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U12/U14 Development 12, 24, or 36

Ages 10 and older for 12, 24, or 36 days of skiing

GKHAT’s U12 and U14 programs aim 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 free-skiing to fuel a love of skiing and a solid technical foundation, and to give athletes the skills they need to move on to the U16 level and beyond if the athlete so chooses.
Recognizing that individual goals may vary, we aim to offer a range of training volume to suit each athlete.

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/

This begins December 13, 2019.

What we offer

Dry-land training is offered as an add-on and runs weekly in Golden from October on-wards.
Athletes will learn the basics of what dry-land training is, why it’s important, and develop physical literacy skills associated with strength and conditioning.

U12/U14 Development program offers 12, 24, 36 days on snow. Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday for 12 weeks. December-March. A balanced mix of training in race environments, technical free-skiing, and all mountain skiing. For athletes who want to have fun skiing and be the best skiers they can be.

Friday Gate Training is now included as part of the 24 and 36 day packages.

Training Camps
are offered over the Christmas and March break as add-ons.

Race events play an important role in developing confidence and love of the sport. We strive to make races fun and accessible to all, and to emphasize participation and skill development rather than podium goals as athletes develop in the sport. Below are some details about the events available to U12 and U14 athletes.

At U12 Level

At the U12 level, the Long-Term Athlete Development model recommends 8-10 race starts (A weekend at a zone race would usually make for 4 race starts) during the season. These races may include club events, Nancy Greene events, Zone races, and Ski cross events.

Athletes have the opportunity to participate in more fun-based club events including:
  • Annual GKHAT cookie cup.
  • Annual GKHAT Nancy Greene race. U14 athletes may participates as a forerunner.
  • Annual club year-end ski-tacular event.
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
  • Up to three “zone races” hosted by other clubs throughout the season
    • These races are best suited to athletes who prefer a more competitive race environment and a full weekend of racing
  • Western Ski Cross Event
    • Hosted annually by different clubs, this is a full weekend introduction to ski cross, suitable to all levels of athletes and tons of fun!

At U14 Level

At the U14 level, the LTAD recommends 10-20 race starts during the season. These may include Zone races, Provincial events, and Ski Cross.

Athletes are no longer eligible to participate in Nancy Greene events but are still participants in club events:
  • Annual GKHAT cookie cup
  • Annual club year-end ski-tacular event
Additional to local events, U14 racers are encouraged to attend:
  • Up to three “zone races” hosted by other clubs throughout the season
    • These races are best suited to athletes who prefer a full weekend of away racing.
  • Western Ski Cross Event
    • Hosted annually by different clubs as a full weekend introduction to ski cross, suitable for all levels of athletes and tons of fun!
  • Provincials
    • Annual U14 provincial finals for athletes who want to test their skills against the best in the province.
  • BC Winter Games (every second year)
    • Athletes must qualify as top 5 in their zone to be selected for the team (Feb 20-23, 2020).

Volunteer Requirements

Additional to standard volunteer club duties (yurt cleaning, helping at local race events), we ask our parents of older athletes to contribute to the club by:
  • Organizing/helping out at social and team building activities.
  • Filling key roles in organizing and volunteering at zone races when our club hosts.
  • Consider taking a level 1 or 2 officials course if you have a child who loves to race.
  • Volunteering at away races when help is needed.
Don’t be intimidated if you have never been involved in ski racing. There are always jobs that can be done by anyone and we believe that ski racing should be fun for the whole family! Please speak to the volunteer coordinator as early as possible if you are unable to fulfill your volunteer commitment for the season for whatever reason (volunteer.coordinator@gkhat.ca). Please see our GKHAT Parent Handbook for more details.

Annual Fee

On or before September 16:
  • Development 12: $575.00
  • Development 24: $1150.00
  • Development 36: $1500.00
After September 16:
  • Development 12: $675.00
  • Development 24: $1250.00
  • Development 36: $1600.00

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