Qualifications & Guidelines
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.
B. Who will qualify for a pass in the 2020/2021 season?
- 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 2020-21:
a) Alpine Skiing and Ski Cross athletes must be born between 2000 and 2004.
b) Freestyle Skiing athletes not including Ski Cross must be born between 2001 and 2005.
c) Snowboard athletes in Alpine, Snowboard Cross and Big Air must be born between 2001 and 2005.
d) Snowboard athletes in Half Pipe and Slopestyle must be born between 2002 and 2006.
Special consideration may be given to athletes up to two years over the base age range or one year younger than the minimum age with a letter from 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 Adaptive Ski or Snowboard Team who are permanent residents in one of the Provinces that are part of CWSAA.
- Travelling Provincial and Club Coaches or Provincial Team Managers may also qualify.
C. Additional Guidelines to be considered for Qualification
- 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 be FIS point holders, or have applied for and be eligible for FIS registration and hold a FIS card at the start of the competition year.
- 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 are eligible to receive a Competitors Pass 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. Passes will be issued to Athletes first and any surplus passes will then be available to coaches. Allotments for coaches will use the same formula as is used to develop athlete quotas. If there are no surplus passes, Provincial or Territorial Sports Organizations (PTSOs) will be allowed to allocate coaches passes from the athlete quota.
- 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.
- Ski Cross athletes who are eligible for a CWSAA Competitors pass 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 Canada West access to ski areas.
- 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.
D. Pass Distribution to Provincial Sports Associations
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 Sports Organizations and out of the total number of passes approved for distribution.
E. Disqualification or Termination
- 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 PSO may have their Competitor Pass privilege cancelled immediately and may be automatically disqualified from purchasing the Competitors Passes in future years.
- It is the duty of the respective Provincial Sports Organisation (PSO) to return the pass of any athlete who decides to stop participating in the organised training and competition program of his/her club or provincial team during the season.
- Any PSO that does not properly monitor its athletes or that knowingly allows athletes to continue using the pass against the above rule will jeopardize their eligibility for future competitor passes.
- Returned Competitor Passes are non-refundable except in cases of serious injury.
- If an athlete is injured and can no longer train regularly with their Club in an official return to competition plan they mus return their pass.
- 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 detailed doctor’s note explaining the athlete’s inability to participate for the remainder of the season.
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.
List of Olympic and Paralympic, World Championship and World Cup Disciplines
Alpine Freestyle Snowboard
Downhill Moguls Half Pipe
Super G Dual Moguls Parallel Slalom/Giant Slalom
Giant Slalom Aerials Boarder Cross
Slalom Half Pipe Slopestyle
Combined Slopestyle Big Air*
Note: * World Cup & World Championships only
Revised May 2020
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