KINDER U14 SERIES
The BC Alpine Kinder series – for athletes aged 12-13 (U14) – is designed to give young racers an opportunity to develop their racing and skiing skills and progress according with their ability. The U14 Program is the first level of Alpine Ski Racing for 12-13 year olds. This is the start of their journey as a competitive skier.
The focus of U14 remains on the FUNdamentals of ski training, skill development and progressive introduction to competition. In this level athletes gradually progress from the skiers essentials stage of the Alpine integration model (Long term skier development for Alpine ski racing, AIMs) through the learning to train stage (U12/U14) and eventually into the learning to race stage. Learning experiences are enhanced with extensive use of free skiing and specifically designed gate environments. The more formalized racing and team travel also enhance the learning of critical life skills such as time management, working as a member of a team, proper nutrition, being responsible for yourself and accountable for your actions.
Dryland/physical training begins the first week of September. On snow training begins in December, training is available on Sat and Sun as well as Christmas and spring break. Training is also available on most Fridays and or Mondays, parents and school permitting. Athletes compete in the U14 Coast Zone race series, which culminates with a Provincial championship and every second year this group attends the BC Winter Games.
This program seeks to develop skiing and life skills in a fun, encouraging, safe environment. The program is designed and delivered by professional coaches following the guidelines of the Canadian Ski Coaches Federation and Alpine Canada.