High Performance Youth Program

Canadian Alpine Ski Racing Camp


This is a high-performance program for serious youth athletes in the ‘Learning to Train’ and ‘Training to Train’ phases of long term athlete development based in Canmore, Alberta


Alberta Nakiska

IR is an independent alpine ski racing organization that supports the ambition of athletes who want to take it to the next level.

We design individual athletic plans for you and your goals; Together, it is our responsibility to find the most efficient and practical path to improved and sustainable performance

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Olympics 1988, 10 Events

Located in Canmore, Alberta, the ‘High-Performance Youth Program (HPYP)’ runs from November 2020 – May 2021. The program starts with a fall camp @ Sun Peaks and ends with a speed/equipment testing camp @ Sunshine in May.

The modules provide what we think is the ideal amount of training stimulus for u12 – u14 (high volume – high focus over short specific blocks), with adequate time for school, physical training, other activities and rest

There are no activities planned for the period December 17 – January 25. We are taking the latter portion of December and most of January off to allow for;

* Better use of the warmer months (namely April in Norway and May at Sunshine)
* Peak performance (learning & passion) in the latter 1/3 of the season
* Focused high volume in season physical training block during December – January, designed to make significant in season gains
* Scholastic advancement

The IR system is designed to build the foundational mindset, athletic and technical – tactical skills that will hold up in the most demanding situations.


• That a growth mindset provides the foundation for success in sport & life
• That strong character development and accountability are keys to growth
• In durability…you’re never going to be fast watching from the sidelines. We believe in developing the flexibility, mobility, strength, power & movement skills needed to keep you on the hill and performing your best, day in day out.
• In finding practical and lasting solutions to athletic development
• That athleticism is key to long term success…you must be a ripping athlete to ski fast
• That a good athlete can do anything anywhere, and on any snow surface
• That good ol’ fashioned hard work pays off in the end

We offer focused training blocks in both SL and GS. The IR environment is focused, structured, challenging and encouraging. The IR culture is based on respect, work ethic and an understanding of what it takes to be successful on the hill and most importantly in life. We are focused on the whole athlete.


• Improve Performance…increase productivity and understanding
• Decrease injury potential…increase durability & maximize training volume
• Increase motivation…go all in and engage fully
• Develop a practical plan…develop practical & sustainable strategies for success
• Create a balanced lifestyle…find the right life – sport balance for you

High-Performance program for serious youth athletes in the ‘Learning to Train’ and ‘Training to Train’ phases of long term athlete development

Small group training
5:1 athlete to coach ratio
High-quality training groups of like-minded athletes
Keeping the quality high while maintaining a small bubble
COVID safe program design and operating protocols
Acceptance to the program is on application only

The ‘HPYP’ consists of 6 modules, each module having distinct objectives;
Full program: 80 days on snow

Module 1 : 15 days on snow November – December
Module 2 : 10 days on snow December
Module 3 : 12 days on snow January – February
Module 4 : 12 days on snow February – March
Module 5 : 26 days on snow March – April
Module 6 : 8 days on snow in May

Families can choose the modules that best suit their needs, or the full program

* Individual modules are used to supplement an athlete’s club program
* The full schedule can be viewed as a replacement to a club program, or as a robust supplement to a club program
* At 80 in season days, the full-time program does hit the in season volume targeted by most national federations for this age group including Canada, Austria and Norway.



* Hire of training lanes
* Dry land training sessions
* Individual athlete analysis
* Daily video analysis
* IR logistics and management of the program
* Coaches fees and associated costs
* Cover for gates and breakages
* Park and road tolls
* Phone, internet and coordination costs


* Airfare
* Accommodation & meals
* Lift passes
* Travel and competition insurance
* Airport pick up / drop off
* Snack food
* Alpine Canada registration
* FIS license (for FIS athletes)
* International Competition License (ICL) (for FIS athletes)
* Away race costs
* Race entries
* Lift tickets away from the base mountain
* Personal spending money
* Personal equipment purchase
* Conditioning activities delivered by external program providers


Located on the Bow River and flanked on all sides by the front ranges of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the town of Canmore is a special place. It’s a medium sized mountain town that’s big on community, personality, and a love for mountain sports. It has the infrastructure and amenities that we need to support our program.

A little bit about the place…

Modern municipal infrastructure including;
* Full service supermarkets
* 72 bed hospital
* World class Nordic Ski Centre
* Ice hockey arenas
* Primary & secondary schools
* Full range of retail and specialty shops
* Impressive assortment of restaurants
* 12,000 permanent residents
* 6,000 non-permanent residents & 2nd home owners
* Elevation 1309m (4296 feet) with the surrounding peaks reaching 2919m’s (9633 feet)
* Latitude: 51.087977, Longitude: -115.349418

Tourism, lifestyle, health and wellness form the major economic base. Canmore has a young, energetic, diverse and well-educated population that values a vigorous, outdoor adventure lifestyle that allows them to come home to comfort and amenities usually reserved for city life.

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