Senior Development Program
Comp Cross Country and .22 Team - REACHing Higher

The Comp team is intended for athletes in the U16, U18, and U20 Cross Country categories, and Junior 2 (racing in Senior), Senior, and Youth Biathlon categories, who seek to achieve their highest potential in cross country skiing and/or biathlon. Through their commitment to their development and that of their teammates, they will develop the skills to do just that.

The purpose of the Comp team is to foster a pursuit of excellence within its athletes. The Comp team defines excellence as every member of our team always giving their best effort, in order to achieve the highest level of performance of which they are capable. This will in turn bring out the best in each of us. Comp athletes understand that they are in the driver’s seat of what their futures hold for them.


  1. Recommendation from the Junior Devo Lead Coach
  2. Head Coach discretion based upon technical skills and fitness for new HTB athletes


The Comp program is a year-round program which runs from May 1 to March 31. The training season (May to November) focuses on fundamental physical conditioning, team building, and mental skills. Sport specificity will increase as the year progresses. Athlete development is focused on a path towards provincial level competition and higher.

Team Rules

  1. The Team comes first – respect your teammates in every way and demand the same in return. We are here to lift each other to new heights, never to bring each other down.
  2. Be on time – being fully prepared to begin practice at the agreed upon time shows respect for your teammates, and fosters important skills like time management and organization.
  3. Practice time is work time – if you’re not moving, you’re not training.

***Athletes may participate in other organized sports, and they are encouraged to do as long as it does not conflict with team practices. 


  • Regular practices + Weekend Camps will take place at Highlands Nordic, or within a ~45 minute radius
  • 2 ‘Away’ Training Camps during the training season *
  • Priority races: Ontario Cup Nordic racing circuit / Ontario-Quebec Biathlon Races *
  • Other races depending upon scheduling and athlete commitment level:
  • Local/Regional races * 
  • National Championships * 

* Denotes pandemic restrictions permitting

Dryland Equipment Requirements

  • Skate rollerskis (Classic recommended but not required)
  • Skate and Classic rollerski poles with rollerski tips
  • Helmet
  • Skate and Classic rollerski boots
  • Reflective vest or bright colored tops for roadside training
  • Drink Belt
  • Stopwatch
  • Ski walking/striding poles (classic length or 5cm shorter)
  • Trail Running shoes
  • Mountain bike
  • Heart Rate Monitor with chest strap (optional but recommended for athlete development)
  • Wrist based monitors are not accurate enough for our purposes

Winter Equipment Requirements

  • HTB Warm up Jacket and Race Suit
  • >/= 1 pair of skate race skis*
  • 1 pair of Skate training skis
  • 1 pair of skate or classic rock skis
  • >/= 1 pair of Classic race skis*
  • 1 pair of Classic training skis
  • Skate length poles (upper lip height)
  • Classic length poles (shoulder height)
  • Skate boots
  • Classic boots
  • Drink belt for fluids, snacks, and grip wax
  • Heartrate Monitor with stopwatch 
  • Basic wax kit (including a scraper, groove scraper, and nylon brush for glide + a cork and training waxes (3+ hard waxes covering 0 to -15 degrees C) for grip)

* Head Coach can help with guidance in building a race ski fleet when necessary

Extra for Biathletes

  • .22 biathlon rifle + case + ammunition 
  • Rifle cleaning equipment
  • Possession and Acquisition License (PAL)
  • Lockable ammunition storage container


Range fees for Biathletes; $250.00 for the season

***** A U18 athlete must be an active member of an HTB program in order to list HTB as the home club when registering for any races, camps, etc. *****