The program provides a fun and competitive environment for 14 and 15 year old racers while testing their skills against their peers at a provincial level.
The U16 program is intended to refine the skills required to perform at the Learn to Race stage and to prepare the athlete for more intensive training and competition at the junior level. Our qualified coaches accomplish this by continuing to develop ski specific physical and mental skills plus advance the athlete’s technical skills and help them to refine their tactical proficiencies. Purpose based free-skiing creates additional opportunities for skill development and fuels their passion for having fun on skis with their teammates.
Our program begins in September with a dryland program, consisting of mid-week aerobic training and hikes / mountain bike ride on the weekends. It then progresses to an on snow program, usually mid November, that includes two nights at COP and all day Saturday and Sunday at a local mountain resorts. While we are based at Sunshine and do the majority of our training there, we also take advantage of the excellent training facilities at several of the nearby resorts.
There will be some optional Friday training. However, the coaches understand that there is a balance between school and skiing; and that school takes priority. Refer to calendar section of the website for more detailed schedule.
However, the coaches understand that there is a balance between school and skiing; and that school takes priority.
Typically our U16 athletes will hold an annual Big 3, COP and Nakiska ski pass
Athletes’ equipment must conform to Alpine Canada Alpin National Equipment Rules.