Australian Snow Sports Race Training Camps

Welcome to the Big White Ski & Board School 

The Big White Ski & Board School is offering a comprehensive race and/or freestyle training program for young Australian athletes looking to advance their skills to the next level. Big White has a long and successful connection with Australia and Australian skiing, and its world-renowned Ski & Board School is second-to-none in coaching standards both domestically and internationally. As a big mountain Big White offers so much flexibility and scope, but with the feel of a more intimate resort. With a huge range of terrain, no lift queues, champagne powder, heaps of off-snow activities and resort ambience...no wonder Big White has been named as the 'Best Family Snow Resort' in Canada for years running, as well as a "Top 5 World's Best Family Resort" destination.

What’s involved?

Developed by Director of Snow Sports, Josh Foster, our Australian Snow Sports Training Camps offers exclusive use of Big White Ski Resort’s world-class terrain space, as well as video training and assessment in order to prepare kids for Interschools competitions and domestic club racing. Our specialist trainers have coached at FIS and National levels, and combine their extensive experience with their knowledge of Big White’s terrain to provide your young racer or freestyler with all the tools they will need to maximize improvement in a fun environment.

Both the racing and freestyle programs have been designed using the Long-Term Athlete Development model, which combines the best research in today’s sport science with the best practices in coaching and training from around the world and supports training, competition, and recovery programs based on developmental age — the physical, mental and emotional maturation of the individual — rather than chronological age.

 


BREAKDOWN

Skiers and boarders can specialize or mix it up across a range of disciplines on a weekly basis:

  • Snowboard GS
  • Alpine GS
  • Skier Cross
  • Snowboard Cross
  • 
Moguls
  • Slope-Style / Terrain Park
  • All Terrain Technical Skills & Cross Training
BENEFITS

 

  • Experienced Specialist Coaches
  • 6 hours On-Snow Training per Day
  • Exclusive Course Access
  • FIS-rated Permanent Skier/Snowboard Cross Course
  • Purpose Built Moguls Course
  • Huge range of amazing terrain and features
  • Video training and analysis
METRICS

Various metrics are tracked and recorded throughout your child’s time at Big White to ensure the success of the each participant. These metrics will include but are not limited to:

  • Timed Gate Times
  • Skill Development
  • Race Times

 


Intercontinental Cup

In January 2017 Big White hosted the very first Intercontinental Cup, sponsored by the Family Channel and the Big White Ski Club. The cup featured competitors from Canada, Australia and New Zealand, ranging from kids as young as six, all the way up to a Masters’ category, competing head-to-head on Lower Speculation in a dual pro format. All racers, regardless of age, were able to compete on the same track.

The Big White Ski Club claimed the inaugural Intercontinental Cup by virtue of their top 15 athletes having an aggregate time of just four seconds faster than the strong team of Kiwis, who claimed a complete sweep of the girls U18 Podium.

The second Intercontinental Cup will be held over two days in 2018, on the weekend of January 20-21, and we are already looking forward to the competition being bigger and better than ever!

 

Contact Us

Direct: 250-491-6101    Toll Free: 1-866-491-9040    Email: skischool@bigwhite.com

  • Daily Structure

     

    Program Layout & Daily Structure

    8:30am Meet Coaches / Warm-up & Daily Focus
    8:45am-11:30am Specific Discipline Training*
    11:30am-12:30pm Lunch
    12:30pm-3:15pm Skills Training and Video Analysis
    3:15pm-3:30pm Warm down & Feedback
 to Parents

    * Specific discipline training is developed based on the athletes needs and ability level whether that be in the park for slopestyle, gates for GS/SL or moguls.  Weather and snow conditions are also taken into account so that safe and effective training environments that aid in athlete development are utilized on a daily basis. 

    Skills training is a function of personalized athlete needs.  Based on performance metrics in and out of training environments an individual skill development path is set for each athlete from the outset of the program and is improved upon each day.   

     

    Freestyle

    World-class Slopestyle Facilities

    Freestyle athletes will train in Big White’s world-renowned Telus Park, featuring jibs, jumps, halfpipes, and listed as one of the top parks in Canada.

     

    SBX

    Exclusive access to Big White training facilities

    Training facilities at Big White training facilities, including our snowcross course, are second-to-none. Freestyle participants of Australian Snow Sports Academy will have exclusive access to these facilities to give them all the time and freedom they need to reach their goals over the week.

     

    Air bag training

    Airbag Program

    The Australian Snow Sports Camp is the only Freestyle program in BC with access to an airbag site. Athletes will receive coaching and analysis from our fully certified Level 4 Air Coach, Jason Moseley, and his team.

     

    Tuning

    Weekly Tuning Sessions

    Being fast means knowing how to prepare your equipment.  Each week our coaches will do an equipment analysis and walk the athletes through how to properly prepare their equipment to train and to compete.

     

    Boot Fitting

    Equipment Analysis

    Skiing well requires one to be in the right gear, ensure that it’s fitting right and to make sure that it’s set up right.  After the first day on snow, athletes will have an equipment assessment and analysis with their coach along with our expert boot fitters.

     

    Race academy

    Dryland and Fitness

    After each on snow day athletes will run through a stretching and cool down program with their coach at our indoor facility.  Evening “competition fit” sessions are also scheduled twice each week.

  • Dates & Pricing

     

    Program 2018 Dates Price
    Week-long Race Camp Jan 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26 $895 + tax
    Weekend Race Camp Jan 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 $450 + tax
    Week-long Freestyle/Moguls Camp Jan 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26 $895 + tax
    Weekend Freestyle/Moguls Camp Jan 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 $450 + tax

    *Prices do not include tax and are subject to change without notice. Lift ticket not included see Tickets for lift ticket rates.

    Available in age ranges 5-7, 8-12 & 13-16

    Ability levels advance-intermediate to expert in both skiing and snowboarding. Min 3 participants per age group and discipline required to run.

     

  • Private Coaching

     

    The competition department offers a comprehensive range of private lesson options across all race/freestyle disciplines with our top coaches (subject to availability). The options are as follows:

    Full gate training (not available during peak season)

    Full Day $719
    Half Day AM $559
    Half Day PM $505

    *Prices do not include tax and are subject to change without notice. Lift ticket not included see Tickets for lift ticket rates.

    Price includes 3-6hrs private coaching from top CSCF-certified race coaches, set-up and hire of gates, and closure of the designated run to the general public.


    Brush gate training

    Full Day $619
    Half Day AM $459
    Half Day PM $405

    *Prices do not include tax and are subject to change without notice. Lift ticket not included see Tickets for lift ticket rates.

    Price includes 3-6hrs private coaching from top CSCF-certified race coaches, set-up and hire of brushes, partial closure of run.


    Freestyle coaching

    Full Day $519
    Half Day AM $359
    Half Day PM $305

    *Prices do not include tax and are subject to change without notice. Lift ticket not included see Tickets for lift ticket rates.

    Price includes 3-6hrs private coaching from top certified trainers, dedicated instruction on ski cross track or moguls course, use of video equipment if requested. Pricing is for a max of 3 kids – additional participants will require the hiring of another instructor.

  • Parents Program

     

    Make the most of your stay while the kids are in training by enrolling the Parents’ Coaching program. The coaching program involves:

    • Small groups of same interest & ability
    • Specialist coaches
    • FOCUS: Consolidating Technical skills / Proficiency on a Range of Terrain
    • OPTIONAL: Race technique / Reading a Course / Tactical Understanding

     

    When Price
    Intensive sessions 10am – noon $397 / 5 mornings

    *Prices do not include tax and are subject to change without notice. Lift ticket not included see Tickets for lift ticket rates.

    In addition, take advantage of free guided tours of Big White courtesy of 'Mountain Hosts', where they will give you the run-down of where to ski, secret stashes, and local knowledge.  There are a multitude of on-snow and off snow activities that everyone in the family can enjoy while your athlete is making the most of the training, check out the on-snow Ski & Board School programs and our off snow activities.

  • Coach Profiles

     


    Race

    Kevin Forneris - Race
    • CSIA Level 2
    • CSCF DL Certified Coach/Coaching Cert PL
    • 2011-2016 Coached U12, U14 & U16
    • 
Moguls
    Matt Martin - Race
    • BASI Level 2
    • UK Coaching Alpine Level 1
    • FIS Race 2010 -2014
    • Regional Race Coach 2014 - Ongoing
    Miley Knowles - Race
    • BASI Level 2
    • 15 Years Race Experience
    • Head Coach - North West Race Squad
    • 4 Years Coaching Aged 13+

     

    Masters

    Bill Starr - Masters
    • CSIA Level 3 (ISIA Member), CSCF DL Coach
    • CSIA Level 1 Examiner (36 Years)
    • Head Coach Fleming Varsity Team
    • 
Head Coach Masters Race Program
    Brian Gorman - Masters
    • CSIA Level 3, CSCF Coach
    • CSIA Level 1 Examiner
    • Coach Masters Camp
     

     

    Freestyle

    Jason Moseley – Freestyle/Moguls

    Jason has been with the Big White Freestyle Team for the last 2 seasons. Previously Jason was the Program Director and Head Coach for the Bow Valley (Banff) Freestyle Ski Club for 5 years and coached at various levels with the WinSport Academy for almost a decade. He comes to us with over 15 years’ experience coaching Freestyle skiing and working with Athletes of all abilities, including current national team members and even Olympians!

    Jason's passions in Freestyle are Air and Moguls. He is a fully Certified level 4 Air Coach and level 2 Mogul Coach.

    Nicko Drew – Freestyle
    • TSM-1 Freeskiing skills
    • TSM-2 Comp Moguls
    • Air-1 Trampoline
    • Air-2 Trampoline
    • Air-3A Water Ramp Intro Invert skills
    • Air-3A Airbag Intro Invert skills
    • Air-3B Water Ramp Advanced Invert skills
    • Air-3B Airbag Advanced Invert Skills
    • Air-4A Intro Invert Skills on Snow
    • Air-4B Advanced invert Skills on Snow Park and Pipe

     

    Lee Adam - SBX, Race
     
     
  • Optional Activities

     

    Family memories are not only made skiing and riding, at Big White we have all the winter wonderland activities of any world class resort in the world. At Big White the activity offerings are vast.

    You can go skiing, ice climbing, and dog sledding all in one day and barely scratch the surface of what’s on the menu. Take a night off the Mountain to enjoy a Kelowna Rockets hockey match, a favourite amongst our Australian guests. 

     

    Events

    Events

    We have a jam packed calendar of events to keep the whole family entertained!

     

    Adventure Activities

    Adventure Activities

    The fun doesn't stop off the slopes! We have activities to suit anyone with an appetite for adventure.

     

    On The Mountain

    On The Mountain

    Enjoy the velvety groomed runs, challenge the Cliff powder bowl, and explore our legendary glades.

     

    TELUS Park

    TELUS Park

    To get all the updates you need including park conditions, events & event registration, competition results, our most recent videos & photos and be a member of our Park Scene.

     

    Dining Tours

    Dining Tours

    If you are looking for a unique dining experience check out our dining tours. A must do for anyone looking for a memorable experience.

     

    Relaxation

    Relaxation

    Let us prepare your holiday feast. Dine with us at Kettle Valley Steak House for dinner or Christmas Day Brunch.

     

    Contact Us to book:

    Direct: 0011-1-250-491-6111    Email: concierge@bigwhite.com

  • How to get here

     

    Even though Big White is half way around the world, it is unbelievably easy to get to Kelowna International Airport (YLW). The following are some of the easiest and most popular options.

     

    AIR CANADA - Big White’s preferred airline travelling from Australia.

    Air Canada flies a state of the art Boeing 777 daily from Sydney to Vancouver. They also fly the very popular 787 Dreamliner daily from Brisbane to Vancouver. **NEW** Air Canada recently announced it will now be flying non-stop from Melbourne to Vancouver for winter 2017/18. All three routes arrive Vancouver early in the morning allowing a seamless 45 minute Airbus 320 jet connection to Kelowna.  

    QANTAS -  Many Australians prefer to fly their national airline. If that is your preference, Qantas offers non-stop service from Sydney to Vancouver December-February. From Vancouver it’s a short 45 connection on code share partner WestJet to Kelowna. 

    AIR NEW ZEALAND – A very popular option for travel from Australia as they operate non-stop service via Auckland to Vancouver. As with Air Canada and Qantas, connection in Vancouver is seamless. Connections are also available via Los Angeles and San Francisco.

    Other popular airlines servicing Kelowna are United, V Australia, and several Asian airlines. For detailed information on the best routing to suit your needs, contact your preferred travel agent professional. 

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  • How to Book

     

    If the number of Australian bookings to date is any indication, the Australian Snow Sports Training Academy will be very popular. There are limited spaces available across each discipline so to avoid disappointment it is recommended that you reserve your child’s spot quickly.

    To Register or for further information:




    Direct:0011-1-250-491-6101  Email: skischool@bigwhite.com

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