Cross-country ski programs continue at Highlands Nordic

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Nordic ski programs are full steam ahead at Highlands Trailblazers Ski Club.
“We expect high demand for our Nordic and Biathlon programs, but of course we have to do things differently,” said Gord Salt, program coordinator and Highlands Trailblazers coach. “We are structuring the programs to keep everyone outdoors and ensuring distancing is maintained. The best news is that the actual skiing won’t change much.” 
The ski program begins with Jackrabbits for children from 4-9 years old. Split up by age group, participants ski Saturdays or Sundays during a program that’s specifically designed for the FUNdamentals stage of athletic development. 
“The FUNdamentals set an important foundation for young children,” said Salt, a national-level competition coach. “Nordic skiing gives young people confidence, skills and fitness. It’s amazing how it helps with their long-term development. It really sets them up for success in life.”
As children move up through the Jackrabbits levels, they progress from the basics through to the various techniques of skate skiing. Programs continue for older children and teens, with Track Attack, Junior Development, Winter Adventure (for teens interested in recreational skiing), Regional Team and Competition Team skiing as well as a full Biathlon program (skiing and target shooting).
The Jackrabbits program runs for 9 weeks starting January 4th and costs between $185 and $220, depending on age. Meet Trailblazers coaches at an info session at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Highlands Nordic in Duntroon. RSVP to salt@bell.net.  
For more information about programs for adults and registration, visit www.HighlandsTrailblazers.ca.

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