ONTARIO SKI TEAM (OST)
The OST is one of the main properties of Alpine Ontario Alpin with coaches , office staff and support staff working directly with this team throughout the year. Since its inception in 1977, the OST has been a leader in ski racing development in Ontario, Canada, and the world. Many graduates of the OST have continued to race and achieve international success as part of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team (CAST) and/or on the NCAA circuit at some of the most prestigious schools in the United States.
2018-19 COACHING STAFF
Kip Harrington, Head Coach & Program Director
Cam McKenzie, Men’s Head Coach
Katie Twible, Women’s Head Coach
The OST Training Group will be named after the on-snow camp in May, 2018.
The Ontario Ski Team (OST) is a High Performance Development Program designed to prepare Ontario’s best Junior FIS ski racers with the broad range of skills and values needed to succeed on the international stage. The primary athletic goal of the team is to graduate athletes to the Canadian Ski Team, but many OST athletes have also gone on to successful NCAA racing careers. The OST strives to work with the whole athlete, creating an environment where athletes can develop their skills, athletic character and passion for ski racing. The OST requires athletes to be fully committed to the program.
CSIO Toronto (Canadian Sports Institute of Ontario – Toronto) provides the Ontario Ski Team with physical testing, injury prevention screening, physical conditioning program design and sports science support. The CSIO supports multiple Olympic and Development level athletes and sports. Learn more here: www.csiontario.ca.
The OST comes together for conditioning camps, and coaches are in regular contact with our athletes to implement and monitor programs. The goal of our conditioning program is to reach elite fitness levels, including a focus on injury prevention and the general health of our athletes.
Key Conditioning Dates:
April 27-29: Fitness Testing, CSIO Toronto
June 18-22: Conditioning Camp, Collingwood
July 23-27: Conditioning Camp and Field Testing, CSIO/Collingwood
September 15-21: Conditioning Camp, Collingwood
October 5-7: Fitness Testing, CSIO Toronto
On Snow Preparation:
Our preparation plan involves over 50 training days at 5 excellent venues with a focus on skill development, technical training and speed training for those that race all disciplines.
Camp Dates and locations:
May 19-29: Mammoth Mountain, California
June 27 – July 9: Mt Hood, Oregon
August 17 – September 4: El Colorado, Chile
October 13-28: Hintertux Austria or Saas Fee, Switzerland
November 14 – 28: Western Canada, or Colorado
The primary performance objectives for this level are success at the Nor Am level, and qualification for the World Junior Championships. This will also involve developing competitive skills, building confidence, and improving rankings at regional FIS races in Canada and the US, possibly Europe. Goals and race calendar will be tailored to the success and development needs of the team and individual athletes, and to support school demands.
Additional resources for OST can be found in the AOA Resource section of the website.