Whitewater

Programs

About Our Programs

The Whitewater Ski Team is a non-profit sports club!

Whether you are 6 or 60, the Whitewater Ski Team offers skiers the opportunity to develop skills, have fun, meet life-long ski buddies, and experience the thrill of ski racing in an environment that instills pride and confidence in each racer.

Skiers will register by age category U6 through to U21 and Masters level. Categories are based on your child’s age before December 31st. For example a child in U8 will be 6 or 7 now and will not turn 8 until January 1st or later. If your 4-year-old is ready to rip and would like to join the team, please contact presidentwh2oskiteam@gmail.com to discuss his or her placement on the team.

Our goal is to make ski racing as accessible as we can. Please see the Fees and Affordability sections below.

After registration, your child will be placed into a ski group based on a combination of factors including peers, age and ability.

The following diagram from BC Alpine gives you a representation of the age categories:

Our Kootenay Zone Entry Level Programs

U6 and U8 – Half Day – Ages 5 to 7 Years (birth year 2010-2012)

“Ski racing for the fun of it!” is the slogan for the Nancy Greene Ski League and describes the goal of this program. Through games and activities, young skiers develop confidence, skills and ski-buddies. Groups consist of 6-8 skiers per professional certified coach and one parent volunteering each week as a tail-gunner. U6 and U8 skiers and their families will be introduced to the thrill of racing at other local mountains in the West Kootenays. The races on this exciting little circuit are free!!! The racers will participate in the race as part of a team and will not be ranked individually. This is a friendly, non-competitive introduction to alpine ski racing. Everyone wins!

All skiers must wear a helmet with “hard” ear covering. No other specialized equipment is required. All parents are expected to volunteer at the race hosted by the Whitewater Ski Team.

Program runs Saturdays. Morning session 9:30 – 12:00 or Afternoon session 12:45 to 3:15.

We will do our best to accommodate your preference for am or pm but can offer no guarantee.

To register, click the following link: http://www.whitewaterskiteam.ca/registration/

U8 and U10 – Full Day – Ages 6 to 9 (birth year 2008-2011)

Skiers continue to develop their confidence and skills in a group of peers with similar ability. They will gain experience racing gates but will also have lots of fun skiing pow and exploring the terrain at Whitewater. Skiers and their families are encouraged to attend races at other mountains in the West Kootenay. These races are free!!

All skiers must wear a helmet with “hard” ear covering. No other specialized equipment is required. All parents are expected to volunteer at the race hosted by Whitewater.

Program runs Saturdays 10:00 to 3:00. Coaches can supervise skiers during lunch.

To register, click the following link: http://www.whitewaterskiteam.ca/registration/

U12 recreational – Full Day – Ages 10-11 (birth year 2006-2007)

Skiers will develop advanced racing techniques and master more difficult terrain, but the primary focus is to develop a love of skiing and have good, old-fashioned fun in the snow. Skiers and their families are encouraged to attend races at other mountains in the West Kootenay. These races are free.

All skiers must wear a helmet with “hard” ear covering. No other specialized equipment is required. All parents are expected to volunteer at the race hosted by Whitewater.

Program runs Saturdays 10:00 to 3:00. Coaches can supervise skiers during lunch.

To register, click the following link: http://www.whitewaterskiteam.ca/registration/

U12 Provincial Racing Option

NOTE!!! U12 skiers who have the desire and ability, may join the Provincial Racing Program described below. If your skier is interested in this option, please contact Head Coach Dylan Henderson at  whitewaterskicoach@gmail.com to discuss. Please contact us early so we can invite interested racers to dryland training sessions in the fall.

Our Provincial Racing Program

U12, U14, U16, U18, U21 (birth year 2007 or earlier)

The provincial racing program is the first level of alpine ski racing in Canada. Skiers at this level want to have fun but are also serious about skiing and ready to experience racing at a more competitive level. Racers train exclusively under the guidance of our head coaches. Our coaches emphasize to developing racers the importance of setting personal goals and good sportsmanship, how to pursue your individual best while supporting your team. As in all of our programs, racers will find lots of time to develop friendships, explore the mountain, and rip it up on epic powder days.

As part of the Whitewater Ski Team, racers at this level will have the option to rent a team jacket to wear for the season and will have the opportunity to race within the Kootenay zone (East and West) and at provincial and other elite races. Through these races, joint-training opportunities with other teams and banquet celebrations, these racers will develop friendships across the province and personal skills that will last a lifetime.

Whitewater Ski Team offers Dryland Training throughout the fall, starting the beginning of October. ALL U12, U14, U16, U18, U21, and Masters athletes are encouraged to participate. Dryland will include building and strengthening “ski” muscles prior to snow falling, helping prevent injuries. It will include building cardio, balance training, agility, flexibility, and core strength. Dryland Training is included in the program fees.

Specialized equipment is required. See below. All parents are required to volunteer at the Zone race held at Whitewater.

Program runs Saturdays and Sundays 9-3 with additional, optional training sessions.

A special note about powder… Powder days mean free skiing, it is NOT all about the race course.

Note: There are additional costs to this program. Racers must cover the cost of the lift tickets, food, accommodation and banquet fees for each race they attend. Parents will be invited to a meeting at the beginning of the season to go over the races and expected costs. Racers who wish to train at Salmo will need to purchase a lift ticket or pass.

Please contact Head Coach Dylan Henderson at whitewaterskicoach@gmail.com for more information about this program and to discuss the best training and racing options for your child.

Please contact us early in the season so we can invite interested racers to dryland training sessions.

Click here to register: http://www.whitewaterskiteam.ca/registration/

Masters Ski Program

The Whitewater Ski Team has one of the most successful Masters ski racing programs in the province. It is never too late to start or renew your racing career. Two-time Olympian champion Bobby Swan recently skied with Whitewater on this team and was an inspiration to us all—young and not so young. There is no upper age limit but you must be at least 21 years to race in this category. Of course you should be in good health, a strong parallel skier, and have the ability to ski most runs at Whitewater. You will train with the U14-U18 groups so you are guaranteed to feel or stay young. We will also provide you with a Whitewater Ski Team jacket for the season so you are sure to blend right in.

Program runs 9-3 Saturday and Sunday with additional, optional training sessions.

Note: There are additional costs to this program. Racers must cover the cost of the lift tickets, food, accommodation and banquet fees for each race they attend. Racers who wish to train at night at Salmo will need to purchase a lift ticket or pass.

Click here to register: http://www.whitewaterskiteam.ca/registration/

Affordability

Ski racing is not an elite sport! Our club is committed to making ski racing accessible. Keeping fees manageable is a priority — our fees are the lowest in the province. Of course, we need to balance that with supporting our amazing coaches. Used equipment is a great way to control costs.

Kid Sport is an awesome program that provides support for fees for families based on income:

http://www.kidsportcanada.ca/british-columbia/nelson/

Fee Summary – Early bird rates listed below include $50 discount and apply until Nov 15

Program Birth Year Fee Insurance Total
Kootenay Zone Entry Level Program (U6, U8 Half Day) 2010-2012 $300 $76 $376
Kootenay Zone Entry Level Program (U8, U10, U12 Full Day) 2006-2011 $400 $76 $476
Provincial Racing Program (U12 Part Time) 2006-2007 $700 $76 $776
Provincial Racing Program (U12 Full Time) 2006-2007 $900 $76 $976
Provincial Racing Program (U14 Full Time) 2004-2005 $1000 $140 $1140
Provincial Racing Program (U16-U21 Full Time) 1997-2003 $1100 $140 $1240
Provincial Racing Program (U16-U21 Full Time w Gym Training) 1997-2003 $1583 $140 $1723
Provincial Racing Program (Masters Full Time) up to 1996 $900 $108 $1008
Provincial Racing Program (Masters Part Time) up to 1996 $700 $108 $808
Provincial Racing Masters No Coaching Option up to 1996 $20 $108 $128
  • Add $20 per parent for BC Alpine General Member Fee
  • Discount of $50 for more than one child in a family registered
  • After Nov 15 regular fees apply, which are $50 higher for each program