Youth Lessons

Halifax Nordic offers cross country ski lessons based on Cross Country Canada’s Skill Development Programs for Children. The overall objective of the program is to assist children in the development of a love of the outdoors, a healthy lifestyle, excellent technical skills and a good level of physical fitness.

Winter Learn-to-ski Programs

Saturdays, January 11 –  Feb 29 from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m at Brunello.

Mondays  January 11 –  Feb 29 from 6:45-7:45  at Brunello

To adapt to Nova Scotia’s challenging winters, Halifax Nordic has implemented snowmaking at Brunello, which may allow more on-snow sessions, however, lessons will proceed each Saturday  unless it is dangerous to be out (too cold or too icy)!  Instructors will have creative options to make lessons fun and instructive with or without snow, and may suggest a change of location to your group the night before to take advantage of local conditions.

Program materials include a toque or buff, a kid-friendly, age-appropriate booklet or poster and skill award stickers

Program Levels:

The Bunnyrabbit Program for children five and under is a fun, positive program to develop fundamental movement skills on skis, develop an awareness and appreciation of our natural environment, while providing children with the opportunity to make ski-friends.  Offered at McDonald Sports Park and Brunello.

The Jackrabbit Program for children six-nine years to learn basic cross-country ski skills (both classic and skating) and to instill a lifelong interest in the sport, thereby enhancing their quality of life and health. Offered at McDonald Sports Park and Brunello.

The Track Attack Program for children ten -twelve years) to  become technically competent cross country skiers, learn how to wax skis, learn about wilderness safety, and use their skills to explore a wide range of ski activities. Offered at Brunello.

Trailblazers (14-16yrs) – recommended for both those who have moved through the Jackrabbit/Track Attack programs, as well as newcomers to the sport). Although learning to train for fitness and local racing is a focus, Trailblazers welcomes everyone who likes to ski and have fun with similar aged peers – including non-racers. Offered at Brunello.

Junior Racers (over 12yrs) – skiers who have progressed through Track Attack and want to ski stronger and faster and start racing. Offered at Brunello.

Cost: $50  (increases to $65 after Dec. 9) plus Club Membership

Refund Policy: full refund if requested before second lesson.

Register on Zone 4

Register  early – classes do fill up!

Need more information? Contact Halifax Nordic Program Director programs@halifaxnordic.ca.

Equipment Rental:

Participants in club youth programs are eligible for low-cost, season-long ski rentals from the Club’s inventory. See the Ski Equipment page for more details.