PROGRAMS

PROGRAMS

The NSA athletic program continues to focus on cost effectively maximizing the individual potential of committed athletes to realize and sustain high levels of performance in alpine ski racing throughout their development and active racing career. A committed NSA athlete will train at the level best suited to realizing progress and sustaining results without any performance criteria to “remain on the team”.

The NSA High Performance Development Program also recognizes that the athletic component is not the only key to developing and retaining promising and committed athletes. This is reflected in the Academy’s initial mission statement and remains unchanged:

Our mission is to provide an environment for talented student athletes to maximize individual potential through the pursuit of alpine ski racing excellence, academic achievement and personal growth.

By incorporating program elements that integrate and address the broader needs of the athlete including academics, fitness, psychological training, and a home base that includes a gym and boarding, the Academy experience is designed to develop the whole person in a highly competitive and challenging environment.

In the 2019-20 season, the NSA is excited to be launching a Ski Cross program, one the first of its kind in North America. The program is a natural evolution for the NSA as Ski Cross athletes traditionally start as alpine racers and therefore can train and work alongside the coaches and athletes at our training camps and then follow their own race schedules both locally and across the continent. These student athletes will benefit from the Academy’s experienced coaches and teachers who will support them academically and athletically whether at school or on the road.

Sami Piana, Athletic Director beleives, “offering a ski cross program is a natural evolution which will benefit from crossover between the two disciplines as our FIS program already trains in locations such as Blue Mountain and Saas-Fee where the best Ski Cross athletes in the world train and compete.” NSA Alumnus and Olympian (’14, ’18) and Canadian Ski Cross Team member, Dave Duncan (’99) thinks, “Adding ski cross to the NSA program will help build stronger technical foundations for all athletes, no matter their discipline preference.  Ski cross is a balancing act of technical alpine prowess, comfort in the air, generating speed through terrain, and real-time tactics while having three moving obstacles making each run different.  Each athlete can benefit immensely.  We all have different goals and this program will benefit everyone on their path to achieving them.  By adding ski cross into the mix, the NSA, with its established blend of sport and school, has the potential to become the center of opportunity in Canada for those with alpine or ski cross aspirations.”

If you are interested in signing your son or daughter up for NSA for a Day when they can join us for on-hill training, sit in on a class and workout with their age group in our gym and enjoy a delicious lunch made by our Cordon Bleu-trained chef please use the form below.

 

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“Adding Ski Cross to the NSA program will help build stronger technical foundations for all athletes, no matter their discipline preference.  Ski cross is a balancing act of technical alpine prowess, comfort in the air, generating speed through terrain, and real-time tactics while having three moving obstacles making each run different.  Each athlete can benefit immensely.  We all have different goals and this program will benefit everyone on their path to achieving them.  By adding ski cross into the mix, the NSA, with its established blend of sport and school, has the potential to become the center of opportunity in Canada for those with alpine or ski cross aspirations.”

Dave Duncan ('99)

Canadian Ski Cross Team & Olympian

I spent two great years at NSA, my last year in K2 and my first year in FIS.  I learned easily at the academy because of the positive environment.  All the athletes seemed to have lots of energy and kept the momentum moving forward.  Traveling on that path for two years taught me skills I use every day.  NSA was a fabulous experience.  I owe a lot of my success to the many coaches who have helped me during my career, and Jurg Gfeller was one of those inspiring coaches.

Larisa Yurkiw '00

Canadian Alpine Ski Team & Olympian