Snowboard Podium Team
2023-24 BC Snowboard Memberships mandatory prior to registration. Please go to SNOREG to purchase your membership before participating in programs.
Podium Team sessions are overseen by coach Dan, Coach Crispin, and Coach Ben, who have received additional discipline specific training and support from Canada Snowboard to provide a high quality, competitive, hard working and character driven, freestyle oriented program, developing traits that will make athletes successful throughout life. Coaching and assessments are closely tied to each participant’s individual progress, and feedback is provided to the athletes and their parents along each step of the way.
The Podium Team is for motivated and driven athletes who have chosen snowboarding as one of their top sports. The Competitive program is an extended 18 week – minimum 3 days per week program, with 4 day options available. This program continues to develop snowboard athletes’ experience in the competitive environment.
Fall dryland, dry-slope, and trampoline sessions are expected in this program to prepare athletes skills for 3-4 days of on-snow training per week. Athletes are expected to participate in all of the discipline specific BC Snowboard Provincial event competitions, and the National level “Nor-Am” event competitions.
This phase of the program facilitates a confident transition for athletes and their parents into the snowboard community and competitive stream. As club members, athletes and their families will be able to make new friends and connections with like-minded people who share a passion for snowboarding. Parents will be expected to volunteer their time to help with event operations.
Mental – We spend time inspecting terrain and conditions in a way that aligns with the competition standards. We challenge the athlete’s decision making skills and train in a way that builds mental resilience, self confidence and a self-motivated desire to learn and to achieve the goals they set for themselves.
Physical – Our sport entails a high level of physical fitness and we believe strongly that optimum performance goes hand-in-hand with optimum health. Strength and conditioning, dry-land training, warm-up/ cool-down sessions, structured progression, even healthy diets all play pivotal roles in success.
Team Culture – Our snowboarders are driven, coachable, strong, compassionate fun-loving riders looking to take a well established background of snowboard training into the ever-changing, unpredictable natural terrain. We keep the vibe high and foster respect for ourselves, each other, the mountains and environment.
At Silver Star we strongly believe that developing skills in the traditional freestyle disciplines of slopestyle, big air, and freeride, and our athletes build an exceptional level of physical dexterity which allows us to take the lessons learned and perform at a high level, with confidence in all types of terrain. This technical proficiency of freestyle snowboarding combined with knowledge of the terrain we ride provides a widely beneficial tactical understanding of all elements of snowboarding which will promote stability, mobility, coordination, control, agility, air awareness, maneuverability and physical fitness. This allows us to create lifelong snowboarders that are passionate about the health and growth of the sport, themselves, and the environment.
Competition is strongly encouraged, and expected for Podium Team athletes, as we believe this is where our Snowboarders can put their skills to the ultimate test, where physical ability, self confidence, camaraderie and life skills can really flourish. The primary competitions our athletes attend include local regional events, BC Snowboard Provincial events and Canada Snowboard National events.
Upon graduation from the Podium program, athletes are encouraged to continue their snowboard career by progressing via inter-provincial and national competitive snowboard events. Athletes will be encouraged to continue developing their skills by moving to the next appropriate program. Graduates will have increased their snowboard skills at each level of the Podium program. Furthermore, Podium graduates will have been introduced to the different disciplines of snowboarding, increasing the awareness of high – performance skills, requirements, and habits in the long term athletic development stages. This program will work to identify, track and mentor potential future high performance athletes at early development stages. This program will offer opportunities and resources to athletes to ensure a full spectrum of development and will be able to more readily explore the areas of the sport where they feel most capable.
If you think the Podium Snowboard Team is a fit for you, please contact Coach Dan at [email protected]
- Base Fee Comp Team $2750 program fees – 34 Saturday / Sundays
- Friday Add-on – $490 – 7 Fridays
- Thursday add-on – $680 – 13 Thursdays
- Competition expenses will be billed throughout the season based on actual event expenses divided by the number of athlete’s attending.
- Minus $150 volunteer rebate refunded once hours are submitted. Click here for rebate details.
- BC Snowboard Membership $170 Compete + FIS License. Click here sign-up for the 2023/24 membership . If you already have one skip this step.
Installments – DEPOSIT is due at time of registration. If you wish to split up the payment the second payment is due Dec 1.
What does a Podium Team Snowboarder need to have?
Snowboarders MUST have their own lift pass, snowboard, snowboard boots, helmet, goggles, gloves, and be dressed for the weather conditions.
A passion and motivation to excel in snowboarding and to push their limits in training and competition.
We recommend Snowboarders have one or more pocket snacks to keep energy levels consistent throughout their RIDERS sessions.
Do you ever cancel sessions?
We try our best to run classes every week as scheduled. In the event the temperature is -20 (or colder) with windchill, we may cancel a session.
In the case of an “extraordinary” circumstance, classes may be canceled as well.
In these cases, SS Freestyle will strive to make up missed sessions later in the season. This may not be possible in all cases.
What if we are late?
Coaches meet their groups at 8:45 AM at a drop-off area to be determined and again at 12:30 PM following lunch break. Usually a coach will be available at the drop-off area 15 minutes after the program starts to help your child join their group.
If you are later than 15 minutes after the program starts, check in at the brown bag lunch room where an SS Freestyle club representative should be on hand.