Ski Racing 101
For those that are new to the sport of alpine ski racing, here is information about the different events: Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super G, and Downhill. Check out what all the excitement is about. We welcome all spectators young and old to come and enjoy the racing at Loch Lomond.
Seating will be provided at the Finish Line as well as various other vantage points are available for spectators on skis.
Volunteers are key to making the event a success…Local and Out-of-town Volunteers Welcome!
Click here to let our Volunteer Coordinator know you are interested. If you have Officials Training, please indicate your current level. As well, tell us if you have preferred events you would like to assist with. If you are not available all 5 days, tell us when you are available.
Volunteer Wall of Fame! – a complete list of people who are stepping up to give us a hand.
Daily volunteer assignments
LSDA Pledge to Ontario’s U16 Athletes
As a “travel-to” Ontario championships venue for 90% of the race field, the LSDA, in partnership with Mackenzie Financial, the city of Thunder Bay and Alpine Ontario, is committed to rolling out the red carpet for our visiting athletes. We will create a very memorable, high quality event that produces an indisputable positive cost/benefit to athletes and a great boost to alpine ski racing in OntarioLSDA
Proudly Hosted By Our LSDA Clubs
Norwester Alpine Club
MESSAGE FROM AOA
Event quality standards have advanced substantially and will lead to stronger athlete development.
Message from AOA
Eat – Sleep – Race – Learn!
The Thunder Bay ski racing in community will be hosting the U16 Provincial Championships March 6 to 12, 2015. Together with our member clubs, the LSDA is committed to hosting the Best Ever provincial U16 Championships. Our focus is to host an athlete-centred event which will reward all athletes for their efforts and inspire kids to stay involved in ski racing beyond U16.
Under our slogan, Eat–Sleep–Race–Learn! , the race week will address high school aged athletes’ needs athletically, educationally, nutritionally and socially. Our ROC will work with all partners, sponsors and stakeholders to provide a scintillating and memorable life skill building event that will capture the imagination of all athletes. As well we intend to support a “Learn to travel and compete theme” in order to help prepare athletes and coaches for higher level ski racing.
community involvement & partner recognition
One Province, One Program!
AOA Technical Director, Brad Lashley, recently stated in Starting Gate magazine,
“Every athlete strives to perform at the best level they are capable and every club should strive to give each athlete the ability to do so. Excellence isn’t always about winning; it is also about succeeding in our goals. Every club has a place in the pathway and we must help all of our member clubs find their place by providing the tools to ensure athletes, coaches, officials, parents and club all develop and achieve at those goals they’ve set forth”Brad Lashley
The new “1 one province * one program” slogan brings all Ontario’s stakeholders in ski racing together in this mission to bring Ontario athletes successfully through the Long Term Athlete Development Model to where they can compete successfully and reach their goals.
An “Athlete Chalk Talk” to be hosted by the NZF and Alpine Ontario, will review the various pathways U16 athletes can follow in ski racing. AOA is dedicated to finding ways to retain young competitors in alpine ski racing beyond U16. Having a candid conversation with Ontario’s U16 athletes will inform AOA as to what will keep kids inspired to continue to follow a dream in ski racing.
“Travelling to Thunder Bay to ski race in the Ontario Provincials was a big stepping stone for me…..”
On January 13, 2007, Larisa made her debut on the FIS World Cup at Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria in a downhill event. From 2008 to 2009, she reached the top 30 seven times. In 2009, she achieved a personal best at Tarvisio, Italy when she placed 9th in the Super Combined discipline.
However, her most notable race came January 17, 2009 at Altenmarkt-Zauchensee when she stunned the field (and herself) by posting the fastest time in the downhill portion of a combined event.
On December 16, 2009, a crash during a training run at Val d’Isere resulted in an ACL tear, MCL tear, patellar tendon tear and tears in both the lateral and medial miniscus in her left knee. She did not compete on home soil at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia.
Prior to debuting on the world stage, she had much success as a junior ski racer. She made her debut on the Nor-Am Cup on March 10, 2004, held at her home club, Georgian Peaks.
Larisa picked up a silver medal at the 2008 FIS Junior World Ski Championships in Formigal, Spain in the combined discipline. From 2006 to 2008, she posted three more top 10 results at this event.
She earned two gold medals at the 2008 Canadian National Championships in Super-G and downhill, and three silver medals in 2009. Since she was still considered a junior in both 2008 and 2009, she went on to become the Canadian National Junior Champion in downhill, giant slalom, and slalom.
Over the past couple of seasons, Ontario athletes have been achieving podium results in NorAm, Europa Cup and World Cup events!
Take a look at this impressive list…
And guess what….. all of these skiers were U16 skiers in Ontario!
Reaching out across Canada in support of athlete development and safety. Ontario U16 Championships is no exception!
The NZF is sending a shiny new NZF trailer loaded with 40 rolls of safety B-Netting up to Northwestern Ontario. The net will be used at the Provincial Championships as well as other events and training the LSDA is involved in either hosting or assisting. For example the netting will be making a trip to the Mid Am FIS race series hosted by USSA Region 1 at Lutsen Mountains.
This will be a great opportunity to spread the message of the NZF into the US Mid West!
And the netting will be used to secure the LSDA’s annual Ski Cross Race which will be happening March 28 and 29, 2015.
NZF 2015 Ontario Championships Athlete Development Package
The Nik Zoricic Foundation (NZF) is focused on improving athlete development and safetywithin the realms of alpine ski racing and ski cross in Canada. Ontario’s annual U16 Championships offer an excellent opportunity to promote both of these critical mandates. NZF is partnering with the 2015 Mackenzie Ontario U16’s Race Organizing Committee to make significant contributions toward both Athlete Development and Safety.
NZF’s contribution toward Athlete Development will be both on and off the hill
- Super G Race #1 will be known as the Nik Zoricic Development Super G.
- NZF contributes 40 rolls of B-Net and Safety Crash Bags to secure the track
- NZF/AOA – Athlete Chalk Talk
- NZF/Lakehead University Athletics – Coaches Workshop
- NZF/Lakehead University Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic – Parents Concussion Clinic… for more information see Event Highlights below
Go to www.livetiming.com. Click on “View Races” Select “U16 Ontario Provincial Championships” races for the day either Women or Men
Watch the race progress with split and finish times for all athletes
Shuttle Bus Transportation
Shuttle Bus transportation will be provided for starting on March 6 and run on a schedule till March 12. Shuttle buses will meet all incoming flights on march 6th and transport athletes and coaches to their hotels and to training at Loch Lomond. Full week bus schedule to come..
Ski Truck Service
As a “fly-to” venue for 90% of the Ontario U16 field, Thunder Bay is making air travel to Thunder Bay for teams as easy as possible. The ROC will transport equipment from locations in Collingwood, Toronto, and Ottawa. Other central locations in North Bay, Sudbury and Sault Ste Marie will be identified. Truck schedule to come..
Sporting Life On-hill Athlete & Team Technical Service
Under its major partnership with Alpine Ontario, Sporting Life provides technical service to all major Provincial championship race series. Typical service athletes and coaches can expect are: start area service, boot fitting support, ski tuning consultation and ski tuning services for a fee, equipment testing opportunities
NZF/Lakehead University Coaches Workshop & Social
Find out why a smaller Ontario university can consistently produce CIS contenders in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s volleyball, men’s hockey and cross country skiing. LU Athletics Director, Tom Warden will discuss the due diligence required when sending athletes and coaches to away events and approaches to achieve best performances from athletes while on the road. Tom will also give a brief overview of the Lakehead University Alpine Ski Team that competes in the United States Collegiate Snowsports Association (www.uscsa.com)
AOA/NZF Athlete Chalktalk
The first NZF/AOA Athlete Chalk Talk will take place in conjunction with the Opening Ceremonies. AOA representatives will outline the Ontario skier development system works and focus on pathways available to U16 ski racers as they plan for their future involvement in the sport. Participants will hear what Ontario ski coaches are looking for in a high performing athlete. No doubt There will be some great future competitors at the U16 Championships who are finishing well within the pack now but eventually their athleticism, work ethic, skill and desire to be a high performing athlete will emerge.
Athletes Extra curricular Activities
Make friends, play a game, try something new, take your mind off ski racing for an hour – Evening activities will be available at 7:00pm till 8:00pm Saturday, Sunday and Monday evenings.
*More information on activities to come.
Karbon Soft Stretch Jackets
Karbon soft stretch event jacket ( MSRP $140.00 ) issued to all competitors & coaches. Jackets will also be on sale for volunteers for $60.00 each and $85.00 for anyone else. For those purchasing, jackets will be on sale daily in the U16’s Welcome Tent near the finish area.
NZF / Lakehead University Concussion Clinic – Parents Concussion Clinic
Lakehead University’s Dr. David McKee has recently opened the Lakehead Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic in the LU Athletics Centre. The clinic is offering baseline testing to all LU and club based athletes in the Thunder Bay region. For more on the LU Concussion Clinic and Dr. Dave Mckee, visit http://www.thunderwolves.ca/?page=articleview&id=5488
Both of Dr. Dave’s children were alpine ski racers who ski raced in the K2 Provincial Alpine Championships over the years. As a parent and a doctor he is well aware of the risks associated with many sports, including alpine skiing. Dr. Dave continues to work with the Canadian World Cup teams as Team Doctor on trips to Europe and South America for competition and camps.Dr. Dave will give a brief overview of the nature of concussion and discuss LU’s mandate to proactively address steps to managing concussions. Coaches are encouraged to sit on the NZF Parents Concussion Clinic.
Your 2015 Race Organizing Committee
Event Committee Chair
Chief of Race (Tech)
Chief of Race (Speed)
Safety Equipment Tear Down Schedule
Meals can be ordered as late as one day in advance, by 8pm. It is preferred that the meals are ordered and pre-paid in person at Loch Lomond front office, with the customer service team. If necessary, a telephone order can be placed by calling (807) 475-7787, but payments must be made by VISA at that time.
The meal options:
-Meatballs, mash potatoes and gravy
All are accompanied by caesar or tossed salad and a dinner roll
$10.95+tax per person, with a minimum of 2 people needed to pre-order
Meals can be collected by a time specified by the client, from the Loch Lomond cafeteria
Best Western Plus, Nor’Wester Hotel & Conference Centre 2080 Highway #61
Thunder Bay, On P7J 1B8
Phone : (807)473-9123 | Fax : (807)473-9600
Questions? Contact Roberta Sawchyn at [email protected]
Victoria Inn, 555 Arthur Street West
Thunder Bay, On P7E 5R5
Phone : (800) 387 3331
Meals and Accommodation Details
*Booking only available through telephone
Special pricing will be available for parents at various hotels – On a First come first served basis- These hotels are within 15 minutes of the Ski Hill and 10 minutes of event hotel
Rent A Car
For any vehicle rental needs head to budget.com and enter BCD# U002149 to receive 10% off the lowest posted rate for any car, van, or SUV. Any questions or special requests please contact David Currie at 807 622 3366.
Official Training – Hill rental applies – athletes get daily lift ticket and 2 hour gate training block for $39 payable to Loch Lomond ski area. Athletes are welcome to ski all day. Team allocations of 2 hour training blocks will be decided as travel arranagements become known.
Teams make arrangements directly with Loch Lomond – Contact Jason Gerry
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Superior by nature!
Thunder Bay is on the shore of the world’s largest fresh water lake adjacent to an iconic provincial park best known to the rest of the world as The Sleeping Giant. With its magnificent landscapes and such cultural history, Thunder Bay is an inspired choice for business, education, training, conferencing, medical, sports, living, and visiting.
Thunder Bay – One of Canada’s Great Ski Towns!
Thunder Bay has a long history of hosting successful events. The key ingredients to our success are: a committed corps of volunteers, great venues and a supportive community. To maintain our event hosting capacity we must run major events on a regular basis. Like all ski communities we must continue to learn and practice. Hosting major events is critical and a source of great pride and motivation.
Fort William Historical Park
Fort William Historical Park is the site of the 2015 Opening Ceremonies.
Tour will depart Nor’Wester at 3:30 with a pick-up at the Victoria Inn at 3:45 Sunday March 8 – Following Slalom Race # 2. Tour will take 1.5 hours.
Tracy’s Tasty Picks
A summary of awesome eateries in and around Thunder Bay for our visiting guests. Suggestions broken into 3 categories: Family, Fine, Ethnic and Local!
Travel Made Easy
Thunder Bay is a very well serviced city of 120,000 people. Logistics of airport, hotel, ski area + amenities are incredibly easy.
Travel time each day is minimal.
Map of Area
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Question or concern?
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