Provincial Program

The Provincial program is focused on athletes in Grade 8 and high school who want to train for cross country skiing in a structured, competition-oriented group. The racing focus for this program is on local Ontario Cup and SOD Paraffin Cup and other local loppet and high school races. The training and technique instruction is designed to push athletes to achieve at a higher level of fitness and competency. The full value of the program is derived from the consistent day to day relationship the skier develops with their coach and teammates.

Coaches will provide solid, consistent training and racing opportunities for motivated athletes while simultaneously fostering a lifelong love for an active, outdoor lifestyle. The Provincial program will start on September 11th, 2021 for skiers not in the Summer program or September 1st for those who were in the Summer Program and will run until the second week of March. Training sessions will be available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday and Sundays; Monday and Thursday will be strength sessions on Zoom and Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday will be group training sessions. Provincial Program Athletes will attend 3 sessions (of their choosing) per week. There are a number of travel opportunities for provincial program athletes who are interested in racing the Ontario Cup level races, as well as attending local & regional races.

Program overview

September to 1st snow – winter program starts Sept. 11th, 2021 (September 6th for those who were in the Summer Program) with training Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday/Sunday. Monday and Thursday sessions will be strength sessions held on Zoom.

1st snow through December -start training on snow Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday/Sunday as in the fall & early season races – December O-Cup and local races. Mondays will be Zoom strength sessions

January / February – local races, Ontario Cups and Eastern Cups, high school races

March – local races and OCups

Program fee: $1175 HST SOD, CCO, CCC fee of $19 fall trail pass (for those not in summer program) 20% discounted winter trail pass (on Super Early Bird pricing) for Hardwood Ski and Bike. Skiers aged 13-19 is $343.20 HST. Skiers 20 and over is $399 HST. Skiers aged 6-12 is $111.20 HST. This discounted winter trail pass also extends to parents and siblings of program skiers. Program skiers receive a 20% discount on race entries to Hardwood Ski and Bike organized races. Skiers and immediate family members receive a 15% discount on regularly priced items in the retail and service department.

Athletes will also incur all costs associated with travel and racing licence and race fees in addition to program fees.