Ski Jumping and Nordic Spring Break camps for children at Whistler Olympic Park

Monday, February 17, 2014

March will be an exciting month for children interested in Nordic winter sports: Whistler Olympic Park will offer ski jumping camps on the 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th and a five-day Nordic camp during Spring Break (17th until 21st).

The ski jumping camps will be one-day sessions on the first two weekends of March. Girls and boys will get introduced to the exciting sport, starting safely on small, manmade jumps. In one day (9:30am until 3:30pm), they will learn the basics of ski jumping through Nordic cross/ski play, dryland practice of takeoff/flying/landing positions and actual jumps on snow. The one-day program costs $30 per child (this includes trail fee, instruction, boots, helmet and ski rentals), the minimum age to participate is eight. With women’s ski jumping being part of the Olympic Winter Games for the first time this year, a very special surprise is in store for all girls that take part in the camps: They will get an exclusive invite to the Ski Jumping National Championships at Whistler Olympic Park at the end of March with a chance to meet Canada’s Olympic athletes Atsuko Tanaka and Taylor Henrich.

Whistler Olympic Park had just been appointed National Training Centre for Ski Jumping in January. John Heilig, Manager of Nordic Sports explains: “We have a lot of talented kids in the Sea to Sky corridor with regards to snow activities, so we are looking forward to introducing them to this exciting Olympic sport.  We named our new jumping program “Flight 2022” because we believe that we can build young ski jumping and Nordic combined athletes who may be able to participate in the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.”

Another Nordic event for children will take place from March 17-21: A five-day multi-sport camp during Spring Break will introduce kids to all facets of Nordic winter fun, including cross-country skiing, biathlon, snowshoeing, ski jump activities, ski play and tobogganing. The program will start at 9:30am each day and end at 3:30pm and is offered for children from 8-13 years of age.

More information is available here.