U18 (FIS Age 16+)
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 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.
The FIS team competes mainly in Meile Cup races in BC and Alberta. Athletes 16 years old compete in J1 and athletes 17 and 18 compete in J2. J1 athletes can have the goal of making the Provincial team and competing at J1 National Finals. Meile Cup consists of 4 four-day events each with two Slalom races and 2 Giant Slalom races and one event with a speed camp, two Downhill 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 Pontiac Cup or Nor -Am races.
Annual Fee $6000.
Dryland and off season-Training
Fitness is key! FAST offers dryland training through out the fall that we encourage the athletes to partake in. Dryland will include, cardio work, balance training core strength, flexibility and weight training. We also highly promote participation in other sports to develop great athletes and high level of fitness. Dryland training is included in the program fee.
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.
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