Program Description  

This U16 High Performance Program (HPP) is an initiative that started in 2016 with consultations with Alpine Canada Alpin (ACA), The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport (MTCS) and the AOA member clubs. The program is collaborative in design, to work alongside club and region programs and in no way replaces the existing club programs, their club/region camps and/or training days. Athletes in the U16 Program remain with their existing teams and clubs.

The goal of the U16HPP is to bring the best of the best athletes at the U16 level (born 2003 and 2004) together under common leadership to give these athletes improved athletic advantages while reducing costs and taking advantage of local resources.

Please read this page in full before clicking on the APPLY button below.


MARCH 1: Application process opens – see APPLY FOR PROGRAM link now open at the bottom of this page.

APRIL 2: Application process closes.

APRIL 9: Preliminary athlete selection

APRIL 21: Dryland fitness testing, York University, Toronto – Mandatory Participation for all those who apply for this program

April 22-30: Panorama Camp – open to all U16 athletes – optional but recommended – DETAILS HERE

MAY 1: Athlete selection announced.

MAY 4: Athlete acceptance to AOA in writing with program deposit

MAY 12-13: Spring Retreat & Skills Camps, Kilcoo Camp – Mandatory Participation

JUNE CAMP*:  10-Day multi sport and on-snow Whistler camp – 2 departures 1-June 24 or 2-June 28

JULY DRYLAND CAMP: 5-day skier specific program, based in Collingwood (optional, dates TBD)

AUGUST 11-29 CHILE CAMP*: 14 –Day on-snow Chile camp. Dates approximately August 11-29th.

FALL WRAP UP RETREAT: Mandatory weekend retreat in the Collingwood area (date & location tbc).

FALL FITNESS TESTING: Mandatory attendance for all program members. Date & location TBD.

*Athletes must attend one of the two on snow camps to participate in the program. Ideally, AOA would like athlete’s to participate in both camps.

**While AOA will do its best to stick to these dates the timeline is subject to change as camps and flights are booked. Please stay close to this web page as we build our the 2018 program. Thank you. 

Each athlete will also be provided with the following:

  • Individual ski-specific fitness program with monitoring
  • Access to a mentor with defined parameters for both the mentor and the athlete to follow
  • Prehab screening with Totem Wellness


Selection Details

Will be based on athlete rankings at OCUP Mid Winters, OCUP FINALS, CANAM Finals and the April 21st fitness testing.  Minimum fitness standard must be achieved-see below for standard.  (10% hold back for coach discretion).  A maximum of 40 athletes will be accepted to the program.


Fitness Standard Minimum

Women Beep Test-9, Box Jump-50 40cm box, Toes to Bar-4, Hex Rail-x3 both ways in under 30 sec.

Men Beep Test-9.5, Box Jump-55 40 cm box, Toes to Bar-4, Hex Railx3 both ways in under 30 sec.


Approximate Cost 

Core program ($630) + A June Camp ($1800/$2000) & B August Camp ($4000) = $6430/$6630

Core + A June Camp = $2430/$2630

Core + B August Camp = $4630

Add July Dryland Camp – $350

All flights are in addition to these fees.

Athletes must attend camp A-Whistler or B-Chile.

Prices Subject to change – Final amounts will be published to the AOA website by March 1


AOA Funding will be provided for those athletes attending the B-Chile camp in the amount of $1500.00 each.  This amount is subject to change based on AOA’s fundraising targets being met this season.

U16 Selection Committee members

Heather Metzger – U16 Head Coach, Georgian Peaks Club
Graeme Buckrell – Head Coach, Osler Bluff Ski Club
Kip Harrington, OST Program Director and Head Coach
Jacques Reid, U14/U16 Head Coach, Craigleith Ski Club
Robyn Skinner, AOA Competition Director


The main outcome of the U16 Program is for AOA to strengthen its position and performance at the U16 level at higher level competitions. To do so AOA recognizes it must create a more consistent, competent athlete which is a collaborative initiative between clubs, regions, and AOA.

AOA is seeking to develop 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.


Heather Metzger, U16 Athletic Consultant, Alpine Ontario Alpin
Heather has been the Head Coach of the U16 Extended Program at Georgian Peaks Ski Club since 2011. Prior to this she was the Technical Director at Alpine Ontario for five years and before this the Alpine Program Director at Georgian Peaks for 10 years. She is a Level 3 Coach and Level 4 Instructor.

Graeme Buckrell, U16 Athletic Consultant, Alpine Ontario Alpin
Graeme is a Level 4 Coach and has been the Head Coach of the Osler Bluff Ski Club since 1994. He and his wife are also owners of Active Life Conditioning located in Collingwood.

Erin Smith, Totem Wellness
CAT(C) Athletic Therapist, Dip TCM, HLC3

Erin Smith trained as an Athletic Therapist 24 years ago. Since then she has diversified into a Traditional Chinese Medicine, Craniosacral Therapy, Holistic Lifestyle Coaching, additional manual therapy and concussion assessment and treatment techniques including being a Shift Concussion Management Trained Professional.

Oren Smith, Totem Wellness
CHEK Practitioner, Holistic Lifestyle Coach, Golf Biomechanic

Oren played rugby while he was at Western University where he achieved degrees in Kinesiology and Physiotherapy, graduating 16 years ago.  With a love of sports his whole life – he looks at the athletic body, its patterns, its limits and looks where to enhance performance.  This interest has lead him to become a Titelist Performance Institute Medical Level 3 practitioner, as well as being trained at the CHEK Institute in California as an Exercise Coach, Golf Biomechanic, CHEK Practitioner Level 3, and Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 3.