Calgary Based Training Centre


Starting in  August 2018, we will be running a Training Centre in Calgary as well as in Canmore, allowing athletes to excel in cross-country skiing while studying in the program of their choice at the University of Calgary.

Q & A

How is the Calgary Based program structured?

Training at the Calgary based Training Centre, you are able to decide if you want to train on a  full year basis or an 8-month (school calendar year) basis, providing individual flexibility around where you live and the depth of annual support you are looking for. The program allows you to move between the Calgary and Canmore based programs freely, as it suits your goals for your academic and training/racing life and you can even decide to go home for the summer to train with your home club, if that is something that works best for you.  Price structure of the program will be similar to our current Academy price.  Team fees for the 2017-18 season are $433/month on an annual basis. We expect to have our 2018-19 Team Fees established by mid-January 2018.

What does the training schedule look like?

The training schedule for all athletes in the Calgary Based program will be designed to facilitate full-time studies.  Mid-week training will be based from the University area that boasts excellent inner-city options for running, hill work and rollerskiing.  Weekend training will vary between Calgary and the Bow Valley.

Who will be coaching this program?

The Alpine Insurance AWCA  High-Performance Director and Head Coach will be leading this new model for athletes. This is more than a club, as athletes will be leveraging our current integrated support team (IST), offering the same services we provide our athletes in Canmore.  Our IST services are based at the Calgary Sport Institute that also supports the Canmore National Ski Team athletes;  physiology/testing, strength, sport psychology, paramedical services and nutrition.

Who is this program targeted to?

Developing athletes whose post-secondary education is as important to complete as high performance in cross-country skiing.  Athletes who are motivated in pursuing both goals at the same time.

What is the criteria of selection for the program?

Each athlete will be looked at based on performance. For example – Top 10 at Nationals, Top 5 at Noram, Top 3 at a Provincial Cup and training history.  We want to get away from the CPL model; performance on individual races is more what we will focus on.

What is the annual racing/training/camp calendar?

We will prioritize Academics without sacrificing training and performance goals.  We will be modelling our racing calendar against U Sport and NCAA program schedules, attending races that make sense for our Academic Calendar.  The calendar will be designed for ultimate success in your university studies.

How can I find out more?

If you have questions, please use our discussion board on the right of this page and we will make sure we answer your questions. You can also email Chris directly or attend one of our Information session at the upcoming Alberta Cup in Canmore, the Noram in Silver Star and at World Junior Trials in Mont Ste-Anne, Quebec.

For more information on our current Canmore program, please see our program guidelines page: Program Guidelines


Nov. 16 Press Release Announcing new program


Interested in this program?  Please share your contact information and we will make sure to let you know of any developments.  Make sure to include your email address!!

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Academy Partners & Sponsors


Cross Country Canada
Alberta World Cup Society
Cross Country Alberta
Capital Region Training Group


Alpine Insurance
The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company
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