The Red Mountain Racers will get an early jump on the season as the Legacy Training Centre opens on Thursday.

The Red Mountain Racers will get an early jump on the season as the Legacy Training Centre opens on Thursday.

Red Mountain Racers: Skiers and snow ready for Legacy Training runs

Give your little ripper the best start in becoming a life-long skier by joining the Red Mountain Racers.

The snow is starting to fly at Red Mountain and it’s time to think about skiing.

Give your little ripper the best start in becoming a life-long skier by joining the Red Mountain Racers.

“It is a groundbreaking year for us,” says Christine Andison, President of Red Mountain Racers. “The club, and Red Mountain Resort are very happy to say the construction of the Legacy Training Centre is now complete and racers are keen to get on the snow.”

The new snow-making machine has been running around the clock and according to Andison the Racers should be on snow training at Red on Thursday.

“We currently have teams booked from Ontario, BC, Alberta and the United States,” said Andison in an email. “The Red Mountain Racers will be on snow training from Nov. 20th onward and are very excited to experience their first few turns at the new facility.”

Winter holidays are also fast approaching and with it the RMR annual Christmas Camp.  Red Mountain Racers’ Nancy Greene Ski League three day ski camp hits the slopes on Dec. 20, 21, and 22 with a club race on Dec. 21.

Non-member skiers are also invited to register.  It’s a great way to start your Christmas holidays, come ski the gates and then ski the mountain.

Not only do skiers learn the fundamentals of carving and skiing gates, but they take these skills and bolstered confidence and go “all mountain,” ripping it up on all sorts of terrain at Red Mountain.

“We really want to promote a love of skiing as a lifelong sport, through introducing kids to ski racing in a fun, encouraging environment,” says Phil Patterson, head coach of Red Mountain Racers. “Attending races is optional.  We focus on enjoying the snow with friends whether skiing all-mountain or in the gates.”

Over the 10-week season, skiers will develop basic skiing techniques and skills to ski in as many different snow conditions and terrains as possible.  The program also promotes basic ski safety, knowledge, teamwork, self confidence and most of all, how to have fun on skis.  And then?  We go all-mountain.

Many of the world’s top freeskiers such as Colston Beatson, Dane Tudor, Mike Hopkins, James Heim and Sally Steeves got their start right here with the  Red Mountain Racers. Heim has come a long way since his days as a Red Mountain Race and stars in the new ski film, “Days of My Youth.”

For more info or to register for Nancy Greene or RMR racing programs go to redmountainracers.com.  It’s quick and easy and opens a world of opportunity for young skiers.