Our Big White Ski Club programs are designed to elevate each individual’s technical skill level through increased volume of skiing, diversity on and off snow, physical and mental training and the introduction to structured competition.
Training sessions are team orientated yet focused on each racer’s goals in mind. Our professional coaches continue to foster a passion for the lifelong sport of alpine skiing through a fun and safe programs that fosters friendships, respect, discipline and other great life skills.
For more information on each age group, please choose the link from the drop-down menu above.
Q. What is Big White Blazers (also known as the Alcan Nancy Greene Ski League)?
A. Our Big White Blazers program is for skiers aged 5 – 9 years old using the Nancy Greene Ski League format. These programs deliver customized training and focuses on safe, fun, all mountain free skiing. There is very little gate training and the coaches make skiing fun by pairing games and challenges with proper selection of terrain. This builds skills and confidence in our young skiers.
Big White Blazers progress through the “Snow Stars” program – an Alpine Canada seven step skills progression program in ski development for children at this age level. It encourages the proper development of skiers and ski racers of all ability levels by balancing the required skills and appropriate amount of time on the snow.
All children registering for the Big White Blazers must be familiar with the ski lifts and be able to ski the beginner slopes in a snow plow. For small children who can ski, but require assistance on and off the lift, we welcome parents to accompany them. A ski helmet and valid lift pass are mandatory for participation.
Q. How good do skiers need to be to join Big White Racers?
We recommend that children joining our Big White Racers program have the confidence and ability to ski blue runs. Our racing program challenges children to develop speed, as well as the skills to effectively manage all terrain and conditions on the mountain.
At this level there is a higher level of intensity and commitment which starts with dryland in the fall and continues throughout the many on-snow days with gate training and drill courses. The focus of our racers is to have fun, build self-esteem and develop speed into their skiing.
Q. Who will be coaching?
Our qualified coaches have a minimum of level 1 certification by the Canadian Ski Coaching Federation. Periodically we are able to offer a level 1 certification here for parents interested in coaching.
Q. Do skiers have to race?
Although races at this level are designed to be fun, there is no pressure to participate in races although most will want to from our experience. We do hold one race per year at Big White that our children can participate in. There will always be coaching as usual at Big White on race days.
Q. What do we need for equipment?
Our simple equipment guide will help walk you through what your child will need, how to ensure the correct fit and more! For a complete list of equipment needs, click here.
Q. What is the Hot Lunch Program?
Our hot lunch program is offered at Happy Valley Day Lodge for our Big White Blazer U8 (half and full day) and U10 participants. For the cost of $100, your child receives a delicious hot meal each Saturday or Sunday from 11:30-12:30. It is a great opportunity for our skiers to develop friendships and get warm!
Q. Do we have to volunteer?
The Big White Ski Club is a volunteer run program that has been in existence for over 50 years due to the generous help of our members. We encourage all families to get involved – whether it is helping at a BBQ, race, officiating or giving of your time and talents to our organization – we can only do what we do with the help of you!
Our most significant fundraiser though is our ski swap. Due to the sheer size of it, all parents are required to help out at this event in October.
Parents can either choose to volunteer their time at an event/ and or becoming involved in one of our committees, or alternatively pay a deposit which will be cashed at the end of the season in lieu of volunteering.
Getting involved is a great way to meet other ski families and develop a community that is focused on encouraging our children to be their best.