ABOUT THE ONTARIO SKI TEAM

The Ontario Ski Team (OST) is one of the main properties of Alpine Ontario Alpin. 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.

Congratulations to the seven athletes selected to the 2018-19 Ontario Ski Team.

WOMEN'S ONTARIO SKI TEAM

CAMRYN METZGER

Georgian Peaks Ski Club
Thornbury, ON

This is Camryn’s 4th year on the Ontario Ski Team.
10/24/1999.

BRIANNA MACDONALD

Osler Bluff Ski Club
Toronto, ON

This is Brianna’s second year on the Ontario Ski Team.

05/07/1999.

EMMA WILLIAMSON

Alpine Ski Club
Brantford, ON

This is Emma’s first year on the OST. Emma skied with the SOD Ski Team for one season prior to her selection to the OST.

27/06/2001.

ASHLEY CAMPBELL

Georgian Peaks Ski Club
Huntsville, ON

This is Ashley’s first year on the Ontario Ski Team. Ashley skied with the U16 OCUP Program at Georgian Peaks prior to her selection to the OST.

19/11/2002.

MEN'S ONTARIO SKI TEAM

SAM DUFF

Calabogie Ski Racing Club
Pembroke, ON

This is Sam’s second year on the OST. Sam skied with the NCO FIS Team based in Ottawa/Gatineau prior to his selection to the OST.

10/06/2000.

BRITTON QUIRK

NCO FIS Ski Team
Ottawa, ON

This is Britton’s first year on the OST. Britton skied with the NCO FIS Team based in Ottawa/Gatineau prior to his selection to the OST.

27/03/2000.

AARON PUSKAS

Norwesters Alpine Ski Club
Thunder Bay, ON

This is Aaron’s first year on the OST. Aaron skied with an Alberta FIS Team prior to his selection to the OST.

11/10/2001.

TEAM OBJECTIVE

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.

COACHING STAFF 

             

The OST is lead by Kip Harrington as the Head Coach and Program Director. Kip is a Performance Level (PL) Certified coach who previously ran the OST from 2000 to 2007 after which time he moved to the Canadian Alpine Ski Team for eight years and then to the British Ski Academy for two years. Kip lives in Sault Ste. Marie. kipharrington@alpineontario.ca

Katie Twible leads the Women’s Team and is Development Level (DL) Certified Coach and Level 3 USSA Trained Coach. This is Katie’s 2nd year running the Women’s Team. Katie is originally from Breckenridge, Colorado and raced on the US Development Team and later with the University of Colorado where she was the captain of the NCAA Champion team while she earned a degree in Psychology. Katie lives in Collingwood. katetwible@alpineontario.ca

Cam Mckenzie leads the Men’s Team and is a Development Level (DL) trained coach with over a decade of experience coaching at the club, regional and PSO level. He has spent the past four seasons coaching the Ontario Ski Team, this is his second year as the Men’s Head Coach. Cam lives in Collingwood. cmckenzie@alpineontario.ca

CONDITIONING PROGRAMS

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

COMPETITION

The primary performance objectives for this level are the 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.