Junior (Jr) Devo

Ages: 9-13


This competitive group was developed for athletes interested in training, attending local races and participating in the Ontario Youth Championships (13 years old and younger).

The athletes are introduced to training and racing technique, developing physical strength, balance and flexibility to support their technique and educational sport components such as self-responsibility, nutrition, equipment maintenance (waxing) and goal setting. Jr DEVO provides an immersive “Learning to Train’ experience (see Nordiq Canada).

Participation in the fall Saturday/Sunday dry land training is required for these athletes and is included in the registration fee. Completion of Jackrabbit levels or LEAD coach's assessment is required for participation, based on skill and capacity development.


Athlete Program & Equipment Requirements

  • Roller ski poles
  • Striding poles
  • Helmet, reflective clothing, gloves
  • Watch with chronometer, timer
  • Water bottle and carrier
  • Access to appropriate skate and Classic skis (owned or leased)
  • Access to early season rock skis (Crown & Skate)
  • Skate and classic poles (length suggested by coach)
  • Combi boots
  • Blue non fluoro glide wax
  • Athlete Season Goals


  • Dryland Training Part 1: Sat 9:59am To 12pm starts September 12 / ends: October 24
  • Dryland Training Part 2: Sat & Sun 9:59am To 12pm starts October 31/ ends November 29
  • On Snow Training: Wed 4-6pm starts Dec 30, Sat + Sun 9:59am To 12pm starts December 5 / ends: March 14
  • *There will be a one day holiday camp during Christmas break (Date TBD)

Race Performance Objectives

  • Introduce the qualities (technical, physical, mental) that lead to sustainable performance and consistent improvement. These are measurable.
  • Introduce reflection on performance-training/recovery, racing, etc.
  • Bi-weekly, low key, appropriate length time trials, likely at Wed practices.
  • Selected paraffin races
  • Appropriate team challenges-for example, Muskoka Loppet (athletes, parents, coaches).

Fees (Please review Athlete Equipment Requirements)

$800.00* (Price increases by $25 on July 16)
*Registrants in the HTB competition teams (nordic & biathlon) and Junior Development must purchase a season pass from Highlands Nordic

  • Trail pass (not included in program fee)
  • Training Camps
  • Travel and accommodation to events
  • Race entry fees
  • Race license (Discuss with coach)
  • Coaching & Waxing fees for larger events on cost recovery


Children at this level should be involved in other activities as well as skiing so they can develop as competent athletes. By the end of the Jr Devo program they should be physically literate (possess both fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills). See Canadian Sport for Life/Long Term Athlete Development for details and reference material. Our goal is to facilitate excellent ski technique in all Jr Devo athletes by the time they leave the program, prior to the Competition level.