Snatch the Pole

Goal:  Snatch the remaining ski pole in a musical chair like race.   

Players: 5 – 10

Equipment: Flat stadium, 4 cones, no poles for skiing, use poles as capture objects.   

Setup:  Mark two sets of lines, one behind the other using two cones on the outside as markers for each line.   Place poles a distance away stuck upright in the snow, one less pole than there are skiers.  All skiers line up and start at the first start line. 

Rules:  A coach calls out “go” and all skiers race down field to grab a pole.  One skier is not able to obtain a pole.  That skier starts at the next farthest forward toward the pole, all other skiers start back at the first line. Remove one pole each round creating two fewer poles than skiers in the second effort.  Skiers may be on the first line or go back to the back line.  When one pole is remaining, the first skier to capture that pole wins the round. 

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank to all of the athletes from the Fondeurs Laurentides cross country ski club for their time and enthusiasm in participating in the creation of these videos, filmed in the Laurentians north of Montreal, Quebec.

Credits: This course was produced in partnership with Nordiq Canada and was filmed spring 2019 in Québec.

Coach: Stephen Novosad, Coach Development Manager, Nordiq Canada.