The Ski League is for children from 5
to 14 years of age (5 year olds participate in what is called NGSL). In this phase, the children may just learn how to ski or they
might be advanced enough to be
introduced to simple team ski races and a variety of
more sophisticated skills. Under the guidance of a qualified coach with a
group of children with similar age and skill levels, the children will
ski all kinds of terrain and snow
conditions such as corduroy, bumps, trails, powder,
ice and crud. Safety is of utmost importance at all times.
They call the FUN-damental phase because
it focuses on creating a fun, loosely structured program. The phase
focuses on the development of physical capacities such as Agility,
Balance, Coordination (ABC's), speed,
flexibility, and endurance through games and fun
activities. Basic skiing and mental skills are being preserved and
The children will be evaluated throughout the
season in accordance using a skill awards program. Through this program,
your child’s progress at achieving specific skill levels will be
evaluated regularly. At the time of the
evaluation both your child and their coach will be
given feedback on areas for development.
The season starts with a Christmas Camp, 4 days of
programming, over the Christmas Break. During the season, skiers can
participate in either a one day program (either Saturday or Sunday) or a
two day program over both Saturday
and Sunday. They offered only on
Saturdays. The children will participate in 2 to 3 races over the season
and the Skimeister. The schedule will be posted on the website.
Morning Program: 9:00 – 11:30
Lunch Break: 11:30 am – 12:30 (with the child’s family)
Afternoon Program 12:30 – 3:00
Drop Off & Pick-Up Location
The drop off and pick up location is the bottom of Clifford Chair – far side of chair lift.
If your child arrives late for the program, you may
find the coach doing one loop on the Clifford Chair but if is often very
difficult to find groups once they start.
Children aged 5 to 8 years must be picked up by a
parent (alternate arrangements must be made between the parent and the
coach). Please be prompt when picking up your children – the coach needs
a break too!
Helmets designed for skiing are mandatory.
Skis and bindings must meet current safety standards.
Skimeister requires nordic equipment – if you don’t
own this, you may want to arrange for rental equipment at an early date
as rental shops have been know to run out. Children use their alpine
skis for the jumping competition.
Downhill suits are not allowed.
Lift pass is not included in the program fees.
Training and races are held regardless of the weather as long as the hill is open!
The hill’s telephone number is 827-1717. If the
program is cancelled for the day, families will receive a phone call in
the early morning. Dress appropriately – in wet weather a 2nd ski suit
is handy if you have one. Always check
your e-mail or the OSC website if weather is a
Volunteering is a big part of the OSC and a great
way to get to know other families. Belonging to the OSC includes socials
and other events where you will have an opportunity to meet people both
on and off the hill. Parents are
expected to volunteer time for race days, including
Skimeister. Please check the volunteer schedule on the website. If you
can’t work at your scheduled time, it is your responsibility to arrange
to switch with someone else. You
children are depending on your support – don’t let
The OSC uses Alpine Canada’s Snow Stars skill
awards program. Through this program, your child’s progress at achieving
specific skill levels will be evaluated regularly through a
skill-testing program. At the time of the
evaluation both your child and their coach will be
given feedback on areas for development. A schedule for evaluation will
be available on the website.
A long-standing tradition of the Ottawaskiclub.com is the Skimeister competition.
a two-day, four-event competition that gives skiers a
chance to try other disciplines. The four events of the Skimeister
competition are Giant Slalom, Slalom, Cross Country Skiing and Ski
Jumping. Children compete against other
skiers according to their age grouping regardless of
their skill level or the number of years they have skied. Times for the
Alpine events are posted for the racers to see. Nordic equipment is
required for the Cross Country Skiing
component and if you don’t own this, you will want to
arrange for rentals at an early date. Children use their regular skis
for the jumping competition. Children qualify for Skimeister awards only
if they compete in all four events.
- Start with a good night sleep. Skiers are
spending the day outside getting lots of exercise and they must be well
rested and ready to ski.
- Skiers are expected to be well behaved and respectful of their coach and the other children in their group.
- Make sure your child eats a good breakfast
before they hit the snow. Ensure that they have a good lunch to re-fuel
for the afternoon.
- Have your child make a “pit stop” at the washroom before they head out in the morning and again at lunch.
- Warm clothes are a must. Skiers will stay outside for the entire morning and afternoon, even on cold days.
- Be dry. Check to make sure all mitts, socks,
neck warmers, helmets, ski boot liners and clothing are dry. Dry all
clothing and equipment on Saturday night so that your child is ready to
go on Sunday morning. Pack an extra pair
of socks and mitts just in case they get wet during
- You may want to tuck a $2 coin into your child’s pocket in case it’s a very cold day and the group stops for a hot chocolate.
- Goggles are strongly recommended.