FIS Program Philosophy
The Team Panorama FIS program is based on patience and racing skills development. Traditionally once a child finishes
K2 a big decision must be made if they should carry on to the FIS circuit. The pressures of missing school and costs
lead a lot of families to getting out of the sport.
Team Panorama started a new FIS program in 2009/10 based on a philosophy of just continuing with a K2 style program for
the early FIS years. The goals of the program are to focus on the technical events, allow the kids to grow and improve
their skiing skill, touching speed events only in training environments and easier race environments. The aim also is
to race close to home and finish school. We know the journey to the elite levels of the sport is very difficult but if
trained correctly covering all the bases of physical and technical elements with no unrealistic pressure of results,
the journey towards the elite levels can be a lot of fun and huge benefit to the person overall.
Paying attention to detail at this refining level is key to good performance outcomes. The quality and focus of the
training day is still one of the cornerstones of a good program. The physical conditioning of a young athlete is another
and we know because the physical demands greatly increase as the skiers reach the FIS level this area has become
crucial for injury prevention and performance enhancement. Because of this we employ the services of experts in the
field for overall long term physical development from the early ages.
The FIS program is based on a 110-120 on snow day format with a year round physical program. COP is used for a portion
of the winter 2 nights a week. We only ski one short summer camp at Mt Hood and start 3-4 sessions a week on snow
as soon as the snow is down at Panorama. The race series we base the program on is the Alberta and BC regional FIS
circuit of approximately 25-30 starts. If skiers find themselves qualifying for higher level races based on past
performances, we assess the value of the race and the needs of the individual at that time, before an entry is made.
The overall goal of the program is to create great skiers, great athletes, and great racers in a relaxed long term
style setting that will allow any participant to follow their tracking and give them the opportunity to reach their
inherent potential in this life long sport.