The Ullr team season begins late-August, and runs through December. The pre-season program focuses on team building, athletic assessment, and developing aerial skills. We offer a minimum of 15 dryland sessions per athlete, at a baseline cost of 575$ (incl. GST). This fee covers pre-season planning, dryland coaching, administration, coach transportation, and staff training. This fee does not cover venue fees, where applicable (an example of this would be payment for gymnastic training facilities). The staple features of dryland are at least 1 water ramp session in Red Deer; 2 air-bag sessions; a minimum of 5 trampoline sessions per athlete; 1 dive tank session; 1 team hike; 1 overnight backcountry trip; at least 3 conditioning sessions; and 1 mountain bike session. Occasionally, we do an aerials camp in B.C., Quebec, or 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 skill level, and social compatibility.
Our program is set up to allow flexible participation. Athletes can chose to attend any day in our official calendar (with occasional constraints on age, skill level, or group ceilings). Athletes can also load up ski days, or be absent, over any portion of the season. However, it is the participant’s responsibility to fulfill the program days they paid for.
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 families 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).