FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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What are the start and stop times on a training day?
Training starts on-snow at 9:30 am and goes until 3:00 pm with a lunch break around 11:30-12:30.
How good of a skier do I need to be to join?
We're a freestyle ski program rather than a learn-to-ski program. If you can comfortably ski all the blue runs at Camp Fortune and are ok hitting some of the smaller features in the park, then you'll be fine.
What's your ratio of instructors to athletes?
Our groups have a maximum of 8 skiers per coach.
Do you offer programming in French?
While our programs are delivered in English, many of our coaches are bilingual and we've successfully accommodated French speakers in the past.
Do I have to compete?
Nope, not if you don't want to. Many of our athletes choose to compete while others participate in the club only for the fun of it.
Can I do flips?
Yes, when we say you're ready.
FF follows a strict progression path for inverts. Athletes must first demonstrate inverts on trampoline and airbag/water ramp before they move onto the snow.
Are your coaches certified?
Absolutely. All our coaches hold active certifications with Freestyle Canada. Many have advanced qualifications which allows them to also instruct on trampoline and water ramps.
What happens at lunch? Is there supervision for my son/daughter?
All participants will be brought inside by their coaches for lunch. There's no fixed time but typically it ranges from 11:30 to 12:30 depending on weather and crowds. Younger kids (under 10) typically eat with their groups.
Who's the best skier?
The Great Hambolo of course. Just ask him.
Where does the club meet in the morning?
Our coaches and parent volunteers congregate in the Camp Fortune main lodge on the bar side each morning from approximately 9:00am. You can meet us there and gear up. Our day starts promptly at 9:30 outside for on-snow warm up.
It's going to be very cold/warm/wet/windy. Are we still going to train?
Freestyle skiers are a hard-core bunch. If Camp Fortune is open then we're skiing. Dress appropriately!
Our coaches are trained to watch for signs of frostbite, overheating, waterlogging and general discomfort. We'll take breaks as needed to keep everyone safe.
Are lift tickets included in the price?
Lift tickets or seasons passes must be purchased separately from Camp Fortune.
What kind of equipment do I need?
For young skiers starting out, any equipment will do. People generally find twin-tip skis to be the most versatile. As skills develop, dedicated mogul skis with sharp edges and center-mounted twin-tip park skis may become useful but these are definitely not required for our programs.
Are you part of Camp Fortune / what is Fortune Freestyle?
Fortune Freestyle is a volunteer-run not-for-profit organization established to develop and train athletes in Freestyle Skiing. We operate out of Camp Fortune but are not part of Camp Fortune per se.