Important SX News for Ontario!
December 14th, 2018 — Ski Cross action arrives late January to Ontario and includes a ton of action for AOA members. Please mark January 26th on your calendar for the one and only Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup at Blue Mountain Resort. Regardless if you are a spectator, athlete, coach and/or official we hope you can join us and cheer on Canada!
Please read on if you are a U16 OCUP Athlete, AOA coach, Official or fan of ski cross!
The U16 OCUP Development Camp dates have moved to January 28-29th (the first OCUP draft schedule showed this event on January 30-31st). Due to the date change and student exams, this SX Camp is no longer an eligibility requirement for Canada Winter Games qualification. AOA is implementing a registration deadline of January 6th for all U16 OCUP athletes to gauge interest and participation numbers. Based on the numbers received at that time AOA may open registration for other age groups. Also attending this SX camp will be members of ACA’s Next Gen Development Team and Regional Teams and coaches to mentor and demonstrate skills to the AOA athletes. This is a unique opportunity for Ontario to learn from the best on a World Cup track. Commitment to the camp is 2 days (no 1 day option available) and the cost will be a lift ticket only – $44+HST. To register, clubs/coaches please send numbers of athletes and coaches who will attend to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 6. GS skis and a warm-up suit is mandatory to participate. No speed suits or SL skis permitted. Please note that all coaches on-hill Jan 28-29 must have the Intro. to SX On-Snow module to participate. See below for fully funded available SX courses.
For coaches who are keen to learn more and become ambassadors and champions of the fast-growing SX discipline AOA has the following coaching modules available this season.
- Jan 23, 2019, Calabogie Peaks Resort
- Jan 27, 2019, Blue Mountain*
- Jan 28, 2019, Blue Mountain*
*Both Blue Mountain courses will be subsidized by AOA and World Event Snowsports. Please register for all courses on www.canskicoach.org and AOA will refund your fee upon completion of the course.
By educating our coaches we can prepare Ontario athletes properly and safely for SX and who knows, maybe even produce the next Olympic Champion, collectively as a community! To do this, we need more coaches trained to understand the sport and encourage clubs to build terrain for training and progression!
Qualified officials are a driving force for helping to build and maintain safe SX tracks and operate SX races in an efficient and effective manner. The officials SX pathway has been developed by Alpine Canada and include indoor and outdoor sessions in order to be fully certified. The following SX officials session is available this season in Ontario:
- Dec 30, 2019 ,SX Level 2 Craigleith Ski Club*
- Jan 13 & 27, 2019 SX Course Builder Session* – click here for more.
- Jan 27, 2019, SX Level 2 Blue Mountain*
- Jan TBD, 2019 SX Level 1 Calabogie Peaks Resort
*Blue Mountain and Craigleith courses will be subsidized by AOA and World Event Snowsports. Please register for all courses on www.alpineontario.ca. Email email@example.com if interested in the Jan 13-27 Course Builder Session.
Other than planning to watch all of the action on-hill for the World Cup Jan 25-26 at Blue Mountain, there will be a public bib draw in Blue Mountain Village Jan 25, a CBC viewing party at the Blue Mountain Inn, January 26th and an AOA Fundraiser at the Farrow Residence on 10th street in Collingwood at 7pm on January 26th. Please visit the AOA Event Calendar for all the details on these events to celebrate all things SX in Ontario.
For more on the general SX program in Ontario, please click here.
For more information:
Alpine Ontario Alpin
(705) 444-5111 x128