The Ullr team season begins mid-August. The pre-season program focuses on team building, athletic assessment, and developing aerial skills. We offer 10 – 15+ dryland sessions per athlete (Aug. – Jan.) at a baseline cost of 498$ (incl. GST). This fee covers dryland coaching, administration, coach transportation, dryland photos, and staff training. 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; a minimum of 5 trampoline sessions per athlete; 1 dive tank session; 1 team hike; 1 overnight backcountry trip; at least 3 conditioning drylands in Canmore; 1 mountain bike session (usually more) and, occasionally, a jump camp at Mt. Sima, in the Yukon. As for other fall events, we sometimes do rock climbing (with a certified ACMG guide); paintball; canoeing/rafting; road riding; parkour; and Freshtival.
- 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.
All of our programs offer opt-in sports psychology sessions, an opt-in backcountry program, and regular video analysis to improve the athlete’s skiing.
Each local training day begins (conditions permitting) at 8:45 a.m. 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, we do our best to offer a flexible program to our athletes. Athletes in the 20 or 30 day program can sometimes join our 40 day program on Sunday, or join mid-week when we train on holidays. We also sometimes use Sunday for private or small group work, or for sessions dedicated to mastering specialized skills (e.g., 360s, rails, turn mechanics, etc.).
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 125 athletes.
With respect to equipment, helmets and back protectors are mandatory; we request the athletes have a mouth guard; ski poles that are standard length; rock skis (ideally a park ski); and an all mountain, or freeride ski.
There is no official parent volunteer commitment. However, parents can ease logistics, or offset the additional participant costs of the program, by a willingness to chaperone athletes at away events (which may involve car-pooling other athletes), or by helping with safety at team events (e.g., dryland 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.’