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Family Snowsports Academy Canada (FSAC)

Family Snowsports Academy Canada (FSAC)

Family Snowsports Academy Canada (FSAC) is a specialized on-snow race and skills development program that focuses on alpine, skier-cross, snowboarding and snowboard-cross. FSAC combines the highest level of coaching with an incredible social atmosphere, including a Parents Academy, where both parents and children can interact with families from around the world.

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Our latest videos from the 2015 FSAC program can be found here. Imagine being able to enjoy snow like that in January!!!

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There has never been a better time to travel to Canada to ski in January!

SilverStar Mountain Resort has created a program to prepare you for the 2016 Australian Interschools season.  Our Family Snowsports Academy Canada is a program like no other. Do you want to take your abilities to the next level? There has never been a better time to travel to Canada to ski in January and get the best tuition possible!

We invite your family to join us at SilverStar this winter and give your child or school snow sports team the opportunity to enjoy a fantastic overseas family or school snow holiday and the added advantage an overseas Interschools specific training program.

What is the Family Snowsports Academy Canada?

FSAC's on-snow training program at SilverStar Mountain Resort, BC Canada, is a training program specifically designed to meet the needs of children competing in Interschool Snowsports competitions throughout Australia, New Zealand and around the world.

The goal of FSAC is to provide memorable family snow holidays with quality coaching for both kids and parents. The program was originally designed by the School SnowSports Development Foundation (SSDF), the organisers of Interschool events around Australia, New Zealand and has since been modified to include a Parent's Academy and broader interactive social element off the snow.

 Dates for 2016-17 - All  dates are Monday to Friday

FSAC Program Dates
Session One December 26-30, 2016
Session Two January 2-6, 2017
Session Three January 9-13, 2017
Session Four Janaury 16-20, 2017

Something for parents too!

Each year the FSAC Program offers a Parent's Academy complete with expert on-snow instruction, video review, equipment analysis and more. Evening social functions bring both parents and kids back together with other families from Australia and New Zealand creating strong memories and friends for life.

What is different to other Programs?

  • Coaching: All coaches are handpicked and possess the qualifications, skills and knowledge of the Australian Interschool Snowsports systems that’s required in order to maximise improvement and ensure a fun experience.

  • Facilities: FSAC has custom built training courses and facilities at SilverStar. These courses are built to replicate as close as possible Australian Interschools courses (but with more snow)!


Each program offers coaching to improve your technique as well as specialized race training in alpine, skier-cross, snowboard and snowboard-cross. Participants also have the opportunity to develop their freeride skills in the Terrain Park.

Each program runs in blocks of 5 day sessions Monday to Friday. Choose as many weeks of the program as you wish.Participants can book to do 1, 2, 3 or 4 of the weekly 5 day sessions.

Ski Improvement Programs are also offered to parents of children involved with FSAC and are extremely popular with both Mums and Dads click here. Each of the fun filled and exciting programs ends with races for both participants and parents.

2016-17 Dates

FSAC Program Dates
Session One December 26-30, 2016
Session Two January 2-6, 2017
Session Three January 9-13, 2017
Session Four Janaury 16-20, 2017

Sample Training Schedule


  • 8:45am: Meet outside the Snowsports School in the SilverStar Village
  • 9:00am: Groups depart the meeting area and completes warm up
  • On Snow: Discipline Specific Training
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch with families or School group
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm: Afternoon on-snow session
  • 3.00pm - 3.30pm: Stretching and session review (video and/or verbal review)

Tuesday to Thursday

  • 8:55am: Meet at the Snowsports School.
  • 9:00am: Groups depart the meeting area and completes warm up.
  • On Snow - Ski Improvement/Discipline Specific Training - Alpine Racing GS.
  • 12:00pm: Lunch (Families on their own each day for lunch).
  • 1:00pm: Afternoon session start.
  • On Snow - Continuation of Ski Improvement / Discipline Specific Training - Alpine Racing GS.
  • 3.00pm - 3.30pm: Stretching and session review (video and/or verbal review).


  • 8:55am: Meet outside the Snowsports School in the SilverStar Village.
  • 9:00am: Groups depart the meeting area and completes warm up.
  • On Snow - The Morning session is the weekly GS Ski and Snowboard race. This also includes the Parents race.
  • 12:00pm: Lunch (Families and schools on their own each day for lunch).
  • 1:00pm: Afternoon on snow session reviewing the tuition of the week.
  • 3:00pm: Finish and presentations in the Village centre.

NEW Program Pricing for 2016-17

  • $849.00 CDN + tax
  • If booked before November 30th 2016, receive a commemorative FSAC hoodie.

All prices are in $CDN and do NOT include taxes (5% GST).


Above and Beyond the "On Snow-Program"...

Exclusive Resort Welcome Reception

To start your holiday off, you are invited to attend an exclusive FSAC Welcome Reception. Complete with canapes and refreshments, this reception is a great opportunity to learn more about what’s on offer at your resort, learn more about the programs, as well as to meet the coaches and fellow participants.

Resort Hosts

From the time you arrive at until the time you leave, an FSAC Host will be on hand to answer any questions and to take care of all the little things that really make an unforgettable holiday.

FSAC Office

Located in SilverStar, the FSAC office will be open daily to offer assistance and a range of services to maximize your holiday experience while in Canada. Some of the services offered include assistance with in resort and off mountain bookings, baggage services for lost luggage equipment rentals. Assistance in organizing parent, private or group instruction, organizing rental cars and off mountain or inter mountain transfers. FSAC staff are there for you to make your holiday in SilverStar hassle free.

Specifically Designed On-Snow Training

These programs have been designed to specifically meet the needs of Australian and New Zealand Interschool athletes. With qualified and experienced coaches who understand Interschools requirements combined with training facilities that replicate Australian, New Zealand Interschool courses, you’ll be sure to have the edge at your Interschool events.

Resort Tours

Get the locals tour of the resort when you first arrive with a dedicated FSAC resort snow host. You'll be escorted by the hosts as you explore the best runs and discover the hidden powder stashes with your dedicated guide.

SilverStar Information Package

Just what you need after a long flight - packed with all the information you need to help get your holiday off to a great start.

Wednesday Après Drinks

Complimentary Wine and Nibbles Wednesdays: Join other FSAC parents for some Après drinks and nibbles.

Wednesday Kids Skating

While the parents are enjoying the Wine and Nibbles the kids are invited to join the FREE ice skating session over on the natural outdoor pond. The group will be escorted over from the village and returned back to the village after the session



Something for Parents Too!!!

Each year the FSAC Program offers a Parent's Academy complete with expert on-snow instruction, video review, equipment analysis, a weekly fun race and more. Evening social functions bring both parents and kids back together with other families from Australia, New Zealand, and around the world, creating strong memories and friends for life.

Parents Academy Time Price
Monday - Friday (mornings) 8:40am - 12:00noon $400.00

*Please see us at the Snowsports School if you are unable to attend all 5 days.

Parents Academy 2015 Video Highlights


FSAC has their very own Resort Hosts on the ground in SilverStar. From the time you arrive at your Resort until it’s time to leave, an FSAC Host will be on hand to answer any questions and to take care of all the little things that really make an unforgettable holiday. Whether it’s coordinating on-snow training or assisting with off-snow activities, an FSAC Host will be there for you.

Meet your FSAC Head Host for 2016 - Steve Nelson

Program Manager of Interschools Canada when the program was developed in 2007, Steve was also the first dedicated program host at SilverStar from Australia. He continued on as program manager for another 5 years, and as host for 4 years.

Steve returns again to SilverStar for the 2015/16 Ski Season after an incredible FSAC program launch in 2014/15. We are excited to have Steve back at SilverStar and look forward to welcoming all of the FSAC families with him.

Steve's many credentials include the following:

  • Member of the Ski and Snowboard Australia (SSA) National Snowboard Discipline Committee (2002 –2006)
  • Federation International de Ski (FIS) Snowboard Technical Delegate (2002 – 2006)
  • Team Manager of the Australian Snowboard Team at the 2003 FIS Snowboard World Championships in Austria 
  • Event Manager of the largest snow sports event in the southern hemisphere for 14 years.

Name: Norman Kreutz

FSAC Program Director

 CSIA Level 4, CSCF Level 3,

Years working at SilverStar: 30 Years.

Bio:  With 37 years of coaching and teaching experience SilverStar’s Director of Snowsports, Norman Kreutz, has a long list of credentials. Norman started skiing at a young age, racing right through to FIS level with the Lake Superior Ski Division in his home town of Thunder Bay, Ontario, moving out west in 1979 to teach skiing. Racing was and always will be his passion.

While working through the ranks of his ski teaching and coaching career Norman always used gate training to keep his skills honed. The Pacific Western Pro Tour kept Norman’s competitive spirit flowing throughout the early 80’s. By 1983 Norman had achieved his Level 4 CSIA certification and became a Course Conductor shortly thereafter. He continued his education through the Canadian Ski Coaches Federation where he attained his Level 3 coaching status.

1984 saw Norman move further west to run the SilverStar Snowsport School. In 1988 Norman took on duties as Western Course Director for the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance. Throughout his 14 years with the CSIA he had the opportunity to ski throughout the world and most notably be involved as either coach or skier in no less than four Interski teams.

2002 saw Norman return to SilverStar as Director of Snowsports. With his influence Norman’s sons Alex and Matthew raced to the highest levels with the Vernon Ski Club reaching the top of podiums in Provincial and National races. Norman has been, and still is a mentor to all in the ski instruction industry in Canada; incredibly well respected for his skiing and teaching ability.


 Name: Simon Gagnon

 FSAC Program Head Coach 2016/2017.

 Certifications:  CSIA Level 4 - CSCF Level 2

 Years working at SilverStar: 3 years

 Bio:  Simon returns to SilverStar for his third season with the FSAC Program, and will once again be the FSAC Program Head Coach for winter 2016/2017.

 Simon is from Quebec, Canada, and started skiing in his home resort of Le Valinouet. Simon raced on the provincial circuit, finishing on the podium in  his final Slalom race.

 At the age of 15 Simon started his Ski instructing and Race Coaching career in Quebec. By the age of 19 Simon had passed his level 3 CSIA Ski  Instructor’s certification, and is now a CSIA Level 4 certified Instructor.

 As a passionate Ski Instructor and Race Coach, Simon has travelled to build a wealth of knowledge working with children and athletes of all ages. Aside from working in his native Quebec, Simon has worked for 5 seasons in British Columbia, and has just  returned from his third season in Australia working as a Race Coach with the Mount Hotham Race Squad.

 Simon is a favourite amongst both the athletes and parents in the FSAC Program. We look forward to Simon being FSAC Head Coach again this season.  “For me skiing is a passion which needs to be shared.” – Simon Gagnon.



Name: Gerard Beallie

FSAC Program Coach

 CSIA Level 4, CSCF Level 2, CASI Level 1

Years working at SilverStar: 4 years

Bio:  At the age of 12 Gerard learned to ski in the town of Jasper in the Canadian Rockies.  As soon as he was able to, Gerard became a member of the local race team.  This gave Gerard the unique experience of growing up learning how to ski and also racing right out of the gate!  After spending some time on the race team, he graduated high school but knew he had to stay involved with racing and skiing in general.  So Gerard began instructing during the week and coaching for the Nancy Greene program on the weekends.  Seeing the difference he could make with the children in and out of the race course was very rewarding and only confirmed his choices were the correct ones.  Gerard still feels that way to this day. 

After a few years in that program, Gerard began coaching with the local race team, which he was a member of when he was a teenager.  This gave Gerard great pride and allowed him to learn from other amazing coaches. 

Gerard’s life on the slopes consisted of coaching on weekends; setting courses for local race events and racing in any events he could enter. 

“Being a ski racer and coach isn't just what I do, but who I am. The passion for this great sport that I, and many others have is alive and thriving here at SilverStar, which I now call home.  So I encourage you to come join me and get in on the fun! Watching the kids I have coached improve, is always such a rewarding experience.” – Gerard Beallie.