Grouse Mountain Tyee Ski Club - Great People, Great Racers since 1929

Last updated 24-September-2018

U10 Snowstar Program for 8 & 9 Year Olds

Head Coach: Vladimir Natalenko
Certification: CSCF Performance Level / CSCF Development Level Certified Advanced / CSIA Level 4 In Progress / CSIA Level 3 / CSCF EL Certified Advanced / CSCF EL Facilitator / CSCF EL Evaluator / CSCF DL Evaluator / CSIA Level 1 Course Conductor  / Gymnastics Coach Trained / CSCF Ski Cross Competition Trained

This program is a continuation of our U8 program.

The program is open to kids ages 8 and 9, and teaches them the essentials of balanced, edging, pivoting, pressure control, timing and coordination. Solid technical skills and on-snow versatility are the main programming goals, while continuing to make the learning fun and promoting a love of skiing. The U10 program will provide athletes with the opportunity to learn how to train and prepare them for the U12 program.

During these early development years, the program fosters a love of skiing while focusing on the development of basic balance, control and movement on snow. These objectives are achieved through all-mountain free skiing tactics, drills, drill courses, game-like activities suitable for the age and professionalism of coaches. 

Our club's expert head coaches design the winter training plan and lay out the developmental priorities to the coaching staff. 

Alpine Canada's Snowstars program is used as a progression and evaluation guideline. For the 8 and 9-year-old kids, we aim to employ instructors/coaches with good parenting skills. This also means that we would like any club members/parents with good skiing skills and an interest in coaching kids to come forward and express their interest.

The standard U10 program starts the first weekend of January and runs every weekend untill the end of March. The kids also take part in night skiing at Grouse with the choice of Tuesdays or Thursdays for the duration of the season.

As a bonus skill development opportunity, the post-Christmas four-day ski camp is included in the U10 program fees.

Families are encouraged to take advantage of early December snow conditions and get their kids skiing as much as possible.  Grouse Mountain has great day programs available through its Snow School.

Families have a few program registration options for 2019-20 season:

  • U10: Saturday or Sunday, plus your choice of Tuesday or Thursday evening - Early bird price of $1,125
  • U10+: Weekend, plus your choice of Tuesday or Thursday evening - Early bird price of $1,240

The above prices include the online processing and payment fees, as well as a Christmas camp.

It is very important that the kids start coming to the sessions right from day one, so they can be grouped with other skiers of similar ability.  Please note that some switching around may take place and will require your patience.  Groups are arranged following the Tyee U10 coaches' assessment and are approved by the U10 Head Coach and Program Director. 

Training times for this group are approximately 7:30am-2:30pm on weekends and approx 5:30-8:30pm on weeknights.  Coaches meet their groups at the bottom of the hill and load up with the kids.  (If you arrive late, it is your responsibility to locate the group on the mountain.)

Racing opportunities for this group are moderate and the focus is on team success.  Please note that home or away race event fees are not included in the program fees.  Details on these will be announced in a timely fashion and will be published on our calendar with the race notice.

Most up to date schedule can be found under Program Calendars.

Please note that U10 racers are invited to attend the December club race and April Tyee Day with their parents.

Please contact our U10 Head Coach Vladimir Natalenko at or the U10 Parent Coordinator at if you have any further questions about this program.