The 2020/21 season proved how even during a global pandemic the Whitewater Ski Team is able to provide a quality program for young skiers that want to ski their best all over the mountain, whether carving clean lines on groomed runs or skiing deep powder in steep trees! While no inter-club races or events were possible last season, we were impressed with how the stoke remained high with the athletes and coaches all year. We were able to discover new training environments and really focus on the fun of ski race training. We really appreciated everyone’s patience and understanding, and willingness to work with the program changes and restrictions we had in place which were based on meeting provincial return to sport guidelines as well as Whitewater Ski Resort policies.
In 2021/2022 we are cautiously optimistic and hoping to see a return to competition, but also understand that guidance from our provincial sport organization, BC Alpine (https://bcalpine.com/news/) , in accordance with the viaSport BC (https://www.viasport.ca/return-sport) may change depending on updates from the Provincial Health Officer. We are ready to adapt to any changes that may be required, and with the experience of last year behind us we are confident we can make the most of the season regardless of what is thrown at us!
U12, U14, U16, U18 (birth year 2011 or earlier)
The provincial racing program is the first level of alpine ski racing in Canada. Skiers at this level want to have fun and progress their skills all over the mountain but are also serious about skiing and ready to experience racing at a more competitive level. Racers train exclusively under the guidance of our certified and experienced provincial level coaches. Our coaches emphasize to the developing racers the importance of setting personal goals and good sportsmanship, and how to pursue your individual best while supporting your team. As in all of our programs, racers will find lots of time to develop friendships, explore the mountain, progress their all mountain skiing skills, and rip it up on epic powder days. Parents – good luck keeping your skill progression up the level that these athletes will achieve!
As part of the Whitewater Ski Team, racers at this level will have the option to rent or purchase a team jacket to wear for the season and will have the opportunity to race within the Kootenay Zone and progress to racing at the provincial and even national and international level (provincial health restrictions permitting). Through these races, as well as opportunities for away training camps, joint training opportunities with other teams in our zone, and banquet celebrations, these racers develop friendships across the province and personal skills that will last a lifetime (away camps, races, and associated activities to be confirmed in 2021/22 due to COVID-19 protocols, but the Whitewater Ski Team is committed to providing the best experience possible in a safe environment).
Whitewater Ski Team offers dryland training throughout the fall, starting at the beginning of October for U12/U14. U16/U18 athletes begin strength and conditioning training as a team in September. All provincial and masters athletes are encouraged to participate.
Specialized ski racing equipment is required at this level – see Equipment. All parents are expected to volunteer during the season with fundraising initiatives in addition to events such as races hosted by the Whitewater Ski Team.
Program runs Saturdays and Sundays 8:45 am – 2:30 pm with additional training opportunities during winter breaks and mid-week night training opportunities at Salmo.
A special note about powder… Powder days are all about free skiing as a team with the coach. This time allows for excellent all mountain skill progression, building on a foundation of strength and technique that benefits skiers for life; it is not all about the race course!
Program Fees, Early Bird Pricing:
- U12 Part time: $900 + $84.80 BC Alpine fee.
- U12 Full time: $1150 + $84.80 BC Alpine fee.
- U14 Full time: $1275 + $152.80 BC Alpine fee.
- U16/U18 Full time: $1425 + $147.50 BC Alpine fee.
Please see Registration for more details on fees and affordability. Note: There are additional costs to this program. Racers must cover the cost of the lift tickets, food, accommodation, and banquet fees for each event they attend. Parents will be invited to a meeting at the beginning of the season to go over the races and expected costs. Racers who wish to attend mid-week night-training at Salmo will need to purchase a lift ticket or pass.
Please contact Program Director Dylan Henderson at email@example.com for more information about this program and to discuss the best training and racing options for your child.