Oct 2023 Newsletter (#10)

Hi Ski Racing families!

Welcome to the 2024 ski season with the Whitewater Ski Team from your Program Director, Dylan Henderson! I am really looking forward to the season and seeing our skiing community together again! 

A huge take away from last season was the creation of our Team Values:

Respect Development Grit Community Fun! Lets live into these values and set some intention for the season and make this the best ski season ever!

We will post these updates -and links to sign up pages etc- on the ski team website Parent Corner (under info) https://whitewaterskiteam.ca/parent-corner/. Please create a login for this and visit regularly. (a separate login than your registration login)

Important upcoming dates:

  • Ski Swap! — Nov 5th
  • Team registration deadline Nov 15th! (after this it is $50 price increase)
  • AGM and Open House Info Session — Hume Hotel Nov 15th 6:30
  • Movie Night! — Nov 24th
  • Whitewater Opening Day — Dec 8th!
  • First day of Shredders Program — Jan 6th

Race/Camp Schedules:

Shredders U8-U14: We have lots of returning coaches and a few new ones! Registration has been going great and we still have spots for shredders of all ages! Pass this on to your family’s ski community! I always say that ski racing is the best way to build the skiing fundamentals whether you want to go the Freeski route or just want to be a lifelong skier. We balance steep skiing in all conditions, learning drills and skills on groomers, and gate training. All while sharing our passion for the mountains and our ski community!

Training: Regular training starts on January 6th and finishes March 9th. Camps: We will have 3 two day camps over the Christmas break. Stay tuned for dates. Cost $120. Races: We will be having 4 Nancy Greene Ski League events this winter beginning with Red Jan 21, and finishing with Whitewater March 10th. More details at the AGM info session.

Provincial: Please refer to the https://bcalpine.com/calendar/

U12:Training: First day of training will be Dec 16th followed by 8 available training days during the Winter Break. Races: We are working out some details on how the events will work for U12 this winter. There will be 2 two day away races and 1 two day at home event, plus some time trial events with the Red Mountain Racers.

U14Training: Friday training days instead of Salmo nights starting in Jan! Panorama Fall camp 4 days on snow Nov 30-Dec 3, Training at Whitewater Dec 8/9, GS training camp Kimberley Dec 18/19 TBC, Winter break training days to be scheduled soon. Speed Camp Kimberley Jan 19-21. Races: Jan 13/14 Kimberley zone race/BC Games Qualifier, Feb 10/11 Zone Race location TBD, Feb 22-25 BC Games, Feb 29-Mar 3 Fernie zone finals, Mar 29-31 U14 Provincials Red Mt, April 11-14 Whistler Cup.

U16:Training: Friday training days instead of Salmo nights starting in Jan! Panorama Fall camp 6 days on snow Nov 30-Dec 5? TBD, Training at Whitewater Dec 8/9, GS training camp Kimberley Dec 18/19 TBC, Winter break training days to be scheduled soon. Speed Camp Kimberley Jan 19-21. Races: Jan 11-14 Panorama Teck Open GS/Sl, Feb 1-4 Kimberley Teck Open SG, Feb 29-Mar 3 Fernie zone finals, Mar 18-22 Banff U16 Westerns, April 11-14 Whistler Cup.

Dryland update:U12/U14 Provincial dryland started in October outside at Lakeside park and has been a huge success! We have had as many as 20 athletes participating, including U16 and FIS aged athletes that have been incredible mentors and have been helping to set the bar high for athletic performance. Other U16 and up athletes are welcome to join us Tuesday and Thursdays 3:30-5:00 at Lakeside, inside at St Joes school starting Nov 7.

We have a new conditioning coach on the team! Tammy Kovaluk who has worked all over the US and Canada working with athletes of all ages and abilities. She is working with me to improve our conditioning program to increase athlete performance and help with athlete injury prevention. Oh, and to increase the fun factor as well!!The group is doing lots of 1 minute planks and up to a 3 minute wall sit. I challenge all parents to match us!

See below for some recent Dryland photos. And if you need some extra stoke, here is a link to the 2023 Year End Video

Thank you to all of the volunteers that do all the work to make this team possible! You are all part of an incredible ski community.