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Family Snowsports Academy Canada (FSAC)

FSAC is a specialized on-snow race and skills development program that focuses on alpine, skier-cross, moguls, snowboarding and snowboard-cross. FSAC combines the highest level of coaching with an incredible social atmosphere, including a Parents Academy, where both parents and children can interact with families from around the world.

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There has never been a better time to travel to Canada to ski in January!

Silver Star Mountain Resort has revamped the ski improvement program formerly known as Interschools Canada. Now known as Family Snowsports Academy Canada this new program has expanded to include a 4 week option to prepare you for the 2015 Australian Interschools season.

There has never been a better time to travel to Canada to ski in January!

We invite your family to join us at Silver Star this winter and give your child or school snow sports team the opportunity to enjoy a fantastic overseas family or school snow holiday and the added advantage an overseas Interschools specific training program.

What is the Family Snowsports Academy Canada?

FSAC's on-snow training program at Silver Star Mountain Resort, BC Canada, is a training program specifically designed to meet the needs of children competing in Interschool Snowsports competitions throughout Australia, and around the world.

The goal of FSAC is to provide memorable family snow holidays with quality coaching for both kids and parents. The program was originally designed by the School SnowSports Development Foundation (SSDF), the organisers of Interschool events around Australia, and has since been modified to include a Parent's Academy and broader interactive social element off the snow.

 Date for 2016 - All  dates are Monday to Friday

  • Session One     : December 28th to January 1st
  • Session Two     : January 4th to January 8th
  • Session Three  : January 11th to January 15th
  • Session Four    : January 18th to January 22nd

Something for Parents Too!!!

Each year the FSAC Program offers a Parent's Academy complete with expert on-snow instruction, video review, equipment analysis and more. Evening social functions bring both parents and kids back together with other families from Australia and New Zealand creating strong memories and friends for life.

What is different to other Programs?

  • Coaching: All coaches are handpicked and possess the qualifications, skills and knowledge of the Australian Interschool Snowsports systems that’s required in order to maximise improvement and ensure a fun experience.

  • Facilities: FSAC has custom built training courses and facilities at Silver Star. These courses are built to replicate as close as possible Australian Interschools courses (but with more snow)!


Each program offers coaching in technique improvement as well as specialized race training in alpine, skier-cross, moguls, snowboard and snowboard-cross. Participants also have the opportunity to develop their freeride skills in the Rockstar park.

Each program runs in blocks of 5 day sessions Monday to Friday. Choose as many weeks of the program as you wish.Participants can book to do 1, 2, 3 or 4 of the weekly 5 day sessions.

Ski Improvement Programs are also offered to parents of children involved with FSAC and are extremely popular with both Mums and Dads. Each of the fun filled and exciting programs ends with races for both participants and parents.

2016 Dates

  • Session 1: Monday 28th of December - Friday 1st of January
  • Session 2: Monday 4th of January - Friday 8th January
  • Session 3: Monday 11th of January - Friday 15th January
  • Session 4: Monday 18th of January - Friday 22nd January

Sample Training Schedule


  • 8:45am: Meet outside the Snowsports School in the Silver Star Village
  • 9:00am: Groups depart the meeting area and completes warm up
  • On Snow: Discipline Specific Training
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch with families or School group
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm: Afternoon on-snow session
  • 3.00pm - 3.30pm: Stretching and session review (video and/or verbal review)

Tuesday to Thursday

  • 8:55am: Meet at the Snowsports School.
  • 9:00am: Groups depart the meeting area and completes warm up.
  • On Snow - Ski Improvement/Discipline Specific Training - Alpine Racing GS.
  • 12:00pm: Lunch (Families on their own each day for lunch).
  • 1:00pm: Afternoon session start.
  • On Snow - Continuation of Ski Improvement / Discipline Specific Training - Alpine Racing GS.
  • 3.00pm - 3.30pm: Stretching and session review (video and/or verbal review).


  • 8:55am: Meet outside the Snowsports School in the Silver Star Village.
  • 9:00am: Groups depart the meeting area and completes warm up.
  • On Snow - The Morning session is the weekly GS Ski and Snowboard race. This also includes the Parents race.
  • 12:00pm: Lunch (Families and schools on their own each day for lunch).
  • 1:00pm: Afternoon on snow session reviewing the tuition of the week.
  • 3:00pm: Finish and presentations in the Village centre.

2016 Program Pricing

  Early Bird Rate* Full Rate **
1 Week: $   899 $   999
2 Weeks: $1,659 $1,848
3 Weeks: $2,469 $2,699
4 Weeks: $3,189 $3,409

*   Early Bird Rate available for all bookings paid in full before 30th September 2015
** Full Rate applies for all bookings paid in full from the 1st October 2015.
All prices are listed in $CDN and do not include taxes (5% GST).


Above and Beyond the "Program"...

Exclusive Resort Welcome Reception

To start your holiday off, you are invited to attend an exclusive FSAC Welcome Reception. Complete with canapes and refreshments, this reception is a great opportunity to learn more about what’s on offer at your resort, learn more about the programs, as well as to meet the coaches and fellow participants.

Resort Hosts

From the time you arrive at until the time you leave, an FSAC Host will be on hand to answer any questions and to take care of all the little things that really make an unforgettable holiday.

FSAC Office

Located in Silver Star, the FSAC office will be open daily to offer assistance and a range of services to maximize your holiday experience while in Canada. Some of the services offered include assistance with in resort and off mountain bookings, baggage services for lost luggage equipment rentals. Assistance in organizing parent, private or group instruction, organizing rental cars and off mountain or inter mountain transfers. FSAC staff are there for you to make your holiday in Silver Star hassle free.

Specifically Designed On-Snow Training

These programs have been designed to specifically meet the needs of Australian Interschool athletes. With qualified and experienced coaches who understand Interschools requirements combined with training facilities that replicate Australian Interschool courses, you’ll be sure to have the edge at the Australian Interschool events.

Resort Tours

Get the locals tour of the resort when you first arrive with a dedicated FSAC resort snow host. You'll be escorted by the hosts as you explore the best runs and discover the hidden powder stashes with your dedicated guide.

Silver Star Information Package

Just what you need after a long flight - packed with all the information you need to help get your holiday off to a great start.

Wednesday Après Drinks

Complimentary Wine and Nibbles Wednesdays: Join other FSAC parents for some Après drinks and nibbles.

Wednesday Kids Skating

While the parents are enjoying the Wine and Nibbles the kids are invited to join the FREE ice skating session over on the natural outdoor pond. The group will be escorted over from the village and returned back to the village after the session



Something for Parents Too!!!

Each year the FSAC Program offers a Parent's Academy complete with expert on-snow instruction, video review, equipment analysis and more. Evening social functions bring both parents and kids back together with other families from Australia, New Zealand, and around the world, creating strong memories and friends for life.


FSAC has their very own Resort Hosts on the ground in Silver Star. From the time you arrive at your Resort until it’s time to leave, an FSAC Host will be on hand to answer any questions and to take care of all the little things that really make an unforgettable holiday. Whether it’s coordinating on-snow training or assisting with off-snow activities, an FSAC Host will be there for you.

Meet your FSAC Head Host for 2016 - Steve Nelson

Program Manager of Interschools Canada when the program was developed in 2007, Steve was also the first dedicated program host at Silver Star from Australia. He continued on as program manager for another 5 years, and as host for 4 years.

Steve returns again to Silver Star for the 2015/16 Ski Season after an incredible FSAC program launch in 2014/15. We are excited to have Steve back at Silver Star and look forward to welcoming all of the FSAC families with him.

Steve's many credentials include the following:

  • Member of the Ski and Snowboard Australia (SSA) National Snowboard Discipline Committee (2002 –2006)
  • Federation International de Ski (FIS) Snowboard Technical Delegate (2002 – 2006)
  • Team Manager of the Australian Snowboard Team at the 2003 FIS Snowboard World Championships in Austria 
  • Event Manager of the largest snow sports event in the southern hemisphere for 14 years.

Name: Norman Kreutz
FSAC Program Director
CSIA Level 4, CSCF Level 3,
Years working at Silver Star: 30 Years.

Bio:  With 35 years of coaching and teaching experience Silver Star’s Director of Snowsports, Norman Kreutz, has a long list of credentials. Norman started skiing at a young age, racing right through to FIS level with the Lake Superior Ski Division in his home town of Thunder Bay, Ontario, moving out west in 1979 to teach skiing. Racing was and always will be his passion.

While working through the ranks of his ski teaching and coaching career Norman always used gate training to keep his skills honed. The Pacific Western Pro Tour kept Norman’s competitive spirit flowing throughout the early 80’s. By 1983 Norman had achieved his Level 4 CSIA certification and became a Course Conductor shortly thereafter. He continued his education through the Canadian Ski Coaches Federation where he attained his Level 3 coaching status.

1984 saw Norman move further west to run the Silver Star Snowsport School. In 1988 Norman took on duties as Western Course Director for the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance. Throughout his 14 years with the CSIA he had the opportunity to ski throughout the world and most notably be involved as either coach or skier in no less than four Interski teams.

2002 saw Norman return to Silver Star as Director of Snowsports. With his influence Norman’s sons Alex and Matthew raced to the highest levels with the Vernon Ski Club reaching the top of podiums in Provincial and National races. Norman has been, and still is a mentor to all in the ski instruction industry in Canada; incredibly well respected for his skiing and teaching ability.



Name: Bryony Simpson
FSAC Program Head Coach 2014/2015.
CSIA Level 3, CSCF Level 3 Trained, Level 2 Alpine Ski Race Official
Years working at Silver Star: 1st Year

Bio:  Bryony Simpson is a Level 3 Coach and a Level 3 Instructor, with 14 years of experience coaching in Ontario working with all ages of athletes from 6-22 years old.  She continues to work towards more certification actively pursuing her Level 4 Instructor, which is the highest level of certification in Canada.  

For the last 7 years Bryony has been working with U18/21 & FIS (U18/21 are athletes 16-23 years old), while also fitting in a season working at the National Ski Academy at U14 (athletes 12-14 old).  Working at that level Bryony has gained a wealth of experience about course setting, athlete development, technical ski improvement, and mental preparation.  She has coached a wide variety of athletes ranging from those working their way up from the bottom to elite athletes vying for the podium.

Bryony’s ski racing career started at six years old with regular visits to the podium.  In her teens she continued to find success in regional racing medalling, becoming J1 & J2 overall season winner at 17.  You will still find her running gates whenever she has the chance.

Bryony champions ski racing as a great avenue for personal development. She is passionate about skiing and ski racing and it shows in the way she interacts with athletes of any age.  She is dedicated to providing safe environment for athletes to improve their skiing while having loads of fun.

“If I could coach full time and race full time I’d be in heaven but logistics make that impossible.  I was a FIS racer as a teenager and reluctantly stopped to attend University - however I still love to run gates.  Every day, and every turn are opportunities to try to achieve the elusive and ever moving target of the perfect turn.” – Bryony Simpson.



Name: Gerard Beallie
FSAC Program Coach
CSIA Level 4, CSCF Level 2, CASI Level 1
Years working at Silver Star: 3rd Year

Bio:  At the age of 12 Gerard learned to ski in the town of Jasper in the Canadian Rockies.  As soon as he was able to, Gerard became a member of the local race team.  This gave Gerard the unique experience of growing up learning how to ski and also racing right out of the gate!  After spending some time on the race team, he graduated high school but knew he had to stay involved with racing and skiing in general.  So Gerard began instructing during the week and coaching for the Nancy Greene program on the weekends.  Seeing the difference he could make with the children in and out of the race course was very rewarding and only confirmed his choices were the correct ones.  Gerard still feels that way to this day. 

After a few years in that program, Gerard began coaching with the local race team, which he was a member of when he was a teenager.  This gave Gerard great pride and allowed him to learn from other amazing coaches. 

Gerard’s life on the slopes consisted of coaching on weekends; setting courses for local race events and racing in any events he could enter. 

“Being a ski racer and coach isn't just what I do, but who I am. The passion for this great sport that I, and many others have is alive and thriving here at Silver Star, which I now call home.  So I encourage you to come join me and get in on the fun! Watching the kids I have coached improve, is always such a rewarding experience.” – Gerard Beallie. 



Name: Kyle Arink
FSAC Program Coach
CSIA Level 3, CSCF Level 2, CASI Level 1, ParknPipe 1, CANSI(Tele) Level 1
Years working at Silver Star: 3rd Year.

Bio:  Kyle is 24 years old and he eats, breathes, and sleeps skiing.  Kyle was practically born with skis on his feet.  He has been in love with the sport ever since he was strapped on his first pair of skis and given a push down the hill at the ripe age of 3! 

Kyle started his racing career at the age of 4, growing up in Edmonton Alberta at the Snow Valley Ski Club.  He raced for 13 years, through the Nancy Green program, K1, K2, and a year into Junior.  Those 13 years fueled his passion for the sport.

At the age of 17 skiing took Kyle on a new path and he started coaching and instructing. Kyle has been coaching for 8 years and it has taken him all around the world; Canada, Japan, and also Australia. 

“Over the years I have coached many different age groups, from as young as 4 to as old as 85.  I enjoy coaching because I get to have fun on snow and share my love for the sport with people who share that same passion.  I look forward to having some fun on the snow with you this winter and in winters to come.” – Kyle Arink