The U18+ age program is aimed at providing athletes, aged 16 years or older with programming based on the ACA LTSD Learn to Race phase and progressing to the Train to Race and Train to Win phases of the ACA LTSD. The U18+ age group provides the most diversity for an athlete to compete. U18+ is the age where not only can an athlete ski race domestically within Canada but can also register as an international athlete with the International Ski Federation (FIS). AOA/SOD operate 2 separate racing programs based on the Athlete Registration (NATIONAL or FIS).
With a National Card, athletes may only ski in events sanctioned by ACA however FIS carded athletes can ski in both FIS and ACA sanctioned events.
At this level, athlete performance becomes a strong focus of the competitions; while the development of strong skiing skills remains a crucial element of the program.
Athletes may ski SL, GS, Speed (DH and Super G) and Ski Cross either in competition or at skills camps dependent on registration.
Any athlete that is 16+ years of age as of December 31st of the current season.