About the Kimberley Nordic Racers

The Kimberley Nordic Racers are a group of committed young cross country ski racers. Coached by Nikki Gilman and Frank Ackermann, these youth train up to 11 months of the year and follow an individualized Annual Training Plan. Any youth 13 to 18 who is interested in racing regularly can join the program. Ideally, they would be graduates of the Jack Rabbit or Track Attack programs. Individualized training plans are not mandatory, but recommended for the senior and more advanced athletes.

Welcome to the Nordic Racers introductory document: here.


This group trains regularly together every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Newcomers generally train less often. Training includes activities such as strength and core exercises, plyometrics, roller skiing, running, hiking, road cycling, team sports, running with poles (or ski striding), and of course skiing when there is snow on the ground. Training intensities are periodized appropriately for the winter season. Involvement in our “ski camps” is encouraged in late May (on snow), end of September in Kimberley, and in October and possibly early November in Canmore on Frozen Thunder. Cross country skiing is a very technical sport, and it is strongly recommended that skiers spend as much time as possible training on snow in order to improve their technique.

Racing is encouraged on the BC Cup circuit, as well as on the Kootenay Cup circuit. As skiers advance, they will be brought to the Western Canadian Championships and the Canadian National Championships, with opportunities to also go to the Junior World Trials. Coaching and waxing support are available for the races. Generally the team travels to races for weekends 7-9 times per racing season (which runs from early December to the end of March).


Athletes are encouraged to have skate and classic equipment, as well as a pair of warm-up/rock skis for both techniques.


Photos from 2022 Canmore Trials and Alberta Cup: here.

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Program fees for 2021/22 are:

  • $500.00 per youth for the Sept to Apr activities.

  • $250.00 extra per youth for the Full-Year Upgrade that includes summer training plus a Yearly Training Plan and detailed weekly training plans. 

  • Fees need to be paid before your child starts dryland or on snow sessions. 

  • Nordic Racers participants must be members of the Kimberley Nordic Club.

Cancellation policy: Refunds will only be given if PHO Orders require cancellation of a program.

We are a small, close-knit group that works hard, trains hard, but tries to keep the whole experience fun and exciting. If you would like to register please contact Frank Ackermann.


If you have any further questions or if you would like to register, please contact:


Frank Ackermann, Coach


Athlete Spotlight

Click on the links below to learn a bit more about the athletes on our team: