GKHAT’s U12 program aims to develop athletes who want to become the best skiers and ski racers they can be. We strive to provide a high standard of coaching, training opportunities, race experience, and adventurous free-skiing to fuel a love of skiing. We aim to build a solid technical foundation, and to give athletes the skills they need to move on to the next level and beyond if the athlete so chooses.
Recognizing that individual goals may vary, we aim to offer a range of training environments and volume. On any given program day, choice of training environment is at the coach’s discretion and reflects current ski conditions. At this age, we encourage athletes to ski more than one day per week; athletes who ski one day per week will experience a narrower spectrum of training environments.
As a prerequisite, skiers must be able to ski with confidence and control on advanced-expert terrain (Feuz Bowl, CPR etc). Beginner and intermediate skiing programs are offered by the Winter Sport school at Kicking Horse. Feel free to contact us to help decide what is the right program for your young skier.
We use Alpine Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) strategy as the training standard for athletes with all levels of aspiration in skiing. For more information, see Alpine Canada at https://ltad.alpinecanada.org/
New for 2023/24: A slalom, GS or multi-event race ski is required. Hard eared helmets are required. Slalom guards ( Chin, shin, hand) and back protectors are recommended.
The U12 regular program is a 14 week program, with an additional two weekends of skiing added to the season. Choose Friday*, Saturday or Sunday on the 14-day program or two weekend days days of (Friday*/Saturdays/Sundays) for the 28-day program. U12 programming includes 2-3 home race events.
Skiers who want to ski more than 28 days at this level are encouraged to sign up for the P60 program (see description in this section)
At the U12 (Developmental) level, the Long-Term Athlete Development model recommends 8-10 race starts (A typical race weekend would usually include 4 race starts) during the season.
Athletes have the opportunity to participate in more fun-based club events including:
Additional to local events, U12 racers are encouraged to attend:
Away Nancy Greene races/festivals
These races are best suited to athletes who prefer a more fun based approach; particularly the Kimberley Nancy Greene Festival
One or more “zone race” hosted by other clubs throughout the season
These races are best suited to athletes who are looking to experience a little more competitive race environment and a full weekend of technical racing
Preseason ski camps for enthusiastic skiers who want to get on snow and start working on their turns early
Athletes are strongly encouraged to attend one or two away races per season at this level. Regardless of interest in ski racing, these events are fun-focused and family oriented opportunities to build team spirit and a sense of accomplishment in our young skiers.
Friday*/Saturdays/Sundays 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
First day of program: December 15, 2023 - March 31, 2024(regular program doesn't run over Christmas weekends of December 23 and 30th, 2023)