The U10 Program is designed for athletes aged 8 & 9. This program further develops technical and all around skiing skills, with an increased emphasis on racing competence. Based on the principles of the Snow Stars program and the “Skier Essentials” and “Learning to Train” phases of Alpine Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Model, athletes continue to develop their skiing skills through technical and structured free skiing, gate training, individual challenges, and video feedback.
With newfound abilities there is an increased focus on smart decision-making skills. There are few sports that can teach the cognitive autonomy that skiing & ski-racing can, and these programs foster important life skills under the positive mentorship of our coaches.
U10 Sundays with optional Wednesday Evenings
“Skier Essentials” (LTAD)
As an extension of the U8 Program, these athletes have the option to continue with a Sunday program with the option of adding Wednesday evenings at Canada Olympic Park. The evening sessions shorten the time off snow helping athletes learn and pattern new skills, which dramatically accelerates their development.
U10 Saturday’s & Sunday’s with optional Wednesday Evenings
“Learning to Train” (LTAD)
Now that your athlete has been introduced to skiing and ski racing in U8 and has found a passion for racing, it’s time to kick it up a notch. The talent of these athletes constantly astounds parents and onlookers and it all comes down to days on snow. This program is designed to further develop technical and all around skiing skills with an increased emphasis ski racing competence. There is an equal emphasis placed on racing and technical free skiing so the athletes become the best racers and skiers they can be. These athletes will be able to navigate any run on the mountain with the confidence most of the parent group wishes they had!
Typical Day at the Hill
The U10 program runs from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on day/days that your athlete is registered. The athletes meet their coaches in front of the Fire Hall at 9:00 AM for a stretch and warm-up before speeding to the lift. The morning sessions will focus on technical skiing with a strong emphasis on gate training to develop their technical and tactical abilities in a race environment.
Athletes meet their guardians at the day lodge to refuel at 12:00. We try to eat as a group near the fireplace in the main lodge. At 12:45 the athletes are racing their coaches back to the Fire Hall to regroup for the afternoon session. The afternoon sessions will consist of technical free skiing, exploring every inch of the mountain, making smart decisions based on terrain and ever changing conditions with a continued focus on proper technique.
At 3:00 PM, the day is complete and you can once again collect your exhausted athletes in front of the day lodge.
For those who choose to participate in the Wednesday evening sessions at COP the athletes will meet their coaches outside the day lodge at 6:30 PM. After a quick warm-up the 2hr on snow session will focus on technical fundamentals; consolidating the skills learned at Sunshine. The session wraps-up at 8:30 PM. The Wednesday evening sessions are encouraged for all U10 athletes.
Our U10 athletes participate in the club races, the Sunshine Invitational, and 3 other regional events.
Please Note: **The Speedsters Head Coach reserves the right to alter groups depending on ability**
|* Exact number of days snow may vary depending on conditions|
|Ages (as of Dec. 31, 2016)||8 – 9|
||At-home program provided|
|Christmas Camp (included in program registration fees)||2 days|
|Alberta Alpine Races
|Program Days||Sunday Only||Saturday and Sunday|
|Approx. Days On Snow *
|COP Wednesday Evening Add-On (Optional)||Yes|