Winter Sports Club FAQs
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.
- Tailored schedules 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
Winter Sports Club Programs will be available for online purchase piror to the 2020 season. Program information and pricing will be available in February with registration for all programs opening in March. We recommend early registration as all program numbers are limited.
2020 season program registration close dates:
- Competition Teams: (Alpine, Moguls, Freeski, Snowboard, Interschools Competition Teams) 10 June 2020.
- Development & Masters Teams: 17 June 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Is there an application or waiting list to join the WSC ?
There is no formal application process, by purchasing a program you will become a WSC program member. Winter Sports Club programs do require participants to be of an intermediate to advanced level of ability. Registrations will open in March, please be aware that program numbers are capped and spaces are subject to availability.
- Does the program cost include lift access?
- No, the program fees do not include lift passes, lift access is required and must be purchased separately. Most participants 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 Development Team programs start on 28 June 2020 and run 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 where Perisher Money is accepted. Perisher Money can be loaded onto each lift pass by accessing your Perisher estore account.
NSW Active Kids
- Can I use my NSW Active Kids Voucher towards a Winter Sports Club Program?
Yes, Perisher Winter Sports Club is an approved Active Kids provider & NSW Active Kids Vouchers can be applied to season long Winter Sports Club programs.
NSW Active Kids Vouchers cannot be used towards Interschools training camp programs as this program does not meet the minimum duration criteria for NSW Active Kids Vouchers.
- How do I redeem by NSW Active Kids Voucher?
Perisher Winter Sports Club is an approved Active Kids Provider. Please redeem your voucher during the Winter Sports Club online registration process.
Please note that vouchers cannot be redeemed after the purchase of a program. NSW Active Kids vouchers can only be applied to season long Winter Sports Club Programs.
For further information or to apply for an active kids voucher visit the NSW Active Kids Website.
- Can I use my NSW Active Kids Voucher to purchase lift tickets, lessons or other Perisher products?
No, NSW Active Kids vouchers can only be applied to season long Winter Sports Club Programs.
- 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:
- 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;
- Value and empower children to participate in decisions which affect their lives;
- 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;
- Respect culturally diverse practices and approaches to raising children while keeping child safety paramount;
- Provide written guidance to all WSC employees on appropriate conduct and behaviour towards children;
- Engage only the most suitable people to work with children, ensure high quality staff and volunteer supervision and provide professional development opportunities;
- Encourage parents to tell children who to talk with if they are worried or are feeling unsafe;
- Put processes in place to provide additional support to children raising concerns directed at making them feel comfortable and encouraged to raise such issues;
- Report suspected abuse, neglect or mistreatment promptly to the appropriate authorities;
- Share information appropriately and lawfully with other organisations where the safety and wellbeing of children is at risk; and
- 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.
- Are helmets required to be worn?
- Yes, helmets are required to be worn while participating in all WSC programs. All competition level athletes will need to have a helmet that meets the requirements of Snow Australia/FIS competitions they are competing in. For all other athletes an approved Snowsports Helmet is recommended. 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 should be directed to your discipline head coach.
- Is there a uniform that is required to be worn?
- No, there is not a set uniform for the Winter Sports Club. We recommend quality waterproof ski & snowboard gear 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 that you are participating in dictates what equipment is required. Dependent on athlete age and program, the equipment required will be specific to these needs. Check out recommendations on your program landing page or seek out your head coach for recommendations.
- What is Snow Australia and do I need to become a member?
- Snow Australia (formally Ski and Snowboard Australia) is the nationally and internationally recognised National Sporting Organisation (NSO) for competitive snow sports within Australia. Snow Australia 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 an accredited Snow Australia Pathway Program. There are various national and international events within Australia that our club athletes compete in, these require a Snow Australia or FIS membership to enter/compete in these events and further info can be found on their website through their Snow Racer Registration.
Basic Program Questions
- Are there season long lockers available for hire for WSC kids?
- Yes, there are lockers available to hire at Blue Cow, the base for all WSC Competition Team Programs. They are located in a secure room alongside public lockers. as well as WSC Lockers. Please click the attached link to purchase.
- Where does my program start daily and at what time?
- Please check the WSC Weekly Planner for the most up to date information each week. Start locations and times are listed by program and may change throughout the season. The WSC Weekly Planner will be updated for individual program in formation by Sunday morning for the upcoming week.
- 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 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 may 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?
- 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. Competition support for teams will be coaching staff from a WSC program but may not be your specific coach. Please check prior to the competition so you know who you will be present at the event.
- 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 assistance from the Snowsports 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/conditions on any given event day. Coaches will take athletes to the best sheltered location around Perisher to provide the best on-snow tuition possible.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Will coaches go to Thredbo for Interschools or other competitions?
- Yes, there will be coaches available at Thredbo for Interschools Regional/State events to offer coaching and or course advice where possible.There will be a WSC 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 supervision outside of organised training & competition times.
- Are there any volunteer opportunities for parents at events?
- How do I contact the Winter Sports Club?