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Winter Sports Club

With Winter Sports Club (WSC) you will enjoy:

  • A variety of programs to pick and choose from, where you will be a part of a great team, with the same goal.
  • WSC will help you master confidence, expand your terrain and develop your skills.
  • Top coaching in a safe and motivating environment.
  • A catered schedule varying from competition-oriented to recreational.
  • The schedules for these programs can be found on the Winter Sports Club Weekly Planner. Information on these programs can be found via the WSC Home Page.

Purchasing and Registering for a Program 

Where can I purchase a WSC program?

Registrations are now closed. 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Is there an application or waiting list to join the WSC ?
There is no application for WSC programs and registration online will gain you access to the programs. For our Season Long Programs, we do not have waiting lists and we are able to accommodate all registrations. Sometimes our Interschools Camps are capped and we may have a waiting list for these.
Does the program cost include lift access?
No, lift access is required and to be purchased separately. Most participants will opt for the Epic Australia Pass, it’s the best value season pass for Australians, as programs run for a duration between 11-55+ days.
When do Development Programs Start?
All Devo programs start on the 1st of July, 2018 and go for 11 consecutive Sundays. For other program start dates please refer to the WSC Weekly Planner as they vary.
Is lunch provided with all WSC programs?
Mini Mites and Junior Devo Programs include lunch. For all other programs, athletes are required to bring their own lunch and liquids, or bring some money to purchase lunch. Alternatively, there are Perisher owned food outlets that are close by where Perisher Money is accepted. Perisher Money can be loaded onto each lift pass by accessing your Perisher estore account..

Child Safety

Winter Sports Club Statement of Commitment to Child Safety

The Perisher Winter Sports Club (WSC) is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all participants. The purpose of this statement is to state our strong commitment to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people who participate in the WSC. This is the primary focus of our care and decision-making in providing snowsports programs to them.

WSC has zero tolerance for any kind of abusive behaviour.

WSC is committed to providing a safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect them and their participation in the WSC.  Attention will also be paid to respecting the cultural needs and wellbeing of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and those children with a disability.

Every person involved in WSC programs has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.

In its planning, decision-making and operations WSC will:

  1. Take a preventative, proactive and consultative approach to child and young person safety, including the establishment of easy and confidential (to the extent that is possible), reporting processes;
  2. Value and empower children to participate in decisions which affect their lives;
  3. Foster a culture of openness that supports people disclosing any perceived or actual risks of harm to children including by making the procedures for reporting any issues, threats or concerns widely known and generally supporting people through the process;
  4. Respect culturally diverse practices and approaches to raising children while keeping child safety paramount;
  5. Provide written guidance to all WSC employees on appropriate conduct and behaviour towards children;
  6. Engage only the most suitable people to work with children, ensure high quality staff and volunteer supervision and provide professional development opportunities;
  7. Encourage parents to tell children who to talk with if they are worried or are feeling unsafe;
  8. Put processes in place to provide additional support to children raising concerns directed at making them feel comfortable and encouraged to raise such issues;
  9. Report suspected abuse, neglect or mistreatment promptly to the appropriate authorities;
  10. Share information appropriately and lawfully with other organisations where the safety and wellbeing of children is at risk; and
  11. Value the input of and communicate regularly with families and carers.

Should you experience, or become aware of, behaviour or conduct that makes you, your children or those around you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, please feel confident in raising your concerns.  Perisher will take your concerns seriously, treat you with respect, keep the matter confidential (to the extent that is possible), investigate (where necessary or appropriate) and take appropriate action.

Please feel free to contact Richard Tuck, Perisher’s Risk, Systems and Compliance Director 02 6459 4497 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any concerns or questions.

Equipment 

Are helmets required to be worn?
Yes, a ski helmet is required to be worn at all times while participating in all WSC programs. Specifically for the alpine teams, we require hard eared helmets and furthermore, there is a special type of helmet that is required for all FIS and SSA associated races if you are looking at competing in these. For other protective equipment requirements, please refer to your program handbook (Issued mid-June) or recommendations on your programs’ website landing page. If you have any specific questions in regards to equipment, please contact your direct coach. 
Is there a uniform that is required to be worn?
No, there is not a set uniform for the Winter Sports Club. Just quality waterproof ski & snowboard gear is recommended to be worn and any required protective gear for specialty training.
What type and size skis or board should I have for the program?
The program really dictates what gear is required. Please seek out your direct coach for specific and best recommendations. 
What is SSA and do I need to become a member?
SSA stands for Ski and Snowboard Australia. This is the nationally and internationally recognised National Sporting Organisation (NSO) for competitive snow sports within Australia. SSA manages athlete pathways, conducts events and programs in Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Freestyle Skiing, Snowboarding, Para-alpine, Para-snowboard and specialty sub discipline activities within each. The Perisher Winter Sports Club, within all disciplines, operates as a formal SSA Pathway Program. There are various national and international events within Australia that our club athletes compete in, that require a SSA or FIS membership to enter/compete in these events and further info can be found on their website via the attached link. Please check the various discipline specific calendar pages on their website to see which events may or may not require membership to compete in.

Attendance/ Weather Days

Are there season long lockers available for hire for WSC kids?
Yes, there are lockers available to the public as well as WSC Lockers in a secure locker room in Blue Cow. Please click the attached link to purchase.
How do I book add-on days for a WSC Part Time Team?
Please contact the WSC admin team at least 7 days prior to your requested training day by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Days can only be added on to a Part Time Team Program if there is a Full Time Team Program scheduled for training within the same discipline on that requested day. Fees are $105 per day and payable by credit card at time of booking. If you are emailing in (preferred), please make sure your credit card info on your Perisher Estore account is up to date.
Where does my program start daily and at what time?
Start locations and times are listed by program and may change throughout the season. For the most up to date information, check the WSC Weekly Planner and your exact program weekly, from Sunday afternoons at 4:30pm.
Do we get compensation for missing days of the program?
Unfortunately the training schedules are programmed with a season long intent of participation for all days, for all members. Coaches will be present on all days of the pre-scheduled program and there are no refunds, credits or swapping of days permitted with any of the programs.
Is attendance required at all training days?
Attendance at all training days is recommended but not required. Please keep in mind that the kids/athletes are working on a season long progression of skills acquisition within their respective discipline and any missed days can possibly set them behind with their personal progress.
What happens if a coach misses a day?
If this occurs, another coach will be assigned to the group for the day or possibly merged in with another group of similar standard (if group sizes permit).
Do we have the same coach all season?
Yes, we always endeavour to provide continuity in this regard throughout the season with all of our programs. However, there may be a situation where children are moved based on their ability or even the possible replacement of a coach, due to unforeseen circumstances. There may also be certain events for the competition teams, where only one coach can attend and this may not be your direct coach.
What happens if my child is running late for the program?
If you arrive late to training and all groups have left the on-snow meeting point, please see the Supervisor or Head Coach for your program (if available) and they will attempt to locate your group. If they are not available, please seek out the PWSC Manager (if in the office) for further assistance. 
What if it’s a poor weather day?
WSC Programs will still go ahead even in poor weather. It is important to learn how to train in poor weather conditions as you may have the same visibility on any given event day. The coach will take athletes to the best sheltered location around Perisher to provide the best on-snow tuition possible. If the mountain shuts down for that day, then we will advise you via sms and arrange some sort of replacement day.
What if there is no intermediate or advanced terrain open during programmed days?
We are a club that challenges with tasks and skill acquisition rather than skiing and riding on steep terrain. Athletes will learn the relevant skills on green terrain through challenging tasks, and will then take those acquired skills to harder terrain when it becomes available and if needed.
Does the participant in a program need to be parallel skiing in order to join?
This is not necessarily a prerequisite for all programs but it is for all of our competition skiing based teams. It is the minimum recommended standard that adults and kids have the ability to make consistent turns with a snowplough for the start of the turn while matching the skis somewhere in the middle of the turn to a parallel stance in order to qualify for Devo and Women’s Masters Teams. BC Masters participants need to be matching earlier in the turn to be at the minimum standard for that program. For our Junior Devo Teams, kids just need to be able to make consistent snowplough turns down green terrain. Mini Mites can be at the never skied before standard.
Does the participant in a snowboard program need to be at a certain standard to participate?
Snowboarders who are joining our competition teams need to be at a standard where they are beginning to carve, ride ungroomed terrain, handle easy bumps and use terrain parks. For our Devo teams, linking skidded turns on green terrain is the minimum standard. For our Junior Devo Teams, having the ability to stop and control direction on your toe side and heel side is the minimum standard to join the program.

Competitions

Who organises if athletes have to travel interstate for competitions?
Athletes and parents are responsible for organising all transportation and supervision outside of coaching hours at away events. WSC does not provide transport, accommodation or supervision outside of coaching hours at away events unless specified.
Will coaches go to Thredbo for Interschools or other competitions?
Yes, there will be coaches available at Thredbo for most all Interschools Regional and State Level events to offer coaching and or course advice where possible. Most all of the time, there will be a coach present at the start area of the course 5- 10 minutes before inspection or training begins. If on a programed training or competition assistance day, please seek out and identify yourself to that coach for support during the event.
Does WSC offer boarding for athletes?
No, unfortunately we do not offer boarding or any sort of general pastoral care.

Volunteers

Can parents volunteer and be part of the club?
Yes, our race department is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help with events and in turn support your child’s discipline. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information and volunteering opportunities.

Futher Questions

What are the hours of the WSC Office and where is it located?
The WSC Office is open for limited times during any given week and this will vary throughout the season. With that being said, we will aim for the following hours weekly: Wednesday- 9:30-1:30, Thursday- 9:30-1:30, Friday- 9:30-1:30, Sunday 10:00-2:00. For 2018, the office is located in the northwest corner of the Blue Cow Terminal Building on the same level of the train platform. There are signs in the hallways directing you towards the office.
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