CYPRESS SKI CLUB – U12
UNDER 12 ALPINE SKI RACERS
Inspiring Skiers for Life
All our programs have been developed to follow Alpine Canada’s recommendations for AIM-2-WIN model., as detailed in their
The U12 program is a ski-racing based program for 10-11 year olds. It aims to create great skiers and excellent racers who love the sport of skiing and racing. The days are packed full of highly engaging activities that are blended to maximize learning and fun for this age. About 70% of time is a mix of technical free-skiing drills, expertly set drill courses and several fun competitive events, and about 30% of time is spent in terrain parks, moguls, trees, various jumps and paths. We feel that this program provides an ideal experience and skill base for a wide variety of future ski or ski-race endeavors and enjoyment. There seems to be something about being part of a high performance team in the mountains and many have found this program to be an enjoyable, exciting and deeply rewarding experience – often parents and coaches just as much as kids.
The key focus of the U12 program is to consolidate and refine the basic skiing skills learned in the U10 program. This is considered the beginning of the “Learn to Train” stage. Windows of trainability allow for the development of specific motor skills and coordination needed in alpine skiing. General fitness through dryland is introduced, and doing other sports is recommended.
There are about 7-8 competitive event opportunities throughout the season. Some of the events are a mixed skill competition w the team moving through various skill competition stations such as speed trap, jump distance, moguls, quick feet, in addition to short SL or GS courses. Other events are: Slalom, Giant Slalom or Kombi (SL & GS mixed together). Other opportunities often include a Ski-Cross event in Whistler as well as a speed skills camp also in Whistler.
The majority of events are in close proximity at Whistler and Grouse (also Hemlock and Seymour depending on the season). There is one main race event in Sun Peaks in March that requires 2 nights stay where kids are to be accompanied by parents or chaperone.
Many families enjoy spending some extra days at Sun Peaks as it is during Spring Break. Competitions are priced on a cost basis and charged separately to the program cost.
Years of Birth
2006 – 2007
This is a 3 days a week program, aimed at those skiers that have within their goals to ski race. An extra day can be added at a daily fee. Skiers should be totally comfortable on blue runs and have a good command when skiing black runs.
- Weekends plus Tuesdays or Thursdays.
- An extra evening, Tuesday or Thursday, can be added by those that want to ski four days a week.
- Christmas camp included. Spring Break camp optional
- Summer and Fall conditioning
- On Snow training times are from 9AM to 3:00 PM during weekends, and 5:30 to 8 PM during weekdays.
Summer & Fall Dryland Training
While the on-hill season begins when snow falls, the dryland training season begins in June! Our optional summer and fall dryland sessions help prepare athletes for the season. Fees apply.
Typically sessions are a weeknight and weekend from June through July. Fall sessions begin again in September through November.
U12 athletes are strongly encouraged to attend or keep good conditioning during the summer and fall in consultation with the Program Director. In addition, BC Alpine Coast Zone will schedule baseline fitness testing for all athletes.
Starts when the mountain opens, mid December. Ends second weekend of April
The U12 program includes a Christmas Camp at no additional cost and optional Fall and Spring camps, at additional cost
Each athlete must pay BC Alpine insurance. The BC Alpine insurance is paid at the time of Family Membership registration and is added onto the amount
All families must also have a Family Membership
Season passes and lift passes are not included. Members are eligible for club discounts for season passes.