The Ullr team season begins in early September. The baseline cost of the pre-season program (Sept. to Dec.) is 350$. This guarantees a minimum of 6 dryland sessions, and covers staff training, dryland coaching, administrative, and coach transportation costs. Dryland is optional and involves some events that are ‘pay as you go’ (an example of this would be payment for trampoline training facilities). The staple features of dryland are at least 1 water ramp session in Red Deer; 1 plastic ramp air-bag session at COP; a minimum of 5 trampoline sessions per athlete; 1 dive tank session; 2 team hikes; (usually) 1 overnight backcountry hut trip; at least 5 gymnastics oriented drylands in Canmore; and, every other season, a jump camp at Mt. Sima (for our more experienced athletes). As for other fall events, we sometimes do paintball; a mountain bike ride; parkour; Freshtival; and rock climbing with a certified ACMG guide.
- This is a ideal option for athletes that are competing in other sports.
- This is good for younger athletes who are interested in improving their skiing, or who are only testing the waters with the junior freeride competition circuit.
- This program is great for athletes who view freeride as their primary winter sport, or who are hoping to be professional skiers.
Additional on-snow ski days run at $60 per day.
All of our programs offer regular video analysis, to improve the athlete’s skiing, some opt-in sports psychology sessions, and an opt-in backcountry program. (We also try to get our athletes to opt-in to at least one full day using carving skis).
Each local training day begins at 8:45 a.m. (conditions permitting) and usually ends at 3:30 p.m. When the skiing is really good, we sometimes stretch the day to 4 p.m. We base the ski groups not on age, but ski level and social compatibility.
When skiing at home hills on the weekend, we do our best to offer a flexible program to our athletes. Due to weather, our athletes involvement in other sports, or their desire to ski with family or school friends, we offer ‘make-up days’ (usually during holidays), and at a maximum of 5 or 6 per season.
To keep the quality of the program high, we try to keep the ratio between coach and athletes low, and are committed to having a team ceiling of less than 35 athletes.
With respect to equipment, helmets are mandatory and we request the athletes have a back protector, mouth guard, rock skis, twin tip all mountain skis (or a powder ski with dimensions close to this), and ski poles that are standard length (about a 90 degree arm bend holding the pole upside down under the basket, and with the athlete in ski boots).
There is no official parent volunteer commitment. However, parents can ease logistics, or offset the additional costs of the program, by a willingness to chaperone athletes at away events (which can involve car-pooling other athletes), or by helping with the team hikes and backcountry trips.
The specific details of the day-to-day program are covered in a parent information session in late November, and regular group emails. New parents to the freeride competition circuit are coached throughout the season on how to manage the logistics of these competitions
For training purposes, Ullr athletes are required to register with Alberta Freestyle. This allows us to use freestyle training facilities and allows a certified coach to legally coach inverts .
For competition purposes, all freeride athletes must register with the International Free Ski Association (IFSA) and Western Canada Freeride (WCF). There is no athlete insurance in the IFSA, so competing in IFSA events requires a waiver from our club to ‘compete at your own risk.’