Children from 3 to 5 years old – winter 2015-2016
This program is designed to meet the physical needs and capacities of very young children. It is based on the CSIA Skier Development Program (CANADIAN SKI INSTUCTORS’ ALLIANCE),
The skier Development Program offers six (6) levels of development for young skiers aged under six (Mini Vikings), the Little Owls here at Owl’s Head. Il is adapted to the age and motor development of children of this age group.
In short, the program adapts to children 3 to 5 years, the basic principles of the CSIA’s ski teaching method, namely:
It is important for parents, and skiers of all ages to understand that skiing skills develop gradually. New skills may be apparent on easy terrain but not al¬ways present in more challenging situations. For example a skier that is parallel most of the time on green ter-rain may still use snowplow type turns in difficult terrain or conditions. This is why the evaluation of skiers using this progression specifies terrain for each development stage.
TECHNICAL BUILDING BLOCKS FOR YOUNG SKIERS
The building blocks for the technical development of young skiers can be very simple.
Skiing is a decision making sport.
Skills are developed by experimentation, so we put skiers in situations that oblige them to find solutions. We are not too concerned with perfect form. Goals are related to speed, turn shape and outcomes. Emphasis is put on the success of these objectives and let form be determined by function.
The feet guide and support the body.
Kids are pretty good about staying in balance naturally. Skiing works from the feet up, so we use skating, hopping or anything else that develops mobility of the feet.
Use all the joints for strength and mobility.
Having access to ankles, knees and hips creates strong alignment to deal with forces and stay in balance with less fatigue. This mobility helps with all forms of balance and turning.
Rotate with the lower body.
Many skiers tend to twist in the direction of the turn with the hips or upper body. This rotation causes a loss of balance and efficiency. We encourage steering using the legs by pointing the ski tips into the turn, and keep the upper body stable and over the outside ski.
Edge using separation and angulation = balance mostly on the outside ski.
We encourage a natural separation between the upper and lower body, and use the hips to put the skis on edge. Traversing, side-slipping and hockey stops are some of the ways to develop this feeling. This puts most of the balance more on the outside ski for better edge grip and control.
For both the holiday camps and the 9 weeks program the times and schedules, are the same.
The PENGUIN (PI), PANDA (PA) and GIRAFFE (GI), are the first three levels. This group level has one hour (1 hr) of lesson, with a maximum ratio of 2 students per instructor or assistant;
The ZEBRA (ZE) DINOSAUR (DI) and TIGER (IT), levels have an hour and a half (1.5 hr) of lesson, maximum ratio 4 students per instructor or assistant;
Holiday Camps – 2015
The rates and schedule for the holiday camps are:
The PENGUIN (PI), PANDA (PA) and GIRAFFE (GI), levels: $ 140, taxes included, per 3 days camp;
The ZEBRA (ZE) DINOSAUR (DI) and TIGER (IT), ), levels: $ 150, taxes included, per 3 days camp;
Dates: December 26, 27 and 28, 2015, and, or, December 29, 30 and 31, 2015.
Hours: 9:30 to 10:30 for the PENGUIN (PI), PANDA (PA) and GIRAFFE (GI) groups;
10:30 to 12:00 for the ZEBRA (ZE) DINOSAUR (DI) and TIGER (TI) groups.
Lift tickets: although the lift ticket is free for children 5 and under, a ticket is nonetheless required.
3 Days of instruction for children 3 to 5 years.
Helmet is mandatory.
9 Weekends Program – winter-2016
This program runs for 9 consecutive weeks either Saturday or Sunday mornings, From January 9th to March 6th 2016.
The program is for skiers only.
The courses are based on the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance training program (CSIA). The course price includes a group photo, and a report card at the end of the course.
Duration and student to instructor ratio:
For the PENGUIN (PI), PANDA (PA) and GIRAFFE (GI), groups: An hour of lesson.
With a maximum ratio of 2 students, per instructor or assistant.
Schedule: 9:30 to 10:30 for PENGUIN (PI), PANDA (PA) and GIRAFFE (GI) groups;
Cost: $ 410 including taxes.
For the ZEBRA (ZE), DINOSAUR (DI), and TIGER (TI), groups: An hour and a half of lesson.
With a maximum ratio of 4 students, per instructor or assistant.
Cost: $ 435 including taxes.
Schedule: 10:30 to 12:00 for ZEBRA (ZE) DINOSAUR (DI) and TIGER (TI) groups.
Helmet is mandatory.
* Add 2 hours in the afternoon at our little owls day care center for only $15/day (taxes included)