Track Attack (9-14 Years)
Keeping a focus on fun, play, and socializing is key to engaging and retaining children at this age. A focus on fun and play does not necessarily preclude participation in competitive events.Track Attack kids will have ample opportunities at practices and special events to participate in activities that are fun and engaging that build individual resilience and character while respecting individual differences and preferences. This program is also required for most Biathlon Bear participants, as this is where the majority of their ski instruction will occur.
What Do We Do?
- Children will learn in a fun-filled environment:
- How to become more technically proficient in both skate and classic skiing
- Develop their endurance and fitness
- Explore a wide range of adventure based cross-country ski activities
- Learn how to train to become fitter and stronger
- Participate in many on snow games, loppets, tours and races
- Many of the other aspects required to become a proficient and better skier
Who Is It For?
The Track Attack Program is meant to accommodate boys and girls with a wide range of interests in XC skiing and biathlon, from those who want to ski to better themselves and be with their friends, to those interested in racing. Kids typically join Track Attack after completing the Jackrabbits program although kids with equivalent skiing experience can also enroll in Track Attack. In the past, participants have been required to have basic classic and skate skiing abilities equal to completion of the Jackrabbit ski program.
Track Attack Program Options
The “Standard” Track Attack Program that we have had in the past is now referred to as Track Attack 2-day, the number 2 is for the number of days/week the kids are attending sessions. We have added a second Track Attack Program (Track Attack 3-day) to offer ski instruction at the same level to a wider range of abilities and interests.
Track Attack 2-day (TA2)
The TA2 program is for all kids who have finished the Jackrabbit ski program, or can demonstrate equivalent ability in classic and skate skiing.
Eligibility: Finished Jackrabbit Level 4
Age Range: 9-14 yrs. (younger children may be accepted by permission of the coaches)
Season: Tuesday Sept. 6, 2016 – March 31 2017 (2 week break in December). Dryland training Tues. Sept. 6, 2016 until snow arrives. Classes may end early in March depending on snow conditions
Schedule: Tuesdays 6:30-8:00pm & Saturdays 9-11am before Nov. 11/16 weekend; then 10 – 12pm on Saturdays after Nov.11/16 weekend
Cost: 2016/17 Season is $543 for 2-day xcountry skiing Track Attack
Locations: Dryland at various locations, on snow usually at Goldbar, some at Strathcona Science Park (Biathlon Trails and Range). Sessions are usually run at the same location as all other ENSC training groups to accommodate families.
Track Attack 3-day (TA3)
Track Attack 3 is an add-on to Track Attack 2-day. This program is designed for those who are more focused on racing, and who are in their final year or two of the TA2 program before moving to the Youth Development program. Permission from the Coaches must be obtained to register in TA3, as the extra training night (Thursdays on snow) will be a more intensive training session than the Track Attack 2-day Program. This group does not operate in isolation from the TA2 Program, it is simply an extra session for qualified participants.
Age Range: 9-14 yrs.
Season: Tues. Sept. 6 2016 – March 31 2017 for Tues, Thurs. & Sat. Dryland training Tues. Sept. 6, 2016 until snow arrives (2 week break in December). Classes may end early in March depending on snow conditions.
Schedule: Tuesdays 6:30-8:00 & Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm; Saturdays 9-11am before Nov. 11/16 weekend; then 10am -12 pm on Saturdays after Nov.11/16 weekend. If there are not enough registrants for TA3, ENSC will only offer a TA2 option.
Cost: 2016/17 Season is $786 for 3-day xcountry skiing Track Attack
Locations: Dryland at various locations, on snow usually at Goldbar, some at Strathcona Science Park (Biathlon trails and range). Sessions are usually run at the same location as all other ENSC training groups.
Track Attack for Biathletes
The focus of this option is to continue developing the overall fitness and ski specific skills of kids and teenagers, at the Track Attack (TA) program or similar level.
Eligibility: In Track Attack program or similar level.
Age Range: 9-14 yrs. (younger kids and teens may be accepted by permission of the coaches)
Season: Tues. Sept. 6, 2016 – March 31 2017, Classes may end early in March depending on snow conditions
Schedule: Tuesdays 6:30-8:00pm and/or Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm
Cost: 2016/17 Season is $270 for 1-day or $543 for 2-day, plus ENSC and Biathlon Alberta memberships
Locations: Dryland at various locations, on snow usually at Goldbar, some at Strathcona Science Park (Biathlon Trails and Range). Sessions are usually run at the same location as all other ENSC training groups to accommodate families and will be communicated via Coach Ulf’s blog.
All TA Groups: Special Events/Activities:
- Tours and training sessions at Blackfoot/Strathcona Wilderness Center.
- Special out-trips will be planned for the winter and may include Elk Island National Park, Athabasca, Camrose, or backcountry skiing in the mountains.
- Alberta Winter Gamese
- March: Alberta Youth Championships in Bragg Creek
- Alberta Cup Races occur in various locations throughout the province beginning in December
- Calforex Cup Races
- Local ENSC club races
- Loppets (Birkebeiner and others)
- Jackrabbit Jump event
- Other events and tour options are sure to crop up
What equipment do I need for my kids to ski in Track Attack?
All kids (including Biathlon Bears) in Track Attack require BOTH skate and classic ski equipment. Combi skis are NOT acceptable in Track Attack, as we sometimes work on both ski techniques in the same session. Waxless classic skis are also not appropriate.
- Boots: combi are acceptable
- Skis: 1 pair of classic skis (MUST be waxable, fishscales not appropriate), 1 pair of skate skis
- Poles: 1 pair of classic length poles, 1 pair of skate length poles
*Note: Edmonton Nordic Ski Club has a rental ski program available to Track Attack kids. We do NOT rent boots, but do have poles and classic and skate skis on both the SNS and NNN binding platforms. Cost is $TBA/set/season, and quantities are limited.
*Please Note: Racing and wax fees for racing are calculated and charged separately. It is the expectation that parents help wax skies for races/events. All participants are required to hold ENSC membership. In cases of financial need, please email the Cross Country Coordinators.