GKHAT’s U16 program aims to develop athletes who are committed to skiing and racing. We strive to provide a high standard of coaching, training opportunities, race experience, with some free skiing to continue to build strong athletes with solid technical skills. At this level, more time is devoted to race training and U16 skiers can expect to spend a significant portion of their ski days working on racing skills.
As a prerequisite, skiers must be able to ski with confidence and in control on advanced-expert terrain ( i.e. Feuz Bowl, CPR, etc.).
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: Hard eared helmets required, Chin guards, shin guards, hand guards required. Back protectors required. One pair of slalom or giant slalom skis is required at a minimum.
The U16 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 days of Friday/Saturdays/Sundays for the 28-day program. U14 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). Skiers at this level are strongly encouraged to ski at least 2 days per weekend.
At the U14 and U16 levels, the LTAD recommends 10-20 race starts during the season. These may include Zone races, Provincial events, and Ski Cross races.
Athletes have the opportunity to participate in more fun-based club events including:
For some home events, athletes will be included as mentors to younger skiers in order to build team and leadership skills.
Additional to local events, U16 racers are encouraged to attend:
Up to three “zone races” hosted by other clubs throughout the season
These races include slalom and GS races
Up to two provincial series “Open Road” multi-day races
Speed Camp if offered
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!
Provincial races if the opportunity arises
Program begins the weekend of December 15, 2023. (maybe earlier start if conditions permit)
Fridays/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).