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Youth Cross Country Ski Programs

Whether it is your child’s first time on the snow or they are a competitive cross-country racer, the Snow Farm youth programs are the perfect way for your child to have a ton of fun, make friends, and develop new skills.

Learning to cross-country ski opens up a whole new side to skiing; one that promotes a healthy lifestyle, respect for the alpine environment and freedom from the ski lifts. We guarantee your kids will look forward to every session and will quickly become confident skiers ready to explore the trails at the Snow Farm.

Snow Farm NZ has programs in 2019 for kids aged 3 to 18 years old. Each program is specifically tailored to age and ability, in some instances, we may recommend moving kids up or down depending on their ability.

All participants in any of our youth programs will be able to purchase a Youth Seasons pass for $50 with an additional $50 for rentals if required. Merino Lambs are free.

Merino Lambs

The Merino Lambs are for kids 3-6 years old for a new to snow experience. With our instructor, they will play fun games and learn basic fundamentals of cross-country skiing. They will also spend time in the Snow Fun Zone and spend time doing other activities in the snow. This program has regular breaks and, in some instances, may require parent participation. The goal is that all kids with their parents will participate in the fun Mini Merino race at the Merino Merino Muster on the 31st of August starting at 1:00 pm.

Skill LevelBeginner
Age3-6 years
Number of Sessions6
DatesSaturdays
27th of July
3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st August
Times1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
PricingIn Season - $110.00
DeadlineIn Season - July 1st

Mini Merinos

The Mini Merinos is for kids aged 5-12 and focused on developing the fundamentals of Cross Country Skiing. The Program runs for 1.5 hours focusing on technique and skill development, and the coaches will outline further skiing they can do in the afternoon to build their fitness. The program will include encouragement to compete in regular Snow Farm events and to try Biathlon, with an emphasis on participation.

Coaches will work with the participants off snow to set goals and design a season-long program to improve their skiing. The Mini Merinos will also be welcome to join in on the Sunday Technique sessions held on Sundays from 10:00 am until 11:30 am. See below for more information.

Skill LevelBeginner-Intermediate
Age5-12 years
Number of Sessions6
DatesSaturdays
27th of July
3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st August
Times11:00 am - 12:30 pm
PricingIn Season - $135.00
DeadlineIn Season - July 1st

Development Team

The Development Team is focused on taking the lessons learnt in the Mini Merinos and polishes those skills. A focus is on learning about competitions and performance. Kids will learn about waxing, sports psychology and participate in Regular Snow Farm Cross Country and Biathlon Events.

The morning session will run for 1.5 hours where the focus will be on skill development and technique, and the coaches will instruct the team on further training that is to be undertaken in the afternoon.

It builds young skiers into successful cross-country ski racers. There may be other optional scheduled sessions outside of normal practice time, to be announced during winter. Any secondary-school aged kids who want to develop their skills and fitness to a competitive level and have more time on the snow are encouraged to join.

This programme provides ongoing cross-country skiing training for biathlon and skiers alike. Every weekend for 9 weeks intensive and focused groups sessions will be held aimed at developing our youth and providing a clear pathway for their progression.

Skill LevelIntermediate - Advanced
Age11 - 17 years
Number of Sessions9
DatesSaturdays
27th of July
3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st August
7th, 14th and 21st September
Times9:30 am - 11:00 am
PricingIn Season - $200.00
DeadlineIn Season - July 1st

Development Camp

Early season can be a challenging time for youth transitioning into winter from other sports, our three-day six-session camp allows youth who are joining either the Mini Merinos or the Youth Development to spend three intensive days back on snow with their coaches.

It will include waxing and ski preparation, goal setting, identifying key areas to work on for the season, competitive and personal goal setting and developing a conditioning program for off-snow exercises to be conducted through the season.

Skill LevelIntermediate - Advanced
Age11 - 17 years
Number of Sessions6
DatesWednesday 10th, Thursday 11th and Friday the 12th of July
Times10:00 am - 12:00 am & 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
PricingIn Season - $180.00
DeadlinesIn Season - July 1st

Sunday Training Sessions

New this year will be Training Sessions from 10:00-11:30 am every Sunday from the 29th of July onwards for all participants in either the Mini Merinos or Youth Development Program. Participants let their coaches know the day prior if they will be in attendance and each Sunday will focus on a different aspect of skills development as determined by the coaches. There will also be guest coaches as the opportunity arises to work some of the visiting international athletes and coaches that frequent Snow Farm.

Skill LevelIntermediate - Advanced
Age11 - 17 years
Number of Sessions8
DatesSundays
28th of July
4th, 11th, 18th, 25th & August
1st, 8th & 15th September
Times10:00 am - 11:30 am
PricingFree for participants in the Mini Merinos or Youth Development Program

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