 50 sessions. This is a fun program, with volunteer coaches teaching ski skills and techniques, developing strength, speed, power, and aerobic fitness. Games, fun events and challenges, and short and long ski adventures are used to teach skills and nurture a team atmosphere. Waxable classic and kate equipment is required. Competition is introduced, and participation is encouraged in the local races, the Track Attack race weekend, and at other regional OK cup and BC cup races.
Race Team (12+)
The race team is committed to the growth and skill development of young racers.
The junior race team is divided into training groups based on both competency and age. Training is aimed toward team participation in competition. Athletes will be encouraged to race, beginning with local events and moving toward regional and provincial competitions. (120-180 sessions) This program is coached by the head coach and volunteer coaches.
For the schedule and more information, please visit the website and click on Join Us.
Recreation Group (12+)
This is a Ski Team program. The Rec group is for kids that are from U14 to U18 who are interested in skiingbut not the competitive aspect. We do both skate and classic techniquethroughout the ski season and throw in some backcountry skiing at Larch Hills as well. Sessions do have some technique focus as well as games and longer outings. During the summer we typically go on one or two backpacking trips and in the fall start up with regular sessions. During the fall and winter we have two to three sessions a week that are usually at the same time as the main group; however, this can vary depending on athletes’ and coaches’ schedules. We also enjoy some out of town trips to explore other ski areas and usually finish off the season with a ski trip to the Rockies.
Programs Summary (Age as of December 31st at the start of ski season)
|Program Name||Ages||Cost||Number of Sessions||More Info|
|Track Attack 2 (Ski Team)||9-11||$350||50-60||https://www.larchhillsskiteam.com/|
|Ski Team Recreation||12+||$350||50-60||https://www.larchhillsskiteam.com/|
|Ski Team Competitive U14||12-13||$500||120-130||https://www.larchhillsskiteam.com/|
|Ski Team Competitive U16+||14+||$750||170-180||https://www.larchhillsskiteam.com/|