LTAD-Long Term Athlete Development
Sport Canada’s LTAD model is an inclusive concept that encourages all individuals to be involved in lifelong physical activity and articulates the need for all children, particularly those that have the capacity and interest to become elite athletes, to be given a solid foundation in physical, technical, tactical and mental capacities upon which to build their performance abilities.
The LTAD model for cross-country skiing has eight stages, each reflecting a different point in athlete development. The first three stages encourage physical literacy and sport experiences for all, while the next four stages are more focused on development and competitive excellence. The final or overarching stage encourages life-long physical activity and informed healthy lifestyle choices.
To view the many LTAD resources - both generic and specific to cross-country skiing - available to coaches, parents and athletes, click here.
CCC’s Skill Development Programs for Children
Cross Country Canada has developed a modern, state-of-the-art progression of skill development programs for children. This exciting program conforms to the Canadian LTAD model and provides a vertically integrated continuum of development opportunities for children in the first stages of skier development.
For more information on these programs, click here