U12 Alpine Ski Racers

Under 12

All our programs have been developed to follow Alpine Canada’s recommendations for Long Term Skier Development for Alpine Ski Racing, as detailed in their AIM-2-WIN model.

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.

COMPETITION EVENTS

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 Sasquatch 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

for Season 2024-2025

2013-2014

Program Info

U12 Plus

This is a 4 days a week program, aimed at those skiers that have within their goals to ski race. Attendance is not mandatory, but it is strongly recommended to train at least 3 times a week and participate in all the races in the calendar.

  • Weekends plus Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
  • Christmas camp included.
  • Spring and Fall dryland physical conditioning included.
  • On snow training times are from 8:30am to 2:00pm during weekends, and from 5:30pm to 8pm during weekdays.
  • Occasional Friday training will be offered.

U12 

This is a 2 day a week program. It is aimed at those skiers that are seeking to continue developing their skills, while practicing other sports. Race attendance is discretionary. Skiers can choose between one weekday evening and one weekend full day.

  • Tuesday or Thursday evenings and Saturday or Sunday.
  • Christmas camp at an extra cost per day.
  • Spring and Fall dryland physical conditioning included.
  • On snow training times are from 8:30am to 2:00pm during weekends, and from 5:30pm to 8pm 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.

During July  there will be 3 day camps offered. Fall sessions begin again in September through November. These sessions run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and on Saturday mornings.

U12 athletes are strongly encouraged to attend or keep good conditioning during the summer and fall.

Duration

Starts when the mountain opens in December. Ends second weekend of April

Training Camps

The U12 program schedules an on snow camp at Sun Peaks during early December, at an extra cost.

Program Cost

 

U12 Plus: TBD

U12: TBD

Additional Fees

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.