School Groups

The CIBC Wood Gundy School Cross Country Ski Program offers  thousands of local elementary students an opportunity to enjoy cross-country skiing each winter! The program is made possible through the support CIBC Wood Gundy, Rick Morson and his work with the CIBC Children’s Foundation, the Vancouver Island     Society for Adaptive Snowsports (VISAS), and Mount Washington Alpine Resort.

Who can participate?

The program is offered to students in Elementary School.  *All elementary school grades welcome.*

What’s the program all about?

The program consists of three 2-hour sessions. Lessons are taught by certified instructors. Students are taught safety and the basics of XC skiing in a fun atmosphere. Classic skiing is always taught and, depending on the group dynamics, sometimes skate skiing is also taught.

Parents and teachers are encouraged to participate in the program. The more the merrier, but we must have a minimum of two adults per class plus one as a chaperone inside the ski lodge. Schools have the responsibility of assigning adult chaperones.

How to prepare for the ski days?

On our end, we provide in-school orientations for local schools and comprehensive packages for schools outside the local area. The aim is to help students be better prepared and perhaps more excited to ski outside of our program on their own time.

Are subsidies available?

As always, we have set aside some money for financially disadvantaged students or schools. Please indicate your reasons for needing this assistance and to what degree assistance is required when filling in the form below. Note:  Subsidies are generally granted on a first come first serve basis until the budget is exhausted so please request assistance early.

Is there an adaptive program for students with disabilities?

VISAS are heavily involved with this program and we strongly encourage ALL students to participate.  See below for an information letter from VISAS as well as a form to register a student with disabilities for the school program.

Please note that aides ski for free as part of the program and are of great assistance to the VISAS instructor particularly in communication and discipline.


The fee for the program for 3 sessions is $50 per student, which includes instruction, a trail pass and equipment rental from Mt Washington. The fee does NOT include transportation. Students who have a Mt Washington Season Pass AND their own equipment are charged a fee of $30 for 3 sessions. Please note, students MUST have both a pass and their own equipment to qualify for this discounted rate. Our Program Coordinator, Angela Nadler, will contact you with payment instructions when your program is confirmed.

Every year, when program balances are due, there are always schools that request to pay only for those students that attended. An explanation of how the program is budgeted for is presented here to outline why we cannot honour these requests.

The fee we set is below our operating costs, but we do our best to run a break even program, truly non-profit, and as such, we include in our budget a percentage of absenteeism. We charge a program rate rather than a per-visit rate,  much like swim or soccer programs, but Mount Washington charges us a per visit rate.  If we were to charge students a fee based on this method, our price per student would go up significantly – 15 to 20% – to accommodate all actual operating and administrative costs.

Heading off for a snowy adventure. Photo courtesy Andrew Pape-Salmon

Program Format  

Programs begin January 9, 2018

The program runs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. There are two sessions each day, mornings (9:30-11:30am) and afternoons (12:15-2:15pm).

Dates and times: First choose  Session, 1, 2, 3 or 4. Within each session choose a day – Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and a time – morning (9:30-11:30) OR afternoon (12:15-2:15). If you require a different schedule, contact  Angela to discuss. (See contact information below.)

 **Note as of November 13, limited availability for morning sessions**

Session 1:

Tuesdays (am or pm) – January 9, 16, 23
Wednesdays (am or pm) – January 10, 17, 24
Thursdays(am or pm) – January 11, 18, 25

Session 2:
Tuesdays (am or pm) – January 30, February 6, 13
Wednesdays (am or pm) -January 31, February 7, 14
Thursdays (am or pm) – February 1, 8, 15

Session 3:
Tuesdays (am or pm) – February 20, 27, March 6
Wednesdays (am or pm) – February 21, 23, March 7
Thursdays (am or pm) – February 22, March 1, 8

For session 4, should read:
Tuesdays – March 13, 20 and an additional Wednesday or Thursday (14, 15, 21 or 22)
Wednesdays – March 14, 21 and an additional Tuesday or Thursday (13, 15, 20 or 22)
Thursdays – March 15, 22 and an additional Tuesday or Wednesday (13,14, 20 or 21)


NOTE: The exception to the format is school district days off or bad road conditions in which case every effort is made to make up the class on an available day.


Booking transportation is the responsibility of the school.  The Program Coordinator will advise schools of which other schools are in the program on the same days so that schools can try to work together to reduce transportation costs.

Teacher Resources

Here is a list of resources for Teachers. Click on an item to view the PDF. Right click (on a PC) or press Control and click (on a Mac) to download/save the PDF to your computer:

Letter for Families


Teacher’s Checklist

VISAS Letter

VISAS Application Form 




Please use the form below.  Please fill in all the relevant sections and scroll to the bottom of the form to find the SUBMIT button.

Wood Gundy School Program Form


Any questions can be directed to the SNSC Wood Gundy Ski Program Coordinator, Angela Nadler,  via email at or contact her phone, (250) 203-8239



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