January 21, 2019

2017-18 Information Package

Telemark Race Team Information Package 2017-18       Learn to Ski Faster!

The Telemark Race Team is built around the principle that teenagers enjoy improving their skills and fitness in a team setting. This helps each athlete to develop self-confidence and an identity as a capable, active person. The coaches are committed to providing an excellent program that provides athletes the ability to reach their full potential.  It is understood that the athletes have varying levels of goals depending on their particular circumstances.  Some will take part fully in the program while others will not.

Athletes should attend practices at least twice a week on average, starting in the early fall and some spring/summer training sessions, in order to keep up with the group.  Athletes who want to reach their full potential in ski racing need to attend more than that, including starting training in May.

The Mission of the Telemark Race Program is to deliver a good experience for the members while providing a supportive encouraging and progressively structured training environment so that they may achieve their goals of sports excellence

 Motto: Learn to Ski Faster

 Values: Adventure, Camaraderie, Integrity and Excellence

 More about Adam and His Coaching Philosophy

Telemark Team Rules created by your peers…

  1. Focus on the task in order to get the most out of workouts. Chat and socialize at appropriate times only.
  2. Listen and pay attention to coaches when they are talking.
  3. Be courteous to all other skiers at Telemark, being especially aware of not blocking the trails.
  4. For all workouts bring a water bottle, and a snack and a warm change of clothes for after.
  5. Wear a watch or heart rate monitor to all practices.
  6. Be on time to practice.
  7. Show respect at all times for coaches, teammates, officials, parents, competitors and yourself.
  8. Always represent the club and team with dignity.
  9. Athletes 13 years or older should keep some form of training diary. No diary = no training plan.
  10. Relay teams are chosen by the head coach. They are selected by the current season’s performances. The fastest skiers earn their spots on the fastest teams.
  11. Bullying in any form will not be tolerated.

Athlete and Parent Agreement

The Athlete and Parent Agreement should be filled out as soon as possible; ideally, before any training begins. It can be found HERE

The Athlete and Parent Agreement includes a covenant by the athlete and parents to contribute to fundraising.  Only 25% of the funding required to sustain this race team comes from fees. The balance comes from grants, sponsors, and fundraising.  Please do your part!  Volunteer!  Participate!

Registration Link HERE

Dry-Land Training

  • Dry-land activities include: running, roller skiing, hill-bounding, hiking, biking, roller ski triathlons, strength, core, soccer, ultimate and swimming

Program Information and Selection Criteria Click Here

  • Learning to Train (L2T) will have at least 2 practices a week of optional training from September until the On-Snow season begins. Generally 6pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and some Saturdays or Sundays. There are also some dry-land training opportunities during the spring and summer. Please consult our website calendar for details. If you want additional details about the Practice Locations there is a “Practice Locations” Page under the “New; Junior Development” Tab on our Website or follow this link
  • Learning to Compete (L2C) will have at least 2 group training opportunities a week from May until the On-Snow season begins; generally 5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9am Saturday mornings.
  • Training to Compete (T2C) train 3-5 times a week throughout the year.generally 5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9 am Saturday mornings.
  • Roller skiing simulates skiing without snow. It requires roller skis, a cycling helmet, reflective vest, gloves, ski boots and ski poles with carbide tips. Do I need special tips?

“Great quality long lasting carbide tips saving you money. Replace your snowbaskets with these so you don’t have to replace your snow baskets which are more expensive. All Snow Baskets are not as durable as proper Roller Ski Tips but if your snow baskets tips are not Carbide they will wear out almost immediately and slip.” [RollerSkiShop.com]

  • Kelowna Cycle stocks these tips; there are two different colours of baskets. The red ones fit most of the poles on the market including Swix and Yoko. The bright green baskets are a little smaller and fit the Oneway Poles.
  • The team does have some reflective vests and a few pairs of skis so that beginners can try out roller skiing. Here is the Telemark Roller Ski Safety Policy
  • Our  sponsor Kelowna Cycle also does a team roller ski order for us in the spring at a very significant price discount. If you are interested in ordering skis in the spring please contact the head coach. Details of the Kelowna Cycle team roller ski order will be posted on our website in the early spring.
  • Hill bounding is ski striding uphill with poles which are about 10-15cm shorter than you would use for classic skiing. If you don’t have some old ski poles to use please contact Coach Adam.

On-Snow Training

  • Telemark Racers ski Tuesday, Thursday and on non-race Saturdays. L2T 6:00 PM weekdays and 10:30 AM on weekends. L2C and T2C train at 5:00 PM on weekdays and 9:00 AM on weekends without races.
  • Skiers should bring a headlamp to all weekday skiing. Classic skis should be prepared before the beginning of practice; show up early.  All members of the team do skate and classic technique so both sets of equipment are required. There are several options for equipment outlined in the FAQ part of our website http://telemarkracers.org/new-to-racing/race-team-faq/ including: purchase new, purchase used, rent for the season, or rent as required.


Races are the reason for our training and our existence as a team.  The most important thing is to approach the races as an opportunity to test yourself.  You should focus on doing your best, not on the results.

There are several races at a variety of levels to choose from.  Athletes and their parents should look at the race schedule to determine which races they will attend.  For planning purposes we would like you to fill out our race survey when Registering so we can plan for events found later in this document.

  • Okanagan Cup races are more casual and fun oriented. They are a good choice for those getting started in racing but most team members will attend some of these. This will be in Revelstoke this year.
  • BC Cup races can involve more travelling. They are also fun and you get to compete against racers from all over the province.  BC Cup 1 is in Salmon Arm, BC Cup 2 is in Prince George and BC Champs are in near by Kamloops.
  • Norams, Including Westerns are high level races that are suitable for most team members 14 and over. Local Norams are Rossland and Vernon. Westerns are in Whistler. This experience will help to prepare you for future Nationals, WJRT and Canada Winter Games.
  • Nationals are the highest level races we will attend and this year they take place in Canmore in March. They are suitable for athletes who are training and racing at a high enough level 13 and Over.
  • Loppets are fun, longer distance events focused on participation. They may be the main focus for some team members. I have put several of them on the schedule although we probably will not travel as a team to most of them.
  • Midgets are the greatest event of the year; they are a lot of fun! It is a team oriented fun event. There are single year age categories and you earn points for your team just for showing up. It is in Mt. Washington this season. The competition is for skier born in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007; skiers this age will focus on this event.

Team Supported Races

Not all races that Exist will be fully team supported. I expect that whenever Telemark skiers go to an event that they will work together to find the grip wax and support each other however possible. A Fully Team Supported event will have a race management plan, coaches and likely some waxing support if it is a classic event. Low key events like Loppets or Okanagan cups may not be supported.

Race Registration and Licenses

Parents will register their own children for the races.  Most races are registered through Zone4.ca there are often registration deadlines to look out for we will attempt to keep you informed.

Athletes juvenile age and older (1999 and older) will need a race license to enter some races.  You do not need a license for Okanagan Cup races or loppets.

There are 2 options:

  1. Cross Country Canada Season License:  This is good for the whole year.  If you are Juvenile age or older and want to attend most of the BC Cup Races this is recommended.  It is necessary if you want to make the BC Development Squad or the BC Team or attend Nationals.  Performance Racers should all have this license.  You should get it before the first race (ie. soon!)To get a CCC Season License go to:    http://www.cccski.com/main.asp?cmd=doc&ID=669&lan=0

You will need the following information:

Coach: Adam Elliot
NCCP T2C or Train to Compete
NCCP # 984975

Club official: Brent Hobbs

  1. Day License:  If the above does not apply to you, you can purchase a day license each time you register for a race.  This will also be cheaper if you do not attend many races.

Race Management Plans

It is the both athlete and parents job to read the race management plan which is published on our website a few days before each major event; this will also go to your subscribed email. There is important information in this document including where you need to be and when, how you should warm-up and who might be there to help you, where to find your bib, what needs to happen to your equipment and the job assignments for the parent volunteers which help make races run smoothly. If you show up at a race and don’t know the answers to these questions you probably have not read the plan. Here is a sample plan: http://telemarkracers.org/midgets-race-managment-plan-2013/

Race Plans

To help prepare for major races each skier should be familiar with a Plan for the event. Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail. A basic Pre-Competition Planner is found on below. Older Telemark Racers will have a more advanced Race Plan filled out than this; if they want their skis waxed.

Cross Country BC Athlete Development System

CCBC has a system of “teams” that provide selected athletes with training and development opportunities. These athletes can attend CCBC training camps in the spring, summer, fall and early winter. In the spring, athletes can be named to the following teams based on the previous season. Please note that the criteria for the teams can change from year to year so the ages, etc. may vary.

Talent Squad: Athletes aged 13 to 15. One must be the top 3 of YOB in the BC Cup series to guarantee selection. The Head Coach can recommend athletes and some of the recommended athletes are selected to be on the Talent Squad.  Members are guaranteed to be invited to at least one TS camp.  Usually there are two dry-land camp and one on snow camp. More Details Here!

Development Squad: This is for athletes 15 to 17 years old.  Selection is based on results in the previous season.  Usually there are 4 camps available and our Coach is the Head Coach of all of them.

BC Team:  This is for athletes 16 and older and selection is based on results from the previous year.  Usually there are 4 camps available.

Training Camps

A lot of our training year is focused around a series of training camps.  During camps the athletes will stay together for eating and sleeping.  Usually there will be morning and afternoon workouts and often there will be team meetings or educational discussions. The camps can vary from a weekend to a week or longer.

Club Camps: These are usually for the whole team and often are single Camp Days.

Regional Camps: There are normally 2 camps held for the Okanagan Region.  There is usually one in September and one in November hosted by us at Silver Star. Any of our Program members can attend these.

CCBC Camps: These are for BC Talent Squad, BC Development Squad and BC Team members.  They are by invitation only.  Sometimes if there is room available, I can get invitations for Race Team members who are not on BC teams.

Race Uniforms

While most of the team members have a uniform, it is not a requirement, especially for Junior Development people.  Uniforms can only be ordered as part of a team order, normally in October for arrival in early December.  Notices will be posted well in advance on the web page. There may be some “outgrown” uniforms available — ask one of the coaches for help on this. It is preferred that everyone races in performance oriented clothing which will help them and the team be successful.

 Race Categories at most races except Loppets

Atoms:    5, 6, 7 / 2011 – 2009

Pee Wees:    8, 9 / 2008, 2007

Bantams:    10, 11 / 2006, 2005

Midget:    12, 13 / 2004, 2003

Juvenile:   14, 15 / 2002, 2001

Junior Boys/Girls:      16, 17 / 2000, 1999

Junior Men/Women:     18, 19 / 1998, 1997

Race Planner HERE

Sample of Simple Race Plan

Nutrition HERE


Setting goals is one of the skills athletes should learn. Luckily, this is a skill which will be very useful in the others parts of your life as you get older. All of you should think of your goals for the upcoming season.  These can be broken down into the areas of competitions, training, technique, and health and nutrition.  The goals should be specific and achievable. Below are guidelines for setting goals and a form you can fill out.  Please write your goals down on the form and discuss them with one of the coaches. Remember to include the races you plan to attend.  Goal Setting Page HERE

Race Team Coaches Help?


Link HERE for Current Coach Information

Integrated Support Team   Help?

Wax Tech –  Kyle Hawes

First Aid –  Brent Hobbs

Medical Doctor — Alistair Graham

Sports Medicine

Physio – Ross McKinnon

Performance Dietician

Team Cooks – Tom Walker

Team Photographer – Tom Walker

Senior Team Media Person (Westerns, WJRT, Norams, Nationals) Tom Walker

Junior Team Media Person (Midgets, Loppets, OK and BC Cups) Kerry Haahiem

Race Splits Person

Race Video Person

Race Accommodation Coordinator – Rebecca Tyson

After Race Clean Up

Fundraising Coordinator

Parent Committee 

Chairperson – Brent Hobbs

Vise Chairperson – Rebecca Tyson

Secretary – Jill Stamp

Treasurer – Wendy Wickstrom

2016-17 Competition Schedule

Yellow Means Team Supported and Orange Means Important for TR2 and team supported.

Dec 2-3             Super Tour Bozeman MT.

Dec 10-11         Nor Am (Vernon) Midgets +

Dec 16-17         Nor Am (Rossland)

Jan 3-4            BC Cup #1 (Salmon Arm)

Jan 5-11           World Junior Trials Park City UT

Jan 20-21        Nor Am Western Canadian Championships (Whistler)

Jan 24-25         Apple Loppet (Telemark)

Jan 31-Feb 1    BC Cup 2 (Prince George)

Feb 7                 OK CUP (Revelstoke)

Feb 17-19          BC Championships (Kamloops)

Feb 25-26          BC Midget Championships (Telemark)

Mar 12                Sovereign Lake Loppet (Vernon)

Mar 15-25          National Championships (Canmore)

Adam’s Suggested Races

Junior Development Suggested Races:

Jan 3-4            BC Cup #1 (Salmon Arm)

Jan 24-25         Apple Loppet (Telemark)

Feb 17-19         BC Championships (Kamloops)

Feb 25-26        BC Midget Championships (Telemark)

Telemark Racers 1 and TJR Suggested Races:

Dec 10-11         Nor Am (Vernon) Midgets +

Dec 16-17         Nor Am (Rossland)

Jan 3-4            BC Cup #1 (Salmon Arm)

Jan 24-25         Apple Loppet (Telemark)

Jan 31-Feb 1    BC Cup 2 (Prince George)

Feb 17-19         BC Championships (Kamloops)

Feb 25-26        BC Midget Championships (Telemark)