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January 9, 2020
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FRIDAY NIGHTS @ BLUE! 
Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA) and Blue Mountain Resorts (BMR) are thrilled to announce a new partnership to promote ski cross development in Ontario. For the first time ever, AOA is working alongside Blue Mountain for nine consecutive Friday nights, January 17th through to March 13th. The program, entitled “Nights At Blue”, will be open to U12+ registered AOA athletes and all registered AOA coaches. Training will run on ‘L-Hill’ which will be transitioned into various SX training sections.

AOA Competition Director, Robyn Skinner comments, “We are super excited to be working with Blue Mountain, one of the largest public ski resorts in the province, to elevate the discipline of ski cross. This program will allow kids to test their skills in a relatively unstructured, fun environment with friends from different clubs.

Athletically, the training will allow skiers to work on tucking, gliding, long impulse, patience, timing, tactics, line interpretation, air and more! For coaches, there is also a great learning opportunity to take part in mock SX races as they learn to get comfortable with the format and pacing of a real event.  AOA is also working on running an SX Intro to Coaching On-Snow Module to identified sessions to train more coaches in this growing, dynamic discipline of Ski Cross.”

Athletes in the U12 category must be accompanied by a coach but for those in U14 and older they may register without a coach representative. Each night is only $20 plus your lift ticket. If considering the full 9-week program members are encouraged to purchase the Blue Mountain 5×7 pass which is being offered at the early bird rate with proof of AOA membership.  Click here to complete your application and remember to present your AOA membership receipt at Blue Mountain Guest Services to purchase at this special rate. 

Early Bird Pricing:
Adult 299 + tax
Youth (age 5-12) 189 +tax
Young Adult (13-22) 249 +tax

Please visit the AOA Events Calendar in the coming days for details and registration. 


UPCOMING EVENTS

Technica Cup / NOD (Adanac Ski Club)
2020-01-11 to 2020-01-12

NZ SL Night Training (Mt Ste Louis Moonstone)
2020-01-15 to 2020-01-15

NZ Thursday Night Slalom Training Session 5-8 pm (Craigleith Ski Club)
2020-01-16 to 2020-01-16

U14 SOD OCUP (Craigleith Ski Club)
2020-01-16 to 2020-01-16

Fridays at Blue
2020-01-17 to 2020-01-17

AOA SX/SBX (Sir Sam's )
2020-01-17 to 2020-01-19

EVENTS CALENDAR>
Officials/Volunteers Needed
Please sign up online https://www.alpineontario.ca/volunteer/  

NZ NIGHTS START NEXT WEEK
Wednesday's at Mount St Louis Moonstone
Register at www.glacierskiclub.com/nz

 
NZ THURSDAY NIGHT TRAINING
Craigleith Ski Club 
Register at www.nzfoundation.ca

 
RAYMOND JAMES NOR-AM CUP
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FEB 4-8TH 
Stay tuned for some exciting news around this event next week. All three host clubs will be needing your help so please contact them directly or sign up here to volunteer.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Tuesday, Feb 4th          Georgian Peaks, Giant Slalom           
Wednesday, Feb 5th    Georgian Peaks, Giant Slalom
Thursday, Feb 6th        Osler Bluff Ski Club, Slalom
Friday, Feb 7th             Osler Bluff Ski Club, Slalom
Saturday, Feb. 8th        Craigleith Ski Club, Parallel Slalom Night race
ONTARIO WINTER GAMES 
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR U19 ATHLETES

 
The 2020 Ontario Winter Games is taking place February 26-28 (SL, SX, GS) at Mt St Louis Moonstone just outside Barrie. This is a wonderful U19 opportunity and incredible value for all 16-18 years old across the province. 

All race entries/lift tickets, accommodations, opening ceremonies, meals and travel to and from venue to accommodation is included in the entry fee of only $165 (+ HST)  The only requirement is that athletes must compete in one SX event leading up the Winter Games so they may compete in the SX event.

Skier Cross events are listed on this website https://www.ontariosnowboarders.ca/events/
All participants – athletes, coaches and officials must pre-register.   Registration is open till January 27, 2020.   Register here.

 
SOD NEWS
SKILLS CAMPS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

 
Great Skiers Make Great Racers! 
Please log in to register for these camps here>

Event Name    Dates    Location    Discipline
U10/U12, Jan 31, Mansfield, SL
U10/U12, Feb 14, Heights of Horseshoe, SL/Terrain
U10/U12/U14, Mar 16-17, Beaver Valley, SX/SPEED

U14/U16 *, Jan 28/29, Georgian Peaks, GS/Terrain
U14/U16, All-Female Camp, Feb 6-7, Osler Bluff, SL
U14/U16 , Feb 14, Devil’s Glen, SL
*club coach must attend  
Sign up early for this exciting camp led in partnership with Fast & Female who will ensure your girls have two amazing days on snow!!  These girls will be training alongside the FIS athletes in the Raymond James Nor-Am Cup also taking place at Osler. LOG IN TO REGISTER HERE>
LSDA NEWS
MACKENZIE U16 OCUP FINALS 
www.u16ski.ca
NOD NEWS: How do we get U14s to...
Article by NOD Coach & U14 AOA Consultant, Gordie Real

 

How do we as coaches get our athletes to…

  • Be in a strong stance at the start of the turn?
  • Start to bend the skis?
  • Have upper body discipline throughout the turn?
  • Not get pushed onto their heels at the end of the turn?
  • Have their body moving to the next turn to pick up a clean edge?

There’s a lot going on in a 2second GS turn...
FULL ARTICLE HERE>

NCD NEWS: 
WE LOVE YOUR SPIRIT CAMP FORTUNE!! 
GOAL SETTING FOR 2020
Now is the time to set SMART Goals for 2020

 
In the past SXS Fitness owner, Stefan Overgaard has written about SMART goals as they relate to the semi-annual SOD Fitness Testing. The premise of Stefan's blog is SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely) which are widely used in work and sport. Read his September blog here>  AOA staff also follow PHD sport psychologist, Dr Jim Taylor, and suggest ski coaches read this blog about Micros and Macros goals.

Now if you don't believe Goal Setting is important you should read this well-known study by Harvard about its business school.

Regardless of your role at AOA, we invite everyone to take the first step and write down your goals. Often that is the hardest part and hopefully, it will pave the way to a happy and successful 2020! 
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