April 12, 2017
‘Inspiring a generation of skiers to share the passion for our sport of Alpine Skiing.’
The sky is blue, the snow is fresh, and the white expanse opens up before you. You can hear giggling off in the distance and know instinctively where to find the young Nancy Green Skiers taking advantage of the entire mountain. Rarely, do you not hear the laughter from the various Parkland Racers Ski Club groups while they are working closely with their coaches. Parkland Skiers founded in 1981, has created a competitive alpine ski racing program that inspires young athletes to meet new friends and create a love for alpine skiing that will last a lifetime. The friendships, fun and ski improvement are the basis of everything.
Parkland included some different initiatives for its members this past season. Varied terrain and some additional challenging conditions were added to the program for the team to grow their technical abilities. Not only were camps offered at Marmot Basin, as in other years, but at additional mountain resorts such as Lake Louise Ski Resort, Sunshine Village and Canyon Ski Area in Red Deer. The skiers were able to practice longer runs, in sometimes not ideal conditions, increasing their confidence. The skiing parents always have a blast in the afternoons, trying to keep up with athletes, following them all over the mountain, through the trees and over bumps and jumps. The afternoons become a big group of passionate skiers, laughing, sharing and encouraging each other to push their limits. It’s time together with friends and family with stories to share later that night.
This past season, Parkland also offered, not only 2 and 3 day per week programs, but an introductory 1-day program to encourage new skiers into the world of Alpine Skiing. This program offers a taste of the Nancy Green program and is meant to encourage new athlete participation, while minimizing their initial commitment.
Not only are Parkland coaches encouraging the athletes to be their best on skis, but in life, holding them accountable and gently encouraging the athletes to be their best. Skiing is one sport, the young athletes improve upon every year and in the meantime, they have learned respect. Respect and follow rules of all ski areas along with respecting other teams, their teammates and their coaches. They have learned about the intricacies of being involved in an individual sport while being supported by and being part of a team. They also have learned about their individual responsibilities, how to listen and apply and practice what they have learned. Above all, they have built friendships that will last a life time and a passion for a sport that will follow them through their lives.