The Nakiska Alpine Ski Association is a non-profit organization that was founded in the summer of 2009, bringing together four Nakiska based ski racing clubs who agreed to re-organize their programs to work collaboratively as a goal to build Canada's best alpine ski racing development system. We are proudly the home club of the Nakiska Ski Resort in Kananaskis, Alberta.
In the first season of operation, Nakiska Alpine established itself as one of Alberta’s largest and strongest alpine development systems. A new member club joined the Nakiska Alpine organization in 2011 bringing the current number of member clubs to five. Nakiska Alpine's clubs have continued to grow and improve their programs every year. Nakiska Alpine and its member clubs collectively represent one of the largest alpine ski racing organizations in Western Canada.
In June 2023, Evolve Ski Cross Club became the 6th member of the Nakiska Alpine Ski Association. With the Nakiska Ski Resort hosting the Ski Cross (SX) National Training Centre, aligning Evolve under the Nakiska Alpine banner was the next logical step in the athlete progression model.
Nakiska Alpine's goals are twofold:
To introduce as many athletes as possible to the sport of alpine ski racing and to develop a long term love of the sport.
To create the best alpine development system in Canada, ultimately delivering world-class athletes to Alberta’s Provincial Ski Teams and to Canada’s National Ski Teams.
Nakiska Alpine achieves its goals by maximizing efficiencies and dedicating professional staff at each level, which in turn minimizes the cost of the sport thereby making ski racing accessible to as many families as possible. Each Nakiska Alpine member club is responsible for delivering programs to a specific athlete age group while maintaining consistent philosophies, methodologies and procedures. Nakiska Alpine's member clubs work cooperatively with the goal of preparing each athlete to successfully progress to the next level.
Nakiska Alpine is governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of members from each of its independent member clubs to ensure open communication and equal representation and decision making for athletes at all levels. Each of Nakiska Alpine's independent member clubs are non-profit organizations that maintain independent Boards of Directors who employ their own professional coaches and draw upon parent volunteers to deliver programs to specific age groups. The clubs contribute resources to the non-profit Nakiska Alpine organization for the purposes of employing a full-time Program Director, Executive Administrator and Sport Science Specialist. This professional Nakiska Alpine staff provide consultation and support services to each of the Nakiska Alpine independent member clubs.
The current Nakiska Alpine member clubs and their respective age groups programs include:
Skimeisters Alpine Racing Club: U8 and U10 Nancy Greene Ski League Programs (ages 5 - 9)
Mount Allan Ski Team: U10+ and U12 Programs (ages 9 - 11)
Paskapoo Ski Club: U14 Programs (ages 12 - 13)
Kananaskis Alpine Ski Club: U16 Programs (ages 14 - 15)
National Alpine Training Center: Minimeister and FIS Programs (ages 4 - 5 and 16+)
Evolve Ski Cross Club: SX FIS Programs (16+)
Nakiska Alpine is a leader in the Alberta ski racing community and represents a true grassroots athletic program.
Nakiska Alpine – Creating Tomorrow’s Champions Today!