LONG TERM ATHLETE DEVEOPMENT
Polar Bear Racers (U6 & U8)
The Polar Bear Racers program is aimed at all entry level skiers, for the introduction of basic racing skills. The goal is to develop skiing skills in a non-competitive environment. Athletes compete as part of a club team. Teams are of mixed age, gender, and ability.
The Snow Stars Skill Development model is used to develop "Skier Essentials" in young racers. Through games, exercise, and technical free skiing, the children develop skiing skills in a natural and fun atmosphere. The racing component is important but not mandatory and the competition is only used as a learning tool. The emphasis is on skill development, team building and fun with three to four races scheduled per season.
Rising Stars (U10 & U12)
This program is designed with the developing young racer in mind. The Rising Stars program is built on a foundation of sport science, with the focus on development of the mind and body on and off the snow. Through on-snow skill training and an introduction to individual competition, children learn the beginnings of critical reflection skills in a positive environment.
The Snow Stars Skill Development model is used to teach racers through the necessary steps to "Learn to Train". Skiing through skill training courses adds a fun challenge to our ski hills! Our skiers enjoy racing athletes in their age category for fun, and to measure the development of their racing techniques - with new friends - and add a lifetime benefit of the sport!
Manitoba Cup (U14, U16 & U18)
This program provides an introduction to higher level ski racing, competition and help them succeed while refining their race technique. At this level, athletes are in a phase of development called "Learn to Race". The athletes race in traditional alpine events of Slalom and Giant Slalom disciplines.
Among the life skills each young racer can learn are the benefits of goal setting, positive lifestyles choice, fair play, self confidence, healthy competition, enjoyment, participation in a positive team setting and planned skill development help the athletes succeed.