At what age can kids join the club?
Fernie Freestyle Ski Club provides Freestyle Training for skiers aged 7 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?
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 12, 2020 to April 4, 2021 and athletes can choose to ski one, 1 1/2 or two days each weekend. There is a Christmas camp included along with optional Spring Break Training.
In addition, we have skiing mid-week at Canada Olympic Park that starts mid-December and ends mid-March.
During the fall, winter and spring we offer Trampoline Training.
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.
Whistler Glacier training camp is available in the summer if there are enough interested athletes.
We also run pre-season training at Panorama 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 blue or black runs 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?
For 2020-21 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 early load on the Elk Chair at 8:30AM.
What time does the training run?
For the 2020/21 Winter Season we have shortened our days to eliminate lunch breaks and the need to go inside.
Saturday programs run: 11:30AM-4:00PM
Sunday programs run: 8:30AM-1:30PM (early load on the Elk Chair on Sundays)
Please note that these times will likely be adjusted for the 2021/22 Season.
When and where do you break for lunch?
For the 2020/21 season we are running an adjusted shorter schedule so that there are no lunch breaks. Athletes are encouraged to bring snacks and water in a backpack so that they can hydrate and refuel through the day. Athletes will not be allowed to go inside to eat/drink during a training day.
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?
Generally, we don't ski if it's colder than minus 20 Celsius, including windchill. Please note that for the 2020/21 season, we may need to adjust this policy as we will 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, a helmet is required and a mouth guard is recommended. Powder and mogul skis are optional.
For 2020/21 all athletes must wear a mask. Masks must be worn while in all public areas of Fernie Alpine Resort and during Trampoline Training. Please note that buffs are not enough, a mask is required.
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 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.
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?
After the season starts we will not offer any refunds. Athletes may purchase optional insurance for injuries that can occur during the season. Details can be found on the Team Snap 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 online, 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 trampoline training in Fernie at Max Turyk Community Centre and we also train at the COP-Winsport Trampoline in Calgary.
Trampoline sessions run in SPRING, FALL & WINTER sessions, along with SUMMER CAMPS.
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.