Stantec Lynx Program

Lynx squad is for young skiers aged 8-13 who wish to improve their overall cross country ski skills and fitness in a group environment. Please note that this is not a beginner's learn to ski group (but please see below if your skier would fit into this category). The expectation is that skiers have the experience and fitness as noted in the objectives section. There will be two age groups 8-10 and 11-13 (with a minimum registration of 8 skiers per group). If there is sufficient interest, a Learn to Ski group may be added for skiers who do not have previous ski experience.

Cross Country skiing is a sport that anyone can learn and enjoy. It promotes a healthy lifestyle, develops friendships and is an activity that people can enjoy throughout their life.

This will be a multi week program with the emphasis on improving the skiers’ classic ski skills and will also introduce and improve skate skiing. Skiers should have fundamental cross country ski skills in Classic technique before joining Lynx squad including:

  • Diagonal Stride
  • Double Pole
  • Herringbone
  • Snowplow turn and stop

Skiers should have basic fitness and classic ski technique that will allow them to ski for a minimum of 20-30 minutes at a continuous moderate pace.The aim is to establish a fun and challenging program that will enhance the skiers’ enjoyment of the sport, increase their overall ski skills and improve fitness. Sessions will have a base element of skill instruction as well as plenty of time simply skiing with the group but will also make use of games, drills and relays to enhance learning, improve fitness and enjoyment. While we will encourage Lynx Squad skiers to enter races or events if they are interested, this is not a racing group and is not intended to train skiers to race.


Age Group: 8-10 and 11-13

Date: Starts in January

Fee: $190

Important Information

This is not a beginner's learn to ski group. WCCSC membership is required - $70 if purchased before October 31/ $75 November 1 or later. Equipment rental, snacks or refreshments, entry fees for WCCSC or CCY sponsored races or events are not included in the price. Season rentals through the Ski Base are $100 for unlimited use at the Whitehorse Nordic Centre.