“Concussions to me are not scary… mismanaged concussions are scary”

Erin Smith is a Shift Concussion Manager, a Holistic Life Coach, and Alpine Ontario’s go-to consultant on all things Athletic Therapy. Erin’s manual therapy approach includes the finite balance of the mind-body connection, internal vs. external memes, and cranio-sacral therapy. This week’s conversation with Erin focuses on concussions and how to prevent them – a must listen for parents and coaches.

Listen to the full episode Here or on iTunes

The weather is not being supportive for ski racing in Southern Ontario currently thus we have some changes to some upcoming schedules.  See below for these changes:

U14 SOD Cup GS Jan 29 at Toronto Ski Club is now CANCELLED.

U14 OCUP SG/GS Jan 20 at Craigleith is now CANCELLED and re-scheduled to Feb 2 at Craigleith.

U16 OCUP GS Jan 21 and Jan 22 is now CANCELLED.  Re-schedule to Feb 3 at Craigleith – both genders.

U16 OCUP SG Jan 20 at Olser Bluff is now CANCELLED and re-scheduled to Feb 2 at Osler Bluff.

U12-U16 Feb 1-2 Georgian Peaks camps is now CANCELLED.

Please watch this page for more updates to race schedule changes in the future.

OCUP schedule can be found here.

SOD Cup schedule can be found here.

This week I sit down with a real live coach and get an insiders perspective of the Killington World Cup event held in Vermont this past November. Jacques Reid has been coaching athletes all over Canada for more than 20 years at the Provincial and now, International level but still doesn’t have a coaching philosophy under his email signature…

Listen to the full episode Here or on iTunes


Dr. Hal Kreiner, 1975

“What does it mean to live, work, and raise your family on the slopes of a small family ski resort in Northern Ontario? What are the joys? The sacrifices? The consequences of committing your work and family life to the sport of skiing? In this series, Lori Knowles interviews generations of families living “the dream”. This week she talks with Laurie Kreiner, whose family ran Timmins Ski Club… and made it all the way to the Olympics.”

Check out full article here: http://snowsportsculture.com/small-town-olympic-ski-dreams-kreiners-timmins-ontario/



Corey McConville (Devils Glen) and Jake Gougeon (Georgian Peaks) at Panorama Nor Am

After an extensive prep period of time in the gym, time on snow, time hoping for snow, and general hard work from the entire team, December brings with it the start of the competition season for the Ontario Ski Team. A time to bring together all of your training, efforts, and dedication and measure yourself against strong national and international competition. Our OST athletes have responded to this challenge with a string of successful and career-best results to start the season.

After beginning the season together with slalom races in Norquay, (where the team scored a U18 win for Hunter Watson and a U18 podium for Zach Mayne) the team divided its efforts with a group staying in the west to compete in the first block of Nor Am events in Lake Louise and Panorama, and another group returning to the east to compete at the first races of the Super Series in Quebec.

Nor Ams kicked off in the west with downhill at Lake Louise. Athletes battled brutally cold temperatures as they raced a shortened version of the World Cup track. On paper the results were not substantial,  but the OST athletes showed impressive mental strength as they attacked the course with limited speed experience and limited time on the track. Shifting to Panorama for Super-G and tech, the guys had their first taste of Nor Am success. OST member Jake Gougeon (Georgian Peaks/Burke Mountain Academy) lead the way with a 12th and 13th place finish in each of the GS races, respectively, and stood on the U21 podium in the second race. With these results, Jake scored the first Nor Am GS points of his career and now sits in the first seed in GS Nor Am standings. Both Henry Luel (Georgian Peaks/National Ski Academy) and Corey McConville (Devil’s Glen)  qualified for second runs in a Nor Am for the first time their careers in the slaloms.

In the east, the team exhibited their slalom prowess at the first slalom races of the Super Series at Val St. Come. Hunter Watson (Camp Fortune) took home the first FIS win of his career on the opening day of completion and the second FIS podium of career the follow day. Adding to the team’s podium appearances, Griffin Copp finished 3rd in the first race to score his first FIS podium result, and Zach Mayne taking 3rd on the U18 podium in the second race.

A young women’s team has shown great determination as they looked to score the first FIS points of their respective careers. A majority of the team has worked their way into the slalom rankings with solid results at Norquay and Val St. Come against tough competition. After battling back from an injury last season, Camille Vibert (Georgian Peaks) scored the first top-10 of her career with an 8th in Val St. Come.

With podium success still fresh in their minds and two SL and two GS races on the schedule before returning to Ontario, the OST athletes hope to continue their strong start to the season. Don’t forget to come out and cheer on the OST as they take to the slopes of Craigleith for the NZ Cup on December 29. 

Cam McKenzie, OST Mens Head Coach



Untitled-1On January 14th, 2017, 7pm – 10pm, the entire ski community is invited to the new Alpine Ski Club for an evening that will kick off the 2017 ski season. Guests will be entertained by the Shane Cloutier Band, and able to enjoy fabulous fare from Men with Knives. And, last but not least, a live auction featuring one-of-a-kind experiences.

For Tickets

Tickets are $150 each. You can buy tickets directly through a member of the racer chaser committee, at the AOA office, or online by clicking here .

To Donate Auction Items

AOA is seeking silent and live auction items for the Racer Chaser on January 14th. Please contact [email protected]  if you have an item or service you would like to contribute to the evening.  All contributions can be mailed to Stacie Smith, Alpine Ontario Alpin, 39A Stewart Road, Collingwood, ON L9Y 4M7.

Please be advised that as per the New International FIS standards, ACA now requires FIS compliant helmets for ALL U14+ racing athletes.  More specifics can be found in the 2016-17 National Rules and Policies.

The FIS rule reads as follows from the FIS Specifications for Competition Equipment and Commercial Markings page 8, 6.2.1 Crash Helmets/GS/SG/DH:

Label attesting conformity with FIS specifications for racing helmets (GS/SG/DH):

Fulfilment of requirements is to be attested by a specific standardised conformity label affixed in a non-removable way at the back of the helmet in a location which is and shall remain visible. The label shall in particular not be covered by the goggle strap.  The conformity label is shown in the attachment (see page 44 and below). It shall include the following text: «Racing helmet conform to FIS specifications 2013». Labels affixed by manufacturers shall comply with the specifications set forth in the attachment.

The conformity label attests that the manufacturer has obtained the required certifications (EN 1077 A and ASTM 2040) and obtained a test protocol confirming that the concerned helmet model fulfills the requirements set forth above under 6.2.1. Upon request, the certification documentation and test protocol shall be provided to the FIS.

Also, please be advised that back protectors (properly fit) are strongly recommended for any speed racing and AOA will be considering adopting a mandatory rule for the 2017/18 season.  ACA and FIS do not mandate back protectors for speed racing yet but we anticipate this will be the case for the 2017/18 season.