Ski-at-school: 2016 Season
This has been a busy first year for the Chelsea Nordiq Ski-at-School Program. Near perfect ski conditions and record snowfall in our part of eastern Canada meant that we were fully booked and running at full capacity. In February, we introduced an additional 100 kids to skiing bringing our total reach to 600 so far this season!
The Meredith Centre welcomes us
We have had visits from 8 different schools and groups in the Ottawa-Gatineau area to our Snow Park located at the Meredith Center in Chelsea.
Many of the kids that we introduced to skiing had never been on skis before and were trying it for the first time. Several participants were also new Canadians enjoying their first winter. The Meredith Center continues to be a great base for our operations, providing an indoor space for the kids to get fitted with boots, warm up and eat lunch.
Program Coordinator Paul Place Leading a group of new skiers from St. George’s Elementary through a warm up.
Ski Tour Canada hosts our youth!
We were able to go “mobile” with our program near the end of the month and put on a Ski Demo in partnership with Rossignol on the Ski Tour Canada sprint course at Jacques Cartier Park. We reached over 75 on that day alone. Kids enjoyed learning to ski on the World Cup and ski alongside the best skiers in the world.
At the Ski Tour Canada Gatineau site in Jacques Cartier Park
Chelsea Nordiq Instructors Robyn McIntosh and Leanne Weller guide new skiers trying the sport for the first time on the Ski Tour Canada sprint course
Two of our fantastic instructors, Nilan McIntosh and Leanne Weller who have helped deliver a great program
This has been a very successful first year thanks to the contributions by Cross Country Canada and AltaGas through the Ski-at-School grant. We also received significant contributions from the CLD des Collines, Rossignol, Chelsea Foundation and the Municipality of Chelsea.