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									       K1 (11-12)
     Upper End Racer





                                    Nitehawk Alpine Ski Team
                                        2009-2010 Season

                             IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

        POSITION                     NAME             PHONE       EMAIL
        President                    Maria McNair     830-0038
        Past President               Brad Martin      538-9227
        Treasurer                    Donna Brancati   539-1479
        Secretary                    Debra Muir       539-7855     bdmuir@gmail. Com
        Registration                 Veronica Judge   513-9593
        Alpine Chair                 Brad Martin      538-9227
        Bingo Coordinator            Linda Nagge      538-0823
        Raffle Ticket Coordinator    Randy Glenn      513-2222
        Nancy Green Coordinator      Garth Campbell   538-0640
        Parent Coordinator           Nadine Glenn     513-2222
        ROC Chair                    Dave Pilger      539-4369
        Head Coach                   Andrew Walker    933-9122

        Nitehawk Ski Area                             532-6637
        Nitehawk Ski Area Website           
        Alberta Alpine Website              

        Nancy Greene
                                            Thursday Nights 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
                                                Sundays     10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

        Upper End Program                   Wednesday Nights 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
                                            Thursday Nights 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
                                            Saturdays:      10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
                                            Sundays:       10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
WEATHER: Training will be cancelled if it is –23C at the hill or colder 1 hour prior to
start time.

                          NITEHAWK ALPINE SKI TEAM
                              Banff Lodging Company
                          PROVINCIAL K1 RACE SERIES

Who: Competitors born in 1997 and 1998
Skill Level: Alpine Integration Model: Learn to train/Learn to race
Where: Provincial


The K1 Series is a provincial program intended to introduce young skiers to the train-to-train
stage of skill development. The program provides a competitive series for 11 and 12 year old
skiers, which allows them to test their skills against their peers at a provincial level.

The K1 Series also develops ski specific physical and mental skills, and continues to develop the
technical skills learned in the Nancy Greene Ski League. The Husky Snow Stars program is an
excellent teaching tool, and clubs should pursue the goal of having a high percentage of K1
skiers achieve Level 7.

Frequently asked questions:
What is K1?

K1 stands for Kinder 1 and is the category designation for all skiers registered in Alberta between
the ages of 11 & 12.

What changes from the Nancy Greene Program to K1?

K1 is the next continuation for skiers that are too old to ski in Nancy Greene Events. K1 skiers
have many more opportunities to race and compete against competitors from all of Alberta.

Generally the kids will also train more and become more interested in competitive skiing.

K1 skiers need to be more independent then NG skiers. They must be able to follow their
coach’s instructions properly.

What is the difference between a Nancy Greene Race and a K1 race?

Nancy Greene races are setup with a medium sized turn on easy terrain to promote confidence.
In K1 the kids will experience a variety of different turn shapes on a variety of terrain. In K1 we
ski three main events.

What different events do K1’s ski?

Slalom: Slalom is the most technical discipline; courses are set with gates close together.
Racers must negotiate a series of different short quick turns on terrain of varying steepness.

Giant Slalom: Giant Slalom or GS for short is a longer turn shape then slalom. Speed is
generally higher then if Slalom and the course are longer. This is a very similar turn shape to the
races skied in Nancy Greene.

K1 FAQ continued

Super Giant Slalom: Super Giant Slalom is better known as Super G. This is the fastest speed
event that K1’s will ski. The turn shape is very large the run is generally steeper and speeds are
quite fast. These courses will also sometimes have a jump in them depending on snow
conditions and run safety.

Super Combined: Super Combined is usually called Super Combi. This is a hybrid event
combining one run of Super G and one run of Slalom. This event requires a very versatile skier
to be successful.

Kinder Kombined: Kinder Kombi is a very new event which was introduced just a year ago.
This event combines Slalom turns and Giant Slalom turns together in one course in random

Does my child have to race?
No, your child does not have to attend provincial series races. It is preferred that all K1’s take
part and participate in competition. If a child is new to K1 and parents are not sure as to what
events would be appropriate the coach will make suggestions to the family. Children should be
encouraged to try some of the races as competition builds character.

What is the regional race series?
This is a series of races that are held at the smaller Edmonton river valley hills.

What is the Provincial race series?
The Provincial race series is the main race series for K1 skiers across Alberta. These events
take place all across Alberta how ever these races are generally in the southern part of the

What equipment does my K1 need?
If your child is planning to attend more then two provincial races in a season they will require the

Helmet (must have hard ear coverings)
Slalom race skis (These must be ordered as ski shops do not stock them)
Giant Slalom race skis (These are recommended highly if your child is attending a GS or
Downhill Suit (This is the tight speed suit and are a necessity of ski racing, they generally have
to ordered from ski shops in Edmonton)
Shin Guards (These protect the skiers shin against impact from gates a must have)
Poles (All K1 skiers should be skiing with poles)
Goggles (A good pair of ski goggles is very important for ski racing. Due to high speeds and
training at night proper vision is very important)
Ski Tuning Kit (Racers skiing K1 must be able to have there skis properly maintained away from
home on races)
Spine Protector (This is a new highly recommended piece of safety equipment. They will go a
long way in reducing serious spine injury)
Mouth Guard (This is another important piece of safety gear. Teeth can be damaged by falls or
collisions on the hill. A very good investment as they are inexpensive and teeth are not)

If you have any questions about any of the gear listed above please ask Andrew our Head

                                    K1 Race Dates and Locations
                                               2009 – 2010

Please Note: All K1 racers must give proper cancelation notice to Alpine chair and
 Head Coach 24 hours prior to race entry deadline. Failure to do so will result in
    that racer being charged for their full race entry fee as well as a portion of
                              accommodation cost.

January 16 & 17 Nakiska, Kananaskis Alberta: Giant Slalom/Slalom
This event will be important for all second year K1’s for Provincial series points. For
first year K1’s this is a good intro race to experience GS in the mountains.

January 24 & 25 Nakiska, Kananaskis Alberta: Speed Skills Camp
This event is a very important event for both first and second year K2’s. This camp is a
great opportunity to learn Super G skills in a very safe environment. Please be aware that
this event requires participants to be strong skiers at high speed. First year K1’s will
need approval from their coach to attend. Alberta Alpine sets a level of skiing that K1’s
must have too attend this event. All K1’s who attended last season’s camp are eligible to
attend this camp.

February 4-7 Cold lake Alberta: Alberta Winter Games
This event is a great one for all K1 skiers for a few reasons. Number one it’s in Grande
Prairie!!!! This is a great and rare chance for our racers to compete on a provincial level
from home.

February 20-22 Mt.Norquay Alberta: K1 Western Canadian Championships
This event is for the top K1 skiers from B.C, Alberta and Sask.

March 6 & 7 Rabbit Hill, Edmonton Alberta: Slalom
This event would be a good event for 1st year K1’s due to the shorter run length. This is
also a shorter easier drive for parents not wanting to travel to the Banff area.

March 27, 28 & 29 Panorama, Inveremere British Colombia: K1 Provincial Finals
This is the Final event of the K1 skiing series. This is a chance to ski at Panorama which
is a fantastic mountain! This venue is used for the K2 speed events so it is a great chance
to learn the terrain. This is a Giant Slalom, Slalom and Kinder Kombi.

April 10, 11 & 12 Whistler Mountain, Whistler British Columbia: Whistler Cup
This race is the World Championships for 11-14 year old skiers. Attending this event is
the pinnacle of ski racing for skiers of this age category. Many of current Olympic level
skiers have attended this event in past seasons.

All races in black text are open to all K1 skiers that would like to attend.

All races in Red text are races that skiers must qualify to attend.

Chaperone Policy (approved January 10, 2007)

The Nitehawk Alpine Ski Team will ensure the athletes representing the club are well supervised while
representing the club away from Grande Prairie for training or races. Chaperones must be approved by the
Alpine Chair or the Club President prior to attendance at an event. The Alpine Chair and Head Coach shall
coordinate a meeting at the start of the season to determine the races the club/athletes will be attending. A
chaperone schedule shall be devised with an opportunity for all parents to fill the positions.

The number of athletes attending an event will determine the number of designated chaperones.

4 or less athletes = 1 chaperone
5 or more athletes = 2 chaperones

If boys and girls are attending the same event, and there are more than 5 athletes, an effort would be made
to have one male and one female chaperone.

All chaperones must complete an intervention record check prior to filling the role of club chaperone.
Through Alberta Children and youth services 2nd floor of Nordic court. There should be no cost for this

All chaperones must be Alberta Alpine General Members. The club shall pay the cost of the general

First Aid Kit: All official chaperones must carry a well stocked first aid kit.

Duties of the Chaperone

        The coach is responsible for the athlete on hill supervision.

        The Chaperone is responsible for off hill supervision of athletes. This includes but not limited to
         supervision of the athletes while in the vehicle, in public and at the hotel.

        The designated chaperone(s) is the race volunteer if needed.

        The chaperone is responsible to ensure athlete maintains appropriate behavior and are excellent
         representatives of Nitehawk Alpine Ski Team. The chaperone will also ensure that the
         rules/procedures set forth by the coach are adhered to; such as curfew, cell phone, lights out,
         wake-up, nutritional requirements, etc.

        The chaperone must be present and actively supervising if an athlete uses the swimming pool.

        The chaperone shall contact the parent of an athlete that is injured or who has major discipline
         issues. The chaperone shall be in possession of the contact information and health care numbers
         for all athletes.

        All major incidents (injury or behavior) shall be documented by the chaperone and submitted to
         the Club Executive for review. Smoking, alcohol or drug use by the athlete when at a race or
         training event shall constitute a major incident. Athletes who engage in this behavior will be
         removed from the Nitehawk Alpine Ski Team.

        In the event that there are more parents in attendance than the designated chaperone(s); chaperone
         duties may be shared with other parents. The most important thing is that all duties are covered.
         i.e. A parent other than the designated chaperone may choose to supervise the kids while they are
         swimming or volunteer to work the race, etc.

Chaperone Expenses

        The designated chaperone(s) shall have their accommodation paid for by the club. This will be
         shared accommodation if possible. The head coach is responsible for booking accommodation for
         the driver/chaperone(s). An effort will be made to minimize the number of hotel rooms needed to
         minimize the costs to the racers and the club.

        Meals and transportation expenses will not covered by the club.

Driver Policy (approved January 10, 2007)

The club understands that athletes must be transported to races and training events. All arrangements in
respect to transportation of athletes to events, is the responsibility of the parents, not the club. The club
encourages that all parents equally share the driving responsibilities. The Alpine Chair will develop a
schedule that outlines who is driving to the various events.

        The club encourages that the drivers have minimum 2 million dollars insurance liability coverage.

        The club will not pay for the transportation costs associated with the use of the drivers’ personal

        If a driver wants reimbursement/compensation for the transportation of athletes, this is strictly
         between the driver and the parents. The club recommends that any billing of expenses must be
         communicated to the parents prior to the event.

        The club will not be responsible for billing racers for transportation expenses.

The club encourages that all parents drive to various events. The club believes that if all families equally
share the transportation of athletes, no billing of gasoline or other transportation related expenses should
have to occur.

Adults acting as chaperones must understand that it is not intended as a ski holiday funded by the
club —nor does it mean you must be with the kids 24 hours a day. Those who are drivers and chaperones
must do their part to make sure it is a positive experience for everyone—first and foremost, the athletes.

Parents accompanying racers must understand that it is NOT about them, but rather about the athletes.
For example, parents should not take the best rooms, best beds; pick places of dining, etc., without
involving the athletes. The Coach should be the key player in these decisions.

1)   Driving:

     - Transportation of athletes to and from races is solely the responsibility of the parents.

     - Decisions about sharing / rotating driving responsibilities can be made by parents after
     they have decided which races their children will be attending. It would be best to decide
     this at the designated parent meetings.

     - Decisions with regard to dividing fuel costs among racers in each vehicle are left solely
     up to the discretion of the parents.

     - Transportation of coaches to and from races is the responsibility of the club. This can be
     done most cost-effectively if coaches are transported in one of the parent-driven vehicles.

     3)    Meals

     - Meal expenses for athletes at races are to be paid by individual racers at the time of the
     meal. On occasions arrangements can be made for chaperones to pay for meals away.
     They may be willing to do this so the racers don’t need to have to worry about money.

     - Decisions with regard to sharing / rotating meal costs can be made by parents at their

     4)   Hotel Booking / Costs

     - Racers rooms will be booked and arranged by the coach. Racers will stay in rooms
     together as a team. The cost of the rooms is divided between all racers then is billed
     back after the race.

     - Coaches rooms are paid for by the club. The coach will always have his or her own
     room away from home.

     - Chaperones rooms will be paid for and arranged by the club. No cost will be passed on
     to official chaperones.

     - Non-chaperone parents are welcome to attend any race they would like. However they
     are responsible to make their own arrangements for accommodation. This cost will not
     be covered by the club.

     5)   Other costs

     - Lift tickets are paid for by the coach and then are charged back to the racers after the

     - Race entry fees these again are covered by the coach at race time. The race entry fees
     are then billed back to racers after the event.


     OUR COACHES:   These individuals are trained to CSIA and /or CSCF
                        Standards. We are very lucky to have 2 highly
                             certified coaches working with this group.

AGE CATEGORY:       In compliance with Alberta Alpine, your child’s age
                    category will be based on their age as of December
                    31, 2008 for all events during this ski season.

EQUIPMENT:          Certified ski helmets are mandatory for Alberta
                    Alpine registration. No helmet, no ski - PERIOD!
                    Warm ski clothing and ski goggles are a must. It is
                    very important that all K1 skiers racing mountain
                    events have proper race equipment, such as Skis,
                    Boots, Bindings, Poles, Downhill Suits etc….

SKI PASS:           We strongly recommend that your child have a
                    Nitehawk Ski Club season pass. Long lineups and
                    delays in purchasing passes cause a delay for the
                    entire group.

                    It is also imperative that we support the Grande
                    Prairie Ski Club who operates the hill as without
                    them we would not have a place to run our program.

WARM UP:            K1 racers will be instructed as to what their warm
                    up will be for each day. While the kids are
                    warming up the coaches will be setting up courses
                    and drills for the racers. It is extremely important
                    that you be at the hill ready to ski by 6:00pm sharp.
                    Coaches will not wait for late skiers and it may be
                    difficult to find the group once they have left.

CONTACT:            Coaches are supplied with 2-way radios, which may
                    be utilized by parents if they require immediate
                    contact with their children.

COMMUNICATION:       The best form of communication is by email.
                     Please ensure that the executive has your email.
                     If you do not have email please be sure to let us
                     know as we will assume you are receiving emails
                     and you may not be informed of important

DISCIPLINE:           It is very important that all K1 racers be able to
                     take and follow directions from their coaches.
                     Listening and following instructions is very
                     important to getting the most out of our ski day.

GROUPINGS:           Your child will be placed in a grouping based on
                     Skill level with strong consideration of social
                     development and age. The coordinators may need
                     some time to work out the groupings, so please be

FUNDRAISING:         One of the reasons we are able to keep our fees at a
                     reasonable rate is because our operating expenses
                     are offset by the fundraising we do. Please make
                     sure you are very familiar with the volunteering
                     section pages.

REFUND POLICY:       Nancy Greene - No refunds after January 01, 2009.

                     K1, K2 and Junior – No refunds after December 01,
                     2008. You may be assessed a dry land fee and you
                     will be charged for the Alberta Alpine Fees paid on
                     your behalf.

CELL PHONE POLICY:   All athletes attending Nitehawk ski trips are allowed
                     to posses cellular phones. These however are not
                     permitted to be used during training times. This
                     would include on hill and dry land training. All
                     athletes who have cell phones on trips away must
                     turn in their phone to the designated chaperones or
                     coach before lights out curfew. No exceptions will
                     be made with regards to this policy.

                     Fundraising and Volunteers

The success of the club relies on the volunteer work you do. We believe that
by helping with a variety of volunteer roles and participating in family social
events throughout the ski season, parents are given the opportunity to get
involved with their children’s programs and meet other parents who share a
common interest. The Nitehawk Alpine Ski Team has over the years had a
number of activities involving volunteers. Fund raising events, races, social
evenings, ski along coach help, and helping the Nitehawk Ski Club in many of
their hosted events are all activities that require volunteers.

In order to meet the financial requirements of the organization we currently
have a few fund raising activities that you as a parent will be asked to
volunteer for and support. Several bingos scheduled throughout the year and
an Alberta Alpine organized Truck Raffle are the fundraising events to date.
Each family will be assessed a predetermined set of commitments dependent
on the program your child/children are in.

                    ALBERTA ALPINE RAFFLE

As part of our fundraising efforts, we take part in selling tickets for a raffle draw
put on by Alberta Alpine. This draw is sponsored by GMC, Marmot Basin and
Husky. For our efforts, 75% of the monies generated go directly back to our club
for equipment and other purchases.

You will be given a book of 10 tickets to sell, if you wish further books, you may
request so. We ask that you sell all 10 tickets as part of your commitment to
being a member of Nitehawk ski team. We will be collecting a cheque from you in
the amount of $100.00 made out to Alberta Alpine. We will, in turn, send these on
to Alberta Alpine as the raffle tickets are sent in. The cash you get form selling
the tickets is then yours to keep.

There is one early bird draws. If you have sold any tickets prior to early bird
draws, then by gaming commission regulations, we ask that you have those in by
the deadlines for each respectively. We ask that all tickets sold by the below
stated dates are returned to me by the following:

1st Early Bird Draw deadline: Nov 13 2009

2nd Draw Deadline Jan 22 2010

Final Draw deadline: April 1 2010


Randy Glenn


                      Nitehawk Ski Team Bingos
Each year Nitehawk Alpine Ski Team works bingos at the Grande Prairie Bingo halls.
Coordinating the scheduling and staffing for our team is quite taxing and the cooperation
of our members is necessary. Our team is required to fill 8 positions for each bingo.

Each year Nitehawk Alpine Ski Team looks at how many skiers are registered vs. how
many positions we need to fill. The bingo year runs from Nov 1 to Oct 31. We receive
our schedule for the upcoming year in September. This does not work so well with our
program, as we do not usually have an accurate count of how many skiers we have until
the season begins. Nitehawk Alpine Ski Team will have completed some bingos even
before the Nitehawk Ski Hill opens.

For this season, it has been determined that the first skier in a family will have 4 bingo
commitments. Each additional skier in the family will require 1 additional bingo
commitment. If a skier is skiing in the upper end program (more than twice a week), then
one additional bingo commitment is required above and beyond the before motioned
        E.g. 1 Nancy Greene 8 yr old
              1 Upper End 14 yr old
        4 Bingos for the first skier of the family
        1 Bingo for the additional member of the family
        1 Bingo for the skier in the Upper End program
        6 Bingo commitments are required by this family
Note: Greater numbers in registration will help with the possibility of lessening the
requirements of each family. (To be determined after registration)

It is very important that everyone shows up for their scheduled bingos. If you are unable
to make it, it is YOUR responsibility to find a replacement. If our club does not supply
the required amount of workers, disciplinary action may be taken against our club. This
may result in our club losing bingos which would result in the loss of $2000.00 to
$3000.00 dollars for each bingo lost.

If you have any questions about any bingos or bingo information please contact Linda
Nagge our Bingo Coordinator at

             Nitehawk Alpine Ski Team
                 Bingo Contract

  1) I agree to work my required number of Bingo events.
  2) I agree to arrive on time at my scheduled Bingo events.
  3) If a conflicting obligation arises, I understand that it is my
     personal responsibility to find another person to work the Bingo
     event in my place. The Bingo Coordinator may be able to assist
     me with this.
  4) I understand that opportunities for non-club-members to work at
     Bingos are limited, and that these individuals must be able to
     communicate well, and be able to count money.
  5) In order to ensure that a sufficient number of club-members are
     present at each Bingo, I agree to notify the Nitehawk Bingo
     Coordinator in advance if I intend to send a non-club member to
     work a Bingo in my place.
  6) I understand that it is not possible to “buy-out” my Bingo
  7) I understand that if I fail to fulfill my Bingo obligations, my child
     will forfeit their registration with Nitehawk Alpine Ski Team for
     the current season (or for the following season, if “off-season”
     Bingos are missed). I understand that registration fees will not be
     refunded under these circumstances.

_______________________                         ____________
Print Name                                       Date


                               Nitehawk Alpine Ski Team
                                     Bingo Contact
In order to keep registration fees as low as possible, Nitehawk relies heavily on revenue generated from
Bingos and other fundraising activities. As such, parents registering their child with Nitehawk are required
to work at a specified number of Bingo events.

Each year, Nitehawk is granted a certain number of Bingo events by the ―Grande Bingo Society‖, which
runs these events according to the strict regulations established by Alberta Gaming. These regulations
stipulate that, in order for Nitehawk to receive a share of the revenue generated at a particular Bingo, the
majority of workers at this Bingo must be members of our club (i.e. parents of Nitehawk skiers). It is
permissible for certain ―floor workers‖ to be non-club-members ( eg. friends or extended family of skiers),
but in order to be acceptable by the Grande Bingo Society they must be able to communicate well with
Bingo patrons and other workers, and be able to count money.

In the past, parents were required to provide Nitehawk with a cheque for $200 for each Bingo event they
were scheduled to work. If the parent did not show up at the event, the cheque was cashed. (It should be
pointed out, however, that the revenue generated for the team by each parent working at a Bingo exceeds
this $200 amount).

Unfortunately, the above measure has failed to ensure that parents fulfill their Bingo obligations. Over the
past few seasons, an increasing number of parents have shown up late, or have failed to show up at all, for
their scheduled Bingos, despite reminders from the club. Some parents have hired non-club-members to
work Bingos in their place, but some of these individuals had difficulty communicating or counting money,
and were therefore not very helpful in running the Bingo. Others parents have attempted to ―buy out‖ their
Bingo obligations, by asking the club to simply cash their Bingo cheques.

                           Nitehawk Ski Team has developed
As a result of the incidents described above,
an extremely poor reputation with the Grande Bingo Society,
and our club risks losing access to Bingo revenue entirely. For
this reason, parents now registering their child with Nitehawk
must agree to the terms outlined on the preceding page.
Thank you for your understanding.

Other Ways to HELP:

Over the coming ski season, there will be a number of events that the SKI TEAM
executive will be asking for volunteers to help with. Events such as:

   Grande Prairie – Edge to Edge Race (February 14) – All hands on deck. Gate
    keeping, timing, registrations, course setup, racer ready starters all require volunteer
   NITEHAWK Ski Club – variety of events that the SKI CLUB sponsors. This is a
    great way to provide some support back to the Hill itself and contribute to its ongoing
    success, since without a hill, our club would not exist.
                          Equipment Selection
                Special Concerns for Entry Level Children

The following information will provide the parents with basic information
about ski equipment for the entry level athlete. This information does not
focus in on any specific brand, but focuses on the technical features of ski
equipment that will assist the athlete in his/her development of skills, and
enjoyment of the sport. Please consult with Andrew the club Head Coach
before purchasing any ski equipment. This includes: Skis, Boots,
Binding, Helmets, Goggles, Downhill Suits, Wax and other ski tuning

There is a large amount of technology that goes into ski equipment; the
following is an overview of the basics.

                                 Ski Selection
Side Cut: The difference in width of a ski between tip, waist and the tail.
The tip and the tail will be wider to help the athletes to carve by creating an
arc in the snow. Slalom skis tend to have more side cut than do Giant
Slalom skis (short/quick turns vs. longer turns).

Torsional flex: Twisting of the ski. This will determine the edge hold
capability of the ski. A torsionally stiffer ski will increase edge hold on the

Flex: The flex of stiffness of the ski chosen for the athlete will vary
depending on the physical development/ability level and the speed. Entry
level athletes should ski on a softer flex.

Camber: The internal arc that is built into the ski. Camber will determine
the rebound energy of the ski, and the stability of the ski in conjunction with
the flex. A race ski will have more/stiffer camber than an entry level ski,
therefore higher performance but less forgiving.
                          Construction overview

Foam core: Foam injected using air pressure to achieve an inexpensive
price point.

Acrylic core: Cut foam, used predominantly in French made skis. Low

Hydrated core: Water injected contents of the ski under heat and pressure
causing the water to evaporate, taking any air with it, resulting in a very
dense core with high durability value. Used in some cap constructions.

Wood core: Wood comprises the core of the ski and adds to the durability
of the ski. Changing the type of wood used will alter the stiffness and the
performance characteristics of the ski. Used in all types of ski constructions.

Sandwich construction: Fiberglass and other reinforcing laminates laid on
either side of the core of the ski, perpendicular to the running surface.

Torsion box construction: Fiberglass is wrapped around the core of the ski
to add torsional stiffness to the ski.

Cap construction: The side walls and top sheet are one piece in a load
bearing cap construction. A load bearing cap adds to the torsional stiffness
of the ski without making the ski too longitudinally stiff. Cap construction
is different from a cosmetic cap that is just for cosmetic value. Core
composition varies in cap technology skis.

                            Guidelines for Sizing

It is beneficial to go shorter rather than longer when choosing length for the
entry-level athletes. A shorter ski will facilitate turning, allowing quicker
progression of basic skills and definitely increasing the athletes’ enjoyment
of skiing.

The ski should be between the nose and the top of the forehead for entry
level children. As the athlete begins to mature and grasp the skills of
carving the ski, a longer length may be appropriate. Larger, heavier or more
aggressive children can ski on longer skis because more ski is needed to
support the forces during skiing.

Parents may want their child to ski on longer skis so they will last longer.
Discuss this issue with your child’s coach before purchasing equipment.

                             Ski Boot Selection

General Mechanics

A distinction needs to be made with respect to performance and comfort
factors in boot fitting.

Overlap design has a cuff that articulates with the lower shell using a hinge
at the ankle joint. This design provides performance for the entry level
athlete by allowing natural ankle flexion, due to the hinged cuff of the boot.
The overlap design also allows for lateral action of the lower leg, critical
factor in skill development.

Rear entry: These boots offer no performance what so ever. They are very
easy to take on and off. No skier should be in a rear entry boot passed the
age of 5.

Boot Flex

For the entry level, a softer boot will be more effective than a stiffer boot,
due to strength limitations and skill level. To determine if a boot is soft
enough for the athlete is a retail store, you should be able to see the forward
boot flexion happening in the upper cuff simultaneously with the lower leg.
If the lower leg moves forward and the upper cuff moves very little, then the
boot is too stiff. The boots should not inhibit the natural alignment of the

Boot Size

Growth of the athletes’ foot during the season needs to be considered, but
similar to skis, buying boots oversized is counter-productive for both
performance and fit. If the boot fits too large the athlete’s foot can move
inside the boot potentially causing bone spurs.

If at all possible children’s boots must be aligned to their lower leg. Boot
cuffs that are tipped outward will palace too much pressure against the
inside of the leg. This will result in a child’s inability to roll the legs inward
and affect lateral balance and edging skills.


These are important factor for performance but at the entry level, footbeds
do not play an important role due to growth and cost factors. This only
becomes a concern at the K2 level.



For the entry level skier safety is the main concern in terms of bindings. All
bindings currently available on the market are safe if properly adjusted by a
qualified technician at a retail shop.

As the parent of an entry level skier you should NOT adjust your athlete’s
binding. Leave this to qualified pros.

Skiers Code of Conduct:

Skiers are known for their sense of adventure, thrill seeking and above all having fun
despite the surrounding conditions. As part of the challenge of teaching your children to
be terrific skiers in any type of condition, this program also attempts to instill a sense of
safety and common courtesy amongst our children.

The Skiers Code of Conduct will be reviewed and reinforced by the coaching staff. Be
sure that you know this code as well, because your children will quickly point out to you
when you violate that code!

Our children are also easily recognizable at the local hill and other ski areas because of
their vests and helmets. Your children need to understand that they represent a club and
that skiing in control, in bounds and with respect to surrounding skiers and ski hill
employees. This is important at all times and not just when they are in session. Please
refer to the Alpine Responsibility Code as it is the code for any ski area belonging to

                              Nitehawk Alpine Ski Team
                                   Fair Play Code
The goal of the Nitehawk Ski Team is to develop skiers and ski racers of all ability
levels in a fun and rewarding environment.

Nitehawk Ski Team would like racers, coaches and parents to adopt the following

1.   I will participate in training and races because I want to, not because my parents or
     coaches want me to.
2.   I will respect the rules.
3.   I will control my temper and remember that my bad behavior can spoil things for
4.   I will respect my teammates as well as racers from other clubs.
5.   I will remember that winning is important, but not as important as improving my
     skills, doing my best and being a good friend.
6.   I will acknowledge all good performances – those of my team and of racers from
     other areas.
7.   I will respect the coaches and officials and accept their decisions.
8.   I will remember that as a member of my race team I should set an example of safe
     and responsible skiing and always respect the other skiers and the ski hill staff.

1. I will not force my child to participate in sports.
2. I will remember that my child skis and races for his or her enjoyment, not my own.
3. I will encourage my child to respect the rules and resolve conflicts without resorting
   to anger, ―mouthing off‖, or violence.
4. I will help my child to be a winner everyday by offering praise for doing his or her
   best and competing hard with a positive attitude.
5. I will not ridicule or yell at my child for making a mistake or losing in competition.
6. I will not question the judgment of officials in a manner that is disrespectful.
7. I will support all efforts to prevent emotional and physical abuse of young athletes.
8. By my good example, I will help my child to show respect for the other racers,
   coaches, officials and hill staff.
                               Nitehawk Alpine Ski Team
                                   K1, K2 & JR Athlete
                                    Code of Conduct

This athlete code of conduct is a contract between the athlete and the Nitehawk Alpine Ski Team. This
code of conduct will illustrate what is expected of each athlete. This code of conduct will also lay out what
actions and behavior is unacceptable. No athlete will be allowed to participate in any Nitehawk Alpine Ski
Team functions or activities until they have agreed to the code of conduct.

Nitehawk Alpine Ski Team Athlete Code of Conduct
As a member of the Nitehawk Alpine Ski Team (N.A.S.T):

    1.    My behavior will be courteous and cooperative to all coaches, gatekeepers, parents, officials,
          employees and customers of all ski areas.
    2.    I will not use profane language or direct profane language toward anyone at any time.
    3.    I will respect, properly use, and not abuse the equipment and facilities of a ski area. I also will not
          steal equipment or property belonging to anyone else.
    4.    When free skiing I will always be under control and at a safe speed so as not to scare or endanger
          other skiers.
    5.    I will obey all posted mountain signs and all verbal or written instructions received from the ski
          patrol, coaches, or ski area employees.
    6.    I will show respect for others by always storing my skis and other gear in an appropriate place.
          Skis will not be left on the snow, or boots and bags in the lodge, where they could get in the way
          of others.
    7.    I will not be involved with any illegal activity such as shoplifting, obscene or crank phone calls,
          destruction of property, et cetera.
    8.    I will not use illegal drugs, abuse prescription drugs, or use banned performance-enhancing drugs
          or supplements.
    9.    I will not engage in the use of alcohol.
    10.   I will turn in my mobile phone to my coach or chaperone before curfew on any trip away from
          Grande Prairie.
    11.   When not skiing I will remain aware of the safety of my friends and associates. I will not engage
          in dangerous behavior.
    12.   I will obey the Skiers Responsibility Code at all times.
    13.   My season pass will not be loaned to others or fraudulently used in any manner. Day passes at
          other areas will not be sold or exchanged.
    14.   My season pass/day pass will be courteously shown to the lift attendant each time I am asked to do
    15.   I understand that lift lines will be cut only when specifically authorized by the coaching staff or
          race officials.
    16.   I understand the ski lifts will be unloaded only at staffed and opened terminals.
    17.   I will respect and honor all other policies which may be developed by the board or coaching staff
          as the season progresses.
    18.   I will handle, with respect and appreciation, all equipment loaned to me.
    19.   I understand that any damage I cause, directly or indirectly, is my responsibility and I am prepared
          to reimburse property owners, hotel or motel operators, ski areas, or ski clubs for any loss incurred
          because of my action(s)

_____________________________               ________________________ ___________
Signature of Participant                    Signature of Parent/Guardian Date

N.A.S.T K1, K2 & JR Code of Conduct (continued)

I understand that the NAST Code of Conduct rules have been put in place to: Promote and protect the team,
the ski areas, and the community. Because my action(s) reflect(s) on the team, the ski areas, and the
community, I fully understand that any infringement of the Code of Conduct rules are grounds for
disciplinary action in the form of a punishment period or dismissal for the remainder of the season as
detailed below:

The coach will advise the athlete when there is a problem and state specifically the nature of the problem
and which Code of Conduct rule has been violated. The coach, at his/her discretion, will provide up to three
warnings (dependent upon the situation) regarding the behavior and continue with a dialogue with the
athlete regarding both the inappropriateness of their actions as well as future consequences if the athlete
does not display positive change. If the problem persists after the warnings, the coach will notify the
parent(s) and request a meeting with the athlete, parent(s), head coach, and coach. A plan will be developed
to assist and monitor the athlete with more positive behavior. Parents will be advised by the coach of what
progress has been made. Should the behavior persist, then the coach has, at his/her discretion, several
options: disallow further training/racing for that athlete on that day, a longer suspension from the program,
or expulsion from the program if the athlete's behavior does not change. Some of the Code of Conduct
rules will demand more or less drastic consequences, if violated. For example, a violation of rules 7, 8 & 9
will result in immediate dismissal from the club. The same would be the case with rule 3, stealing
equipment or property. The response to the violation is at the discretion of the athlete's coach, who may
consult with the head coach, and/or N.A.S.T Executive. Athletes or parents who wish to further
discuss/appeal a coach's decision will meet with a committee appointed by the N.A.S.T Executive.

  Signature of Participant                        Signature of Parent/Guardian       Date

______________________________                   ____________________________
      Print name                                            Print name

                                 Nitehawk Ski Team
                                  Discipline Policy

Athletes must be responsible for their behavior. Behavior that disrupts or
detracts from the learning environment is unacceptable.

Athletes who behave in an unacceptable manner may be subject to disciplinary
action by their coach and/or the discipline committee.

Inappropriate behavior on the part of the athlete may result in any or all the following
disciplinary actions:

       1. Discussion. The coach makes his/her expectations clear to the athlete and the
       displeasure of the behavior.

       2. Time-out. The athlete is excluded from the group for part of, or all of the
       training session. The athlete must sit in the lodge during his or her time-out.

       3. Discussion with parents. The coach outlines the nature of the problem to the

       4. Referral. The Coaching Committee will meet with the coach to review the
       nature of the problem and recommend a consequence for the inappropriate
       behavior. Possible consequences include but are not limited to:

                          a) Verbal reprimand
                          b) Temporary suspension from the program
                          c) Expulsion from the program with no refund

                  Alpine Responsibility Code

                         SKI TUNING KITS

Tuned and prepared skis -are a must for every training session. Each
K1 racer and up family should have a properly stocked tuning kit in
order to maintain your skis. You tuning kit should consist of the
following basic necessities:
   1.      6” or 8” medium cut Mill Bastard files.
   2.      Angle file guide (88 degrees)
   3.      File cleaning rush – stiff nylon only
   4.      Diamond Stone
   5.      Plastic Scraper
   6.      Lint- free rags
   7.      Elastic bands to restrain ski brakes
   8.      Selection of sandpaper (150-320 grit)
   9.      Training/Race Wax (for wide range of temperature)
   10.     Waxing iron (Thermostat controlled and non perforated base)
   11.     Vices

As you become more skilled at tuning your skis you will learn of different tools
you may want to have in your kit, but these are the basics.

Always get help from someone with experience before attempting to tune your skis.


Slalom – courses are run through tightly set gates and emphasize agility, precision, and
control. Skiers wear padded clothing to protect themselves for gates that they hit, and
they use short skis for greater agility.

Giant Slalom (GS) –requires skiers to go faster than slalom while still making fairly
tight turns. GS courses are longer than slalom courses, with the gates set further apart.
**Nancy Greene races are usually a Modified GS.

Super Giant Slalom (Super G) –Courses are longer and faster than in giant slalom but
shorter than in downhill. Skiers will be reaching high speeds in excess of 100 kmh.

Kinder Kombi (KK) – Course is a combination of Slalom and Giant Slalom using both
Hero and full size gates.

Super Combi (SC) – This event combines 1 run of Slalom and 1 run of Super Giant
Slalom. This event demands a large range of technical and speed abilities to be

Team Events –side by side dual slalom. Pairing of athletes will be set by times usually
previously recorded on a GS course, not by age. Boys vs. boys and girls vs. girls, racing
someone from another club of similar skill. There is no timing. Club points will be
assigned by win, tie and finish of each racer. It is great fun to participate in and watch an
event of this type.

CSIA – Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance

CSCF – Canadian Ski Coaches Federation

C.W.S.A.A. - Canada West Ski Areas Association

AIM 2 – (Athlete Integration Model 2nd edition) Alpine Canada’s development
model for ski racing.

K1 - refers to athletes 11 & 12 years old

K2 - refers to athletes 13 & 14 years old

JR- refers to athletes 15 to 18 years old

Upper End - 11 & up in our program
Nancy Greene – Racers 5-10 years old
Snow Stars – evaluation program for Nancy Greene

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