Program: A Snapshot
At the heart of our program is the commitment to enable our athletes to safely achieve their personal best while building a lifelong passion for skiing. We expect our athletes to commit equally to training and to developing the strength, agility and technique required to perfect their next trick or big mountain line. We believe that passion is found not only in fun, of which we have tons, but also through accomplishment.
Helmets are mandatory, mouth guards are strongly recommended and different skis may be required for different terrains and training. Athletes will only perform new tricks once they are fully trained and the coach and athlete feel comfortable in doing so.
Training: At a Glance
Fun and safety are essential to our program which includes using a progression approach to build and expand an athlete's freestyle ‘bag of tricks’. We follow Freestyle Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development Program which outlines a building block methodology to safely develop the skills of freestyle athletes.
We start our season in the summer and fall with airbag, water ramp, trampoline and dry land training, which are integral elements of our program. Preseason training allows athletes to build strength and to feel comfortable in the air performing their tricks before they take on snow.
During the winter season, we transition to three scheduled club days per week: Saturday’s at our home mountain Lake Louise where our athletes train on some of the most spectacular terrain in North America and two mid-week evening sessions at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. Our regular ski days are complemented by extra training sessions which may include time on an airbag to prepare athletes for competitions.
Twice a year we offer week-long training opportunities led by our coaching team. Accompanied with goal-setting and video review our coaching team challenge athletes to achieve their next level of skills:
- Our summer training camp is held in early July at a summer freestyle location; here athletes master new skills to prepare themselves for the upcoming season and participate in fun team-building activities.
- Our winter training camp is held in November at an early season freestyle location; here athletes benefit from early on-snow training ahead of the competition season complemented with team-building activities and yoga.
Competition: Club level to National events
As athlete’s progress in their skill development, so do the level of competitions to challenge themselves against their peers. Club level events occur within Alberta and are the starting point for every freestyle athlete. From there athletes can progress to Provincial level then National events. Our coaches will work with athletes over the season to determine which competitions they are most suited to attend.