Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA), along with Alpine Canada Alpin (ACA), the four AOA Divisions: Lake Superior Division Alpin (LSDA), Northern Ontario Division (NOD), National Capital Division (NCD) and Southern Ontario Division (SOD) and the 40 AOA member clubs are pleased to announce a new U16 Development Program (U16DP) for the 2017-18 season. The U16DP will offer development opportunities for athletes and coaches who want to take part in the high performance stream of the Provincial ski racing long term pathway. This program includes holistic athlete development including organizations, teachers, coaches, and other educational experts working together.

The program includes training, development, and supportive opportunities in the following areas:

  1. Social / Emotional
  2. Physical
  3. Technical / Tactical
  4. Psychological

Why is AOA doing this and what is the goal of the program?

Over the last number of months AOA has been in consultation with Alpine Canada Alpin (ACA), The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) and many clubs and organizations in Ontario, across the country and around the world with the goal of learning how we as an organisation can support our clubs more proficiently to help raise the game and overall level of consistently in producing long term high performance athletes. With this program AOA & partner clubs is looking to develop high performance athletes and well-rounded human beings while also beginning to feed a coaching education system that is more unified and involved in the process. These athletes will be able to use skills that will help them to adapt to any environment, thus enabling them to focus on their personal performance in any given situation.

Program Description:  


This program will focus on developing a culture of High Performance life style training. The program will include;

  • Fitness testing
  • Team building activities
  • Athletic development activities
  • Fitness level analysis
  • Fitness training program
  • Fitness, nutrition and wellness monitoring
  • Mentorship program

***The mentorship program will consist of a mentor who will connect with each athlete on a monthly basis to provide input and guidance to their program and activities. The mentors will be former and current elite athletes and coaches.

  • AOA & partner U16 coaches will select a maximum of 40 U16 athletes, born in 2002 & 2003. AOA may take fewer than 30 athletes.
  • 2-day opening weekend May 6-7 at The Pan Am Sports Centre in Toronto
  • 2 day Elite Fitness Camp September (Collingwood)
  • 2-day development camp October 14-15 (location tbd)
  • 10/15 hours of personal mentorship – each athlete will be assigned their own high performance mentor
  • 40 week fitness program design with the Canadian Sport Institute staff using a combination of teaching, guided discovery, and self-driven development


****** Athletes not able to participate in the Summer camp portion may apply for Program “A” only.

The cost of PROGRAM “A” will be $595 (value $1300) and will include; meals, accommodations (3 nights), coaching, speakers, mentor, activities, fitness and wellness tracking program and tutorial of usage and athlete package (hat/journal/water bottle).



This program is composed of all of program “A” but will also include a two week summer on snow training camp in Zermatt, Switzerland in August – 10 days on snow (approx dates August 13-28 – to be finalized on Tuesday April 25).  The on snow camp will focus on developing technical, tactical and race skills and include fitness training, athletic and team building activities. The project will be led by Heather Metzger as well as some of Ontario’s most experienced and knowledgeable coaches. The program will also feature a guest appearance both on and off snow by Canadian Olympian and multiple World Cup Podium finisher Larisa Yurkiw.  Also joining the camp with be former CAST Development Team Head Coach Kip Harrington, who has just joined AOA as the OST Program Director and Head Coach.

The cost of PROGRAM “B” will be $3450 (value $6000) and will include all aspects of Program A – Athletes must commit to and participate in Program A to be eligible for Program B.

Athletes must commit and participate in Program A to be eligible for Program B.

Program B will include all of program “A” plus on snow camp coaching, meals, lifts, lanes, transfers, activities.

Flight cost is in addition and can be booked on points provided that athletes are on the same flight as the group.

Flight information will be confirmed on Tuesday April 25.

*****Athletes are responsible for baggage fees and meals on travel days.

The U16DP program is designed to work alongside club and district programs and in no way replaces the existing club programs and their club/district camps and training days. Athletes would remain members of their existing teams and clubs.


Graeme Buckrell and Heather Metzger will oversee the U16 Program both on snow and off. They are  on a part time contract with AOA while remaining in their current positions – Graeme is a Level 4 CSCF and Head Coach at Osler Bluff Ski Club and Heather is a Level 3CSCF/Level 4 CSIA and U16 Head coach at Georgian Peaks. Read more here>> Working alongside Graeme & Heather will be those U16 club coaches with participating athletes in the program, one lead athletic trainer and staff at the Canadian Sport Institute who are experts in athletic mentoring and sport development.


The program will include a mentorship aspect where a personal mentor will be assigned to each athlete. This personal mentor will organize 2-3 in person, one-on-one meetings during the program, and scheduled monthly emails (or Skype/Facetime) interviews. Each mentor will receive AOA training on the methods of guiding and mentoring their assigned athlete include support, guidance, advice to develop a two way relationship that is safe and engaging in a respectful environment.


The program will include a 40 week fitness program using a combination of teaching, guided discovery, and self-driven development. The Pan Am Sports Centre in Toronto will be the host location for the program’s fitness testing with state of the art facilities, cutting edge equipment and staff who work daily with Canadian Olympic and National athletes. Canadian Sports Institute (CSI) will to work in tandem with the National ski centre in Calgary offering a sport specific testing and tracking.


Applications have been extended to Tuesday, April 25th at 6:00pm.  If you have already applied under the initial program you do not need to reapply, we have your applications and will be in touch the week of April 24-28th. Athletes considered for the program will be asked to conduct in-person interviews via skype or in person.  Please read the document below regarding scoring and Program Selection Criteria.


AOA in collaboration with our corporate partners including the NZ Foundation will be subsidizing each athlete to lower the costs.


An outcome is expected to develope high performance athletes and well rounded human beings. These athletes will be able to use skills that will help them to adapt to any environment, thus enabling them to focus on their personal performance in any given situation.