CWSAA Competitor Pass
The Canada West Ski Areas Association believes that deserving young Ski and Snowboard athletes should be given all the support possible to reach their goal to one day represent Canada in Olympic and Paralympic Games, World Championships or World Cups. For this reason CWSAA created the All Areas Competitor Pass to facilitate eligible athletes’ access to western Canada’s Ski and Snowboard Resorts for the purpose of training and competition.
All athletes must understand that the use of the competitors pass is a privilege that carries with it the responsibility to represent their respective Sports Discipline in a sportsman-like fashion, showing leadership to their fellow athletes.
- Competitors belonging to an Accredited National Sports Body in a CWSAA Province or Territory, promoting the sports of Alpine Ski Racing, Ski Cross, Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding and the equivalent Para-Sports. For greater clarity, ‘accredited’ means the sports body is representing Canada in Olympic or Paralympic, World Championship and World Cup Competitions.
- All athletes must be actively training and competing in FIS sanctioned events in disciplines that are part of the Olympic or Paralympic Games, World Championships and World Cups.All athletes must meet the following age eligibility requirements for 2023-24:
a) Alpine Skiing and Ski Cross athletes must be born between 2003 and 2007.
b) Freestyle Skiing athletes not including Ski Cross must be born between 2004 and 2008.
c) Snowboard athletes in Alpine, Snowboard Cross and Big Air must be born between 2004 and 2008.
d) Snowboard athletes in Half Pipe and Slopestyle must be born between 2005 and 2009.
Special consideration may be given to athletes up to two years over the maximum age or one year younger than the minimum age with a letter from an authorized representative of their respective National Sports Organization confirming that the athlete is under serious consideration for nomination to their National Team in the upcoming competition year.
- There are no age restrictions for carded members of the Canadian Para-Alpine or Para-Snowboard Team who are permanent residents in one of the Provinces that are part of CWSAA.
- Full time Provincial and Club Coaches or Provincial Team Managers who are affiliated with a Club and PTSO may also qualify. Independent Coaches do not qualify.
- Athletes must be full and active members of a Ski Racing, Ski Cross, Freestyle skiing or Snowboard Club in one of the CWSAA Provinces or Territories. All athletes must hold an active FIS Code number or have applied for and be eligible for FIS registration and hold a FIS Code number at the start of the winter season.
- Athletes belonging to a Club or attending a Sports Academy located in one of the CWSAA Provinces, but not normally residing in one of those Provinces can be considered for eligibility to receive a Competitors Pass. Such passes would come from the quota of the Province in which they are training and competing.
- A limited number of Coaches’ passes will be available to Coaches who travel with their FIS Teams. Allotments for Coaches will use the same formula as is used to develop athlete quotas.
- Competitor Passes are the property of the CWSAA. Unused passes are not automatically available for substitution to another athlete or coach in the same PTSO. Surplus allocation will be returned to the CWSAA for redistribution at the discretion of the Competitor Pass Chair.
- CWSAA Provinces & Territories include: British Columbia, Yukon, Alberta, Saskatchewan, The Northwest Territories and Manitoba.
- PTSOs must be Associate members of the CWSAA and in good standing to participate in the Competitor Pass program.
- Eligible Ski Cross athletes will be the responsibility of their respective Provincial or Territorial Alpine Ski Association's quota.
- Developing sports organizations who do not currently field eligible athletes may apply for special consideration for Competitor Passes by providing a written submission to the Chair of the CWSAA Competitor Pass Committee including their athlete development plan and reasons why their athletes will require the access to ski areas that the Competitor pass provides. Athletes who are eligible to do so must hold an active FIS Code number and confirm a plan to compete in FIS events.
- National Team Athletes wishing to obtain a CWSAA Competitor Pass must meet all the regular criteria and must apply through and be sanctioned by a PTSO.
- The distribution of the competitors’ passes is based solely on the number of eligible FIS registered athletes by Province or Territory in each of the sports disciplines.
- Each provincial discipline will get their percentage of passes based on eligible requests submitted by all Provincial and Territorial Sports Organizations and out of the total number of passes approved for distribution.
- The allocation and issuance of the Competitor Pass is subject to the applicant, and their parent/guardian in the event of a minor, signing a Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims, and Assumption of Risk Agreement (the “Release Agreement”) by August 11, 2013. If the Release Agreement is not completed by August 11, 2023, the application for a Competitor Pass will not be considered in the initial round of allocating available Competitor Passes. If all Competitor Passes are allocated in the Initial Round – applicants without a completed Release Agreement will not have an opportunity for consideration.
- The passholder, or their parent/guardian in the event of a minor, may be required to sign a ski area operator’s Liability, Waiver of Claims, Assumption of Risk and Indemnity Agreement upon presentation of the Competitor Pass as a condition of receiving a pass/ticket for that ski area. The ski area operator may refuse to issue a pass/ticket if the ski area operator’s Release Agreement is not completed.
- An athlete who was disciplined for pass infractions or other disciplinary issues at a host ski area such as breach of the Alpine Skier/Rider Responsibility Code or other irresponsible behavior or who has received sanctions by their PTSO may have their Competitor Pass privilege cancelled immediately and may be automatically disqualified from purchasing the Competitors Passes in future years.
- If an athlete decides to stop participating in the organized training and competition program of their club or provincial team during the season, such athlete must stop using their pass and return it to their Club.
- If an athlete is injured and can no longer train regularly with their Club in an official return to competition plan, they must stop using their pass and return it to their Club.
- It is the duty of the respective PTSO to return to CWSAA the pass of any athlete who is required to cease using and return their pass under section F1, F2, or F3 above.
- Any PTSO that does not properly monitor its athletes or that knowingly allows an athlete to continue using the pass against the above rules will jeopardize their eligibility for future competitor passes.
- Once a pass is issued it becomes non-refundable except in cases of serious injury.
- If an athlete is seriously injured during the season and is unable to participate in training or competition, a pro-rated refund of the pass may be available. The pass must be immediately returned to the CWSAA office, together with a doctor’s note confirming the athlete’s inability to participate for the remainder of the season due to a serious injury.
It is within the rights of the Provincial Governing Bodies to disqualify an athlete for other disciplinary reasons besides pass infractions. The cancellation of the All‐Area Competitors Pass may be one of the disciplinary actions open to them.
- Super G
- Giant Slalom
- Ski Cross
- Half Pipe
- Half Pipe
- Parallel Slalom/Giant Slalom
- Snowboard Cross
- Big Air