Ages: 9-12

Track Attack


Track Attack + program’s goals:

  • Fitness! Fun! Teamwork!
  • Improve ski technique through practice, drills and careful input from qualified coaches
  • Utilize games, relays and terrain parks to develop technique, speed, skills and fitness
  • Explore and enjoy many fun off trail ski activitiesDevelop good technique habits
  • Learn how to wax skis
  • Learn how to race with confidence
  • Learn how to ski safely in a wide variety of conditions & terrain
  • Nurture a team/social atmosphere
  • Introduce competition in a team environment whenever possible
  • Encourage inter-club social, skill and fitness orientated ski activities

Program Details

Nov 7 - Mar 10 (+ SLNC Loppet, March 10)
Total # of Sessions
Sessions per Week
Tuesdays 6:00pm - 7:30, Thursdays 6:00pm - 7:30, Saturdays 10:00am - Noon
Length of Session
1.5 hours, 2 hours
Sovereign Lake Nordic Club + various race locations
Classic and Skate

Optional Sessions

We support a minimum of 2 races at SLNC and 4 to 6 other race weekends at other venues. Trip fees will apply.

Lead Coach: Kevin O’Connor and Paul Hardy

Group Coaches: Neil Munroe, Dan Scott, Avalon Richter, Glen Stiven,  Damian Pighin

Ski equipment and safety

Equipment needs:

Equipment Sources:

Rentals – A full selection of quality, affordable, classic and skate gear for all ages is available at SLNC. Special package prices are available for kids enrolled in Bunnies, Jackrabbit and Track Attack programs for use during formal program sessions. Please see SLNC staff for help.

Retail – Stussi Sports in Vernon provides an excellent selection of quality kids and adults gear with advise to match. They also have a rotating “kids gear exchange” program and info on ski swaps. They are a huge supporter of our club, programs and events.

Note: Cold Weather Cancellation guidelines

Cold weather cut-off for “Track Attack+″ is  -15*C. In the event that a session is cancelled, notice will be posted at the top of this page by 4:30pm on Tuesdays and 8:30am on Saturdays. If there is not a cancellation posted by these times, then the session is running.

Q. Where do Track Attack /Track Attack+ sessions take place?

A. Track Attack usually meets in the stadium at the Saddle intersection. Skiers typically warmup on the Saddle loop before reviewing skills in the stadium or heading out onto the trails. Please ask front desk staff for directions.

Q. How long are Track Attack/Track Attack+ sessions?

A. Track Attack/Track Attack+ program sessions are an hour and a half long on weekdays and two hours on Saturdays.

Q. What does a typical Track Attack/Track Attack+ session consist of?

A. Coaches use large and small groups, games, drills and longer continuous skiing on all terrain to reinforce skills and encourage natural learning. Group sessions generally include warm up, review and instruction of key skills, a continuous ski and relays to improve fitness, with ski play/games to wrap up.

Q. What is the split between classic and skating sessions?

A. 50/50. There are roughly the same number of classic and skating sessions. A full schedule for the winter is posted well in advance so that you know which technique occurs on which day.

Q. How do I learn more about waxing & what waxes I should have for my Track Attacker?

A. A list of recommended waxes will be provided at the beginning of the season. Advice and basic wax instruction is delivered to Track Attack skiers as part of their programs. Introductory through advanced wax clinics are also available to the public pre-season and in-season through Stussi Sports in Vernon. Contact your coach orStussi Sports for details.

Q. Do children race at this stage?

A. Yes, opportunities to race are offered and encouraged. Appropriate competition formats (relays, obstacle courses, sprints, individual challenges) are an integral part of the program as they play an important part of athletic development. Coach support at races is included in the program through participation in:

  • SLNC Ski Tournament
  • SLNC Tips up Cup
  • Sovereign Lake Loppet
  • Local, Regional and Provincial races (Okanagan Cup, BC Cup and BC Championship races).

Q. Is there a wrap up event at the end of the program?

A. The formal season ends with participation in the annual Sovereign Lake Loppet in early March. We also have a post-season Track Attack barbeque get-together as well, usually late March or early April.

Q. Will my Track Attack skier make good progress by skiing just 2-3x/wk in formal sessions?

A. Every athlete (and parent) progresses at their own rate. While Track Attack sessions provide  great coaching and opportunities to learn your child (and you) will improve more quickly the more you get out there and just have fun skiing!  We strongly encourage parents to take full advantage of our fantastic snow and trail system by getting out at least one other time during the week with their kids. A family ski on Sunday works well for many families. Many families share driving responsibilities mid-week as well.

Q. What opportunities are there for my child to “move up” to the next level(s)?

A. We do our best to place every child in a level that serve their current abilities and challenges them sufficiently so they improve. Coaches at every level strive to communicate with each other regularly and make adjustments when appropriate and practical. Some Track Attack skiers may be getting ready to move up to Track Attack+, or Track Attack+ skiers may wish to join in select JD sessions – a quick discussion with your coaches is the best way to determine if this is appropriate.

Q. As a parent learning to ski…how can I help/keep up to my own Track Attacker?

A. Ultimately, parents/guardians will often be the ones taking their own youngsters skiing outside of session times. We can assist parents in understanding the technique skills and to share ideas of how to facilitate their child’s learning.  If you need help improving your own skiing, then consider talking with our staff to arrange a group or private lesson(s) with our well qualified instructors!

Q. Do parents/guardians accompany their children during Track Attack?

A. No. By this stage children are skiing independently during sessions, in small groups led by certified coaches.  BUT, we do need and want your help as all youth programs run on parent volunteers! Read on…

Q. What kind of help does the club need and how can I pitch in?

A. It takes many volunteers to run club programs and activities. We need your help with:

  • Coaching – introductory and community coach workshops are provided and paid for with support and mentoring along the way for all coaches in our programs.
  • Coordinating programs – registration, refreshments, hot chocolate table, pizza night…
  • Equipment set-up – hoops/balls/props, playground maintenance, special events…
  • Races – timing, stadium & course set-up, marshalling, traffic control, bib gathering…
  • Other – everything big & small happens because people pitch in – please just offer or ask us!


$350 before October 31st

$370 after October 31st