The U14 age program is aimed at providing athletes aged 12 and 13, the ‘FUNdamentals’ of skiing as they progress into the Learn to Train phase as defined in the ACA LTSD phases of Skier Essentials and Learn to Train. The ACA SnowStars program continues to offer athletic guidance at levels 6 and 7. U14 competition events are to be focused on the development of ski racing skills while beginning to promote performance on demand. Athletes will ski SL, GS, Speed and Ski Cross either in competition or at Skills Camps.
In the Southern Ontario Division (SOD), due to the large number of athletes, a Division 2 program is aimed at athletes who wish to continue to develop skiing skills and compete at a more recreational level. SOD Division 2 athletes are able to continue their personal growth and enter events from the other stream of competition events with specific limitations (see current Program Guidelines in documents below).
Athletes must be 12-13 years of age as of December 31st of the current season to be eligible for the U14 racing program.
Each season, AOA hosts a series of U14 skills camps to provide athletes with additional days on snow to help develop strong, basic skiing skills. The skills camps provide additional training days to supplement the development that the clubs are providing. The camps focus on creating a stimulating, challenging, fun environment for the athletes to fuel their passion for the sport and improve their basic skills. The camps are divided into three groups for different ages. The 2-day camps can be best described as: professional, safe, educational, and FUN. A low coach-to-athlete ratio, combined with top level coaches helps to ensure that athletes will progress. Alpine Ontario will be using Ontario Team staff and club Head Coaches whenever possible.