August Nordic Newsletter


Prep/Comp Team - Haig Glacier

Annabel Hagen, Alex Muromcew and Coach Ben have just returned from a massive week of on snow and dry-land volume training at the Haig Glacier. Both athletes put in 30 hours of training in one week that included on snow technical and tactical training, strength training at base camp, running, ski walking, and hiking. No cell phone service and no internet translated to time well spent on training, resting, spending time with fellow nordies, and soaking up the Canadian Rockies.
The Haig Glacier base camp was created for the Canadian National team after the Calgary Olympics as a high altitude on snow summer training venue. Over the years Canadian and U.S. junior athletes have had the opportunity to experience this unparalleled training opportunity during the warmest months of the year. In combination with the Sun Valley crew and a couple Bogus Basin athletes, Annabel and Alex not only had the opportunity to train with their top competitors, but played a part in raising the bar of what JHSC, Intermountain and National level junior athletes are capable of attaining. It takes a tremendous amount of focus and awareness to balance a 30 hour weekly training plan, not to mention the stress of immediately jumping back into on snow training after spending an entire summer of roller-skiing and other dry-land activities. Knowing your training zones and sticking to those zones, being aware of your nutritional habits, and cognizant of rest and recovery are all components that are required of a mature athlete to thrive at such a camp.

Test Week

After a volume intensive summer of training, Prep and Comp team athletes just finished their end of summer test week. Our test weeks consist of a double pole time trial from Wilson to Trail Creek, the Canadian Strength Test, 3000m running time trial, and a trail run time trial. Many of the athletes set goals in the beginning of the summer to attain specific test results by the end of the summer. This is a good way for an athletes to monitor their progress throughout the summer while keeping in mind that most of our summer training is oriented around Level 1 easy activity. The test weeks this coming fall will represent a more clear picture of how we're progressing as the summer's volume training will begin to reflect itself and as we transition to faster twitch and higher intensity activities. 

Test results that include a history of JHSC Nordic athletes and their ranking from as late as 2012 to now can be view in the below links.

Double Pole Time Trial

Canadian Strength Test

3000m Running Time Trial

Hagen Running Time Trial

Sponsor the Nordic Program

Fall Period/Fall Sports

As we near the end of our summer training period, some athletes will transition into their respective fall sport, others will balance their fall sport with nordic fall-dryland, and some will continue with a full fledged Nordic dry-land training plan. We encourage cross training and see the value in athletes participating in other sports and activities. By the end of their career at JHSC, for the athletes that reach the fifth phase of development and see Nordic skiing as their primary sport, we encourage at least staying in touch with Nordic specific training throughout the year.


Summer training wrap up

With only 3 more sessions of summer training until school starts and we transition into the fall period Junior and Development summer attendance is still strong.  Most athletes at this level are involved in fall sports and have already started practice with their teams. As it fits with their fall sport training schedule, athlete's are encouraged to get the most out of these last 3 sessions. 

Fall Dry-Land Information 

Development athletes will start dry-land training in mid November this year with the intention of tuning up their physical fitness and building a strong team dynamic. Fall training will commence for the Junior team at the beginning of November after fall sports are finished. A fundamental movement assessment will set the foundation for motor skill and neuromuscular development before we lay on any sort of training load. 

Junior Winter Training Schedule Shift

Parents and athletes may have noticed that we incorporated a fourth day of Junior team training for the upcoming season. In years past we have invited more advanced Junior athletes for a fourth day; this year we would like to open this opportunity for all Junior athletes. New, younger Junior athletes and parents will communicate with coaches about attending the fourth day. We realize this may be a bit much for younger U12s, so the fourth Tuesday is by no means required and considered an additional bonus practice for athletes who need a bit more of a challenge. 


Teewinot Winter Training Schedule Shift

To offer multi-sport programing within JHSC, we moved Teewinot training to Monday's and Wednesday's. This training schedule allows a Teewinot athlete to also participate in Alpine NGS (Sat), Alpine U10 (Tues, Thur, Sat), Alpine U12 (Tues, Thur, Sat), Freeride Freeski Shredders (Sat), Freeride Snowboard Shredders (Sat). At the Lollipopper through Junior levels, we feel that it's important for a JHSC to at least have the option of experiencing all that we have to offer. Moreover important skills in each respective sport compliment other sports and benefit the athlete in their long term development. 


Registration is open and athlete's have already been signing up for the the Lollipopper and Teewinot teams. These teams regularly fill up early so be sure to reserve your spot on the roster! As always, if you have any questions about which team is best suited for your athlete, don't hesistate to get in touch with us. 

Fall is in the air!!


Haig Glacier

Annabel Hagen leading a sprint simulation at the Haig Glacier Camp.

Alex Muromcew V2 Speed

Core Strength!