The black bear & polar bear Program

The Black Bear & Polar Bear Program is designed for children 6-9 years of age. This is the second level of the skill development program. The objective is for children to learn basic cross-country ski skills (both classic and skating) and fitness in a fun environment, with the aim of preparing the kids for Track Attack or the adventure program. 

Goals of Black Bear &
polar bear Program

  • Have FUN!
  • Develop ABC’s - Agility, Balance, Coordination and speed 
  • Frequent cross-country skiing during the season 
  • Good technique habits developed through repeated practice
  • Utilize games and ski playgrounds to develop technique, speed skills and fitness
  • Develop linear, lateral and multi directional speed 
  • Develop a team/social atmosphere
  • Introduce competition in a team environment whenever possible
  • Encourage inter-club social, skill and fitness orientated ski activities (e.g. camps, field trips)

Skills Black Bears & Polar bears LEARN

In addition to just having fun, playing games, BEARS will aim to become proficient at the following:


  • Ready Position
  • Fall and Rise
  • Side stepping, uphill
  • Star turn
  • Diagonal Stride
  • Herringbone, uphill
  • Free glide 
  • Snowplow
  • Snowplow Turn
  • Double Pole


  • Kick turn
  • 1-step Double Pole
  • Free skate
  • Downhill tuck
  • Diagonal skate
  • SKATE turn
  • One skate
  • Two skate
  • Step turn
  • Parallel side slip
  • Offset