Our Entry Level programs are designed to introduce kids aged 5 to 11 to the world of ski racing. The main goals of our Entry Level programs are to have fun, learn the fundamental skills of ski racing, and to learn the rewards of competing. The racers participate in club, regional and provincial events, where they can apply the skills learned in training. Entry Level races are designed to foster the development of the young athletes by providing an environment where camaraderie and fair play are emphasized. The emphasis is on personal progress and reaching each athlete’s personal best.
All programs will run from mid November to mid March, specific dates are yet to be determined. The programs represent basic training packages at Snow Valley Ski Club, onto which additional training camps (local, mountains and summer) can be added to suit the ability, budget, and level of commitment of the racers and their families.
U6 (4-5 yr olds as of Dec 31) Dream Team and Dream Team Plus
Our U6 program allows our youngest athletes an opportunity to ‘ignite the spark’ of skiing that will carry them through a lifetime in our sport. In line with the ACA-LTAD, children in U6 are in the ‘Gliding Start’ stage where they begin recognizing and reinforcing the fundamental skills involved with skiing. Aspiring ski racers train at Snow Valley one or two evenings a week while learning the importance of control and confidence on the hill.
At this age, it is important that children ski as often as possible with parents to gain mileage to build confidence on snow. Parent assistance and involvement with athletes on-snow are essential to the operations of our U6 program. U6 athletes get to put their skiing to the test during SVR club events, and two Alberta Alpine North Zone NGSL races. Please contact the race office to before registering.
Dream Team Plus:The Dream Team Plus program is on Tuesdays 6:00-8:00pm and Sundays 5:30-7:30pm. This program is only available for athletes born in 2018.
Dream Team:The regular Dream Team program only takes place on Sundays from 5:30-7:30 pm. This program is open to athletes born in both 2018 and 2019.
U8 (6-7 yr. olds as of Dec 31)This program is only available for athletes born in 2017 and 2016.
Our U8 athletes continue to grow fundamental ski foundations while being introduced to the technical aspects and mechanics of ski racing. In line with the ACA-LTAD, children in U8 are in the ‘skiers essential’ stage where they learn to strengthen their skills in a variety of structured and unstructured training environments. U8 athletes are eligible to participate in all Alberta Alpine North Zone NGSL races.
U8 Full Time:The U8 Full Time program is on Tuesdays, Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm, and Sunday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm.
U8 Flex:The U8 Flex program is a lower commitment option for athletes seeking to train two evenings a week. The program has three options:
U10 (8-9 yr, olds as of Dec 31)This program is only available for athletes born in 2015 and 2014.
Our U10 athletes continue to grow fundamentally. In line with the ACA-LTAD, children in U10 are progressing into the "Learn to Train" stage where they learn to strengthen their skills in a variety of structured and unstructured training environments. The Learn to Train stage leads to understanding basic rules, tactics and strategy and refinement of ski racing specific skills. The primary focus in the learn to train stage is to develop solid technical skill execution in all situations and environments at varying speeds.
Ski racers begin to understand the use of dynamic, athletic turns in the different training environments to gain or maintain speed. In this stage, skiers are becoming ski racers and working on consolidation of their foundational movement and technical skiing skills in structured and unstructured environments. U10 athletes are eligible to participate in all Alberta Alpine North Zone NGSL races.
U10 Full Time: The U10 Full Time program is on Tuesdays, Thursdays, 6:00-8:00pm and Sundays 5:30-7:30pm
U10 Flex: The U10 Flex program is a lower commitment option for athletes seeking to train two evenings a week. The program has three options:
U12 (10-11 yr. olds as of Dec 31)This program is only available for athletes born in 2013 and 2012
Athletes in our U12 program have already acquired a wide range of fundamental ski racing skills. In line with the ACA-LTAD, children in U12 are in the ‘learn to train’ stage where they are introduced to tactics & strategy and begin consolidating their movement and technical skills in a deliberate manner. By the end of U12 athletes are prepared for the train to train stage transferring fundamental technique and basic tactical skills into the competitive environment.
Depending on their goals, U12 athletes are eligible to participate in Alberta Alpine North Zone NGSL events or U12 specific Alberta Alpine Provincial events. AASA U12 provincial events expose athletes to a wider variety of race disciplines and introduce the concept of a ‘high-performance’ environment. U12 athletes train to promote self-discovery, develop a love for competition, and further their abilities before moving into U14.
U12 Full Time: The U12 Full Time program is on Tuesdays, Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm, and Sundays 5:30-7:30pm. This program is only available for athletes born in 2013 and 2012.
U12 Flex: The U12 Flex program is a lower commitment option for athletes seeking to train two evenings a week. The program has three options: