Snow Stars

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Program

Snow Stars is a seven-step skill development guide that offers coaching education and evaluation resources and an assessment tool for alpine, ski cross and para-alpine skiers.  Originally created in 2001, the success of this program is built on its role as an accessible education and planning guide for coaches and families.  Snow Stars was originally created in partnership with the Provincial Sport Organizations (PSO) and the Canadian Ski Coaches Federation (CSCF) as the foundation of Alpine Canada Alpin‘s (ACA) national development system.

Snow Stars actively guides athletes, coaches and parents through a skill development progression aligned with Alpine Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development Plan called AIM 2 Win. This comprehensive plan is specifically designed to support alpine ski racing in Canada and incorporates principles developed by leading sports scientists and coaches across Canada. Together, Snow Stars and Aim 2 Win integrate the acclaimed Canadian Sports for Life Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model to further strengthen grassroots programming.

In partnership with Alpine Canada Alpin, the Canadian Ski Coaches Federation trains and certifies Entry Level coaches according to the principles and guidelines presented in AIM 2 WIN and Snow Stars. Through formal training and accreditation, coaches are introduced to the holistic approach to skill development applied across Canada in club level programs. Ongoing opportunities to evaluate and shape their knowledge through on-line modules, on snow courses and formalized mentoring programs are available to coaches at all levels.

Benefits

The Snow Stars program effectively combines technical, tactical, physical and mental (emotional and cognitive) building blocks as the foundation to build athletic skills. With fundamental athletic skills in place, children benefit from the opportunity to develop qualities that extend beyond a lifelong passion for sport, including leadership, self-esteem, cooperation, peer mentoring and learning, goal setting, task-focused activities and independence. The Snow Stars program guides opportunities to develop lasting friendships, family bonds and memories of on-snow fun, thus cementing a child’s love for alpine skiing.

Children who participate in a variety of physical activities feel confident and are encouraged to continue to build on these skills through competitive and recreational sport activity. They will enjoy overall health benefits by developing greater physical literacy, which encourages them to be more physically active throughout their lives.

Skiing truly is a life-long sport that is practiced by people of every age, shape, size, ethnicity, and level of ability.