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AIM 2 WIN – a long-term skier development plan

Who: Canada’s ski racing community

What: Alpine Canada aims to ensure that any child entering the alpine ski racing system is provided with the necessary building blocks to reach the highest level of achievement in our sport.

The AIM 2 WIN guide was developed by Alpine Canada as a long-term skier development plan for coaches, managers, administrators, parents, teachers and volunteers. The plan breaks down development into seven stages and provides training strategies and progressions for future elite athletes. AIM 2 WIN should be used by all clubs across the country as a pathway to success for young skiers.

Although the primary objective of AIM 2 WIN is to produce greater numbers of Canadian World Cup and Olympic medallists in ski racing, it also provides a platform for clubs and coaches to encourage and support participants at every level to fulfil their potential and maintain a lifelong involvement in alpine skiing.

The seven phases of development:
1.    Gliding Start
2.    Skier Essentials
3.    Learn to Train
4.    Learn to Race
5.    Train to Race
6.    Train to Win
7.    Skiing For Life

Get involved:
Buy the AIM 2 WIN booklet

Download the AIM 2 WIN booklet
page 16 revised
page 38 revised
page 99 revised

Why AIM 2 WIN?
In 1999, Alpine Canada produced an Alpine Integration Model known as AIM. AIM became a well-known term in the ski racing community, which is why this latest long-term skier development plan is called AIM 2 WIN. The program is a progression from the original AIM document because it provides greater detail in each development phase.

For more information on implementing AIM 2 WIN, visit the Canadian Ski Coaches’ Federation website.

Other resources for development:

New age categories chart
Ski cross progression table



Alpine Canada’s goal is to partner with our divisions in offering a progression of development opportunities and programs for young athletes at every stage of their development. The following are a list of programs and projects offered by Alpine Canada and its divisions at various stages of the athlete-development pathway. These programs and projects were developed to support and complement the current network of clubs, regional teams and other alpine ski racing programs in Canada.

Rising Star Camps

Aimed at the U16 and U18 age categories and the Learn to Race and Train to Race stages of the alpine ski racing LTAD, the goal of the Rising Star Training Camps is to bring athletes from all parts of Canada, and sometimes from other nations, together to create a high-level training environment and offer benchmarking opportunities.

Osisko Going4Gold Program

Read more about this program on the Osisko Going4Gold Program event page

Snow Stars Skill Development Program

Snow Stars is a skill-development tool for young skiers operated by Alpine Canada since 2004.

This seven-step program will guide the child, coach and parent through a progression that is aligned with the Long Term Athlete Development Plan (AIM 2 WIN).

Optimal motor-skill development takes place primarily between aged five to 12. For this reason, the program is aimed generally at young skiers from Entry level to the end of U14. Snow Stars provides clubs and coaches guidance through the early "Windows of Trainability" when it is critical to carry out the "Right Athletic Development at the Right Time."

The goal of Snow Stars is to provide a solid foundation and knowledge base – physical, technical, tactical and mental – upon which to build children’s athletic abilities.

Snow Stars encourages the development of skiers and ski racers of all ability levels. It also encourages children to discover a pathway to the joy of skiing, competition and excellence in a fun and rewarding environment.

Team Canada at Whistler Cup

Project outline

Team Canada at U.S. U18 Championships

More information coming soon

Coach development

Who: 15 years old and over

Ski coaching is a great way to start a life-long career or just share your passion for skiing.

To coach with any Alpine Canada club, you must be certified through the Canadian Ski Coaches’ Federation (CSCF).

Alpine Canada works with the Canadian Ski Coaches’ Federation to develop and deliver coaching certifications and professional development programs. Visit the Canadian Ski Coaches’ Federation website.

* All alpine coaching certification programs are part of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and meet or exceed all NCCP standards.

Coach certification programs reflect Alpine Canada’s long-term skier development plan (AIM 2 WIN).

Coach certification program: 

AIM 2 WIN stage:

Entry Level

Skier Essentials

Entry Level-Para

Skier Essentials

Development Level

Learn to Train/Learn to Race

Development Level-Para

Learn to Train/Learn to Race

Performance Level

Train to Race

High Performance - Level 4 Program Director

Train to Win

High Performance - Level 4 Elite Coach

Train to Win

Ski Cross - Current certification requires an Entry Level certification plus the Ski Cross Coaching and Safety Module.

Skier Essentials

Get involved – become a coach
Check out the event listings on the Canadian Ski Coaches’ Federation website to find certification courses near you.

Already a coach?

Alpine Canada and the Canadian Ski Coaches’ Federation now require active coaches to complete annual professional development updating in order to maintain an annual Alpine Canada-CSCF Coach License.  Visit the Canadian Ski Coaches’ Federation professional development section for more information.

Coaching resources

Check out the alpine coaching resource center on the Canadian Ski Coaches’ Federation web site for documentation, coaching DVDs and more.

For more information:
Canadian Ski Coaches’ Federation
220 - 4900 Jean Talon, West
Montreal, Que.
H4P 1W9
Phone: 1.800.811.6428 ext. 249 - Course Coordinator
Visit the Canadian Ski Coaches’ Federation website