RED Mountain is making news and, yet again, all good!
RED made the announcement last week that it has partnered with the National Ski Academy (NSA) and their Legacy Training Centre has been designated the National Ski Academy’s Official Western Canadian Training Centre.
“The forefront of this relationship is to cement ourself as a leader in training facilities in the west, and by partnering up with a national ski academy, who is at the forefront and have been doing athlete development for 30 years, for them to recognize the opportunity here and to partner on it, really cements what we’re trying to do,” said Matt Henry, director of the Legacy Training Centre.
For the next three years, RED Mountain’s Legacy Training Centre will be hosting skiers from the NSA, based out of Collingwood, Ontario.
“For them to go back to southern Ontario spreading the news, I’ll say, is very exciting for us,” said Henry.
RED’s esteemed racing history is a perfect match with the NSA with their 30 years nurturing and developing young skiing talent in the Ontario and National Team programs.
The partnership will expand the RED Mountain program and their existing partnership with the Seven Summits Centre for Learning that provides student-skiers with training and education. The NSA provides similar training but runs a full service boarding school format.
“That’s another angle that we’re going to be developing is that we have academy students coming from Ontario to train with our academy students, who some are local and others are international, so it’s a melting pot of academies,” said Henry.
The partnership is already getting great attention. “Word has already spread in southern Ontario. For instance, the Toronto Ski Club is now looking at us for 2017, next fall,” he added. “Part of the goal with this partnership is to put us on the map, so to speak.”
“The student athletes and staff at the National Ski Academy are excited and proud of our new and long-term partnership with RED Mountain,” said Nigel Cooper, NSA Director of Operations in a press release. “With a shared history of success in ski racing and educating student athletes, we are happy to go down this path for the next three years together.”
Christine Andison, Director of the Red Mountain Academy, anticipates positive results for both organizations.
“The opportunity to work closely with the National Ski Academy to enhance the athletic and academic programming for both Academies will result in a superior experience for athletes in both programs,” Andison said in a release. “This is a pivotal partnership and we are looking forward to a dynamic relationship which will benefit the sport of ski racing in Canada and beyond.”
Originally posted at LCIC.