FIS ALPINE PROGRAM OUTLINE
What is FIS? The FIS (Federational Internationale de Ski) is our international governing body. FIS races occur at regional, national and international level and are open to athletes registered with a BC Alpine Club who are eligible for a FIS card. FIS is the 'next level' of ski racing following U16. Competitions include the BC Cup series, U18 nationals, Senior Nationals, Nor Am Cups and beyond. Racing FIS is a unique and challenging experience which offers an athlete the opportunity to build their physical, technical and mental skills but also life skills through rigourous training and competition.
The OST (Okanagan Ski Team) comprises athletes from 5 alpine ski clubs in the Okanagan (Apex, Big White, Vernon, Sun Peaks and Revelstoke). This program allows FIS age racers to train and compete together as the Okanagan Ski Team (OST) and generally offers more opportunity to train and race than in U16, but skiers can do as much or as little as they want. The OST FIS Team participates at a higher level of competition and training by applying for a FIS (International Ski Federation) competitor card. FIS cards allow racers to accrue FIS points after each FIS race finish.
All Area Passes are offered to these athletes to ski, race or train at any hill at no extra charge with just one season pass. Along with generous subsidies from BC Alpine, the Okanagan Alpine Zone Association and the 5 home clubs it provides more affordable yearly fees.
The FIS racing circuit allows our athletes to compete with athletes from around the province as well as from other provinces at each event. Making the decision to join the OST FIS team involves a commitment to additional off-season dryland and on-snow training and the opportunity to train more day’s on-snow than in the past.
Racing on our OST team is an awesome experience of athletic excellence that can lead to university scholarships and is the pathway to the BC Development Team and the Canadian Alpine Ski Team.