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U19 Race Academy is a specialized on-snow race and skills development program that focuses on alpine, skier-cross, snowboarding and snowboard-cross. Race Academy combines the highest level of coaching with an incredible social atmosphere,where both parents and children can interact with families from around the world. ENDORSED BY SKI AND SNOWBOARD AUSTRALIA (SSA). We have something for Parents as well – check out our Ski Academyformerly known as Parents Academy.

"It is thanks to Norman, the coaches, and the Academy itself, that I have been able to achieve as much as I have, and I can easily say that my years in the academy have been some of the best years of my life. Most importantly, I have made life-long friends through the academy, and will continue to come back this amazing resort with them." Rachel, Australia


It's all about being the best you can be!

Our U19 Race Academy is a program like no other. Whether you're from Kelowna, Vancouver, or abroad, whether you're training for local races or the upcoming Interschools season, SilverStar Mountain Resort has created a program to to help take your abilities to the next level.  

We invite you and your family to join us at SilverStar this winter and give your child the opportunity to enjoy a fantastic family holiday, with the added advantage of an Interschools specific training program.

What is the U19 Race Academy

Race Academy's is a comprehensive on-snow training program specifically designed to meet the needs of children competing locally, or in Interschool Snowsports competitions around the world.

The goal of the U19 Race Academy is to provide a memorable family snow holiday with quality coaching for both kids and parents. Originally designed by the School SnowSports Development Foundation (SSDF), our program has been modified to include a Parent's Academy and broader interactive social element off the snow.

Something for parents too!

Each year the U19 Race Academy program offers a Ski Academy (formerly known as Parents 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 around the world 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 Interschool Snowsports systems that are required in order to maximize improvement and ensure a fun experience.

  • Facilities: Race Academy has a custom built training courses and facilities at SilverStar. These courses are built to replicate as close as possible international and Interschools courses.


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  as you wish. Participants can book 1, 2, 3 or 4 of the weekly 5 day sessions.

Ski Improvement Programs are also offered to parents of children involved with U19 Race Academy 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.

2019 Dates & Pricing

U19 Race Academy   Dates Price
Week 1 Dec 31 - Jan 4, 2019 $920
Week 2 January 7 - 11, 2019 $920
Week 3 January 14 - 18, 2019 $920
Week 4 January 21 - 25, 2019 $920
  • If booked before November 30th, 2018, receive a commemorative  ACADEMY hoodie. Please indicate size when booking.

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


Sample Training Schedule


  • 8:45am: Meet outside the Snowsports School in the SilverStar Village
  • 9:00am: Groups depart the meeting area and complete 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 complete 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 complete 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.


  • All lessons/daycare sessions must be paid in full at the time of booking.
  • All amendments and cancellations with more than 28 days notice of your reserved lesson/daycare session are subject to a $20 Administration Fee.
  • All amendments within 28 days of your reserved lesson/daycare session will incur a $35 Administration Fee per lesson.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations within 28 days of your reserved lesson/daycare session.
  • No refunds will be issued for missed lessons/daycare sessions due to weather conditions.
  • Lessons are subject to a 5% GST. Daycare is GST/PST exempt.
  • Prices and programs are subject to change without notice.


Location: SnowSports, Main St Boardwalk
Hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm 7 days a week
Phone: 1-866-558-2112 Toll-free in North America
Phone (250) 558-6065

Email: [email protected]


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

Exclusive Resort Welcome Reception

To start your holiday off, you are invited to attend an exclusive Academy 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 Host

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

Specifically Designed On-Snow Training

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

SilverStar Information Package

Just what you need after your trip to SilverStar - 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 Academy 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



Name: Norman Kreutz

Technical Director - SnowSports

Certifications: CSIA Level 4, CSCF Level 3,

Years working at SilverStar: 33 Years.

Bio:  With 40 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.

1985 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

 Race Academy  Head Coach 2018.

 Certifications:  CSIA Level 4 - CSCF Level 2

 Years working at SilverStar: 5 years

 Bio:  Simon returns to SilverStar for his third season with the Race Academy, and will once again be the Race Academy Head Coach for winter 2017/2018.

 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 6 seasons in British Columbia, and has just  returned from his fourth 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 Race Academy. We look forward to Simon being Race Academy Head Coach again this season.  “For me skiing is a passion which needs to be shared.” – Simon Gagnon.



Name: Gerard Beallie

Race Academy Coach

 CSIA Level 4, CSCF Level 2, CASI Level 1

Years working at SilverStar: 6 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. 



To register for the program please e-mail us with the following information;

  • Name:
  • Male/Female
  • Date of Birth (DD / MM / YYYY)
  • Contact information 
  • Program - skier / SnowBoarder
  • Session - Week 1 / Week 2 / Week 3 / Week 4 / Week 5
  • Ability Level - Intermediate / Advanced / Expert
  • Previous program - if applicable

For any questions, please email our offices at [email protected]  or phone 250 558-6065


  • The SnowSports Academy Program will not be confirmed until ALL the above information is provided to SilverStar Holidays – Please submit this form at time of booking.
  • All amendments and cancellations with more than 28 days notice of your reserved lesson session are subject to a $15 Administration Fee.
  • All amendments within 28 days of your reserved lesson session will incur a $30 Administration Fee per lesson.
  • No amendments or cancellations can be made after 8:30am on the day of your reserved lesson/daycare session.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations within 28 days of your reserved lesson session.
  • No refunds will be issued for missed lessons/daycare sessions due to weather conditions.
  • Lessons are subject to a 5% GST. 
  • Prices and programs are subject to change without notice.


Location: SnowSports, Main St Boardwalk
Phone: 1-866-558-2112  Toll-free in North America or (250) 558-6065 

Email:  [email protected]