Junior Development


Program Details

JD Year Round JD Fall/Winter JD Winter Notes
Dates May 1, 2018-March 31, 2019 Sept. 4, 2018-March 31, 2019 Nov. 20, 2018-Mar. 31, 2019  No sessions Dec. 25, 27 & 29, 2018 & Jan. 1, 2019
Total # of sessions ~125 ~82 ~52
Sessions/wk. 3 3 3
Days Winter Schedule

Tuesday 18:00-19:30  Thursday 18:00-19:30  Saturday 10:00-12:00

Winter Schedule

Tuesday 18:00-19:30  Thursday 18:00-19:30  Saturday 10:00-12:00

Winter Schedule

Tuesday 18:00-19:30  Thursday 18:00-19:30  Saturday 10:00-12:00

Cold weather cut-off for JD is -20 Celcius


Cost $900 $600 $450
Registration Deadline May 31 October 31 October 31
Late registration $950 $650 $500
  • Year round training access
  • Training 4-6 days/wk (including team & independent sessions)
  • Access to summer, fall and winter club/regional/provincial training camps
  • Strength program including Instruction in proper strength and weight lifting techniques
  • Seasonal goals review and planning sessions (group and individual) with coach
  • Standardized Yearly Training Plan (YTP) including weekly plans
  • Training log with coach feedback
  • Video analysis of technique


This program has a training and racing focus. Athletes will be well supported as they prepare for the ski season and compete in local, Provincial and National level competitions that may include:

  • Tips Up Cup
  • SLNC Loppet
  • OK Cups
  • BC Cups, BC Championships
  • Western Canadian Championships
  • NorAms
  • Canadian Championships
  • + other local events and loppets

Training camps:

2 SLNC summer/fall field tests for energy system fitness & strength will be offered

  • Nutrition and Regeneration/recovery protocols
  • Psychological techniques training (relaxation, activation, visualization, strategies, coping…)
  • Technical video analysis off-season & on-snow (roller skiing, striding, skiing…)
  • Online Team calendar and training session postings
  • Pre-season program info/orientation meeting – mandatory for all athletes and parents.
  • Year-round Coach support

Expectations of Athletes
This is a training and racing program. Athletes should have a desire to train year-round and to compete at provincial and national levels. A commitment to scheduled team training sessions in the summer and fall and to completing independent training at home and on snow is expected. Daily training logs (including resting heart rates, sleep hours, energy levels, etc) are introduced and used so that coaches can monitor training response and give appropriate training advice. Athletes are expected to be proactive in informing coaches of upcoming events & activities that may conflict with scheduled training.

Note: Athletes at the JD level are often involved in other organized sports in the summer, fall and occasionally winter. We encourage multi-sport involvement for enjoyment and to develop a full range of athletic abilities. Older JD athletes often have work and other responsibilities. The Head Coach will meet with athletes and parents pre-season to preview schedules, clarify goals & mutual expectations  to outline a plan that balances the individual needs of the athlete with the needs of running a cohesive club program. The Head Coach will be flexible in helping to determine the right balance and reserves the right to set minimum training and attendance requirements.

* SLNC membership and a current season’s pass is required for participants this program.


Lead Coach: Eric de Nys

Assistant Coaches:

Paul Hardy

Neil Munroe

Virginie Pichard-Jolicouer

We get on snow as soon as conditions allow, usually early November.

Dates: November 8 – end of season (early April)

Sessions: Up to 60 sessions offered (3/wk).  Athletes to attend 3/wk *.


  • Tuesdays  November 6 – March 7;  6:00pm-7:45 @ SLNC
  • Thursdays  November 8 – March 9;  6:00pm-7:45 @ SLNC
  • Saturdays  November 10 – March 9;  9:00pm-11:30 @ SLNC