• Dick Daigle


Masters Ski Racing

Masters racers clearly have made the determination to pursue the sport for life. A Masters program adheres to the philosophy that all racers have potential, and that they are continually striving for more and supports each individual’s level of commitment to advancement and excellence.

Coaches working at this level continue to focus on technical and tactical development, but with an appreciation that Masters racers have a higher level of personal understanding regarding their physical capacities and competition goals.

In 2013, PMRC Masters racing began at Poley Mountain with 13 adults who had the desire to learn more about alpine ski racing and the need for speed.

2014 saw the PMRC Masters program expand into a 10 week learn to race program for intermediate and advanced skiers 18 years of age and older. It was coached by Ian Banks and Toby Bourque focused on improving skill, learning to compete and having fun through gate training with timing. The season highlight was racing in the Provincial NB Cup.

Masters racing in Canada and internationally use 5 year age categories for determining place. In Canada the first age category is 18-29, then 5 year increments past that for each gender, all the way up to 90+. Internationally, FIS Masters start at age 30.

The Opportunity

  • Increase participation in skiing
  • Increase exercise and athleticism in adult population
  • Bridging the gap from U18 racing to adult racing
  • Demonstrate that racing doesn’t end at U18

Sport participation in Canada is on the decline. Fewer Canadians age 15 years and older participated in sport in 2010 than in 2005. In 1998, the results of the General Social Survey showed that 34% of Canadians age 15 and older, or 8.3 million people, participated in sport. This was a drop from a 45% sport participation rate in 1992. By 2005, the number of participants had decreased to 28% of the population. In 2010, only 7.2 million people, or 26% of Canadians age 15 years and older, reported participating in sport on a regular basis.

Nevertheless, the rate of declining sport participation in Canada seems to be slowing down. While the percentage of Canadians actively participating in sport fell by 11% from 1992 to 1998, the decrease from 2005 to 2010 was only 2.2%. This trend is especially true for male Canadians whose participation rate has barely decreased in the past 5 years (-0.2%) compared to decreases of 9% from 1992 to 1998 and of 8% from 1998 to 2005.

Purpose and Mission

  • have fun
  • learn to race
  • competition
  • fitness
  • social
  • accessibile
    • skill: intermediate to advanced
    • money: should not be a deterrent
    • time: flexible training and racing options