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Cross Country DEVO (U8/U10/U12)

Winter Session, December 5 – March 7

The Cross Country Development Team athletes learn and practice both skate skiing and classic skiing. Emphasis is on outdoor recreation with an introduction to competition. Focus is on play to develop agility, balance, and coordination as a foundation for maximizing individual athletic potential. Athletes will gain strength and stamina through the season.

Ages: U8  You are 7 as of Jan 1.
Ages: U10 You are 9 as of Jan 1.
Ages: U12 You are 11 as of Jan 1.
Maximum Participants / Coach Ratio is 7:1

Skill Development & Focus

Emphasis will be on good body position, balance and weight shift through play. Maintain appropriate balance and stance while skiing in all terrain and under a variety of conditions. Focus on team work and fair play. A willingness to try during practice is required.


Introduction to competition. Skiers are encouraged to race in local events with age-appropriate distances, such as the Wydaho Race Series that includes the Alta Vista and Spud Chase races.
NOTE: GTSSF Nordic competes within the Intermountain Division.
View regional ski clubs.
Event details are located at

On Snow Schedule

Tuesdays and Thursdays for 14 weeks, December 5, 2023 – March 7, 2024.
* Starting in February, when there is more daylight, practices will be 4:00pm-5:15pm.
** If groomed track is not available on Dec 5th due to snow conditions, practices will be varied until groomed track/on snow activities are available.

Training Schedule

  • Tuesday – Thursday, 4:00pm-5:00pm, at the Alta Track


  • Boots: One pair of combi boots, or one pair of skate boots and one pair of classic boots.
  • Skis: Classic and skate skis. Fit is essential and should be selected to fit skiers’ weight and height. Skis are properly waxed and maintained at all times by the athlete. Athlete carries appropriate supplies for training.
  • Poles: One pair of poles is acceptable.
  • Ancillary Equipment: Appropriate clothing for all activities. Water bottle and carrier are recommended.
  • GTSSF Rentals: We have a wide range of boots, skis and poles to fit most athletes for a nominal rental fee.

Competition Licenses

None required for local races. A USSA Cross Country Athlete license is required for Junior National Qualifier (JNQ) races, athletes 13+.
* See for current pricing information.