Training Days and Groups
From Learn-to-Skate to High Performance Development, Ridge Meadows Racers offers programs for skaters of all ages and abilities.
Speed skating is a unique sport with specialized equipment. All skaters use long blade skates—these classic skates increase stability and reduce resistance, resulting in faster speeds and a more comfortable experience on the ice.
We have one or two training days to meet the needs of skaters at all levels of development. Training days are on Tuesday afternoon and Saturday morning. Skaters are assessed based on their ability and their age, and placed in an appropriate group for training schedules. The skating season generally starts in the first week of September and continues through mid March. To see the schedule please click
Group 1: Beginners skaters
This group is for skaters with a focus on fun and basic skills and stability that will instill a lifelong love of skating. Skaters in Group 1 have the option of one or two day (per week) programs. Group 1 skaters have the opportunity to compete at local mini meets and Interclub competitions in the province.
Group 2: Developing skaters
This group is based on learning to train and compete, with a focus on specialized skills and the racing techniques of speed skating. This is also a great level for youth cross training—many skaters in this group are active in multiple sports. Skaters in Group 2 have the option of one or two day (per week) programs, plus interclub options. This group of skaters have the opportunity to compete at local mini meets and Interclub competitions.
Group 3: Training skaters
This group focuses on competitive training, with race conditioning and a full spectrum of on and off ice programs. Skaters in Group 3 have the option of 1-2 days (per week) programs, as well as adding more training days with the use of sister interclub. Group 3 skaters have the opportunity to compete at local Interclub competitions, as well as qualify for sanctioned provincial, regional and national meets.