Getting Ready for the Season Ahead
We hope that you are as excited as we are for the season ahead! Whether you are a seasoned Freestyle Whistler athlete coming back for another year or are brand new to our club – we are looking forward to welcoming you to train with your friends, in a fun, inclusive and supportive environment!
Please read this entire e-mail as we have a few housekeeping items to be taken care of before welcoming you on snow.
Whistler Blackcomb requires that all parents fill out this waiver prior to their athletes participating in Freestyle Whistler programming.
- Click the link below then click “Register”
- Select one Adult/Coach ticket
- Add children tickets for as many children as you are signing for and fill out all information
This allows WB to collect the information of the Parent/Guardian and the individual athlete(s) that are being signed for.
|Please acknowledge by clicking the button below that you and your child(ren) have reviewed:|
Athlete Code of Conduct
Parent Code of Conduct
Communicable Disease Plan
Acknowledgment that athletes must fill out our COVID-19 Attestation Form to be able to train each day. More on the process below.
Click Here to Acknowledge Review
General Club Information
All athletes should meet on the snow next to Milestones Restaurant/Mini Putt area in the Upper Village. Our program will be loading Blackcomb Gondola between 7:30 and 7:40 am. We will send an update once WB has finalized our exact upload time. We will have Program Director Chris Muir and Head Coach Brandon Fritz at the base to greet athletes. We will always have two coaches at the bottom throughout the year, but they will change each weekend.
Once loaded, all athletes will meet their coaches outside of the Rendezvous Lodge. Athletes will do a dynamic, activation warm-up, and as soon as Ski Patrol officially opens the mountain, groups will head out skiing. This means we will be already skiing while the general public is loading at the bottom!
If your child is late, please text or call Chris, Program Director, at 604-905-8788. Late athletes should head to the Gemini Freestyle Center to wait for their group.
Daily Training Schedule
Meet at Base of Blackcomb Gondola 7:30 – 7:45 am
Training 8 am – 10:30 am
Brunch/Lunch from 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Training from 11:15 am – 2:30 or 3:00 pm (1 break will be scheduled during this time)
Athletes aged 14 and over can sign themselves out with their coach at the end of each day. All athletes 13 and under will be skied to Base 2 at 3 pm during the first month of our training calendar. During this time, our coaches will teach athletes the safe routes down the mountain in December. Starting in January, with parent permission, all athletes will be able to sign themselves out at the Gemini Center at the end of the day and ski down.
Parents are asked not to congregate at the meeting area to socialize. Parents wishing to volunteer are asked to use our SignUpGenius and complete a daily COVID-19 survey before arriving at the time and listed training venue (airbag, mogul course, mogul jump, wave tank) to perform tasks.
The day ends at 3 pm; if your child needs to leave early, please inform their coach or Chris in the morning so they can plan accordingly.
Please make arrangements with your coach if an athlete needs to end their day to take the Peak to Peak lift to Whistler at the end of the day may do so with permission from their coach.
First Weekend Expectations
Athletes can expect to ski all over the mountain for the first weekend to get their legs back. We aim to have a 6:1 athlete to coach ratio. The goal is to have groups set by the 2nd weekend of training. Groups will be created based on athlete age, ski ability and requests from the registration forms.
If there are any issues with the grouping of athletes, please contact Chris Muir at 604-905-8788 or email [email protected]
Snow Days & Extreme Cold Weather Days
The program will meet at the scheduled time on big snow days. Please pack extra gloves and goggles on these days in their backpacks. This will allow them to change them at lunchtime if they are wet and snowy.
Groups in each program will be paired together to have a lead coach and a tail gunning coach for safety in powder snow.
Please note: In the event of extreme weather, club days may be rescheduled.
What to Wear
● Athletes should come prepared in full ski wear, and it is mandatory to wear a helmet.
● Twin tip park skis are recommended as a good all-around ski for all disciplines. Ski widths of 80 – 90 mm are ideal.
● Athletes in the Big Mountain Freestyle program are recommended to have a ski waist between 90cm and 100cm.
● Athletes interested in more mogul-specific training are recommended to use mogul skis.
If athletes have powder or mogul skis that they wish to use throughout the day can be stored/locked in the Gemini Freestyle Center. Please speak with Chris to arrange a secure place for them in our storage locker.
What to Bring
Athletes should bring a backpack with them each day. Recommended items:
❖1-litre water bottle
❖several healthy snacks for the afternoon break
❖hand or toe warmers.
The Gemini Freestyle Center will have hooks for athletes to hang their bags.
We will be using the Remind app for last-minute changes if there are weather events and any schedule updates or changes at competitions. Please add your athlete and any parent who needs to get updated information. For returning parents and athletes, please sign-up again. This is a new link this year.
Please add parents and athlete to the app using the button below.
You will also receive a weekly email on Wednesdays with important information regarding the upcoming week or weeks. We promise to keep them as short as possible! The SnowReg registration system only allows the input of one email address. If another parent requires this information, please include their email in this form, and we will add them to the mailing list.
COVID-19 Daily Check-in
All athletes, coaches and volunteers are expected to fill out our daily COVID Daily Check-in form on the morning of scheduled training. The screening survey link will be emailed each morning of scheduled training. This will be mandatory to be able to participate in club activities. No athlete, coach or volunteer will be able to participate until this has been completed.
If any athlete or coach answers “Yes” to a survey question, they will be unable to attend training that day and should contact Health Link BC at 8-1-1. The program director will follow up with the family that afternoon.
If any athlete or coach feels sick and /or shows symptoms while training, they will be sent home immediately and have the parents contact 8-1-1 or a doctor for further guidance. The coach and athlete will be required to contact the Program Director, Chris Muir, immediately and meet at the GFC to schedule parent pick-up.
If an athlete, family member or coach tests positive for COVID-19
- The individual will not be permitted to return to the workplace or training until they are free of the COVID-19 virus.
- As per Public Health Guidelines, any individual who works/plays closely with the infected person must also contact 8-1-1 for further direction as to whether or not they should also be removed from the workplace or training for at least 14 days to ensure the infection does not spread further.
- Close off, clean and disinfect their work/practice/facility area immediately and any surfaces that could have potentially been infected/touched.
Lift Riding Protocols
Freestyle Whistler athletes and coaches will ride lifts according to the Guidelines set by Whistler Blackcomb for all of the mountain guests. A face covering is required when loading all gondolas on the resort. A face covering is not necessary for any chairlift or while skiing this year.
For more information, please consult the Whistler Blackcomb FAQ about lift policies.
Important Club Dates & Times
A full calendar is available here. At the bottom of the calendar, you can click the “Export Events” button, and it will add the calendar to your computer.
|First Program Day||Dec. 4 & 5|
|Athlete Goal Setting||Dec. 11 & 12 onwards – monthly cadence|
|Winter Break Camp 1 (Additional Cost)||Dec. 21 – 22|
|Winter Break Camp 2 (Additional Cost)||Dec. 27 – 30|
|Freestyle Fridays begin||Jan. 7|
|Timber Tour #1 – Panorama||Jan. 14 – 17|
|Timber Tour #2 – Sun Peaks||Feb. 10 – 14|
|March Break Camp #1||Mar. 15 – 16|
|March Break Camp #2||Mar. 22 – 23|
|BC Championships – Whistler||April 7 – 10|
|Retro Blade Day & Closing Day||April 16 – 17|
Winter Break Camps Registration can be found below.
Freestyle Fridays will begin on January 7th for the 2021/2022 season. We offer all 11 Fridays for $550, or you can purchase a 4-day pack for $250. There are 11 scheduled Freestyle Fridays. Those registering for the 4-day pack can pick which days they would like. Please email those 4 dates to [email protected]
Please note that we do not currently have Freestyle Fridays scheduled when a Timber Tour is scheduled. If there is demand, we are happy to review this.
Click HERE for Freestyle Fridays and Winter Break Camp Registration. The passphrase to enter is “Winter”.
Timber Tour Information:
Due to Covid-19, we would suggest only booking fully refundable accommodation. All athletes are welcome to participate in Timber Tour competitions if they choose. This is the provincial competition series with Slopestyle, Moguls, Dual Moguls, Big Air, and Halfpipe events. There are age categories for U14, U16 and U18. These are usually 4-day events, including 1 official training day and 3 competition days of Moguls, Slopestyle, Big Air or Dual Moguls. Results from the Timber Tour events are used to qualify for Junior Nationals and BC Team selection. Athletes will need a Provincial Athlete membership to take part in Timber Tour events.
2022 Timber Tour Dates:
Panorama Resort January 13 – 17
Sun Peaks Resort February 10 – 13
Whistler Blackcomb Resort April 7 – 10
We will send out additional information as it becomes available. It’s a great way to meet other families and enjoy the Freestyle spirit!
The club will charge $200 per event for costs to cover the coaching fee, coaches’ accommodation, travel and food per diem.
● Athletes in the Development or Performance Programs are welcome to attend the national Canada Cup events. The competition is much steeper as most of the athletes attending are on Provincial Teams or the NextGen National Team. These are open events, meaning athletes of any age can participate, and there are no age categories for judging. Events are still in the “draft” phase with Freestyle Canada. Once released, we will let our membership know.
● Freestyle Canada will be releasing the Canadian Mogul & Aerials Junior Nationals and Park & Pipe Junior Nationals event schedule with the Canada Cup schedule. Stay tuned!
Qualification policies for these events are posted on our website here. Athletes qualify based on results from the first 2 Timber Tour and Canada Cup events.
For any questions about the program, please contact:
Looking forward to a great winter with everyone!
Program Director Chris Muir