Canada's Premier Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Ski Club
Just like the Olympic Motto "Citius, Altius, Fortius", the Altius Nordic Ski Club strives for its athletes to be "Faster, Higher, Stronger".
The Nordic Ski Hoppers program is geared towards “FUN and FUNDAMENTALS”. Participants are exposed to a broad range of sports and activities and cross training, including each of the Nordic disciplines. A supportive and positive environment is provided for all participants, with an emphasis on participation.
The Altius focus highlights overall physical development, enhances healthy lifestyles and leadership abilities in each participant. It also provides the base and introduces an opportunity for long-term athlete development in the sports of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined skiing.
How safe is Ski Jumping?
Ski jumping is rated the second safest of all snow sports as reported by the International Ski Federation (FIS) who is the governing body for all snow sports worldwide. FIS tracks injuries for elite athletes in six disciplines. Ski jumping comes out as the SECOND SAFEST of all, cross-country ranking as the safest. Every sport involves some risk. Modern ski jumps are contoured for a jumper to experience a safe flight and landing. Jumpers begin learning fundamentals on small jumps and will move up from there.
What kind of gear do ski jumpers wear?
Jumping skis: Because of the precise nature of the sport, typical ski length is measured by a mathematical formula: The jumper's height plus 46% of the jumper's height. So a skier who is 178cm (5ft 10in) will use a custom-made ski that is 260cm long (178cm + 82cm).
Each jumper has a cord which attaches the ski to the boot. The cord detaches itself from the ski if the jumper falls to minimize the risk of injury.
Suit, helmet, goggles: Apart from the skis, the jumper's other key piece of kit is his suit.It is made from a thick, spongy material which fills with air mid-flight to increase hang time and distance. Competitors also wear a light protective helmet, ski goggles and leather gloves.
What if my child is older than 10 years old?
Every child is welcome to try the sport no matter how old he or she is. However, recommended to start ski jumping between ages 8-13 in order to achieve desirable results and have a smooth progression in skill acquisition.
Is the schedule flexible?
Our schedule is very flexible and we try to implement an individual approach within the team structure. We will build up your own schedule if it is needed.
What is the time commitment?
Our ski hoppers team trains from 6:30-8:00pm. during the week and from 9:00am. – 3:00pm. every Saturday. In average a member of the team attends three days a week.
Are there summer ski jumping camps?
Yes. Please keep checking back for our 2020 Summer Camps as our Head Coach is busy planning.
Where do I get the equipment?
Equipment is included with the fees. Altius provides necessary equipment for the athletes to use in the program for Ski Jumping, and if necessary, Nordic Skiing. Including boots, skis, helmet and jumping suit.