Ages: 9-11

Track Attack


All of our youth programs are designed around Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development principles and Cross Country Canada’s program guidelines. The Track Attack+ program is directed at advanced 9 year olds and skiers 10-12 years of age to continue developing their skills and fitness in a wide variety of sessions, special events and competitions. It follows the same schedule, skills and awards program as the basic Track Attack program but provides 1 (one) more session/wk and focusses a bit more on developing racing skills.

Track Attack athletes are in the “Learning to Train” stage of growth and maturation. Important gains in aerobic fitness, ski specific sport skills and social development can be made at this stage. These are the building blocks of the program. A high coach:athlete ratio and wide variety of activities creates a fun, dynamic team environment and instils a lifelong love of the sport.

The addition of Thursday evening sessions in the fall and winter provides further chance for keen skiers to let ‘er rip even more as they learn how to roller ski during the fall and apply those skills on the snow in the winter! Opportunities are regularly provided for TA  athletes to step it up, as appropriate, alongside their buddies and older “JD” Teammates.

* “Inclusiveness” is a SLNC value and priority. Instruction for children with special needs is part of all Jackrabbit programs. Please contact the programs coordinator to discuss any special needs that your child has so that we can schedule appropriate instruction.

The Track Attack Program, which is directed at children in the “Learning to Train” stage of athlete development (children 10 to 12 years of age), is the third level of Skill Development Programs.  The objective is for the participants to become technically competent cross country skiers and to utilize their skills to explore a wide range of cross-country ski activities, from back country excursions to Ski Tournaments.  In addition, it is designed to:

  • Fitness! Fun! Teamwork!
  • Provide children an opportunity to be part of a sport “team”
  • Improve ski technique through drills and careful input from qualified coaches
  • Utilize games, relays and terrain parks to develop technique, speed, skills and fitness
  • Explore and enjoy fun off trail ski activities
  • Learn how to wax skis
  • Nurture a team/social atmosphere
  • Introduce competition in a team environment whenever possible
  • Learn how to race with confidence
  • Encourage inter-club social, skill and fitness orientated ski activities

Covid Resources for Programs

Track Attack 1 Track Attack 2 Track Attack 3 Notes
Dates Nov. 27, 2021-Mar. 12, 2022 Nov. 27, 2021-Mar. 12, 2022 Nov. 27, 2021-Mar. 12, 2022  No sessions

-Dec. 4, 25, 28, 2021 -January 1, 2002       -February 26, 2022

Total # of sessions 12 25 40
Sessions/wk. 1 2 3
Days Saturday 10-11:30 Tuesday 18:00-19:30

Saturday 10:00-11:30

Tuesday 18:00-19:30

Thursday 18:00-19:30

Saturday 10:00-11:30

Cold weather cut-off for “Track Attack″ is  -15*C.
Cost $205 $265 $390
Registration Deadline October 31 or whenever program capacity is reached (whichever comes first) October 31 or whenever program capacity is reached (whichever comes first) October 31 or whenever program capacity is reached (whichever comes first)

Skill Development Program Coordinator:  

Andrew Casey





Group Coaches:

Marta Green

  • Favorite Trail: oooh, so many favourites: whatever is steep and technical, both up and down… Silver Queen, Lars Taylor/Aberdeen
  • Years Coaching: 17
  • Why Coach?: I love seeing the young skiers turn into agile, enthusiastic and confident athletes.
  • Favourite Food? Frozen mango and dark chocolate
  • Words of Wisdom:

Damian Pighin

  • Favorite Trail: Montezuma’s Revenge
  • Years Coaching: 4
  • Why Coach?: Love of teaching and learning, personal & community growth, variety, routine, community contribution and giving, The Kids.
  • Favourite Food? Seafood
  • Words of Wisdom: Smile

Corey Bird

  • Favorite Trail: Carl Wylie
  • Years Coaching: 5
  • Why Coach?: To goof around with the little people outside in the snow
  • Favourite Food? Cookies!
  • Words of Wisdom: Keep on skiing on

Glen Stiven

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  • Favourite Food?
  • Words of Wisdom:

Aaron Heidt

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Ski equipment and safety

Equipment needs:  Classic and skate equipment are needed for Track Attack

Equipment Sources:

Rentals –Program participants can utilize our $50 season rental program.  A full selection of quality, affordable, classic and skate gear for all ages is available at SLNC.  Please see SLNC staff for help.

Retail – Stussi Sports in Vernon provides an excellent selection of gear with advice 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.



Q. Where do Track Attack sessions take place?

Track Attack meets in the stadium. Skiers typically warmup on the Saddle loop before reviewing skills in the stadium or heading out onto the trails.

Q. How long are Track Attack sessions?

Track Attack sessions are an hour and a half long.

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

Coaches use large and small groups, games, drills and longer continuous skiing on all types of 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?

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 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  through Stussi Sports in Vernon. Contact your coach or Stussi Sports for details.

Q. Do children race at this stage?

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 Best in Snow
  • 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?

The formal season ends with participation in the Best in Snow 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?

Every athlete (and parent) progresses at their own rate. While Track Attack sessions provide great coaching and opportunities to learn, your child will improve quicker the more you get out!  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)?

We do our best to place every child in a level that serves their current abilities and challenges them sufficiently to improve. Coaches 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 Junior Development and will be offered opportunities to join in.

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

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?

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?

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!