At what age can kids join the club?

Fernie Freestyle Ski Club provides Freestyle Training for skiers aged 9 to 17 in park, slopestyle, moguls, Big Mountain and the natural terrain at Fernie Alpine Resort. 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 parallel turns with poles?
3. Ski mostly blue and black runs at Fernie Alpine Resort?

All athletes, parents, coaches and board of directors must agree to the Code of Conduct.

What programs do you offer?

Our main Winter Program runs from December 14, 2019 to April 5, 2020 and athletes can choose to ski one or two days each weekend. There is a eight-day camp during the Christmas holiday break as well if athletes choose to attend.  

In addition, we have skiing mid week at Canada Olympic Park that starts mid December and ends mid March.Trampoline Training: at Fernie and Canada Olympic Park during the fall, winter and spring.  Whistler Glacier in July if there are enough interested athletes.

What level do you have to be?

All skiers should be able to load the chairlifts and T-Bar at Fernie Alpine Resort. You should be comfortable skiing most blues or blacks at Fernie Alpine Resort.

Do you have to be a competitive skier?

The club welcomes recreational freestyle skiers as well as aspiring competitors.

Where and when do you meet?

We train from 9:00am to 3:30pm.  Meet at Top of Elk Chair in front of the old Bear T-Bar shack. Please load the first lift to make sure that you are there on time. The team stretches and warms up for 15 minutes before heading off for the morning.  Lunch – generally Noon to 1:00. Lunch is on your own and the individual groups meet at the BOTTOM Of Elk Chair for the afternoon at 1:00.

What time is the day over?

Half day programs end at 12:00pm on Sundays - meet your athlete by the Day Care

Full day programs end at 3:30pm - meet your athlete by the Day Care.

When and where do you break for lunch?

Lunch is at noon for 1 hour and in unsupervised.

How much time is spent in the bumps, how much in the park and how much freeskiing?

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.

Does Fernie Freestyle cancel due to cold weather?

We don't ski if it's colder than minus 20 Celsius.

What equipment will I need?

Ideally a pair of twin tip park skis, a helmet is required and a mouth guard is recommended. Powder and mogul skis are optional.

What other fees will I be looking at for the year?

A season pass for Fernie Alpine Resort.  A Canadian Freestyle Ski Association (CFSA) Membership is mandatory for all athletes as it provides insurance.  If you child attends competitions outside Fernie expect to incur:

  1. Competition Entry Fees
  2. Hotel cost, lift tickets, meals associated with 'away' competitions. 
  3. Coach travel expenses for Competitions.

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: cat time at Fernie Alpine Resort, bamboo, fencing, shovels, racks, video equipment.

What is your cancellation policy?

After the season starts we will not offer any refunds.  We have athlete insurance for injuries that can occur during the season.  Details can be found on the Teamsnap registration page.

What is a CFSA Membership and how do I get it?

The Canadian Freestyle Ski Association (CFSA) sanctions and insures Fernie Freestyle Ski Club and all members of the Club must be CFSA members. You can easily sign up on-line, click here to access the form. You will need a minimum of CanFree 1/2; this covers training and competition at regional events. Athletes competing at Provincial events and higher, athletes need a CanFree 3 license. Insurance can be upgraded during the season, if you are unsure about what level of competition your athlete will attend. You can also buy a cheaper ‘Try Freestyle’ membership if you are only doing a day or two to see how you like the program.

Competition Info: Club skiers compete primarily in events that are organized by the Alberta Freestyle Ski Association. We also participate in some IFSA events. 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. 

Is Trampoline included in the program?

Trampoline training is a key aspect of freestyle skiing and we strongly encourage parents to enroll their athlete in this program that is an additional charge. We have a trampoline training in Fernie at Max Turyk School and we also train at the COP-Winsport Trampoline in Calgary.

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 in a minor capacity. Truly...every little bit helps.

Check out the volunteer document here.