Our mission at Équipe de compétition Edelweiss is to provide the best learning environment for all our future skiers, big and small! Équipe de compétition Edelweiss is committed to training athletes with respect and discipline. We will teach our young athletes how to grow from independent skiers to ski racers, and to create new friendships, all in a bilingual environment.
Exposes young skiers between the ages of 6-12 to ski training and racing programs
Competitive level skiing for advanced skiers between the ages of 10-18
Nancy Greene Program
The Nancy Greene Ski League is a national program that exposes young skiers between the ages of 6-12 to ski training and racing programs. Nancy Greene was Canada’s Olympic champion in 1968 and she remains a very active supporter of ski racing, especially entry-level programs for young skiers. This program is designed to develop basic skills and self-confidence. The development approach emphasizes participation in games and exercises that are fun. Because a highly competitive program will hinder skills development for younger skiers, individual competition has been given a low profile in Nancy Greene. Instead, the emphasis is on participation in a team effort where everyone has contributes to the results.
A skills awards program is available as part of Nancy Greene training. There are eight levels of achievement and pins in recognition of each level. The program emphasizes skill development designed to allow an individual to enjoy the sport of skiing for life and, if they are interested, to have the confidence to move to more competitive racing. It is not necessary for a club to follow the awards program; however, it has proven very successful.
Competitive Athletes U10-U18
The U10 program is the first level of individual competition for boys and girls 9 years and younger who have acquired basic skiing skills and want to race. Some youngsters will have been members of a Nancy Greene team; others may have no previous racing experience. Like Nancy Greene, the U10 program is an entry level program designed to introduce children to basic skiing and ski race skills. Consistent with the emphasis on fundamentals, training prepares children for skiing all kinds of terrain and snow conditions (bumps, ice, and crud). Physical conditioning and training focuses on the development of physical capacities such as agility, balance, and co-ordination.
The U12 program is for boys and girls 10 and 11 years who have acquired basic skiing skills and want to race. Some youngsters will have been members of a Nancy Greene team; others may have no previous racing experience. The program is designed to continue the development of individual skiing and ski race skills. Consistent with the emphasis on fundamentals, training prepares children for skiing all kinds of terrain and snow conditions (bumps, ice, and crud). Physical conditioning and training focuses on the development of physical capacities such as agility, balance, co-ordination and speed.
In the U14 program, children aged 12 and 13 continue to develop, adapt and refine their skiing skills and begin expanding their racing skills by training for and competing in Slalom as well as Giant Slalom and Kinder Kombi races. Physical training and conditioning focuses on agility, balance, co-ordination and speed skills with the introduction of some strength and endurance training.
In the U16 program, 14 and 15 year old athletes focus on the Train to Train phase of their development as alpine racers. In addition to the continued development of basic skiing and racing skills, strength and endurance training become a more significant part of training. U16 athletes are increasing challenged to adapt and refine the skiing and racing skills they have learned, while learning to pattern and perceive new skills. Consistent with their growing skills and physical capacities, most K2 racers will train for and race all disciplines – Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super-G, and, where appropriate, Downhill.
Junior (U18 & U21)
The Junior program, for 16 to 20 year old athletes, focuses on the Train to Race phase of the athlete development as alpine racers. In addition the program does have a mixture of athletes with differing focuses including those who aspire to and are involved in FIS sanctioned race events, the Quebec Championship Junior series races, and those who simply want to continue the race experience by participating in the local series events.