Welcome to AOA Racing! The fun starts at U8 and continues on well in to your adult years as a Masters Racer. Many Ontario skiers enjoy sport for life and can be seen flying down the slopes in their 70s & 80s! Others might discover a lifelong passion of volunteerism as an Official or become a Ski Coach after they stop racing. Whatever your path you can find ski racing options listed below. Should you have any questions please let us know by phone 705-444-5111 or email email@example.com
Athletes age 5,6,7 as of December 31st of the current season are eligible to register in the U8 AOA program if their member club offers such a program. Athletes age 7,8,9, as of December 31st of the current season are eligible to register in the U10 AOA program. The U8/10 program is aimed at providing athletes the ‘FUNdamentals’ of skiing as defined in the ACA LTSD Phases of Skier Essentials. All U8/U10 athletes are strongly encouraged to participate in as many skills camps as possible.
Athletes must be 10-11 years of age as of December 31st of the current season to be eligible for the U12 racing program. The U12 Entry Level program is aimed at providing athletes the ‘FUNdamentals’ of skiing as defined in the ACA LTSD phases of Skier Essentials and Learn to Train. All U12 athletes are strongly encouraged to participate in as many skills camps as possible.
Athletes must be 12-13 years of age as of December 31st of the current season to be eligible for the U14 racing program. The U14 age program is aimed at providing athletes the ‘FUNdamentals’ of skiing as they progress into the Learn to Train phase, as defined in the ACA LTSD phases of Skier Essentials and Learn to Train. All U14 athletes are strongly encouraged to participate in as many skills camps as possible.
For athletes in AOA’s Southern Ontario Division (SOD) two streams exist: the SOD CUP Stream and the OCUP Stream.
Any child that is 14-15 years of age as of December 31st of the current season is eligible for the U16 racing program. The U16 age program is aimed at providing athletes the continuation of the ACA LTSD Learn to Race phase and progress into ACA LTSD Train to Race phase. U16 competition events are to be focused on the development of ski racing skills and promoting the performance on demand.
U16 athletes are encouraged to participate in multiple sports to stay and/or attend pre-season camps to maintain strength in the off season. Athletes at this level may start to focus on alpine racing as their primary sport and may consider the U16 High Performance Program.
For athletes in the SOD the SOD CUP and OCUP streams continue as they did in U14.
U16 HIGH PERFORMANCE PROGRAM (U16HPP)
This program is open to any AOA athlete graduating from the U14 program and/or completing the first year of U16 who meet the required fitness criteria. The U16HPP is designed for athletes who are looking to take their ski racing to the next level. The goal of the U16HPP is to bring the best of the best athletes at the U16 level together under common leadership to give these athletes improved athletic advantages.
U19/21 ALPINE (Including FIS)
The U19/U21 Racing Program caters to racers ages 16+ as of December 31st of the current season. The program is aimed at providing athletes with programming based on the ACA LTSD Learn to Race phase and progressing to the Train to Race and Train to Win phases of the ACA LTSD. At this level, athletes can enjoy a flexible schedule including: compete on a pay-as-play-basis (for example an athlete registers for Provincial Registration and opts to do a few Ontario FIS races and a few National Points races, they can go back and forth between the two streams as they wish), or on a more competitive team should they wish to compete Nationally and Internationally. Please check with your member clubs and Divisions as to what opportunities are available.
The University Racing Program caters to racers ages 16+ as of December 31st of the current season who are currently enrolled in University. University racing can offer athletes an incredible opportunity to stay active in their sport and, for some athletes, continue to chase an Olympic or National Team spot. The NCAA pathway has been very popular for many of AOAs best skiers and recently many skiers are competing at several Canadian Universities including UBC, McGill and in the Ottawa region.
Adult or Masters’ racing is for intermediate to advanced skiers aged 18 and over. Ontario has a long standing tradition of continuing to produce some of Canada’s best Masters skiers, many of whom compete Internationally.