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Alpine Insurance Alberta World Cup Academy

We offer options to adapt to your current objectives, training intensely full-time in Canmore, or finding a balance between training and pursuing your post-secondary education full-time while continuing to train at a  high level in Calgary.

Letter from Our Program Director

Welcome to the 2021-22 Alpine Insurance Alberta World Cup Academy program.  Having started in the spring of 2008, the Academy was an idea born out of a need for something different, a program that catered to athlete’s needs.  13 years have passed, and there have been a lot of changes to how our program has operated since our first year.  Over 90 athletes have passed through our doors as well as many great coaches, volunteers, wax staff and countless other contributors.  Every person has helped shape who we are and what we do.  Every year we try to take a critical look at how we operate our training centre and look to make changes that we feel represent our athletes’ needs, our community, and to no small part our financial landscape.  Not every idea or change is successful, and just like everyone in sport, we keep looking to tweak things to find the ideal balance.

Currently, like everyone else in the world, we are navigating the evolving world of COVID.  It has been over 10-months since this global pandemic began, and we are routinely adjusting to new rules and restrictions.  We have been extremely fortunate to have been able to maintain a consistent program throughout most of the year and continue to have a glass-half-full mindset.  Of course, we miss the opportunity to compete and travel abroad, and we look forward to a day soon when we can get back to our core business.  All that said, we are business as usual and do not expect any further negative setbacks going forward.

We are in the process of planning an aggressive strategy to meet our needs for the coming years.  Our Post Secondary program in Calgary will be going into its 4th season.  This group was expanded to include a biathlon stream this past fall in partnership with the Biathlon Alberta Training Centre.  In total, we have now up to 17 athletes who make Calgary their home base.  We are expecting further growth for the coming year and will be adding to our coaching and support staff as we strengthen our training environments for both Canmore and Calgary.  As our athlete pool becomes stronger and more diverse, we look forward to the challenge of increasing the flexibility of our services so that each individual can create the best program possible to reach their goals and aspirations.  

With that said, the following is our updated program guidelines for 2021-22, as we continue to navigate the Academy forward towards 2023 and beyond.

Go Canada!

Chris Jeffries – Head Coach and Program Director cjeffries@albertaworldcup.com 

Option 1

The Academy Program
Canmore based

 

All athletes that join one of our programs will have access to our 11-month services, May 2021 to the end of March 2022. 

Coach: Coach Julia Ystgaard

Team Fees: Between $3000 and $3500 (to be confirmed by end of February)

*National Senior Team athletes: discount available please contact the Program Director

Program Includes:

  • Annual Periodized Training Plan
  • 2021 Training Camp Program (see draft below)
  • 2021-22 Competition Program – individually designed based on goals and objectives
  • Customized local training in addition to team camps.  Minimum 2 group sessions per week plus individual opportunities
  • Ski fleet testing
  • Daily monitoring using up to date technology
  • Lululemon summer training clothes
  • Sauce team headwear

Program Excludes:

  • Camp and competition costs: airfare, ground transport, accommodation, food, shared cost of staff travel
  • NC/FIS race licence
  • Race registrations
  • Trail passes
  • Gym membership – note we do not run a team strength program.  Strength planning is done on an individual basis
  • Race wax – approx. $30/race
  • CSI consulting costs for physiological tests, nutrition, psychology, etc.
  • Team clothing by Swix – you will not be required to purchase new clothing year to year, we use clothing on a 4-5 year cycle
  • Personal Equipment – we can help source equipment at team pricing

2021 Camp Program TBD based on COVID restrictions.  Currently we are not running camps.

Do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions:  

cjeffries@albertaworldcup.com 

 info@albertaworldcup.com

Option 2

The Academy Program
Calgary based
Student/Athlete
Cross- Country

New in the fall of 2018, this innovative program has brought the training centre model directly to the University of Calgary campus.  If you are a student athlete, this extra program will offer you consistent weekly programming designed for U20 and U23 athletes who are committed to the highest pursuits of both academics and sport.  All athletes that join one of our programs will have access to our 11-month services, May 2021 to the end of March 2022. 

Coach: Head Coach Chris Jeffries

Team Fees: Approx. $3500 (to be confirmed by end of February)

Program Includes:(in addition to the Academy Program components listed in Option 1)

  • Weekly training schedule designed around school schedules (see below).  Minimum 4 group sessions per week.
  • First access to University of Calgary class registration
  • Administrative help navigating enrolment, classes and exam schedules
  • Team van transportation for local training can be obtained – cost $1000 

Program start-up:

Local training in Canmore and Calgary are available to athletes May through the end of the season.  Our fall programming will start this year on September 2, 2021.

Calgary Student/Athlete Weekly Program Schedule:

Monday 4:30-6pm – Strength based session

Tuesday 8-9:30am – Technical focus Group 1  4:30-6:00pm – Technical focus Group 2 *depending on class schedules, athletes will be grouped accordingly

Wednesday – Intensity

Thursday – Option to train in Canmore 3:00-5:00pm

Friday 4-5:30pm – Speed/Distance

Saturday 9-11:00am – Intensity or Distance (in Canmore)

Sunday – Distance on your own

 

 

Option 3

The Academy Program
Calgary based
Student/Athlete
Biathlon

New in the fall of 2020, this innovative program has brought the training centre model directly to the University of Calgary campus.  If you are a student athlete, this extra program will offer you consistent weekly programming designed for U20 and U23 athletes who are committed to the highest pursuits of both academics and sport.  All athletes that join one of our programs will have access to our 11-month services, May 2021 to the end of March 2022.

Coach: Head Coach Chris Jeffries

Team Fees: Approx. $4500 (to be confirmed by end of February)

Program Includes:(in addition to the Academy Program components listed in Option 1)

  • Weekly training schedule designed around school schedules (see below).  Minimum 4 group sessions per week.
  • First access to University of Calgary class registration
  • Administrative help navigating enrolment, classes and exam schedules.
  • Team van transportation for local training can be obtained – cost $1000.

Program start-up:

Local training in Canmore and Calgary are available to athletes May through the end of the season.  Our fall programming will start this year on September 2, 2021.

Calgary Student/Athlete Weekly Program Schedule:

Monday 4:30-6pm – Strength based session.

Tuesday 8-9:30am – Technical focus Group 1 4:30-6:00pm – Technical focus Group 2 *depending on class schedules, athletes will be grouped accordingly.

Wednesday – Intensity

Thursday – Shooting/combo in Canmore 3:00-5:00pm

Friday 4-5:30pm – Speed/Distance

Saturday 9-11:00am – Shooting/combo (Intensity) in Canmore

Sunday – Distance on your own

 

 

Coaching and Consultants

Chris Jeffries – Head Coach and Program Director

Chris will be leading all athlete program for the 2019-20 season.  About to embark on his 12th year with the Academy, Chris brings a tremendous enthusiasm for athlete development to go along with his wealth of experience.

  • AWCA coach (2010-present)
  • 9-year member of the National Ski Team and Junior NST
  • 2006 Olympian
  • Enrolled in Advance Coaching Diploma at CSI Calgary
  • Has led or coached at many international events including World Senior and Junior Championships and NST European tours

Julia Mehre Ystgaard – Coach

  •  grew up in Oslo and ski raced until she was 20.
  • Bachelor Degree in Coaching in Sport Psychology form the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences
  • Second year with the Academy and really looking forward to coaching for a third year!

 

 

Dave Nighbor – Part-time Coach

  • Nipissing University Nordic Assistant Coach 2014-2020
  • 8-year member of the National Ski Team and Junior NST
  • Attended 8 World Championships (3 World Junior., 4 U23, 1 Senior) 
Chris Jeffries
Julia Mehre Ystgaard

Jess Kryski – Physiologist

Originally working for the CSI Calgary as the lead physiologist for the cross country able and para and biathlon national teams, Jess moved to Revelstoke, BC in 2018 and is continuing to support programs as a consultant.  We feel very fortunate to have Jess as part of our team, providing critical support in developing athlete training programs and supporting our monitoring and testing.  Jess’ experience includes leading programs through the 2014 and 2018 Olympic cycles.

Matt Wiley – Physiotherapist

Former Alberta World Cup Academy member, Matt graduated with a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta after completing an undergraduate degree in kinesiology at the University of Calgary. Originally from the Okanagan, Matt was drawn to the mountains in Alberta to pursue competitive cross-country skiing, staying in Alberta to pursue his education. Matt grew up playing many different sports including volleyball, basketball and tennis. Matt’s experience with a variety of sports anchors his active approach to therapy, combining the right balance of exercise and hands-on manual therapy. 

Lahav Wolach – Lead Race Service

Having grown up in the ski hotbed of Israel, Lahav is famous for his attitude that if he can make skis glide on sand, then snow is not a problem.  Lahav started waxing skis for Foothills Nordic and Rocky Mountain Racers as his kids navigated the high-performance system.  With his kids grown up and no longer racing, Lahav’s love of the sport and the challenge waxing provides sees him back working with us and other Canadian international trips.  Best representing the impact he has had on our team can be best summed up by a pre-trip athlete question; “Is Lahav coming…good!”

University of Calgary Sports Medecine Centre

We continue to partner with the University of Calgary Sports Medecine Centre. Athletes attending our program and attending the University of Calgary are provided with timely services when medical concerns arise.

Canadian Sport Institute (CSI) Calgary

As a national team development centre, we are partnered with the CSI in Calgary to help us deliver support via the most up to date sport science in Canada and the world.  All our testing is conducted by the CSI as well as most of our IST services: psychology, nutrition, physiotherapy, osteopathy, sport medicine.  These services can be coordinated by Chris Jeffries on a cost recovery basis.

Judy and Mike Mappin – Canmore Nordic Sport Services

Judy and Mike have been working on and off with the team in the ski service side since the early days of the Academy.  Both are equally passionate about their own training and racing pursuits as they are about fast skis.  With the help of The Grinders in Canmore, Judy and Mike have had a big impact on our team with ski identification and selection, as they help our skiers manage their ski fleets.  This is tireless work that begins in the spring and continues through the early winter season as they help our team make sense of this complex and always changing technical area.

Additional Coaches/Consultants

We are currently reviewing our needs in order to best staff our programs for the 2021-22 season to meet our core objectives; meeting athlete needs and financial sustainability. We will publish an update in late April/early May.

Do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions:  cjeffries@albertaworldcup.com or info@albertaworldcup.com 

Academy Partners & Sponsors

Partners

Cross Country Alberta

Sponsors

Alpine Insurance
Winsport
Sauce
Start Ski Wax
The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company