2015-2016 Season

Kikino in Canmore

A few students from Kikino Metis Settlement drove down to Canmore to watch the races at Cross Country Nationals. They also got a chance to go for a ski on the world-class ski trails!

Students from Kikino met up with the Stoney Nakoda Lost Wolves team from Exshaw to go for a ski.

Students get a chance to check out downtown Canmore

Kikino students get ready for another ski on the trails

Kikino Multi Community Festival Day

Buffalo Lake and Kikino Metis settlements joined us for the day at Kikino school to wrap up our ski season in Central Alberta.

Students from Kikino and Caslan get ready to ski!

Students have fun out on the Kikino School yard

Students out enjoying the sun and the snow in Kikino!

A great day with just enough snow to enjoy skiing!

Canmore Multi-Community Festival Day

The communities of Exshaw, Alberta, Morley, Alberta, Tsuut’ina Nation, and Bighorn Nation joined us for the day at the Camore Nordic Center to wrap up our ski season in the South

The Smalleyes family from Morley start the day with a traditional Jingle Dance

Students get set up on skis to head out on the trails!

Students race up and down the hills at the Canmore Nordic Center

Program Director Beckie Scott skis with some students

Students play snow soccer

Canadian Olympian Jesse Cockney takes on the big downhills with some of the students

The communities of Exshaw, Alberta, Morley, Alberta, Tsuut’ina Nation, and Bighorn Nation perform a round dance at the end of our festival day in Canmore. The round dance has many cultural meanings, but on this day it was used as a celebration of the successes of the season. What a great way to close-out an amazing day!

March 2017

Students from Sunchild First Nation practice their downhill skills

The group pose with Outreach Leader Les Parsons

A beautiful sunny day at Twin Lakes with Sunchild First Nation!

Program Director Beckie Scott teaches students some technique tips in Anzac

Program Director Beckie Scott teaches students how to stand up on skis- a very important skill!

ATCO mascto Louie the Lightning Bug helps a student

The dynamic sport of Cross Country Skiing!

Fort Chipewyan

Ft. Chip is so far North our team spends a week up at the Athabasca Delta Community School. We had an amazing five days in the community, and put on a fun”loppet”, or race, on the last day. Our visit was in late February.

The beautiful snowy trails of Ft. Chip

All smiles on a ski day!

The only way to learn how to stand up is to fall over a few times first!

Heading into the snowy wilderness with friends

Ft Chip Loppet

The race begins!

An exciting chase!

A great effort from all participants!

February 2017

The physical literacy opprotunities from cross country skiing are limitless! Here students learn to stop on skis using “pizza” and “side skid” techniques

Program Director Beckie Scott leads Exshaw students out on a ski at the Canmore Nordic Center

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What a special Valentine’s day for Ski Fit North!❤
Olympic legend Clara Hughes joined us with Exshaw School today.

Clara Hughes shares her message of courage, resilience and hope – and then she shared her medals! Thanks Clara!

Clara poses with students from Exshaw School

Visit to Hillview Elementary in East Prairie Métis Settlement

Students get a lesson in falling over

Lead out on the ski trails by the resident canine!

Thanks to ATCO for organizing a mitten drive for us!

Students from Tsuu T’ina Nation practice the basics of falling over and standing up

Constable Prystayko, School Resource Officer for all Tsuu T’ina Nation Schools, joins students for a ski.

Students practice their balancing skills

Students from Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement have a ski day out at Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park

Excitement is high to get out on skis!

There is a law of nature that we have discovered with our school visits. And that law is: Wherever there is a hill, of ANY size, kids on skis are immediately attracted to it.
Here students from Chief Napeweaw Comprehensive School in Frog Lake learn some balancing skills on a hand-built mound of snow.

January 2017

What a day! Olympic champion and Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster Cassie Campbell joined us in Tsuut’ina for a fantastic day of skiing and inspiration. Thanks Cassie!

Cassie Cambell gets lessons in skiing from the students of Tsuu T’ina

Of all the feedback we get, perhaps none is more meaningful than this. Thanks Dretin! And thanks Exshaw School for another great day!

Morley students got ski lessons and a big dose of inspiration from a very special guest today, Olympic and World Championship medalist Sara Renner. Thanks Sara!

The Inaugural Ski Fit North Alberta Loppet  January 20, 2017

Ski Fit North Alberta hosts our first ever Loppet! In partnership with Kikino School, students from Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement, and Saddle Lake Cree Nation all came out for their first taste of ski racing

Beckie Scott sounds the horn to start the race

Students show off their best race faces

Congratulations to all participants!

Announcing the Brand New Stoney Nakoda Ski Team!

It’s official! SFNA kicked off a great partnership and celebrate the first practice of the new Stoney Nakoda Ski Team thanks to the Banff Community Foundation!

Stoney Nakoda Ski Team athletes pose with their coach, former National Team Head Coach Justin Wadsworth

We had our first ever visit to O’Chiese First Nation. A beautiful school with a great field for skiing in!

For our second visit to Enoch Cree Nation, the school had made ski tracks with a skidoo

December 2016

Students from Enoch Cree Nation get out on the snow in the sun!

Practicing some downhill skills

Getting a hang of balancing on skis!

Students from Exshaw school brave the cold weather at the Canmore Nordic Center

Students from Saddle Lake Cree Nation practice their downill skills

Our title sponsor, ATCO, sent six of their employees from the area to volunteer with us for the day. The students had a blast racing them on skis.

November 2016

Finally enough snow on the ground to get on skis! Students at Khols school in Heart Lake First Nation are all smiles on skis.

 

World Cup Wax Tech Patrick Moore teaches students at Kikino school how to apply hot wax to their skis

The new wax techs for Kikino School pose with Patrick Moore and Beckie Scott

Students of Kikino School get in to some dryland ski techniques.

Our first community visits of the Season!

Paddle Prairie Students still have ski-related fun even without snow!

Program Director Beckie Scott joins in the fun with students from Morley School at the Canmore Nordic Center