Peter Konigsmann Slalom Red Mountain

How our racing system is designed

How our racing system is designed

The different ski disciplines for the Children Categories are Slalom (Sl), Giant Slalom (GS), Super G

(SG), Downhill (DH) and Super Combined (SC)

Children categories are:

U10, U12, U14, U16., the U meaning Under the specified age. So U16 are all those 14 and 15 years old.



This Season

LTAD Stage / Principles Competition & Rankings

YOB (Year of Birth)

96-98-99 (18,19,20)

Train to Race/Train to Win                                               4 event Alpine or Ski Cross Focus                             Mastering all FIS WJR, NorAm and Europa Cup                                                                                                                                              Junior titles at Canadian Championships and Canadian Championships                                                                      FIS Points

YOB 00/01 (16,17)

Learn to Race/Train to Race                                            4 event Alpine & Ski Cross exposure                               Competition and Skill focus Junior Canadian Championships, US JR Nationals,  Canada Games

U18 Western

FIS provincial and regional                                                                                                              FIS Points


YOB 02/03 (14,15)

Learn to Race                                                                         SG, GS, SL, dual and Ski Cross exposure                                       Intro to DH elements and skill development Whistler Cup , U16 Can Am  Westerns, Provincials  Zone National Point Races

ACA National Points


YOB 04/05


Learn to Train/Learn to Race                                                     GS, SL, Kombi, Dual, Ski Cross exposure                                       Sport Specific motor skill and coordination Whistler Cup

U14 Can Am Westerns/BC Games

U14 Provincials/Zone

National Point Races

ACA National Points



06/07 (10,11)

Skier Essentials/Learn to Train                                            GS, SL, Kombi, Dual, Stubby & intro to S-C elements                    Focus on movement and love of the sport Zone Races                                                                                                                                                              Festivals                                                                                                                                                          Skills competition

YOB 08/11


Gliding Start/Skier Essentials                                           GS, SL, Dual, Stubby, intro to S-C elements & Games                                                      Focus on balance, movement and FUN Local events                                                                                                                                                                        Festivals                                                                                                                                     Skills competition


Slalom has the most turns with the slowest speed while Downhill has the least amount

of turns with the highest speeds. Slalom races are usually the shortest in distance and

time while Downhill is the longest in both distance and time.

Athletes are ranked on points with 0 being the lowest point and 999.99 being the

highest. The lower the racer’s points, the faster he/she is.

Athletes receive points based on how fast they go in the races. So how do you

determine the number of points you receive at a race? There is a points ranking set up

for the race, called the penalty of the race, which is made up of the average of the best 5 competitors in the race.

Obviously the penalty would be really low at the Olympics (0 to 5) and very high at a

zone race (280 to 350). This penalty is added to the race points obtained by

each racer who completes the race. Race points are based on how far behind the

winning time the racer is.  They average about 15 points per second in GS to 8.5 points per

second in Slalom. So what does it all mean? Well if you had 300 GS points and

Mike Janyk had 0 you would be about 20 seconds behind him in a GS race ((300/15).

What National and Provincial ski team member have for points? On average National

Ski Team members have between 0 – 30 points. National Development Team

members would be between 30 – 40 points and Provincial Team members would be

between 40 – 60 points.

Canadian National Ski Team

0 – 30 points (appr.)

BC Ski Team

40 – 60 points (appr.)

Racing within the U14/U16 world:

For our kids, races are broken into three levels : zone races, provincial races and Whistler Cup. Zone races are local and require very little travel, Provincial races require slightly more travel.  Whistler Cup is an international race with the some of the best U14/U16 athletes from across Canada and the world.

In the Coast Zone races athletes have an opportunity to see how they fair against other clubs within our zone. There are six clubs within our zone Whistler, Mount Washington, Cypress, Grouse/Tyee, Seymour and Hemlock. At a provincial level there are about 25 clubs consisting of 4 zones (Coast zone, Okanagan zone, Kootenay zone and North zone). When we race at a provincial level our athlete’s start in order of their zone ranking which is based on their national points.

You can find information on National Points at

The organizations that control alpine skiing are:

Provincial level: BC Alpine

Alpine Canada Alpin (ACA):

Federation International de Ski (FIS):

You can find a lot of info, statistics, historical info etc. on Alpine Skiing competitors here

I recommend you go to the BC Alpine web page and familiarize with it. You will learn how to look for race results, technical info and other resources that will help you understand the sport.

Another page where you can find info is the Canadian Ski Coaches Federation web page:

So this is a short summary on how the system is designed. Feel free to ask questions etc.

Raul Anguita

Program Director

The importance of goal setting

Goal setting is an integral part of moving through life in a fulfilling manner. It provides a focus that channels our energies; it helps us to maintain our perseverance, and allows us to enjoy the ride while striving for our goal. In skiing, this life skill is developed from an early age, as it is essential in guiding a skiing development, and eventually, a skiing career.

Alpine ski racing is tough. We are outside in the winter, in weather conditions that can get very nasty. Our play field is ever changing. Snow quality is never the same, settings depend on the coach. We need good equipment that has to be constantly maintained, and then a difference of 1/100th of a second determines being #1 or#2 in a race. So goal setting is very important, it increases motivation.

To set goals, it is advisable to follow some guidelines.

Long term goals: these are goals that specify what the athlete wants to achieve in his career, like receiving a college scholarship and/or racing in the world cup circuit. These are what we can call dreams, and they are kept in the back of the athlete’s mind. But they are the most powerful driving force, even though the focus in them is sporadic.

Seasonal goals: these goals are essential to steer the competition period. Examples are to attain a certain ranking or points level, or break into a more competitive environment.

Competitive goals are those set for certain competitions that will allow the racer to qualify for events, or be named to a team. These goals are important as they permit to achieve the seasonal goals.

Training goals are the ones set to achieve the competitive goals, by working physical, mental and technical abilities.

Lifestyle goals are those set to improve the athlete’s general lifestyle to achieve all of the above goals.

Finally, goals must be challenging, but attainable. They should be only reachable by hard work. They should be time-limited and measurable. It is important to consider always the possibility of attaining a degree of the goal, rather than absolute attainment. There will always be improvement towards a goal through sustained and hard work. There is really no end in the process of goal setting, as they are constantly revised and new ones have to be set, once the previous ones are achieved.


Why tuning skis is so important….

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Last night, at our Club Cabin, Christian Hillier from Sidecut hosted a tuning clinic. The importance of properly tuned skis can never be overemphasized. But to properly tune skis is an art, that can only be learned by listening to an expert and then tuning a lot of skis.

A properly tuned ski will turn better, will hold on ice, will be easier to pivot and will not track. Tracking is when the base is lower then the edges which then act like a railroad track, not allowing the skis to sideslip. The skis will also take you wherever they want!!

Skis properly tuned and waxed will perform on hard snow, slush or any snow conditions. But in order to sharpen your edges, several steps have to be performed first so the proper base and side edge angles are created.

Unfortunately, not enough importance is given to ski tuning. All those that attended surely learnt a great deal. I could see parents that last year was their first encounter with ski tuning asking interesting questions, and purchasing the right tools. I was sad that not enough parents and children took advantage of this opportunity.

But stay tuned!!!! We might have Christian again at our club Cabin. You can also access tuning clinics at Vancouver Ski Services