Whistler Nordic Development Centre

Program Options & Application

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Are you a dedicated Nordic athlete, wanting training and competition opportunities designed to advance on the high-performance pathway, leading to international podium success and personal leadership?

The Whistler Nordic Development Centre (WNDC) is designed for Nordic athletes who want optimal training and program services to reach the next steps in their athletic career. WNDC athletes benefit from a world-class training environment at Whistler’s Olympic legacy venues. Expert and dedicated program coaches support all athletes on their individual journeys, to eventually become successful members of the national team.

WNDC athletes are expected to reside in the Sea to Sky Corridor, to fully benefit from WNDC training schedules, coaching support and to immerse in and benefit from the team’s dynamic.

In 2023-24, the WNDC offers three different program categories focused on biathlon, corresponding to three levels of individual athlete development and commitment:

  • WNDC Full-Time Program (ages 18+)
  • Summer Training Program (summer only, ages 17+)
  • Next Gen Program (weekly program + camps, ages 16+)

Read more about the three program options and the new scholarship opportunity below, which will enable athletes to train and get fully supported on their pathway!

Applications for the 2023-24 programs are now closed, deadline to submit applications was April 1, 2023. If you have questions about joining the WNDC, do not hesitate to get in touch with head coach Etienne Letondeur (contact below)!

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WNDC Full-Time Program

HIGH PERFORMANCE ATHLETES, AGES 18+

Athletes in the WNSC Full-Time Program receive coaching and performance services for training and competitions over 11 months. Specific training plans are centered on individual athlete goals and individual athlete development. Through technical and performance services as well as access to Whistler-based training facilities, athletes have everything needed to take their performance to the next level on the athlete pathway.

Ideal candidates for the full-time program streams are athletes committed to train for long-term international success. Athletes are 18+ years old and are members of Biathlon Canada’s U24, U20 and/or among the top ranked athletes in their province.

This program is designed to help athletes move up into the nation’s elite within their age group, by focusing on high performance fundamentals and building a strong technical, physical and mental base.

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New: WNDC Scholarship Opportunities

New in 2023/24, select WNDC Team athletes may be invited to participate in the WNDC Scholarship Program. After goal setting with the coaching team, athletes are then required to meet individual benchmarks throughout the program year 2023/24. Once all criteria are met, the athlete successfully completes the scholarship program and receives a reimbursement for their WNDC program fee.

Where:

The WNDC Team is based in Whistler, and all athletes are expected to reside in the Sea to Sky Corridor.
Accommodation is available upon request.

Start Date:

May 1, 2023.
Athletes may choose to join the program later/July 3, 2023 (team fees same as for May 1 start)

Cost (Domestic Athletes; Inquire for International Pricing)

  • $7,900 for returning athletes
  • $8,500 for new athletes

Learn more about the WNDC Scholarship Program here:

Cost does not include: Travel to/in Whistler, accommodation, food, ammunition, equipment, competition related expenses (except wax), additional para-medical and sport science services, Biathlon Canada & club memberships, PAL.

Curriculum 

Athletes will receive full-time coaching (minimum six coached sessions/week, up to 14 coached sessions/week) and performance services for training and competitions.

Specific training plans are focused on individual athlete goals and development needs.

Through technical and performance services as well as access to Whistler based training facilities, athletes will have everything needed to take their performance to the next level on the athlete pathway.

Registration

Applications for the 2023-24 programs are now closed, deadline to submit applications was April 1, 2023. If you have questions about joining the WNDC, do not hesitate to get in touch with head coach Etienne Letondeur (contact above)!

Services

  • Coaching (daily programming based on a yearly training plan)
  • Coaching and coach travel to targeted/planned competitions
  • Individualized training plans
  • Individualized strength & conditioning plan
  • Comprehensive testing: technical and physical
  • Sport science services in partnership with the CSI Pacific: nutrition, strength and conditioning, mental performance, biomechanics analysis etc.
  • Access to roller ski treadmill training & testing
  • Race wax for selected events
  • Support for equipment selection
  • Facility access Whistler Sport Legacies/Whistler Olympic Park/summer access Whistler Blackcomb
  • HUB Whistler training facility access for dryfire, dryland, core, strength and stretching sessions
  • Team uniform
  • Physiotherapy: Preferential rate and booking with The Movement Lab
  • Access to affordable accommodation at the Whistler Athletes' Centre ($550/month for a shared room/2 athletes/room, $1,100/month for single occupation)

Summer Training & Next Gen Programs

WNDC PART-TIME TRAINING OPTIONS

The WNDC part-time training options are designed for athletes who wish to benefit from a high quality program and environment in order to propel their skills to the next level, but are not able or willing to commit to a full-time program just yet.

SUMMER TRAINING PROGRAM

The WNDC Summer Training Program offers two months of intensive training from early July to early September 2023. The program is ideal for athletes (ages 17+) who wish to be part of a high-quality program and environment in order to propel their skills to the next level, while still in school/finishing school. This program could also suit athletes from a different program in search of extra motivation, a new training environment or new insights from different coaches.

Summer Training Program athletes train alongside the WNDC Full-Time Team according to their needs and abilities.

Where

The WNDC Summer Training Program is based in Whistler.
Athletes registered for the summer program have access to affordable accommodation options at the Whistler Athletes’ Centre for the duration of the summer training program (depending on availability).

Curriculum

While in Whistler, athletes committed to the WNDC Summer Training Program have the same access to full coaching and performance services as the full-time WNDC Team athletes. This can be adapted upon requests to meet individual needs as long as the athlete’s requests dos not interfere with the team dynamic.

WHEN

July 3 to early September 2023

SERVICES

Coaching
Training program design
Individualized summer training plan
Annual training plan at an additional cost
Introductory performance services
Sport-specific testing
Facility access Whistler Sport Legacies/Whistler Olympic Park/summer access Whistler Blackcomb
Access to affordable accommodation at the Whistler Athletes' Centre for the duration of the summer training program (depending on availability; additional cost, inquire for pricing)

COST

$3,300
Cost does not include: Travel to/in Whistler, accommodation, food, ammunition, equipment, competition related expenses (except wax), additional para-medical and sport science services, Biathlon Canada & club memberships, PAL.

REGISTRATION

Applications for the 2023-24 programs are now closed, deadline to submit applications was April 1, 2023. If you have questions about joining the WNDC, do not hesitate to get in touch with head coach Etienne Letondeur (contact above)!

WNDC Athlete Application Form 2023/24

NEXT GEN PROGRAM

The Next Gen Program is a weekly training opportunity for local athletes (ages 16+) developed in partnership with the Sea to Sky Nordics, to build a solid training base including technical and physical fundamentals. It provides exposure to the training center services for young dedicated athletes who are aiming for a high performance career and are willing to explore their full potential. Athletes will also be able to participate in several multi-day camps with the WNDC team.

The ideal candidates for this program are athletes who are considering to join the WNDC program in the next one to two years, and are willing to commit to the extra training efforts in order to set their sport career up for success.

Where

The Next Gen Program is based in Whistler.

Curriculum

The Next Gen Program gives access to one WNDC training session/week, as well as additional sessions through the year (camps/training blocks, development/testing opportunities etc.).
The Next Gen periodization is developed in partnership with the local club (Sea to Sky Nordics) in order to line up with short- and long-term athletic goals.

When

July 3, 2023 to end of March 2024

Services

Coaching (once a week throughout program period plus several multi-day camps)
Training program design
Individualized spring/summer training plan
Annual training plan at an additional cost
Introductory performance services
Sport-specific testing

Cost

$900/year
Cost does not include: Travel to/in Whistler, accommodation, food, ammunition, equipment, competition related expenses (except wax), additional para-medical and sport science services, Biathlon Canada & club memberships, PAL.

Registration

Applications for the 2023-24 programs are now closed, deadline to submit applications was April 1, 2023. If you have questions about joining the WNDC, do not hesitate to get in touch with head coach Etienne Letondeur (contact above)!