Skier Development Program

“Our mission is to build a community of Nordic Skiers by providing and sustaining excellence in programs and services.”

Black Jack Skier Development Program

From Active Start to Learning to Train to Training to Compete, the Black Jack Skier Development Program is covers all aspects of skier progression from first steps to feeding athletes to the National Ski Team.

The skier development program is one of the key services provided by the club to help achieve the above goal. In the past 10 years significant changes have occurred in the organization of skier development in Canada and our club has, and is, changing to keep in step with the latest best practices. In the club programs we have five levels or layers of Athlete Development as defined by Cross Country Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model.

Here is a visual outlay of the Black Jack program compared with the Cross Country Canada endorsed Long Term Athlete Development Model.



A fun cross country ski program for kids ages 3-12Active Start


A fun cross country ski program for kids ages 2-13FUNdamentals

Track Attack

For kids ages 10 and above interested in getting a head start on the seasonLearning to Train

Junior Racers

For skiers ages 13-18 interested in cross country ski racing. Program includes year round training with spring/summer/fall camps and team race trips.Training to TrainLearning to Compete

Senior Race Team

Elite racing program geared for national success and international progressionTraining to Compete