Come Try Freestyle! RBC Jumps and Bumps Clinic

Organization Sponsor: Freestyle Nova Scotia

Organization Partner: Alpine Ski Nova Scotia


Program Description

Have you ever wanted to do more on skis then turn left or right? Would you like to experience skiing in the third dimension? Now is the time! FSNS is hosting clinics at Martock and Wentworth.

Canadian Freestyle Ski Association coaches will guide athletes through an introduction to freestyle skiing in a fun and safe environment. Focus will be on safe jumping skills, park etiquette, bumps, and FUN!

Open to boys and girls, aged 8 – 16. Parallel skiing skills and chairlift experience is required, and an enthusiastic personality ready to fly!

Freestyle skiing is an acrobatic form of technical and aerial skiing. It is organized into a number of different disciplines. Freestyle skiing first began to be taken seriously in the 1960s and early 1970s, when it was often known as "hot-dogging.

Program Approximate Cost: 

$15 including lunch

Funding Sources: 

RBC Fundraising: Over $100,000 was raised through RBC Rewards, RBC Olympic Fan Fair, and branch donations

Strategies For Sustainability: 

Our goal is to introduce skiers to the fun and excitement of freeriding and freestyle skiing in a safe manner. For those who are new to freestyle skiing, our programs will provide a fun and challenging introduction to the sport. Special emphasis will be placed on a safe and enjoyable approach to Freestyle and terrain park skiing. If you are already in the park practicing your moves, find out what a difference professional coaching makes.

Impact Of Program: 

Seven athletes attended the clinic at Martock, and a whopping 34 participants attended the Wentworth clinic in what was a very successful camp over the holidays. There were barbecues and smiles all around as kids were introduced to the fundamentals of the sport.

Evaluation Tools: 

Feedback from organizers and participants

Key Elements Towards Success: 

An entry level Freestyle Ski program for children focusing on fun, safety and skill development. Kids love to play on skis, whether its fast, slow, forwards, backwards, over moguls, in the terrain park—they are naturally freestyle skiers. This program teaches children to do these things safely, while de- veloping good basic skiing skills. Participants must be a mem- ber of the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Some kids are too afraid to try but everything can be broken down into simple steps and then mastered.

Length and Stage of Project: 

This was a 1 day clinic.

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