The U16 age program is aimed at providing athletes, aged 14 and 15, the continuation of the ACA LTSD Learn to Race phase and progress into ACA LTSD Train to Race phase. U16 competition events are to be focused on the development of ski racing skills and promoting the performance on demand.
Any child that is 14-15 years of age as of December 31st of the current season is eligible for the U16 racing program.
Each season, AOA hosts a series of U16 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.