The Senior Adventure Program is for 14 to 18 yrs olds (as of Dec.31st of the year in which the session starts) who want to be active, have fun and enjoy the outdoors. We do a number of activities throughout the fall and spring and when there is snow, we ski! Some of the activities we have done in the past include: orienteering, scavenger hunts, rock climbing, aerial park, bike rides, canoeing, hiking, fitness training and winter camping. With the Adventure program we love variety!
Our ski outings are focused on fun, fitness and building endurance. Our big event of the ski season is the Canadian Ski Marathon where most of our skiers will ski over 100 km and some of them complete the whole 160 km. Many of our first year skiers achieve great personal goals on this weekend. Our focus is on classic skiing so there is no need to purchase a set of skate boots and skis.
We post each meeting on the senior adventure calendar and describe what we will be doing and where. It is generally held in the Chelsea area but we also use the trails around Ottawa and Gatineau, as well as a few special trips. Our regular sessions are Wednesday night from 7:00 – 8:30 and Saturdays from 10:00 – 12:00. We have a few longer sessions but they are scheduled in advance so that you can plan for them.
Due to the number of additional activities we participate in, some of them require an additional fee. This is done to keep the registration cost down, and to make sure you don’t have to pay for what you don’t do. If there is an extra fee required, your membership does provide you a discounted group rate.
Being part of Chelsea Nordiq we also help out with club events such as the Ski Swap and the Cookie Beiner. We also welcome parents to ski with us as it improves the experience for all in terms of pacing, timing and supervision.
Come adventure with us!
If you have any additional questions, contact the Program Coordinator.
What is the training schedule?
The season starts mid-end September. Practices are held on the following days and times:
Wednesdays: 7:00-8:15pm (fall) 7:00-8:30pm (winter)
Where will the sessions take place?
The majority of the training sessions will take place at various locations in the Gatineau Park. All the information will be posted on the Senior Adventure training page.
When can I register and what are the fees?
Registration opens in late August or early September and is available online. Go to the programs summary page for this year’s dates, fees and registration link.
An annual (one per family) club membership fee is charged in addition to the registration fees.
What level of ski ability does my child need?
There is no pre-requisite level, but it does help if they have basic cross-country ski skills. Some of the kids have come up through the Chelsea Nordiq program and are quite good, others are coming from a recreational ski background and occasionally there may be a participant who is new to XC skiing. Some level of fitness is certainly an asset, as is a positive attitude to learning new things and challenging oneself physically.
Do parents need to ski with their children?
No, but we encourage parents to come out and ski with us both as an excuse to go skiing and also to support the coaches. Often we will need to call upon parents to help out on the trail, either skiing with a slower skier(s), adding a little wax to kids skis, helping out with games etc.
Does it matter if my child misses some of the sessions?
Missing a ski session is fine… but we have noticed that going to as many sessions as possible raises our fitness level, making the longer ski outings more enjoyable/possible.
Is it okay to be early or late for drop off or pick up?
For safety and liability reasons we ask that a parent brings or takes their child (to or from the group) if the child in question is not able to attend the whole session.
What equipment will my child need?
Dryland: activewear, waterproof jacket, fanny pack, flashlight, running shoes
On-snow: skis, poles and boots appropriate for their height, weight and skill level. It is recommended that participants have equipment for both classic and skate skiing. We suggest you do not rush out and buy any new ski equipment, as we will discuss ski equipment during our first session.
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