NASA's Development System
Alpine ski racing is a unique sport in that we don't have tiering and we don't have select teams until U16, at the earliest, and only for specific events like the Canada Winter Games or race opportunities nationally and internationally. We are a commitment based sport where your results from U6 to U16 don't carry forward from season to season. Every athlete starts fresh once they register for their first season of FIS at the age of 16 and the only legacy an athlete takes with them into FIS is their work ethic, their coachability and their love of the sport.
Your athlete's pathway through our program is based on their desire to alpine ski race. If they have goals of reaching the Provincial or National team, we have a program stream for them. If they are interested in a strong development system with less time on snow, we have a program stream for them. And if your athlete isn't sure from season to season, they are welcome to jump between program streams.
Your athlete's ski racing career doesn't need to end at U16 if they decide to not join our FIS programming. We are pleased to partner with the Alberta Masters Ski Club, also based out of the Nakiska Ski Resort, who provide exceptional Competitive for Life and Skier for Life programs for anyone who has aged out of our minor sport organization. The Alberta Masters Ski Club focuses on SL, GS and SG disciplines and travels nationally and internationally for racing opportunities.
Athletes who retire from ski racing are also eligible to start coaching at 16 years of age. Please contact our Program Director if this is of interest to you.
Alpine ski racing is a life long sport. Your experience in this sport is solely dictated by your desire to spend time on a ski hill enjoying the Canadian Rockies, so please pick a pathway that suits you and join us this season!