Devos is a group of keen 8-13 year-old skiers who work hard and have FUN! Designed to promote the continued development of physical literacy and fitness, the Devo (Track Attack) program is the next step, after Jack Rabbits, in Sport Canada's – Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model; skiers in this group are at the Learn to Train stage of development. Personal challenge, enhancing competence in the basic skills required to excel in cross country skiing and having FUN are the aims of this program.

Program goals:

  • Fitness! Fun! Teamwork!

  • Improve cross country ski technique

  • Explore and enjoy many fun on and off trail ski activities

  • Learn how to wax skis, race with confidence, and be safe in winter conditions

  • Positive introduction to age appropriate competition

We aim to work on the continual development of technical skills in both classic and skate skiing through activities appropriate to the group’s abilities. The program is also about working on other important life skills such as team work, personal care (good nutrition and sleep habits) and personal responsibility (looking after your own equipment).

The Devo program includes 3 regional camp opportunities in May, September and December, as well as 2 summer adventures, a bike trip to Hornby Island in the early summer and a backpacking trip into Strathcona Provincial Park in the late summer. The aim of these activities is to provide opportunities to have lots of fun and to be active together!

The Devo program begins in the fall, after September camp, with regular weekly training sessions in addition to several optional roller skiing sessions over the dry-land training period. Roller skis are provided by the club.

When the snow flies, training takes place once during the week and on weekends.

Personal challenge, includes the chance to participate in some local races such as the Coast Cup (along with our Bunny and Jack Rabbits) and the Vancouver Island Loppet, all held on our very own mountain. The main event however, is the ever popular and super fun road trip to the BC Midget Championships, the premier event on the Devo calendar. Skiers learn about team travel, racing, supporting each other all the while having the best time with their skiing friends.

Team Training

Fall (September to November)

Thursday – Dryland training 4:30 to 6pm
Weekend – occasional group runs (Terry Fox Run, Perseverance Trail Run) and roller ski sessions (roller skis are supplied by the club)

Winter (December to March)

Thursday – On-snow training 4:30 to 6pm
Saturday – On-snow training 9:30 to 11:30am; afternoon fun race or group ski
Sunday – On-snow training 9:30 to11:30am

Devos can choose either a partial or full program commitment. The partial program offers the skier the choice of attending a maximum of any two sessions per week. This program is generally aimed at skiers who are entering the Devo program and may not be ready to commit fully or have commitments in other sports or activities.

Qualified coaches at the Learn to Train level of training work with these athletes. Head Coach Andrea Stapff provides programming and technical assistance.

Contact for more information about this program.



Devo (Track Attack) – fun, development program for youth, 9 -12. Registration includes a Fall and Winter program.

Fall (Sept to Nov) Drop-in fee of $7/session to maximum of $100.

Winter (Dec to Mar) New this season – two options!

Part Program (max 2 sessions/week)
Early bird $205/ Regular $225

Full Program
Early bird $305 / Regular $335