Nancy Greene Program Overview

Nancy Greene“A child must learn to walk before learning to run. Skiing skill development must follow the same sequence, with basic skiing technique being mastered, allowing young skiers to master steeper slopes and more difficult snow conditions, before serious ski racing begins. The challenge of speed, the essence of ski racing, must come in a “run for fun,’ not “run to win’ situation. Formal competition too early in the development of skills may stifle a child’s natural delight in racing before they can develop their full potential.”
Nancy Greene Raines

The Nancy Greene Ski League is a national program that exposes young skiers between the ages of 7-13  to ski training and racing programs. Nancy Greene was Canada’s Olympic champion in 1968 and she remains a very active supporter of ski racing, especially entry-level programs for young skiers.   This program is designed to develop basic skills and self-confidence. The development approach emphasizes participation in games and exercises that are fun.  Individual competition has been given a low profile in Nancy Greene because a highly competitive program will hinder skills development for younger skiers. Instead, the emphasis is on participation in a team effort where everyone has contributes to the results.

A skills awards program is available as part of Nancy Greene training. There are eight levels of achievement and pins in recognition of each level. The program emphasizes skill development designed to allow an individual to enjoy the sport of skiing for life and, if they are interested, to have the confidence to move to more competitive racing.

2015/2016 REGISTRATION will begin October 1st.

Not every Nancy Greene Program is the same. Why choose our Nancy Greene Program over other clubs in the region?

  • More Days on Snow
  • Longer Days on Snow
  • Race fees included in cost
  • The most qualified coaches in the region
  • Ski terrain that will challenge your young skiers as they develop
  • Proximity to Ottawa

Our Nancy Green Program is run over 13 weeks and includes 24 days on snow. 

  • Tentative Start: Sunday, December 27, 2015
    Tentative End: Sunday, March 27, 2016
    Daily Schedule: 9:30 am – 3 p.m. with 1-hour lunch break
  • Christmas Camp runs on December 27-30, 2015 and January 2-3, 2016
  • Training is on Saturdays &  selected Sundays from 9:30am – 3pm (with 1 hour for lunch break)
  • Races will be held at Camp Fortune Resort (no travel away from the resort required)
  • Club Championships – Skimeister
  • Optional travel race (Vorlage Invitational) is available but not included in the fees.

2015/2016 Approximate Registration Costs: $899.50  – consists of the following:

  • Club membership fee: $50.00
  • Club Uniform (softshell jacket): $60.00
  • Program Fee (Coaching)
  • Race Registration
  • Registration also includes a $100  volunteer deposit which will be refunded upon completion of volunteer duties. Ski races are managed by volunteers and each family is expected to help with the race organization.
  • Provincial and Regional fees*

* The program includes National Capital Division fees and Alpine Ontario Alpin fees for CFSC registered Athletes; Regional Zone de Ski Outaouais, and Ski Quebec Alpin fees for ESCF registered Athletes and a Provincial Sport Organization Raffle ($40).

NOTE: The program fee does NOT include your child’s SKI PASS for the resort.

Children must be 7 years of age on December 31, 2015.  For younger children, we strongly recommend participating in an equivalent program (Ski Wee Performance) run under the Camp Fortune Ski School by visiting their website http://campfortune.com/kids/ or calling (819) 664 2471.

Equipment

Please note that the safety, warmth and wellbeing of your children is of the utmost importance.  Here is the equipment that your child will need for the season:

  • Ski boots must be properly fitted for the season (not to be grown into).  3 or 4 buckle (not rear entry).  It is important that boots be able to flex in the cold, if they are too stiff the athlete will not be able to be properly balanced on their skis
  • Make sure that skis and poles are the proper length for your child and that the bindings have been professionally adjusted for the individual skier.  Race or carving skis with side wall construction are recommended (no soft twin tips)
  • The skis should be tuned (edges sharpened, bases waxed) at the beginning of the season and least once halfway through the season, frequent use of a diamond stone on edges is encouraged (we will run ski tuning clinics during the season)
  • A properly fitted helmet with hard ears is required
  • Double lens goggles are required
  • A neck warmer is recommended
  • Warm mittens for the cold days are preferable to gloves
  • Warm thermal wicking ski socks are a must
  • Chemical hand and toe warmers are strongly recommended for colder days

If you have any questions about the equipment, please don’t hesitate to talk to your child’s coach or the lead coach.  We have 3 club ski exchanges in the fall that allow members to buy and sell used ski equipment.  Sign up for our newsletter to receive these notifications.  We also work with regional retailers in helping size your kids ski equipment.  Look for communications in our newsletters about “Club Buy Nights”.  Camp Fortune Coaches will be present to help the retailers size your children’s skis and boots.  Some incentives are often given by the retailers during these buy nights.

Daily schedule

The program runs from 9:30 am to 3 pm, with a 1-hour lunch break between 11:30 and 12:30. Please ensure that your child is dressed and ready to ski by 9:25 every morning and by 12:25 after lunch in order to help get the lessons started and allow the children to commence their warm up properly.  Groups will head towards the chairlift promptly at 9:30 or 12:30, should you be late you will be responsible to have your child catch up with his or her group.  Short breaks may be taken inside depending on weather and your child may want a snack with them at that time.

Note:  Your child will not be supervised by his or her coach during the lunch break.

Events

The athletes will be competing in 4 events: there will be a Giant Slalom race; a Slalom race; a Snowstars agility event and our season ending Skimeister (Slalom, GS, ski jump and cross country – all on their alpine skis).  All of these events will be held at Camp Fortune (no travel away from the resort required). Typically we participate in an optional away race at Vorlage that is not included in the fees.

Volunteering

Camp Fortune Ski Club is a volunteer-driven not-for-profit organization.  We rely on the participation of parents to run the events and races. Volunteering at races is necessary to ensure a safe and successful event for the athletes.  No experience is necessary and you don’t even need to ski. We will provide training during the season and mentorship for all those eager to learn.  If there are specific areas you would like to get involved in or if you would like to know what may be a good fit for you, don’t hesitate to come and talk to me.  For parents who are new to the team, it is a great way to get involved in your child’s development in ski racing and to get to know other parents.  Without volunteers we would not be able to have an event.