FAST Program Details

U8 - Ages 4 to 7

Head Coach: Lucia Glasse-Davies

 

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Young Skiers , come join the winter wonderland of skiing.  Following the Nancy Green league, these young skiers will focus on Gliding Start.

As the skiers increase in age and improve in skill,  our FAST coaches offer more skills and more fun at this recreational Saturdays-only 12 week program (weather dependent).

Dedicated volunteer and professional coaches ensure a perfect mix of fun, skill development, safety, and skier etiquette. Skiers will participate in organized alpine racing through team and individual club events. Fair play is promoted and rewarded with ribbons for every competitor, resulting in huge smiles and great memories!

It all starts with programs that follow Nancy Greene’s philosophy of fair play and group competition. We design the programs so children ski with others of similar ability and emotional development. Our club has coached hundreds of young skiers and our successful programs have helped families enjoy the sport of alpine skiing and ski racing for many years.

Groups usually consist of 6 to 8 skiers and one dedicated coach. The younger children will also have club volunteers (like yourselves) assisting the coach as “tail gunners”.  This is a great opportunity to see firsthand what your child is learning.

Our programs focus on the children’s safety while delivering a fun and exciting skiing experience. Register your children in the FAST TRACKS program this ski season and watch your child’s ski skills and confidence take off!

Note:  New this season, the U8 program supports athletes aged 4 to 7 years only.  The U10 program has been revised to include an option for athletes aged 8 to 9 years, who wish to continue with a Saturday-only program.

 

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FAST Track will start the first Saturday of January and continue every Saturday for 12 weeks (weather dependent) of coached sessions.  There is also a club race, year-end banquet and a parent-athlete race day for a total for 14 weeks of activity all included in the registration price.  Unbeatable value!

Lesson time is on Saturdays from 10 AM – 3 PM. including a lunch break (you are responsible for packing a lunch for your child unless your coach makes other group arrangements).  Groups meet at the Racers Hut at 9:45 sharp.

At this age the emphasis is on fun, safety and friendship.

Friends of FAST – These are our 3 club races for all the FAST athletes held at our home hill.  The focus is fun, as young racers are introduced to and become comfortable with alpine ski racing.

U8 FAST Track  Fees – Review the Registration Page  for current club fees.

 

Helmets – All U8-U10-U12 athletes are required to wear full over-the ear hardshell alpine ski racing helmets.

U10

Head Coach: Melanie Wigglesworth

Parent Ambassador: Derek Berry

U10 is for kids that like to rip it up all weekend!  Whether you child aspires to become a competitive racer or a great all-mountain skier, this program will teach him or her the strong basic skills required.

Our primary focus is on Skier Essentials.  The U10 program offers an excellent opportunity for young athletes to improve their skiing skills with an increased focus on technical skiing and racing.  The kids will enjoy a good mix of skiing from All-Mountain, Steep & Deep, Moguls, Gates and Race Course.  It is an excellent environment for young athletes to improve their skills while getting a taste of racing with a fun group of peers.

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U10 skiers will starts as soon as the season opens, usually the first weekend in December. The regular U10 program is from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays, plus Christmas/Spring Break camps and available mid-week training…providing 45 days of on-snow instruction.  All U10 athletes break for unsupervised lunch, and parent tail-gunning is not required.

NEW THIS SEASON:  The U10 Transition program provides a Saturdays-only option for athletes aged 8-9 years who wish to continue past the U8 program without committing to full weekends.  The program will include the same start time and training content as the regular program, only with less days required.  Christmas camp is included, but not Spring Break camp or mid-week training…providing 20 days of on-snow instruction.

Friends of FAST – There are 2 club races and 1 club championship held at Fernie for all our FAST athletes.  These fun-focused events are a great introduction to the world of ski racing.

Invitational Races – Depending on the year, this age group is invited to different races.

All races are optional at this age, but they are encouraged for any child who wants to enjoy a fun environment and friendly competition.  More information to follow on the specifics of each one.

 

U10 Fees – Review the Registration Page  for current club fees.

 

Helmets – All U10 athletes are required to wear full over-the-ear hardshell alpine ski racing helmets.

Skis – Any type of skis will do as long as they are in good condition and have properly adjusted bindings.  A pair of junior racing/carving skis is ideal but not mandatory.

It is the PARENTS RESPONSIBILITY to ensure that their child has properly fitting and properly functioning equipment.

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Special thanks to all our amazing sponsors.

U12

Head Coach: Katie Joyce

 

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U12 is for kids who like to rip it up all weekend!  For athletes 10 to 11 years of age U12 offers more days on snow, more races, more miles and more smiles!

Our primary focus is Learning to Train. The U12 program offers an excellent opportunity for young athletes to improve their skiing skills with an increased focus on technical skiing and racing.  The kids will enjoy a good mix of skiing from Free, Steep & Deep, Mogul, Gates and Race Course.

U12 skiers will start as soon as the season opens, usually the first part of December. The U12 program is from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Saturdays and  Sundays.  Also, mid-week training will be offered in Fernie and in Calgary at COP.  FAST organizes a number of ski camps during Christmas and Spring break.  The camps are optional but the cost is included in the program fees and all U12 skiers are encouraged to join in.  Throughout the season, 45 Days of Instruction are offered (weather dependent).  The fees also include the 2 Friends of FAST club races, the Club Championship race, an athlete-parent race and a Year-End Banquet ticket.

All away races are optional attendance but encouraged, as they are a very enjoyable experience for the athletes and the parents.

Friends of FAST – There are 3 club races for all the FAST athletes held at our home hill.  The focus is fun as young racers are introduced to and become comfortable with alpine ski racing.

Invitational Races – This group of skiers is invited to join a number of races in differect locations.  As these vary from year to year, we will provide updates as the information becomes available.

Fitness is key! FAST offers Dryland Training throughout the fall and all U12 athletes are encouraged to participate in.  Athletes wishing to participate in winter dryland must pay a flat fee of $100.  Dryland will include cardio work, balance training and core strength, flexibility and agility. Dryland Training is include in the program fees.  We also strongly promote participation in other sports to develop athleticism and high levels of fitness.

All U12 athletes are invited to the FAST Summer Dryland Camp (a private campground south of Fernie).  The coaches lead the athletes through group activities, fitness testing, and skills training while everyone enjoys fun in the sun!

U12 athletes are also  invited to our summer on-snow training camps held at Mt. Hood, Oregon.   Costs for these programs are not included in the program fees. Information will be provided near the end of the ski season.

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Review the Registration page for current fees. Registration Page

The fees include 45 days of instruction (weather dependent), 3 Friends of FAST Club race, an athlete-parent race and a Year-End banquet ticket for the athlete.

 

Helmets –  All U12 Athletes are required to wear full over-the-ear hardshell alpine ski racing helmets..

Skis – Any type of skis will do as long as they are in good condition and have properly suited and adjusted bindings.  A pair of junior racing/carving skis is ideal but not mandatory.

It is the PARENT’S RESPONSIBILITY to ensure that their child has properl

U14

Head Coach: Evan Gibson

 

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U14 is the program for kids who love to ski and love to race!  The U14 focus is Learning to Race on Slalom, Giant Slalom and Ski Cross courses.

For the competitive skier, U14 is the start of their journey as a true alpine ski racer.  U14 racers begin to adapt to a more competitive atmosphere where each individual is encouraged to push themselves through competition at Fernie and at race venues beyond Fernie.

For the more recreational skier, the same high level of coaching is offered. These skiers may choose to stick with the club races held at Fernie and not travel to other race venues.  These athletes may become more competitive at any time if they have a desire to ski at a more competitive level.

For all U14 athletes, U14 provides a quality training environment to further their skills as a skier and racer.

 

U14 on-snow training starts as soon as Fernie opens for downhill skiing, usually the first weekend in December and lasts until mid-April.  Training at FAR is 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM every Saturday and Sunday plus optional training on Fridays.  Ski training includes free skiing, gate training, and skill development through drills and exercise – all under coach supervision.     FAST organizes a number of ski camps during Christmas and Spring break.  The camps are optional but the cost is included in the program fees and all U14 skiers are encouraged to join in. Also, mid-week training will be offered in Fernie and in Calgary at COP.  In total, 65 Days on snow are offered (weather dependent).

 

Zone Races – U14 athletes will have minimum of 3 Kootenay Zone races throughout the year commencing in January.  These races can be anywhere in the east Kootenay Zone (includes Fernie, Kimberly, Panorama, Golden, Whitewater, Red Mountain and Salmo).  Attendance at these races is optional but encouraged for those who wish to be competitive racers.

Friends of FAST – These are 3 club races for all the FAST athletes held at our home hill.  The focus is fun, as racers are introduced to and become comfortable with alpine ski racing.

BC Provincial Finals – The final for the U14 cumulates in the U14 Provincials in March, which rotates yearly throughout the various B.C. zones. All U14 athletes are welcome to compete at the Provincial Finals.  This event is an excellent opportunity for athletes to experience a higher level of competition.

Whistler Festival – This international event is held the first weekend of April every year for U14 and U16 athletes. At the U14 level this is an invitational event. Coaches will distribute the invitations by lottery.

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Fitness is key! FAST offers Dryland Training throughout the fall and all U14 athletes are encouraged to participate in.  Dryland will include cardio work, balance training and core strength, flexibility and agility. Dryland Training is include in the program fees.  We also strongly promote participation in other sports to develop athleticism and high levels of fitness.

All U14 athletes are invited to the FAST Summer Dryland Camp at a private campground south of Fernie.  The coaches lead the athletes through group activities, fitness testing, and skills training while everyone enjoys fun in the sun!

U14 athletes are also  invited to our summer on-snow training camps held at Mt. Hood, Oregon.   Costs for these programs are not included in the program fees. Information will be provided near the end of the ski season.

Review the Registration page for current fees. Registration Page

Helmets – A certified race helmet is mandatory.  These helmets include a full hard cover shell over the ears.  Racers will not be allowed to race without it. As well a detachable face guard for slalom is mandatory.

Mouth Guards – Either custom or Boil & Bite mouthguards are mandatory for training and racing.

Cross Blockers – These attach to the poles and protect the hands when skiing slalom and can be bought from our retail partners.

Shinners – Shinners are worn over the ski pants or speed suits to protect the shins and knees when skiing slalom.

Speed Suits – Speed suits are not mandatory however most U14 athletes are using them.  Padded speed suits are strongly recommended.

Stealth – This padded vest or shirt is recommended for extra protection.  It can be worn under a speed suit while racing or without the suit while training.

Forearm Pads – These are NOT recommended for U14 athletes as they promote bad habits for athletes just learning clearing techniques.  These bad habits can be unsafe and difficult to correct.

Skis – U14 athletes will compete in 3 types of races. Slalom, Giant Slalom (“GS”) and Ski Cross. Two paris of skis are recommended ; GS skis for GS and Ski Cross and Slalom skis for Slalom races.  If only one pair of skis is possible, it is best to choose GS skis for safety concerns.


It is the PARENT’S RESPONSIBILITY to ensure their child has properly fitting and properly functioning equipment.

Go To Registration Now 

U16

Head Coach: Elias Jonsson

 

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U16 is for teens who love the world of Alpine Ski Racing and want to rip with their friends!  The U16 focus is Training to Race.

The competitive U16 skier has a good grasp on the skills required for the sport, yet this athlete is still in the developmental stages of ski racing and races should be viewed as training for future development. The U16 athletes are encouraged to attend as many races as they are able to and test their skills against other racers from around the Zone and Province.

For recreational U16 skiers, the same high level of coaching is offered even if they choose not to travel to races outside of Fernie.  These skiers can participate in all club races and may move to the more competitive program at any time if they have a desire to ski at a more competitive level.

U16 on-snow training starts as soon as Fernie opens for downhill skiing, which is usually the first weekend of December and lasts until the end of season, usually mid April. Training is every Saturday and Sunday  9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  Plus, there is optional training on Fridays.  Ski training includes free skiing, gate training, and skill development through drills and exercise – all under coach supervision.   FAST organizes a number of ski camps during the Christmas and Spring break holidays.  The camps are optional and their cost is included in the program fees. Also, mid-week training will be offered in Fernie and in Calgary at COP.   In total, 70 days on snow are offered (weather dependent).

Club Races – The Friends of FAST races series is 3 fun-focused races for all the FAST athletes.

Zone Races – U16 athletes will have minimum of 3 Kootenay Zone races throughout the year. These races can be anywhere in the east Kootenay Zone.  Participation is optional but strongly encouraged for those who wish to pursue competitive skiing at a high level.

BC Provincial Finals -The final for the U16 culminates in the U16 Provincials in March, which rotates yearly throughout  B.C.

Western Championships – A show-down for BC and Alberta U14 & U16 athletes.

Whistler Cup – This international FIS sanctioned event is held the first weekend of April every year for U14 and U16 athletes.  Qualification criteria for U16 athletes can be downloaded from the B.C. Alpine website.

 

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Review the Registration page for current fees. Registration Page

 

Fitness is key! FAST offers Dryland Training through out the fall for all U16 athletes.  Dryland will include cardio work, balance training and core strength, flexibility and agility.Dryland Training is include in the program fees.  We also highly promote participation in other sports to develop great athleticism and high levels of fitness.

All U16 athletes are invited to the FAST Summer Dryland Camp at a private campgorund south of Fernie.  The coaches lead the athletes through group activities, fitness testing and skills training while everyone enjoys fun in the sun!

All U16 athletes are invited to our summer on-snow training camps held at Mt. Hood, Oregon. Costs for these summer camps are not included in your program fees. Information will be provided near the end of the ski season.

Helmet -A certified race helmet and a detachable face guard for slalom are mandatory.

Mouth Guards – Custom made mouthguards are manadatory for training and racing. These can be made by your personal dentist.

Cross Blockers – These attach to the poles and protect the hands when skiing slalom.

Shinners – These are worn over the ski pants or skin suits to protect the shins and knees when skiing slalom.

Speed Suits – Speed suits are not mandatory however most U16 athletes are using them.

Skis – U16 athletes will compete in 4 types of races. Slalom, Giant Slalom (“GS”), Super G and Ski Cross. U16 athletes need a pair of slalom skis for Slalom and GS skis for GS and Ski Cross.  Athletes often rent Super G skis for this speed event.

U18 and FIS

Head Coach: Rod Timm

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The goal of the FIS team is two fold. Firstly, for athletes to continue their love for the sport and to develop their skills.  Secondly, to progress athletes to the BC provincial team.  FIS athletes are Training to Win. 

Having years of preparation, athletes aged 16 and over are now ready to pursue a higher level of competition by joining the FAST FIS team. This allows them to compete against athletes from other provinces and other countries. With this decision comes a commitment to a higher level of training and competition. As is the case for every age group, all events and days offered are optional. At this level, athletes will find trying to balance training, racing, education, finances, family and social time challenging – but possible.

The same high caliber coaching is offered to skiers aged 16 and over even if they choose not to compete at the FIS level. The FAST U18 program is a continuation from the U16 program for athletes, with a similar time commitment…skiers can participate in all club races and may move to the more competitive FIS program at a later date.

U18:

U18 on-snow training starts as soon as Fernie opens for downhill skiing, which is usually the first weekend of December and lasts until the end of season, usually mid April. Training is every Saturday and Sunday 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Plus, there is optional training on Fridays. Ski training includes free skiing, gate training, and skill development through drills and exercise – all under coach supervision. FAST organizes a number of ski camps during the Christmas and Spring break holidays. The camps are optional and their cost is included in the program fees. Also, mid-week training will be offered in Fernie and in Calgary at COP. In total, 70 days on snow are offered (weather dependent).

FIS:

The FIS program is approximately 8 months in duration running from September through April. It starts in September with multiple dryland sessions per week.  October and November include extended weekend training camps before the first competition in December. Athletes may train Friday, Saturday and Sunday when not attending races.  In total, 100+ days on snow are offered (weather dependent).  

The FIS team competes mainly in Meile Cup races in BC and Alberta. Athletes can have the goal of making the Provincial team and competing at the National Finals. Meile Cup consists of 4 four-day events each with two Slalom races and two GS races and one event with a speed camp, two DH races and two Super G races. Fernie FIS athletes may also attend races in Alberta and attend the spring series of races at the end of the season. Athletes who attain qualifying FIS Point levels may participate in the Pontiac Cup or NorAm races.

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U18:  Review the Registration page for current fees. Registration Page

(70 days on snow)

U18 (FIS):  Review the Registration page for current fees. Registration Page (100+ days on snow)

Fitness is key! FAST offers Dryland Training through out the fall for all U18 athletes. Dryland will include cardio work, balance training and core strength, flexibility and agility. Dryland Training is include in the program fees. We also highly promote participation in other sports to develop great athleticism and high levels of fitness.

All U18 athletes are invited to the FAST Summer Dryland Camp at a private campgorund south of Fernie. The coaches lead the athletes through group activities, fitness testing and skills training while everyone enjoys fun in the sun!

All U18 athletes are invited to our summer on-snow training camps held at Mt. Hood, Oregon. Costs for these summer camps are not included in your program fees. Information will be provided near the end of the ski season.

FIS athletes will be on snow at various times through out the spring, summer and fall in order to get mileage on their skis and refine their skills.