Red River Nordic cross country programs range from the ages of 4 all the way up to Masters, with each following the Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) Model to promote Sport for Life and personal well-being for every athlete.
All youth programs begin in October, while ages 12+ programs operate year round. During the winter season, most program sessions are run out of Windsor Park Nordic Centre. During pre-season, dryland sessions are primarily held at King’s Park, and or Bird’s Hill Park.
All members are encouraged to participate in local competitions across Manitoba, as RRN routinely sends athletes to these races. RRN operates team trips during the competition season to give athletes age appropriate opportunities outside of Manitoba. For more advanced athletes, CCSAM’s Provincial Development Program provides opportunities to attend high level races across Canada.
Visit the individual program pages for further details on cost, expectations, and commitment.
Ages 4-10. Nordiq Canada stage: FUNdamentals.
These programs promote the development of fundamental ski skills in a fun-filled environment. The objective is for children to learn basic cross-country literacy, instil a lifelong interest in the sport, and have a good time. Parents are welcome, and encouraged to join in sessions with their child if they are new to skiing, especially at the younger ages.
Ages 9-12. Nordiq Canada stage: Learn to Train.
This program is for participants who have completed jackrabbits or have a comparable level of skiing fitness. It is recommended for young skiers who want to continue to improve their skills while having fun on skis.
Ages 13-15. Nordiq Canada stage: Train to Train.
This program is for participants who have completed Sidewinders or have a comparable level of skiing fitness. Recommended for skiers who are committed to improving their skiing and fitness while still having fun, and who want an introduction to training and racing at the local level.
Ages 12-14. Nordiq Canada stage: Train to Train / Learn to Compete.
This program is for youth athletes excited by racing and training locally, and interested in branching out to more serious competitions. Recommended for athletes who want to further develop their level of fitness and skiing skills to apply them to racing more competitively.
Ages 13-18. Nordiq Canada stage: Learn to Compete.
This program develops athletes with a focus on advanced ski technique, mental skills, and strength & conditioning for the purpose advancing competitively. The Race Team program is designed to assist athletes perform in national and international venues, Canada Winter Games, and provide an athletic base for athletes should they choose to purse a career at a National Development Centre.