At what age can kids join the club?
Fernie Freestyle Club provides Freestyle Training for skiers/snowboarders aged 6+ in Park, Slopestyle, Moguls, Big Mountain and the natural terrain at Fernie Alpine Resort.
And NEW for 21/22 Winter Season is our Freestyle Snowboard Program for Riders aged 8+ in Park, Slopestyle & Big Mountain.
Our goal is to build these skills in a fun, safe and challenging environment where the athletes learn from experienced CFSA certified coaches.
Before you register for the season can your athlete do the following:
1. Get on all chairs unassisted?
2. Ski/ride mostly blue and black runs at Fernie Alpine Resort?
3. Ski parallel turns with poles? Or snowboard on edge?
If you answered yes to the above 3 questions, then you can register your athlete for Fernie Freestyle.
All athletes, parents, coaches and board of directors must agree to the Code of Conduct.
What programs do you offer?
Winter Freestyle Program:
Runs from December 11, 2021 to April 3, 2022 and athletes can choose to ski/ride one OR two days each weekend. We have programs from new to freestyle to competitive. All athletes will have an opportunity to compete in events if they choose to.
NEW for the 21/22 Season is a 1/2 day Funstylerz Ski Program on Saturdays for young kids aged 6-8 years.
Also NEW is the Freestyle Snowboard division!
There is a Christmas camp included along with optional Spring Break Training.
In addition, we have skiing mid-week at WinSport in Calgary that starts mid-December and ends mid-March.
We offer year round Trampoline Training to improve air awareness and develop skills in skiing & snowboarding.
The Fernie Trampoline Training is at Max Turyk Community Centre and we run Trampoline Training in Calgary at Flip Factory. Athletes must be registered in the Winter Freestyle Program in order to attend Trampoline Training.
Off Season Training:
In addition we offer dryland training in the off season. We also run remote camps in the Summer for Water Ramp Training & Air Bag Training in BC, Alberta and Quebec at Maximise.
Whistler Glacier training camp is available in the summer if there are enough interested athletes. We are offer pre-season training in November on snow.
What level do you have to be?
All skiers/riders should be able to load the chairlifts and T-Bar at Fernie Alpine Resort. You should be comfortable skiing/riding most blue or black runs at Fernie Alpine Resort.
Do you have to be a competitive skier/rider?
The club welcomes recreational freestyle skiers & snowboarders as well as aspiring competitors. We do train all our athletes and encourage them to attend at least one event per season.
Where and when do you meet?
For 2021-22 season we have staggered our meeting locations due to COVID precautions. Athletes will receive a designated meeting location from their coaches that they will stick to for the season.
Saturday training starts at 11:30AM and Sunday training starts at 9:00AM. The 1/2 day Funstylerz Program starts at 9AM OR 1PM on Saturdays.
Meeting locations will be determined closer to the start of the season.
What time does the training run?
Saturday programs run: 11:30AM-4:00PM
Sunday programs run: 9:00AM-1:30PM
Saturday Funstylers run: 9AM-12PM OR 1PM-4PM
Please note that these times may be adjusted if needed.
When and where do you break for lunch?
Athletes are encouraged to bring snacks and water in a backpack so that they can hydrate and refuel through the day. There will be breaks during the day where athletes can warm up and have snacks, however there is no set time. Coaches will allow for breaks depending on conditions and training needs.
How much time is spent in the bumps, how much in the park and how much freeskiing/snowboarding?
About one third in each, depending on the snow conditions and training goals each weekend. If it’s a pow day – that’s where we will be. This year our Performance Programs will have the opportunity to specialize in their discipline of choice.
Does Fernie Freestyle cancel due to cold weather?
Generally, we don’t ski if it’s colder than minus 20 Celsius, including windchill. Please note that for the 2021/22 season, we may need to adjust this policy as we MAY not have be able to go inside to warm up. If the forecast is cold, please monitor your Team Snap as we will post cancelations due to weather on Team Snap. Also on cold days, please stick close to your phone, as coaches may need to contact you to come pick up your athlete if they are cold.
What equipment will I need?
Ideally a pair of twin tip park skis or snowboard (if joining the Snowboard program), a helmet is required and a mouth guard is recommended. Mogul skis are optional but recommended for our Performance Athletes. Powder skis are great for powder days but are not needed. If you are only able to have one set of skis, having a twin tip in the range of 90-100 mm underfoot is a great all-around ski for our programs.
For 2021/22, we will follow the BC Provincial Health Orders, BC Freestyle/BC Snowboard & Fernie Alpine Resort in regards to COVID policies. Any programs running out of Alberta will follow the AB Provincial Health Orders.
Athletes should have a mask on them and follow all required regulations.
What other fees will I be looking at for the year?
A season pass for Fernie Alpine Resort and/or WinSport if training in Calgary.
A Freestyle Canada / Freestyle BC Membership OR Canada Snowboard/BC Snowboard Membership is mandatory for all athletes as it provides insurance.
If your child attends competitions outside Fernie expect to incur:
- Competition Entry Fees
- Hotel cost, lift tickets, meals associated with away competitions.
- Coach travel expenses for competitions, split between attending athletes.
- Coaching days outside of the program that you selected.
Where do the fees go?
Fernie Freestyle is a Volunteer run organization. The fees that you pay cover the costs of coaching, renting facilities, purchasing and renting equipment to support our training. Examples include: snowcat time at Fernie Alpine Resort for grooming and shaping courses, bamboo, fencing, shovels, racks, video equipment, etc.
What is your cancellation policy?
There are no refunds issued once you sign up for our programs.
Athletes may purchase optional insurance for injuries ($60) that can occur during the season. Details can be found on the Team Snap registration page.
What is a Freestyle Canada (FC)/Freestyle BC (FBC) Membership // Canada Snowboard (CS)/BC Snowboard (BCS) Membership and how do I get it?
The FC/FBC and CS/BCS organizations sanction and insure Fernie Freestyle Club and all members of the Club must be valid members.
You can easily sign up online for Freestyle Canada/Freestyle BC, click here to access the form. You will need a minimum of Club Level; this covers training and competition at regional events. Athletes competing at Provincial events and higher, also need a Provincial license. Membership can be upgraded during the season, if you are unsure about what level of competition your athlete will attend.
Canada Snowboard/BC Snowboard Memberships can also be purchased online, click here to access the form. You will need a minimum of Recreational Level; this covers training only. If you are planning on competing, you must purchase a Compete Level. Membership can be upgraded during the season, if you are unsure about what level of competition your athlete will attend.
Club skiers compete primarily in events that are organized by the BC Freestyle Ski Association. We follow the Timber Tour Series which is open to all levels of skiers and compete throughout BC.
Fernie Freestyle encourages athletes to try competitions and we have had athletes qualify for Canadian Junior National Freestyle Championship, Canadian Series events and Alberta and BC Provincial Games.
Fernie Freestyle athletes may also participate in IFSA Junior events, however are currently working towards aquiring the necessary insurance to send coaches to IFSA events. We cannot guarantee coach support for IFSA events, in the event that we are unable to obtain insurance. We will however always train Big Mountain.
We do host and put together in-house competitions throughout the year for all athletes.
If our Snowboarders are interested, we will follow and compete in Snowboard Canada events that will take place in BC and Alberta.
Do I need to participate in Fundraising?
To simplify fundraising this year, Fernie Freestyle has organized Raffle Tickets. With your $100 expectation per athlete paid up front upon registration. Tickets will be distributed mid-November 2021. Once you receive your tickets, you can sell them to recover the $100 per charge fee.
Do I need to volunteer?
At Fernie Freestyle, we recognize the importance of making your athlete’s freestyle learning experience a complete developmental experience including learning, training, competing,…and most importantly having fun. To accomplish this objective, Fernie Freestyle has always depended upon families and parents to help volunteer with several requirements around the club. We need every family helping to participate in these volunteer requirements even if it is in a minor capacity. Truly…every little bit helps.