Winter park Nordic Team

Training will consist of technique-specific drills, Nordic games, and long-distance skiing to build endurance, balance, and strength. Both classic and skate techniques will be emphasized and required as a part of practice in order to help the athlete become a better all-around skier.


Training Location
Although the WPCC Nordic Team is a community-wide program, Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center will be the primary practice location for training sessions this winter. Contact Bruce Manske, the WPCC Nordic Program Director, to discuss purchasing ski passes for the upcoming season.
    • Nordic DEVELOPMENT Team

      This is a Learn to Ski program based on FUNdamentals, teaching introductory cross country skiing skills and games while immersed in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. Our goal is to help athletes develop the proper technique at a young age.

      If interested, athletes will have the opportunity to attend local and regional races that are part of the Rocky Mountain Nordic schedule. This program is a great progression into the Competitive Development Team, Competitive Race Team, and Full-time Academy Team as athletes develop skills and set goals related to cross country skiing.


      2021-22 Tuition - Save $100! Register by OCt. 15
      Tuition1-day: $825
      2-day: $1375
      Parent Volunteer Deposit$300 Learn More
      Season PassComp Center Winter Park Pass Info
      Ikon Pass Info
      Dates*Nov. 27, 2021 - Apr. 3, 2022
      No TrainingDec. 24-26, 2021
      Days Offered*Sat and/or Sun
      Times**10 am - 12 pm
      *Day is selected at the time of registration. You will attend the same day each week. Actual start date depends on the day of the week chosen. Programs must meet enrollment minimums to run.

      **Training times and camp dates are subject to change as communicated by the program director and/or head coach.



      2021-22 Details
      Ages1-day: 5+ based on year of birth
      2-day: 8+ based on year of birth
      Ski LockerNo
      Team JacketVisit the Team Jackets section on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page for jacket details.
      LunchNot provided.
      Competitions*Select Rocky Mountain Nordic competitions
      Camps**

      No camps offered

      More InformationGeneral Competition Center information can be found on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page.
      *Competitions listed are only shown as an example. Athletes will work with their coaches to determine competition opportunities. All competition entry fees, registration, licensing, and travel arrangements are the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian.


      **Camp dates are subject to change as communicated by the program director and/or head coach.


    • Nordic Competitive DEvelopment Team

      This program is the next progression from the FUNdamentals. It guides participants into the Learn-to-Train stage of cross country skiing. At this level, our coaches help athletes develop an understanding of basic rules, tactics, strategies, and refinement of sport-specific skills. This program teaches skiing as a sport and focuses on training, racing, and skill development. Our goal is to develop lifelong skiers. Therefore, each session will include games and activities that are inclusive, fun, and skill-based. If interested, participants will have the opportunity to attend local and regional races, time trials, and Nordic events supported by the WPCC and Rocky Mountain Nordic throughout the season.

      2021-22 TUITION - SAVE $100! REGISTER BY OCT. 15
      Tuition$1575
      Parent Volunteer Deposit$300 Learn More
      Season PassComp Center Winter Park Pass Info
      Ikon Pass Info
      DatesNov. 26, 2021 - Apr. 3, 2022
      No TrainingDec. 24-26, 2021
      Days OfferedSat. and Sun., Fri. encouraged
      Times*10:00 am - 12:00 pm
      *Training times are subject to change as communicated by the program director and/or head coach.
      2021-22 DETAILS
      Ages9+ based on year of birth
      Ski LockerNo
      Team JacketVisit the Team Jackets section on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page for jacket details.
      LunchNot provided
      Competitions*Select Rocky Mountain Nordic competitions
      Camps**No camps offered
      MoreInformationGeneral Competition Center information can be found on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page.
      *Competitions listed are only shown as an example. Athletes will work with their coaches to determine competition opportunities. All competition entry fees, registration, licensing, and travel arrangements are the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian.

      **Camp dates are subject to change as communicated by the program director and/or head coach.
    • Nordic Competitive Race Team

      The Competitive Race Team is designed for athletes in the Winter Park area or on the Front Range, who are interested in getting better at cross country skiing, having fun, and attending Nordic events and races. This is a Train-to-Compete program based on fun, teamwork, and competition. Athletes will continue to focus on fundamentals and will be introduced to athletic training plans, goal setting, and regional competition.


      If interested, athletes are encouraged to attend local, regional, and national races as well as events supported by the Winter Park Competition Center and Rocky Mountain Nordic throughout the season. The Competitive Race Team athletes will have the same access to experienced coaches, training plans, strength training, sports psychology, and technique work as Full-time Academy Ski Team athletes. This program is designed to be a pathway for athletic development to help athletes reach their goals and highest potential.


      2021-22 Tuition - Save $100 - Register by OCt. 15
      Tuition$1775
      Parent Volunteer Deposit$300 Learn More
      Season PassComp Center Winter Park Pass Info
      Ikon Pass Info
      DatesNov. 26, 2021 - Apr. 3 2022
      No TrainingDec. 24-26, 2021
      Days OfferedFriday - Sunday
      Times*Fri.: 12 - 4 pm
      Sat.: 10 am - 1 pm
      Sun.: 10 am - 12 pm
      *Training times are subject to change as communicated by the program director and/or head coach.



      2021-22 Details
      Ages14+ based on year of birth
      Ski LockerNo
      Team JacketVisit the Team Jackets section on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page for jacket details.
      LunchNot provided
      Competitions*Rocky Mountain Nordic competitions
      Camps**No camps offered
      More InformationGeneral Competition Center information can be found on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page.

      *Competitions listed are only shown as an example. Athletes will work with their coaches to determine competition opportunities. All competition entry fees, registration, licensing, and travel arrangements are the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian.

      **Camp dates are subject to change as communicated by the program director and/or head coach.


    • Nordic Full-Time Academy


      The WPCC year-round, Full-time Academy program is designed for middle school, high school, and post-graduate athletes dedicated to developing their Nordic skiing skills to their highest potential within a supportive team environment. The team will train regularly from October to April. During the summer months, athletes will have the opportunity to attend numerous on and off-snow camps and have access to dryland training.


      Athletes will focus on fundamentals and work with WPCC coaches to develop a training plan that focuses on establishing a lifestyle of health, wellness, and fitness practices related to advancing in the sport of cross country skiing. Our goal is to develop competitors on a national and international level as well as athletes that embrace Nordic skiing as a life-long sport.

      Additionally, athletes will have access to full-time coaches, a comprehensive training plan with emphasis on sports physiology and proper training zones, nutrition advice, strength training, sports psychology, and technique work. This team will travel to Rocky Mountain Nordic events and races throughout the Western Region as well as other regional, national, and international events.

      General Full-time Academy Info
      The Winter Park Competition Center (WPCC) Full-time Academy is a year-round, highly intensive program dedicated to the serious, motivated and experienced snow sport competitors. Our program offers a place where dedicated athletes can achieve their highest aspirations in the sport; while at the same time achieving our program philosophy to achieve ones’ highest potential as an athlete, person, and competitor.
      Admittance to the WPCC Full-time Academy is through an application process. Commitment and attitude are the most important attributes we're looking for. Applications are due July 1 for middle and high school age applicants (7-12 grade) and are due August 1 for post-graduate applicants. Late applications and registrations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

      Once accepted to the program, registration must be completed in order to finalize your status in the WPCC Full-time Academy. Interested applicants should also directly contact the specific discipline director. Please reference the contact chart below for the appropriate contact.

      For general application or registration questions, contact the Competition Center, office at 970-726-1590 or ccenter@winterparkresort.com.

      New Academy Athlete - Application Checklist

      Returning Academy Athlete - Application Checklist

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      Full-time Academy athletes train 5-6 days per week during the ski/snowboard season. During the off-season, they participate in specialized training camps and are expected to consistently participate in the year-round sports performance program. This commitment to athletic excellence ensures that they stay fit and are physically and mentally prepared to achieve peak performance each season.

      Winter
      The information below provides the general winter training schedule for all WPCC Academy athletes. Specific dates and training times vary by discipline and age group. Please refer to the program tuition and details table for more comprehensive and specific training information for your discipline.

      Full-time Academy Middle School
      Tuesday and Thursday: afternoon training
      Friday through Sunday: full day training; times vary by discipline and age.

      Full-time Academy High School and Post-Graduate (PG)
      Tuesday through Thursday: afternoons for high school athletes; PG athletes may full day training.
      Friday through Sunday: full day training; times vary by discipline and age.

      Summer
      Each discipline offers off-season training programs to maximize fitness and progression to maximize competitive edge. Camp offerings and training venues will vary by discipline, and may change year to year. While specific opportunities vary by discipline and by year, some examples of summer training opportunity include:

      ·Participation in our year-round sports performance program, including our spring and fall fitness assessments.
      ·May on-snow camps held at Winter Park Resort.
      ·Sand Dunes Fitness Camp in September.
      ·Based on discipline*, athletes may attend technical progression and on-snow camps held at locations such as Mt. Hood, Mammoth Mountain, Steamboat Springs, and the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah.

      *Camp offerings vary by discipline and camp locations may vary year to year.

      Academic excellence is a core value for members of the Full-time Academy. Most of our middle and high school athletes enroll in the East Grand School District (EGSD). East Grand is on a 4-day school week, so skiers have a full day of training on Friday!

      Schedules are arranged for core classes to take place in the morning, and students/athletes are transported to the ski area at lunch time for afternoon training. Those who do not enroll in EGSD are able to make arrangements for alternative or online education programs. Regardless of schooling choice, grade eligibility is verified weekly throughout the season.



      Our Sports Performance Program provides full-time athletes with year-round conditioning, strength training, fitness assessment, mental skills training, and return-to-sport support to build a strong mental, physical, and technical base going into and throughout the competitive season. Participation is required for full-time athletes and we work with athletes to navigate scheduling conflicts for those who may also participate in other sports.

      2021-22 Tuition - Save $100! Register by Oct. 15
      Full-time Academy TuitionMiddle School: $2975
      High School/Post-Graduate: $3575
      Parent Volunteer Deposit$600 Learn More
      Season PassComp Center Winter Park Pass Info
      Ikon Pass Info

      DatesOct. 19, 2021 - Apr. 3, 2022
      No TrainingDec. 24-26, 2021
      Days OfferedMiddle School: Tues., Thurs.-Sun.
      High School/Post-Graduate: Tues.-Sun.
      Times*10 am - 12 pm
      *Training times are subject to change as communicated by the program director and/or head coach.

      2021-22 Details
      AgesMiddle School: Grades 7-8
      High School/Post-Graduate: Grade 9 +
      Ski LockerNo
      Team JacketVisit the Team Jackets section on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page for jacket details.
      LunchNot provided
      Competitions*Pending qualification, regional and national Rocky Mountain Nordic events.
      Camps**No camps offered
      COVID-19 InformationGeneral Competition Center COVID-19 information can be found on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page.

      *Competitions listed are only shown as an example. Athletes will work with their coach to determine competition opportunities. All competition entry fees, registration, licensing, and travel arrangements are the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian.

      **Camp dates are subject to change as communicated by the program director and/or head coach.



    • Nordic Summer Training

      Nordic athletes have the opportunity to participate in the Sports Performance dryland strength and conditioning program as well as a dedicated Nordic training series throughout the summer and fall. Nordic training offerings include the Adventure series (Sundays), Rollerski series (Mondays), and Agility series (Tuesdays).
      Dryland strength and conditioning
      Please visit the Sports Performance Program page for details.

      Sports Performance Program


      Nordic training pricing - adventure, rollerski, and/or agility
      Individual session$60
      6-session pass$330
      Unlimited pass (Jun.-Oct.)$700

    • CONTACT INFORMATION
      For program questions, contact Bruce Manske,Nordic Program Director at bmanske@winterparkresort.com.

      For registration questions, contact the Competition Center office at 970-726-1590 or ccenter@winterparkresort.com.

      To view the complete Competition Center Staff Directory, visit the Important Information and FAQ section of our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page.

      Nordic Resources and Policies

      Rocky Mountain Nordic
      U.S. Ski and Snowboard

      Key policies such as the Code of Conduct are signed on the Member Portal during registration. Please review our registration details, important resources, and more at the links found below.

      Registration, Resources, and FAQ
      Parent Volunteer Program
      Sports Performance Program
    • History of Excellence

      • Sebastian Brower competed in the 2019-20 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Junior National Championships
      • Sylvia Brower competed in the 2019-20 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Junior National Championships
      • Alex Holinka competed in the 2019-20 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Junior National Championships
      • Bob Holme competed on the U.S. Olympic Ski Jumping Team in 1992 and again as Team Captain in 1994
      • Ryan Heckman competed in Nordic Combined at the Winter Olympics in 1992 and 1994
      • Todd Wilson competed in the 1988 and 1992 Winter Olympics, the 1985 World Championships in Nordic Combined
      • Todd Wilson won the 1983 Colorado Cross Country State Championships and the 1982 Colorado High School Ski Jumping Championships
      • Harald "Pop" Sorensen was inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame for his outstanding achievements and contributions to the sport of skiing in 1973
      • Gordy Wren became the only American in history to qualify for ski jumping, Nordic combined, downhill, and cross-country in a single Olympic Games in 1948.

      Learn more about the rich history of Nordic skiing in Winter Park, CO.