2016-17 AltaGas Ski-at-School Program Grant Recipients

    June 21, 2016

    Cross Country Ski de fond Canada is thrilled to present the 2017 Ski-at-School program Powered by AltaGas Grant Recipients! This is the second year of the AltaGas Ski-at-School grant, available to clubs and schools across Canada, and the response rate was fantastic! CCC received no less than 60 applications, up from 53 submissions in 2016! Thank you for everyone’s growing interest from coast to coast!

    In the final selection CCC and AltaGas chose 6 applicants; 1 school and 5 clubs. CCC is excited to announce the recipients of the 2016-17 AltaGas ski-at-School grant:

    Foothills Nordic Ski Club, AB: With an established successful program, now in its 8th year running, Foothills Nordic was the first recipient of the first ever AltaGas grant, and are the leaders and trailblazers of the program. This year they plan to provide lessons at 7 different schools in Calgary and teach skiing to 700 students.

    Club Fondeurs-Laurentides, QC:
    The oldest existing large scale Ski-at-School program in the country with about 1000 children introduced to cross-country skiing every winter. Fondeurs-Laurentides will take advantage of the extended dryland school season to introduce twice as many children to xc skiing by running a roller-ski program in a fun, safe environment in the Spring & Fall of 2016.

    Windsor Park Nordic Centre, MB: This established program will target grades 3 to 7 in Winnipeg and 180 children will benefit from the cross-country ski experience. The club already has a School Ski Participation Race Series set up which consists of 3 or 4 events held in January and February at the Windsor Park Nordic Centre.

    Edmonton Nordic, AB:
    Established nearly 30 years ago, ENSC plans to offer ski lessons to 16 classes of Junior High students (aged 10-14) for a total of 480 students. The grant funds will mainly be used to buy equipment, and groom the school grounds for each lesson.

    Nelson Nordic, BC: With an established school program, Nelson Nordic reached out to 12 elementary schools last year and is looking to expand. The club provides a cross-country ski experience to able bodied & visually and mentally impaired children. In future years, they plan to expand the cross-country experience to the First Nations people to learn about the forest through their cultural view.

    École Primaire du Bout-de-l’île, QC:
    380 elementary school students, from kindergarten to grade 6, will enjoy the AltaGas program. The school is planning to purchase ski equipment for the students, in order to embed the program in the curriculum for years to come.

    We wish the very best to all the recipients of the AltaGas Ski-at- School grant and our heartfelt thanks to all applicants who sent in their application for 2016-17.

    Have a great season!