ACADEMIC OPTIONS FOR SKI RACERS 

Ski racing is no different than most sports throughout the world where athletes at an elite level are challenged to find solutions that manage their academics while maintaining their athletic training and competition schedules.

In 2017 AOA produced a 66-page document designed to;

  • Reference and provide information on academic institutions at the secondary level across Ontario which accommodate high performance athletes including ski racers.
  • Reference and provide information on academic institutions at the post-secondary level across Canada which have ski racing programs.
  • Reference and provide information on academic institutions at the post-secondary level across the United States which have NCAA ski racing programs.
  • Reference and provide information on academic institutions at the post-secondary level across the United States which have USCSA ski racing programs.
  • Strategies families and athletes can you use in helping to balance ski racing and their academics at all levels
  • Lists past athletes who have competed for AOA and the Ontario Ski Team.

Please download the document here>


In addition to the information enclosed AOA has recently partnered with the following institutions:

Pretty River Academy (PRA)

The PRA is an award-winning independent school with 20 years educating athletes and local students, has partnered with AOA to offer a flexible education program specifically designed for skiers at the regional FIS team level, as well as U14 and U16 Club programs beginning this September for the 2018/19 season. The partnership is designed to increase on hill training time while reducing transportation time for families, all while experiencing a first-class education. The dryland training program will be designed by the experts at Active Life Conditioning based in Collingwood. LEARN MORE>

The University of Toronto (FIS Aged athletes)

This program is unique in that it’s not a ski team at the University but rather the offering of a high-performance athletic program designed for skiers in and around their academic and competitive schedules. Currently, there are 1,000 high-performance athletes (many Provincial and Nationally identified such as Olympian swimmer Penny Oleksiak) training at the St. George facilities. This represents the first University of its kind to offer an academic partnership to Ontario skiers where athletes can compete on the Ontario Ski Team or Divisional FIS teams like the SOD Ski Team while also attending University.

The University of Toronto notes on its website www.utoronto.ca that it’s 2018 world ranking was 22nd and for the 8th year in a row is the top ranking Canadian University.*

For athletes, this program would give them access to enhanced strength, conditioning, and nutrition programs led by expert coaches, outstanding training facilities and sports medicine. It would also offer athletes assistance in the application process and academic support once accepted to the University.

For athletes and parents with further questions about this exciting new program please contact AOA’s Executive Director, Scott Barrett  705-444-5111 x206 sbarrett@alpineontario.ca