It’s a GO! BC Games Penticton 2016

The bus ride was a riot! Opening Ceremonies were exciting and impressive!

Racing is on!

Some have traveled all night, some had an easier bus ride but all were smiling as they arrived at the accreditation center to pick up their BC Games swag and official identification. “It’s like a mini Olympic games here, it’s awesome!” said one athlete.


Zone 1 Kootenay Team, in their cheery yellow zone color, excited to be at the Games!

This morning, as athletes arrived at Apex with the sun rising you can feel the excitement around the 104 U14 women and men coming from 7 different BC Games zones. The 53 women were first to race GS on the Juniper/Okanagan impressive run followed by 51 men. The atmosphere at the start at the moment of inspection was friendly but you can sense the athletes’ focus and attention rising.


Zone 2 Thompson-Okanagan Team posing before the opening ceremonies.

To follow races on live timing –

To access Alpine Skiing BC Games page –

BC Alpine wishes Good Luck to all racers!

Thank you to Apex Ski Club and the many parents volunteers for your hard dedicated work throughout this event!

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SNOW STARS – Get the app, get the videos!

Hello Coaches, clubs & parents,

The “Academy Season” is well started and although I wish I could have an Academy in all BC clubs, it has proved to be impossible!

In the last 2 years I have been able to cover almost all 31 clubs in BC in presenting the Sportcheck SNOW STARS Program. This program is a complete progression towards skills acquisition as well as a guideline for coaches and a reward system for the athletes. What more could you ask for?!

There is now a new way to utilize the

SNOW STARS program:

Get the app!


The SNOW STARS app is available now on the apple store and will be available for Android on December 15th, 2015. (In 3 days!!!!)


more then the website?

  • Benchmark Videos for each level
  • Videos of each drills to be test in each level
  • Writable PDF files of the levels
  • App contains all the documentation and program description has the website

It’s a complete “one stop shop” for coaches! You can have all the levels in your pocket at all times and see demonstration of the drills before you try it out yourself and with your athletes. Genius!

So go ahead…download the app and be on your way to a well planned session with your athletes!

* Note that the app can only show content to members in good standing of the CSCF.


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Fast and Female Summit in Vancouver – April 12th, 2015

WOW! Save the date…don’t miss this!

UNIQUE CHANCE for all Female athletes in BC to attend to the FAST and FEMALE SUMMIT!

Slide1Female Olympians to inspire next generation at Vancouver Fast and Female Summit presented by Precision Nutrition

March 24, 2015, Vancouver (BC) – World class athletes Micayla Gatto (downhill mountain biking), Georgia Simmerling (ski cross), Jaime Cruickshank (bobsleigh), Amanda Sin (cross country mountain biking) and Chandra Crawford (cross country skiing) are getting ready to take the Richmond Olympic Oval by a storm on April 12 as part of a Fast and Female Summit presented by Precision Nutrition.

Get Registered HERE:

In 2015, Fast and Female will host a record number of four Summits:

Fast and Female Summits are presented by Precision Nutrition and generously supported by LL BEAN, BUFF Canada, CLARINS Canada, lululemon athletica, and SoLo Energy Bars.

The event registration is $45 for youth and adults. The entry fee includes a healthy lunch for all participants as well as a goodie bag and Fast and Female t-shirt for all girls.

Teams registering 10 girls or more receive a free entry for one coach. Please contact to take advantage of this promotion!

Registration for the Vancouver Summit is open online until April 10 at:

Event promo video:

What’s in it for girl Athletes?

Fast and Female is Canada’s premier not-for-profit organization dedicated to keeping girls ages 8-18 in sports. It is believed that girls are six times more likely to drop out of sports than boys by the time they reach 14 years old.

“The full-day multisport summits are our newest and most exciting events to date,” says Chandra Crawford, a three-time Olympic cross-country skier who founded Fast and Female in 2005. “The impact on families is huge and we really make a difference in the confidence of young women. They leave the day ready to take on the world and continue being active, healthy and happy through their teens.”

The Vancouver Summit will feature a full day of inspiration where the youth participants will get to be mentored by the Olympians and elite female athletes on topics such as dreaming big, overcoming your fears, preparing for big events, growing your physical literacy, improving your team dynamics, and becoming a positive leader in your community.

Something for Coaches and Parents too…

While the girls make new friends and get inspired by positive and successful role models, moms, dads, and coaches will attend insightful presentations by leading experts on how to best support female athletes in the areas of sport psychology, physiology, nutrition, and coaching. Confirmed speakers for the parent and coach seminars include Canadian Pacific Sport CEO Wendy Pattenden, Olympic sport psychologist Jan Derpak, life coach and Sole Girls Founder Ashley Wiles, and Canadian Sport Institute dietitian Ashley Armstrong.


Solana Klassen

Fast and Female Program Manager – British Columbia

Happening in BC – CSCF Development Level courses

Hello coaches!


There are 2 CSCF Development Level courses advertised on the CSCF website taking place in BC

Without a minimum of 5 participants, the courses might have to be cancelled. I would encourage all coaches interested in taking the course to register as soon as possible. Early registration is still in effect for the 2 courses so make sure to register soon to take advantage of the lower price!

Courses available:

Sun Peaks: January 5 – 9, 2015

Whistler: January 12 – 16, 2015


Development Level Course

The Development Level course is an intro to coaching at the “Learn to Train” and “Learn to Race” levels of development.

This 5 day course includes topics such as slalom and giant slalom basics for U14 and U16 athletes. You will learn strategies utilizing drills and exercises that bring desired skill acquisition in free skiing and gates. You will learn setting principles in slalom and giant slalom courses, modified for this age group. Teaching and learning principles and safety considerations are also covered. Practice coaching sessions are part of the course for each candidate.

The evaluation portion of the course assesses the candidate’s ability to demonstrate free skiing and gate skiing skills as well as drill setting. Candidates must pass the skiing and drill setting evaluation to successfully complete the course. Re-evaluations for skiing and drill setting are available.

Click here to view a document that outlines things candidates can do to prepare for this course.


– Entry Level TRAINED status (successful completion of the Entry Level Course) and
– 18 yrs old on first day of course OR Entry Level CERTIFIED status (new)

Do not hesitate to contact me may you have any questions or concerns,

Justine  – – 250.602.9077


Snow Stars Academies…what’s coming?

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The time of year where clubs are in full action mode, new and returning coaches are rolling in the door of the club cabin, looking fresh and ready to roll!This is prime time to get their full attention about the new changes made to the SNOW STARS program.

Since the end of October, the North Zone and the Coast Zone have been (re) introduced to the new and improved SNOW STARS program. So far, more than 80 coaches are ready to put their new acquired knowledge of the program in action. Thank you to all the coaches present for your time and dedication to the sport, your athletes will certainly benefit from your commitment to further your education about Ski Racing!

As the start of the Nancy Greene Ski League programs are nearing, so are the end of the Snow Stars’ Academies. The East and West Kootenay will get to know more about the program this weekend, and the North and South Okanagan will have their taste of it next week.

I really encourage coaches, parents and board members to take part in these remaining 4 Academies. The more knowledgeable a club is about the foundation of building essential ski racing skills, the easier it is for the coaches and athletes to perform.

Please join me at these locations to find out more about the building blocks of Canadian Ski Racing.

Saturday December 6 :  Fernie, Alpine Ski Team club cabin @ 10:00am – 12:00pm

Sunday December 7 :  Castlegar, Super 8 hotel @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Tuesday December 9 :  Kamloops, Tournament Capital Center @ 6:30pm – 8:30pm (in collaboration with Pacific Sport Okanagan)

Wednesday December 10 :  Kelowna, Kinsmen Fieldhouse Hall @ 6:30pm – 8:30pm


Coast Zone Snow Stars Academy – Sponsored by Fidelity Investements








See you soon, Justine


FIS Athletes: we want you! (cash incentive)

As an incentive for FIS athletes (current or recently retired) that have Passion for ski racing, BCA is offering a FIS ATHLETE bursary of $150 to help kick start an alpine ski coaching career.

Steps & Criteria:

  1. Have been FIS registered with BCA (Alpine or SX) between 2012 to current.
  2. Register for CSCF Entry Level course & pay registration fee (Bursary applicable for EL courses only).
  3. Apply before April 30th, 2015
  4. All applications will be processed by May 15th, 2015
  5. Email application :

MUST INCLUDE: Full name, Mailing address, Telephone #, FIS card #, year, Date and location of course taken.

Coaches – How to: EL Mentor-Evaluator

You have taken the Mentor-Evaluator Training, now what?!

So a fellow coach has asked you if you could be his Mentor?

Or the club has asked you to become a Mentor to help Entry Level Trained coaches to attain their Certified status?

Did you know…BC Alpine will award $50.00 per EL CERTIFIED coach to the Mentor-Evaluator that made it possible during the 2014-15 season. 

Click on this link to see a step by step instruction on how to enter Coaching Evalution online through the CSCF website.

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Please contact me if you need more info.

Justine Parent  ·  Club Development Coordinator  ·  · 250.602.9077

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Coaches – How to: become Entry Level Certified

Hi Coaches,

A good number of you have done your CSCF Entry Level course withing the last few years and have been prompted by the course facilitator and your club to pursue your coach education by becoming Entry Level CERTIFIED.

But how to become certify is still a mystery to you? Here’s how to do it!

When you “passed” your CSCF Entry Level course and became an Entry Level Trained coach, you got yourself a group of young ski racers to coach. Now WHAT?! The club has asked you to become CERTIFIED but where to start?

Click on the link below for a PDF explaining every steps.

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Please feel free to contact me,

Justine Parent  ·  Club Development Coordinator  ·  signature justine· 250.602.9077


CSCF membership fees are due!

As of September 30th, 2014 (Yesterday!), all CSCF members who haven’t paid their dues are not covered in terms of insurance and therefore should not be actively coaching until membership dues are paid.

Please, make sure that coaches that are away on training camps at the moment or coaches that you are hiring, have paid their dues before commencing their work with athletes.

Dues can be paid here :

or at by clicking on “My Personal Page” tab.

Please, forward this message to all your coaches.

Thank you,


Justine Parent  ·  Club Development Coordinator  ·  250.602.9077

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COACH Action December 2013

Coach ACTION  –  December 17, 2013

“Snow Stars actively guides athletes, coaches and parents through a skill development progression aligned with Alpine Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development Model”.  For all the updated information on Athlete Development, Skills Assessment, and Resources, visit  Also check the Snow Stars Level 1-7 Benchmark videos.


Listen and learn:  Jay Keddy, CAST World Cup coach, discusses training and recovery strategy, especially relating to the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and his personal coaching methods for teaching and for learning.


“A parent can be the biggest problem you can have on a team or an ally for a successful season”.  Coaches Plan Magazine presents 7 tips to turn parents into team players.


Help your athlete by studying this excellent article from Coaches Plan Magazine, which points out the importance of discovering and managing one’s identity.  “Research supports the idea that athletes who are able to develop other parts of their identity beyond sport are ultimately more successful in and beyond sport”.


Visit for the schedule of upcoming courses.  There are on line modules available, also.


Certified status is more easily attainable than you think!  If you have any questions after viewing the website, contact CSCF.


A great mental imagery coaching tool for elite performances – watch World Cup Winning Runs video clips.  Members, sign in to your Personal Page and click on the new Media tab.

Our new U12 iPhone app has a benchmark section – great for Entry Level performance mental imagery.  This hot-selling application is available in the APP store for only $1.99 – an excellent deal.