FUNdamentals: Snow Stars level 1, 2 & 3
Learn to Train: Snow Stars, level 4 & 5
Canada is a country known for its winter. Canadian families the country over have spent countless hours enjoying the snow, and for millions of us, that enjoyment has centred around skiing. Our country has produced many world-class ski racing athletes, and Alpine Canada Alpin has invested in programs that will help ensure our skiers both continue to compete on the international stage and are able to remain active for life.
Alpine Skiing teaches participants fundamental movement skills, fundamental sport skills and the ABCs – agility, balance, coordination and speed – of physical literacy.
Alpine Skiing’s Long-Term Skier Development (LTSD) model consists of seven stages.
- Gliding Start (M, F 0-5) – Teaches fundamental movement skills and encourages children to learn to play on skis.
- Skier Essentials (M 6-9, F 6-8) – Develops overall movement skills while initiating the game of ski racing.
- Learn to Train (M 9-12, F 9-11) – Introduces general ski fitness and refines basic skiing skills.
- Learn to Race (M 12-16, F 11-15) – Trains the quick start to finish without falling and without supervision.
- Train to Race (M 16-23, F 15-21) – Optimizes the engine for ski racing competition and teaches winning strategies, while mastering event specific ski racing skills.
- Train to Win (M 19+, F 18+) – Realizes and refines winning strategies at the professional level.
- Ski for Life (M, F any age) – Maintains enjoyment of physical activity and continued participation in ski racing, whether competitively or recreationally.
LTSD for Alpine Racing
This model outlines the ski racer development pathway, beginning at approximately six years old and lasting for life.
BC Alpine LTSD Plan
This plan follows the AIM2WIN approach and identifies the crucial stages for creating strong, skilled skiers, regardless of whether they choose the competitive or recreational path.
The Husky Snow Stars covers the Skier Essentials and Learn to Race stages, and develops young skiers between the ages of five and 12.
Carving the Future consists of the Development Stages. This program helps individuals with a congenital or acquired disability to discover Para-alpine ski racing.
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