Frequently Asked Questions


What is the skill level expected for participants in the race program?

This is a competitive alpine ski racing program.  It is not a learn to ski program. The expectation is that participants at the U8 and U10 level are strong skiers with 2 to 3 years of experience and have had formal training. The expectation for the older participants (U12) is that they are athletic, co-ordinated, strong intermediate skiers who can ski parallel.  U14 and U16 participants should be strong skiers with previous race experience.

Can a 6 year-old participate in the program?

The U10 group is for ages 7 to 9 as of December 31, 2016.  You can register your 5 and 6 year old child in the program and with Alpine Ontario however they may not be able to race with the U10s.  If you have a 5 or 6 year old they would have to be very strong skier who have been skiing for at least 2 years.

What does the program cost?

The total cost of the program varies by age group. This year there will be 3 components.
1. Club Registration fee.  The fee is payable to North York Alpine Racing Club by cheque payable to “North York Alpine Racing Club.” or by INTERAC – email transfer to This fee is mandatory and required when you register your child.
2.  Alpine Ontario Registration Fee  – these fees are paid by credit card online directly to Alpine Ontario. Registration is mandatory to join the club and participate in the ski races.  Fees range from approximately $100 for U8/U10 to $287.50 for U16.
3.  North York Ski Centre (Earl Bales) ski pass – The cost is approximately $175 for the season for the afternoon/night season pass. Please purchase directly from the City of Toronto at the North York Ski Centre.  A parent must attend to obtain this pass as waivers need to be signed.

How many racers do you expect to have this year?

This year we expect to have sufficient racers to run 4 teams, one at each level: U8/U10, U12, U14 and U16.

On your web-site, it is mentioned that racers are grouped together. Is this for training only?

We train as a group. With all levels training on the same days during the week. Their are 4 to 6 races for each level on the weekend between mid-January and last week of February (finals).

What is the ratio coach/racers?

Each team has one coach for race day. For training the minimum ratio is 1 to 10. We always have at least 2 coaches during mid-week training.

What are the qualifications of your coaches?

The coaches have to have CFSC Level 1 or higher.

Do they have experience in racing or coaching ski

Yes all of the coaches have had racing experience.

What are the objectives of your racing program? Is the program more oriented towards skiers with limited skiing experience or advance skiers as well?

At the league level of racing the purpose of the program is to improve the confidence of the participants both on or off the snow, to build their skill level, to have fun and meet others who enjoy snow sports.

It is my understanding that Ontario skiers may participate in the Team League or the Individual Racing programs. What program is offered by the North York Alpine Racing Club?

The program offers league level racing at the U10, U12, U14 and U16 Division 2 level.  The U18/21 races will participate in the Division 1 “individual” level.

Do all the participants race in all the races?

We race as a team, so it is important for everyone to participate in all the races. In order to do well we need all participants at each race. There is recognition of the top atheletes. The competitions provide recognition for the top 3 male and female racers and the top 10 racers receive a ribbon.

On race day what time do the participants normally need to be at the ski hill and when are the races usually done?

Participants need to be at the ski hill between 8 and 8:30 am – the competition is usually finished around 12 noon, we break for lunch and then there is coaching for at least 1 hour after the race. So we are usually done at 2 – 2:30pm.

Is there car pooling to get the kids to the races or do we work it out on our own?

Car pooling can be arranged, but it is usually parents doing it, not the club.

Do only certain teams and/or racers participate in the semis and/or finals?

All teams participate in the races and the finals. There are no semis or finals at the U10 league level.

I know the finals say locations TBD but is there a likelihood of a particular location for these events?

Usually the Finals are hosted by a larger club such as Georgian
Peaks or Caledon or Mansfield. Check the race schedule in mid-February for up to date information.

What equipment is required for participation?

At a minimum the following equipment is required – racing helmet (hard shell which covers the ears), Slalom racing skis are mandatory (recreation and twin tips are not acceptable), pole guards (for slalom races), racing suits for U12 and up.