Alpine Canada Alpin concludes ski season by cultivating young talent

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 4, 2010 11:39 am

Today through Wednesday, Alpine Canada Alpin (ACA, Canada’s governing body of ski racing) is presenting the IRIS “Vision to the Top” in Whistler. It’s a ski camp that brings together the top ski racers between 11 and 14 years old to prepare them for the 2010 Whistler Cup. The camp is considered a prestigious and important step for the next generation of Canadian ski racers.

ACA National Development Director Benoit Lalande, the Canadian Whistler Cup team leader, said: “The athletes invited to participate in Whistler have been identified as elite skiers nationally for their age. The IRIS ‘Vision to the Top’ ski camp focuses on having fun while building a team atmosphere within ski racers this age. The goal is to develop winning habits and provide a key introduction to the ski racer development process in Canada. These events also provide a unique opportunity for provincial level coaches to communicate and share ideas with each other, resulting in a stronger and more unified program nationally.”

To determine the Canadian team at the Whistler Cup, the camp will include time trials in addition to the training and instruction.

ACA will announce the Canadian team participating in the Whistler Cup next week. The Canadian team will be defending its overall title for the second time in three years when the 2010 Whistler Cup begins this Friday in Whistler.