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Under 6 - U16 Race Programmes

Cardrona Alpine Ski Team has programmes for young athletes in Under 6 - U16 age groups looking to start, develop or excel in their ski racing skills.


Our programmes are customised to meet your every need for both you and your athlete!  

If you're in a progamme for 8 or more weeks, you will be invited to be part of our "Champion Academy" where your season-long coach will work with you to achieve your goals for the season.

Depending on each athlete’s age, skill level & needs, we offer part-time ski race programmes where you can continue to develop your technical free skiing and racing skills.

Group selections are based on an assessment of basic skill, race experience and technical skiing ability.

For more information about specific programmes & to get a quote please contact us.

You can also read all our Programme Terms & Conditions here.

What’s Included

  • On-snow training
    • Wed June 24th - Sun October 11th 
    • Training with your coach (this may change due to group sizes and dynamics)
    • From 3 - 5 days per week training options (2 days can be arranged if preferred)
  • Weekly fitness training 
    • U14 - 16:  Wednesday & Friday
    • U6 - 12:  Wednesday 
  • Ability assessment and group allocation (at the digression of the Head Coach)
  • Technical development and gate training 
  • Video analysis
  • Lift line priority 
  • Training and race videos can be provided on request
  • Season long goal setting


  • Season pass for Cardrona 
  • Cardrona Alpine Ski Team branded outer ski jacket (required)
  • Cardrona Alpine Ski Team soft shell/ puffer
  • Costs to travel to races, lift passes and entry at other mountains 
  • We recommend that athletes bring their own ski tuning equipment (ski vices, wax iron etc). Alternatively, ski tuning can be organised with a daily race tune & wax season long or casually at Outside Sport or casually at The Waxroom. Please contact them directly for more information. 
  • Bump your school holiday training up to 5 days per week for an additional cost. Please contact us for a quote.
  • September/ October race training private lessons are available upon request with your preferred coach, please contact us.
  • Spring School Holiday training (October 14th - 18th)

U12 - 16 Added Extras

  • Homestay is available at $400/week. Please check out our Athlete Homestay info page & fill out the form to express your interest.
  • Transport to & from Cardrona or Queenstown with pick up and drop off from Outside Sport is available in conjunction with your selected training program. Please contact us for more information.

2020 Age Groups

Programme Year of Birth
FIS < 2004
U16 2005 - 06
U14 2007 - 08
U12 2009 - 10
U10 2011 - 12
U8 2013 - 14
U6 2015 - 16

Programme Details 2020

# of Weeks Training # of Days Training Days
15 weeks




Wednesday - Sunday

Thursday - Sunday

Friday - Sunday

8 weeks


Wednesday - Sunday

4 weeks 


Wednesday - Sunday

School Holidays 


Wednesday - Sunday


Can’t find the programme you’re looking for? Contact us for more information or for a quote on a tailor made programme. Our friendly CAST team are always happy to help!

Eligibility to race

All junior athletes athletes (both NZ & International) must belong to Wanaka Ski & Snow Sports Club (unless already a member of another NZ ski club) & be a current member of Snow Sports NZ (a FIS licence is not required).

U14 - 16 athletes must ensure they have purchased a National Points licence so that they can compete in the series.  

For more race information and to view the NZ Competition Rules please click here

Equipment Requirements

U12 - U16

  • Slalom & Giant Slalom skis or a very good kombi ski
  • A helmet & back protector are compulsory for all training & racing
  • Physical training clothes & running shoes

U6, U8 & U10

  • Good carving skis
  • A helmet & back protector are compulsory for all training & racing
  • Physical training clothes & running shoes

Sign up for the full-season U6-U16 programme online!

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