Q: What is the ALCAN Nancy Greene Ski League? (ANGSL)
A: The NGSL is the FUNdamental stage of ski racing. The philosophy is to promote FUN, SAFETY, SKILL DEVELOPMENT & FAIR PLAY. Children are introduced to basic skiing techniques and skills in small groups and in as many different snow conditions as possible. Most importantly, the program promotes having fun on skiis. The children participate within their club, in team and individual competitions. These events encourage new friendships in a fun and friendly environment, while demonstrating the skills developed in the NGSL.
All children registering for the Nancy Greene Ski League must be familiar with the ski lifts and be able to ski the beginner slopes in a snowplow. A ski helmet and valid lift pass are mandatory for participation.
Skiers progress through the “Snow Stars” program - a seven step skills progression program in ski development for children at this age level. It encourages the development of skiers and ski racers of all ability levels.
Q: How good do skiers need to be?
A: If children can manage the chair lift / gondola by themselves and can ski (snow plow) regular green run they can join in the fun! For small children who can ski, but require assistance on and off the lift, we welcome parents to accompany them.
Q: Who will be coaching?
A: Our coaches have a minimum of level 1 certification by the Canadian Ski Coaching Federation. Periodically we are able to offer a level 1 certification here for parents interested in coaching.
Q: Do skiers have to race?
A: Although races at this level are designed to be fun, there is no pressure to attend races. We do hold one race per year at Big White that our children can participate in. There will always be coaching as usual at Big White on race days.
Q: How much time must parents commit?
A: As part of the Big White Racers, a non-profit organization, all parents are required to volunteer in some of our fundraising activities in an effort to maintain our subsidized program costs. No experience or skiing ability is required for many of the activities; on the job training will be provided! Some of the ways you can volunteer are as follows:
BIG WHITE RACER SKI AND SPORT SWAP Our largest two day fundraiser. Volunteers set up site, accept and sell used equipment, clean up site.
BINGO A major fundraiser for the club. On-going dates are scheduled throughout the year.
ZONE RACES At our host races we require gatekeepers, help with timing, making lunches for volunteers, course workers, etc. Many hands are be required to make these events a success.
RAFFLE TICKETS Selling raffle tickets individually and at locations throughout the area.
OTHER Parent representatives, media relations, Executive positions, assisting with on-snow activities, Kelowna Ski Club Committees, assisting the club social coordinators with events and activities throughout the year.