Welcome – Getting Started

For skiers and parents/guardians that are interested in learning more about our Ski Racing programs and our organization, please use the information on this page which will help you to get started with our club. If you have any additional questions we are always happy to answer any questions.

About our Club.

The Batawa Ski Racing Club (BSRC) is a non-profit organization that is run by volunteer parents and coaches. We offer racing programs for skiers aged 6 to 20 as well as Masters racing training. We train at the Batawa Ski Hill which is located in Batawa, Ontario, 10 minutes north of Trenton and 20 minutes west of Belleville. We are a short 10 minute drive north of the 401. Last season we had approximately 90+ racers training and competing across several age groups.

Learn more – Attend a Parent Information Night.

Each year, in November, our Head Coach, offers an information night at Batawa Ski Hill to introduce those interested in racing, as well as their parents/guardians, to our club. During this session the Head Coach will discuss how our club operates, the time commitments associated with ski racing, equipment guidelines, training days and race information. Also in attendance will be several members of our Board of Directors as well as coaches and other parents. There are many people available to answer any questions that new families may have about ski racing and our club. The session usually lasts about 60-90 minutes. For more information about the date and time of the next Parent Information Night please go to our Events page where that information will be posted as soon as we have the date and time available.

When do we practice and race?

Racers 6-9 years old practice on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Races are typically at Batawa Ski Hill, however some will travel to Brimacombe and possibly other hills north of Toronto. Racers aged 10 and above train on Wednesday or Thursday nights and then also on Saturday and Sunday mornings. They will have a more comprehensive race program that sees them travelling to other hills north of Toronto and other areas of the province. Learn more about our Training Sessions and our Race Days by clicking on Racer Resources and then selecting Training Days and Race Day Tips.

How are the age groups defined?

BSRC follows Alpine Ontario’s rules for age group classifications. A racer’s age group is determined based on their age as of December 31st of the current year. Please look at our Racer Resources menu and click on BSRC Racing Programs to learn more about the age group classifications as well as the training programs for that age group. Additional information about age group specific training is included here.

How will I know if my child is a good enough skier to ski race?

All participants will be assessed by the coaches to determine if they have the skiing skills necessary to participate in the program. Skiers must be able to ski confidently and have previous ski experience (preferably have completed lessons). Alpine Ontario and the BSRC are focused on the development of skiing fundamentals and proper technique throughout all of its age groups.

What Ski Racing Equipment will a racer require?

Please look at our Racer Resources menu and click on Equipment Recommendations for lots of detailed information about what racers require for ski racing. Come to the Parent Information Night and talk to our Head Coach or other ski racing parents for many great tips and advice.

How do I Register? What are the fees?

Our website has information to assist you with Registering ski racers. Click here for more information about our registration requirements. It is important to note that there are 3 parts to your registration that are required:

  • Complete the registration form that is posted on our website. You can fill it out online and submit it or print it out and visit us at the annual Ski Swap or mail it to us. Our BSRC fee for 2019 is $375.00. New for 2019/2020 season is that we do accept E-Transfers for payments of this fee.
  • You will need to register the racer with Alpine Ontario (AOA) and pay the associated fees. This is necessary for insurance purposes and also permits the racer to compete at AOA sanctioned events throughout Ontario.
  • You will need to pay for your Batawa Ski Hill Lift Ticket for the season. You can visit the Batawa Ski Hill to pay for your lift ticket or buy your ticket online.

When do we start?

For some of our older racers, the ski racing season and training will begin late November or early December in Quebec or wherever there is snow with a variety of training camps offered by various organizations. These are pay-based camps not covered by our BSRC Registration Fee. Our club operates a Pre-Season Camp for our racers at Mont-Blanc, about 90 minutes north of Montreal near Mont-Tremblant normally the first weekend in December. More information on the Mont Blanc camp is posted on our Events page. In addition, BSRC operates a Christmas camp normally the last week of December for 3 days. This camp is for Batawa racers and there is no charge to participate (other than your registration fees). Attending at least the Christmas camp is a great way to meet your coaches and other racers and get started with training. All of these camps are optional to attend.

Official training sessions at Batawa Ski Hill normally begin the first week of January. Your Team Manager or Coach will contact you to advise you of the start dates and times.

Where do I go on the first day of training? When should I arrive?

Your Team Manager or Coach will contact you prior to the first day of training. They will tell you what date and time that training sessions will begin. They will also provide you additional details about the training program. Typically, racers should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of a training session and be in the chalet getting ready to ski. Meeting locations for racers once they are “on skis” is usually outside in front of the ski racks or over near the race hut next to the T-Bar lift. Your Team Manager or Coach will advise you of the exact location to meet. For more information about our Training Days please click here.

Read through our Racer Resources Menu for more details about the programs we offer, what to expect on our training days and race days as well as information about race equipment.

If the first day of skiing at Batawa Ski Hill is also your first day of Ski Racing Training, please give yourself plenty of time to arrive at the hill to get your season pass picture taken and printed. The lineups can be long on the first official day of ski training.

If you have any additional questions, please reach out to us. We are happy to answer questions.

Use our Contact Us form on our website to ask us any questions. You can also send your questions to communications.bsrc@gmail.com. We will answer all of your questions as quickly as possible.

The Batawa Ski Racing Club thanks our generous sponsors for all of their support this season!

The Batawa Ski Racing Club is run by Volunteers.  Our coaches are former racers and parents that love skiing and ski racing.

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