Ages: 9-12

Track Attack

  • Fitness! Fun! Teamwork!
  • Improve ski technique through repeated practice using Jackrabbit program awards
  • Utilize games, ski playgrounds 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 about wilderness safety
  • Deliver well structured programs
  • Nurture a team/social atmosphere
  • Introduce competition in a team environment whenever possible
  • Encourage inter-club social, skill and fitness orientated ski activities

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

Program Details

Nov 26 - Mar 11 (+ SLNC Loppet, Mar 12)
Total # of Sessions
Sessions per Week
1.5 hours and 2 hours
Tuesday 6:00-7:30pm; Saturday 10-12:00
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.

Lead Coach: Paul Hardy

Group Coaches: Kevin O’Connor, Samantha Loewen

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 Attackers usually meet in the stadium at the bottom of the hill below the Old Daylodge. Warmup games and formal instruction take place in the stadium and sometimes, the groups head out onto the trails right away to learn & practice skills as they are needed. Sessions include supervised time in the ski playground area where the skiers can explore terrain and discover/challenge their own skills independently. Please ask front desk staff for directions.

Q. How long are Track Attack/Track Attack+ sessions ?
A. Track Attack/Track Attack+ program goals are achieved through lively 1.5-2.0 hour sessions. This allows enough time for instruction, continuos ski time and independent exploring in the ski playground.

Q. What does a typical Track Attack/Track Attack+ session consist of ?
A. Coaches use large and small groups, games, drills and longer continuos skiing ’bouts out on all terrain to reinforce skills and encourage natural learning. Group sessions generally include specific ski-play/warm up drills, review and instruction of key skills, a continuos ski to improve fitness and emphasize new skills, and then ski play 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 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 or Stussi 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 (categories: Atoms 5-7, PeeWees 8-9)
  • SLNC Mini-Loppet
  • Opportunities to participate in up local/reg’l Okanagan Cup & BC Cups are available.

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

A. The formal season ends with some festivities and games within the Track Attack groups on Sat March 12 and then the SLNC Loppet [kid’s courses] on the following day, Sun March 13.

Q. Will my Track Attacker 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!  So, we strongly encourage parents to take full advantage of our fantastic snow and trail system by getting out at least one other time when they can with their kids. Another short ski on Saturday following the morning session works well for many families. Many families share driving and volunteering responsibilities mid-week.

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 and groups that serve their current and challenges them sufficiently so they improve. Coaches at every level/group strive to communicate with each other regularly and make adjustments when appropriate and practical. For Track Attack skiers getting ready to move up to Track Attack+ just talk with your coaches to get ‘er done. For Track Attack+ athletes we provide opportunities to join in select JD sessions  Please contact your coaches to discuss possibilities.

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

A. Ultimately, parents/guardians will be the ones taking their own youngsters skiing outside of session times. We two to 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 n’small happens because people pitch in – please just offer or ask us!

$200 before October 31st

$220 after October 31st