Ski Cross Program

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 says, “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.”

Targeted to FIS Ski Cross student athletes who:

  • Are focused on an ski cross program combined with full academic program delivery and support
  • Require academic courses via the NSA private school
  • Would benefit from approximately 50 on-snow training days prior to competitive season start (mid December)
  • Want to compete in local & national Ski Cross level events (subject to entry criteria)
  • Require a state of the art year-round conditioning and injury prevention program

Athletic Program includes:

  • 6 week training camp in Saas-Fee, Switzerland (August/September)
  • Up to 30 sessions in Collingwood (January to beginning of April) followed by academic class and dry land conditioning
  • 1 week away Camp GS / SX
  • Speed series in Quebec or Eastern US
  • Up to 10 training days away from home and prior to a race series
  • Up to 10 FIS starts in Collingwood GS/ SX
  • Up to 14 starts away from Collingwood
  • Up to 6 Ski Cross starts in Western Canada

Academic Programs for Grades 11 – 12 include:

  • A comprehensive academic program delivered by the National Ski Academy private school (inspected by the Ontario Ministry of Education)
  • Up to eight academic courses included in your tuition
  • Program and courses aligned to individual student aspirations
  • Course delivery integrated with NSA’s fitness and injury prevention program, training and racing program
  • Professional, Ontario College of Teachers, accredited teachers delivering Ontario Academic curriculum
  • Typically 8:1 student/teacher ratio
  • Semester 1: three courses delivered between September and December
  • One compulsory full year credit course in Health and Physical Education
  • Semester 2: up to four courses available between January and June
  • Provincial Literacy testing completed through the NSA
  • Supervised study periods at the Academy Monday through Thursday during the fall and spring off-snow academic periods
  • Post secondary counselling and application support for Canadian, U.S. and international programs

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