Program FaqS

Which Program is right for me?

The program options mainly differ in price and number of days, it's purely a budget and available time decision for each parent and participant.  It doesn't matter what level you are at, we have coaches on hill to work with all levels of groups, for each program day.  We have a very short Winter season in Ontario, so the more days you have on the hill, the more opportunities you have to progress.
 

Who will I be riding with?

First-year team members are grouped together with riders at a similar level.  Participants are split into groups primarily based on ability and secondarily by age, which decides who and where you will spend the majority of your time training with and which coaches you will be training with. Participants progress through the program to work with more experienced coaches and join more experienced riders as their skills develop accordingly.  Priority is based on building a foundation for progression in order to progress in a safe and strong fashion.  Groups are re-assigned during the season according to coach recommendation so that riders are put in the best environment according to their skillset.  There will likely be group members who are more advanced than you in your group, which will help to push your riding and there will likely be riders who are less advanced than you in your group.  We do rotate team members through different groups over the season. 

 

Where will I be riding during the programs?

Those riders who are at a beginner park riding level will spend most of their time in the Skoolyard Terrain Park, where there are smaller, lower risk features.

Riders who are at an Intermediate level will spend most of their time in the Junkyard Terrain Park where there is a mix of small, intermediate, and large size features, with occasional trips to the Outback Park to gain experience with larger features..

Advanced team riders will spend a majority of their time in the Junkyard until the Outback Terrain Park opens up over on the Moonstone side of the resort where there are XL sized, higher risk features.

How do I sign up?

Contact Us and let us know the program options you would like.  We can send you the relevant online sign-up forms which take about 10-15 minutes to complete and e-sign.  No mailing or meeting in person is necessary.  

Resort Access

Do we provide transport?

We do not provide transport to our training locations.  The geographical spread of our team members throughout the province makes it not logistically feasible for us to do so.

Does the price listed include a lift pass?

No, lift passes are not included in the price.  With the number of days on snow for our programs, it makes more economical sense for participants to purchase a season pass.  Our resorts give us an early season pass purchase rate for our team members.

Do we need lift passes at other resorts other than our home base?

Unless you are attending an event at another resort, you will not need to purchase other lift passes.  When you are at another resort for an event, there are usually discounted day passes provided by the resort for event participants.

Ability and age limits

How good do I need to be to join the team?

Our video we release usually feature our best and most experienced riders on the team and are not an indicator of the level you need to be at to ride with us.  If you are a young Snowboarder under 12 years old, you will need to be able to easily navigate the hill without assistance or falling over.  You need to be able to turn, control your speed, and ride down a variety of runs on the hill comfortably, in order to participate in one of our programs.  If you are 12 years of age and older, you will need to already be riding the terrain park.  If you are outside of these categories you will not fit in well with one of our groups and we recommend you get some lessons in your local area before inquiring with us.  

 

How do I know what my ability level is? 

It helps to be able to verify your ability before the season starts, so if possible, have some footage of your riding available to upload or send us a link to view when inquiring.  If you don't have access to any footage, we will run assessments on hill at the beginning of the season.

What are the age limits for team members?

We generally accept team members from 8 years old and upwards.  This primarily depends on current riding level when inquiring.  We have taken on younger participants, on a case-by case basis.  The age limit primarily is set in place so that coaches are able to focus on their coaching job in group environment.

Events and Competitions

Do I have to go to events?

No, you do not have to go to the events.  We will have coaches at scheduled events and coaches that stay back at the resort to cater to those who are not competing on that day.

Are event fees included in the price?

There are multiple event organizers and as such, they charge different rates for their events.  Some include lift passes, some are free and as such, it makes it impossible for us to build that price into our seasonal program costs. 

Where are the events?

There are several events at local Ontario resorts during the Ontario Season, ranging from industry events to provincial and national level competitions.  Seasonal event schedules are not usually released until close to the season start date in November.

How do I become a successful competitor?

The key to doing well at events breaks down to how well you have built your foundation and skill set to hold up under pressure.  Great competitors dedicate a lot of time to finding and fixing any weaknesses they have through practice, refinement, and also by building a great working relationship with their coaches and support crew.  

Coaching

How many athletes do you have per coach?

We strive to maintain a 1 to 7 coach to athlete ratio in our upper programs.  There may be days where we have coaches who are absent and no staff available due to unforeseen circumstances such as travel difficulties.  Although these situations are rare, rather than send participants home we try to mix groups so that our participants can still participate on  the day.

Who are our coaches?

Our coaches vary in age and experience.  All of our coaches are certified with the governing Snowboard sanctioning body and are passionate about Snowboarding.  Some of our Coaches have either a lot of experience as sponsored snowboarders and competitors and many are former team members who have come through one of our programs.