Our Canadian Academy program is designed to improve the foundational skiing, athletic, scholastic and skills needed to be successful in sport, and more importantly in life.  We look for motivated athletes with the passion and drive to pursue their dreams and goals.  Our passion, the reason that we get up in the morning, is to be the team behind those athletes. To build their skills, create engagement, manage their athletic and academic programs so they achieve success.  We have trained many athletes over the last 12 years, ranging from club level u14’s to World Cup athletes & Olympians.  We are very proud of the achievements of all of our athletes, and delighted that we played a part in their journey towards success and personal growth.

World class training, we train at Nakiska and Norquay.  Hard snow, variety in terrain, stable weather combine with great access to training arenas and excellent safety infrastructure combine to make Nakiska and Norquay top notch training venues.  

Big mountain skiing…We free ski at Sunshine, Lake Louise, Kicking Horse & Revelstoke.  These mountains are huge and offer a uniquely Canadian combination of big mountains, deep snow and friendly service.

Professional coaches…our staff are amongst the best in the business with proven track records of program management and athlete development from club level to national team.        

Reliable and excellent snow, stable weather, access to a variety of training venues and snow conditions make our Canadian base a must for aspiring and accomplished athletes.

We are currently accepting applications for next winter.  Program spaces are limited.  Acceptance to the program is upon application only.


The IR system is designed to build the foundational mindset, athletic and technical – tactical skills that will hold up in the most demanding situations.  


•    That a growth mindset provides the foundation for success in sport & life
•    That strong character development and accountability are keys to growth
•    In durability…you’re never going to be fast watching from the sidelines. We believe in developing the flexibility, mobility, strength, power & movement skills needed to keep you on the hill and performing your best, day in day out.   
•    In finding practical and lasting solutions to athletic and scholastic development
•    That athleticism is key to long term success…you must be a ripping athlete to ski fast
•    That a good athlete can do anything anywhere, and on any snow surface
•    That good ol’ fashioned hard work pays off in the end


We offer a relevant and innovative program designed around a proven and constantly refining curriculum.  The IR environment is focussed, structured, challenging and encouraging.  The IR culture is based on respect, work ethic and an understanding of what it takes to be successful on the hill, in the classroom, and most importantly in life.  We are focused on the whole athlete.  We leave nothing to chance in an effort to engage athletes and lead them towards their very best.


•    Improve Performance…increase productivity and understanding
•    Decrease injury potential…increase durability & maximize training volume  
•    Increase motivation…go all in and engage fully  
•    Develop a practical plan…develop practical & sustainable strategies for success
•    Create a balanced lifestyle…find the right life – sport balance for you
•    Develop long term relationship…we’re in it for the long haul…for us athlete management is essential


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  • Pastoral care – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

  • ImPACT Neurocogntive Baseline Assessment

  • Functional Movement Screen (FMS) (7 week program min.)

  • Individual pre-hab plan

  • Lift passes for Nakiska (athletes in programs 4 weeks or greater)

  • Hire of training lanes

  • Dry land training sessions

  • Individual athlete program end report

  • Daily video analysis

  • IR logistics and management of the program

  • Hire / use of ground transport vehicle

  • Hire / provision of support vehicles

  • Transport to all training areas

  • Hire of / and access to tuning room

  • Coaches fees and associated costs

  • Cover for gates and breakages

  • Park and road tolls

  • Phone, internet and coordination costs

  • 1:7 coach to athlete ratio preferred – 1:8 maximum

  • Airfare

  • Accommodation & meals

  • Travel and competition insurance

  • Airport pick up / drop off

  • Snack food

  • Alpine Canada registration for u14.u16

  • FIS license (for FIS athletes)

  • International Competition License (ICL) (for FIS athletes)

  • Costs for camps / races away from the base accommodation

  • Race entries

  • Lift tickets away from the base mountain

  • Personal spending money

  • Personal equipment purchase

  • Conditioning activities delivered by external program providers 


We are pleased to once again partner with the Windtower as our accommodation provider.  Windtowers provide us with a practical, affordable and comfortable base.
Windtower has everything that we need to make athletes feel at home for short and long stays.

Windtower also provides the athlete food for breakfast and dinner,

  •  Video & common room

  • 1 & 2 bedroom suites  

  • Spa tubs

  • Swimming pool

  • Laundry facilities in each room  

  • Full kitchen facilities in each room

  • Free WIFI

  • In house gym

  • Private dining room

  • IR tuning rooms and secure ski storage

  • Underground parking

  • 24 hour concierge 


Training on non school days

6:45am     pre-hab
7:00am     breakfast
7:50am     travel to hill
8:30am     movement prep
9:00am     session 1
11:45am    lunch
12:15pm    session 2
4:30pm     physical training & recovery
6:00pm     video review  
6:30pm     dinner & team meeting
9:00pm     lights out

30-35+ hours of on snow training per week
5 -6 days on snow
10+ on snow sessions (2-3 sessions per day on most training days)
1 session as needed for school schedules, unloading, fatigue, weather etc.)  
9 - 12 hours of physical training per week
Daily injury prevention & movement skills sessions
6+ specific strength & conditioning sessions
Once weekly dedicated physical training day (based on 5 day on snow week)
1-2 specific regeneration sessions (including yoga & other recovery focused activities)
School (Winter Term program only)
12 to 15+ hours of contact time with the teaching staff per week
Low student to teacher ratios

Supervision 24-7
Supervision & pastoral support provided all day everyday 

Training day w. school in the afternoon

  •     6:45am     pre-hab

  •     7:00am     breakfast

  •     7:50am     travel to hill

  •     8:30am      movement prep

  •     9:00am     session 1

  •     12:00pm   travel home

  •     1:00pm     school  

  •     5:00pm     physical training & recovery

  •     6:00pm     video review  

  •     6:30pm     dinner & team meeting

  •     9:00pm     lights out

Training day w. school in the morning

  •     7:45am     pre-hab

  •     8:00am     breakfast

  •     8:30am     classroom session begins

  •     11:30am     lunch

  •     12:00pm     travel to hill

  •     12:40pm     movement prep

  •     1:00pm     session 1

  •     4:30pm     physical training & recovery

  •     6:00pm     video review  

  •     6:30pm     dinner & team meeting

  •     9:00pm     lights out


Located on the Bow River and flanked on all sides by the front ranges of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the town of Canmore is a special place.  It’s a medium sized mountain town that’s big on community, personality, and a love for mountain sports.  It has the infrastructure and amenities that we need to support our program.   

A little bit about the place…


  • Modern municipal infrastructure including;

  • Full service supermarkets

  • 72 bed hospital

  • World class Nordic Ski Centre

  • Ice hockey arenas

  • Primary & secondary schools

  • Full range of retail and specialty shops

  • Impressive assortment of restaurants  

  • 12,000 permanent residents

  • 6,000 non-permanent residents & 2nd home owners

  • Elevation 1309m (4296 feet) with the surrounding peaks reaching 2919m’s (9633 feet)

  • Latitude: 51.087977, Longitude: -115.349418

Tourism, lifestyle, health and wellness form the major economic base.  Canmore has a young, energetic, diverse and well-educated population that values a vigorous, outdoor adventure lifestyle that allows them to come home to comfort and amenities usually reserved for city life.


  • The fee is a strictly flat rate; No pro-rata for missed days or race days is available. Participants (under enrolment terms and conditions) must have insurance that will cover any extended loss of fees paid due to injury or other personal reasons. ** Please note, to be eligible, for any insurance support, the participant must be fully paid up. This is a requirement of most insurance companies/policies.

    Away race costs are not included in the flat camp cost, this is the industry standard practice as away race costs cannot be fixed. Additional petrol costs will be charged for races not held at (Nakiska, Norquay or Lake Louise)

  • Please review all extra conditions of training listed at bottom of page.

  • Non-scheduled airport pickup and deliveries are costed as an addition to the set camp fee. Non-scheduled pickups can only be serviced where resources are available to service the request. (Calgary airport is 1.5 hours drive from Canmore, so non-scheduled pickups are not trivial). To service, non-scheduled pickup/deliveries, IR must cover, fuel, wages, airport parking, meals and loading under Canadian law. The set fee is to cover these costs. We always suggest athletes of sufficient age catch the airport shuttle, which will pickup or drop the athlete within 300 meters of the lodge.

  • International Racer reserves the right to refuse admittance or alter groups based on numbers

  • All Canadian based camps must charge GST under Canadian Tax law. International Racer is legally bound to collect 5% GST of the camp fee as an exclusive cost.

  • Group places are limited, preference will be given to athletes who want a full time program. Alternative dates will be considered on application, but cannot be guaranteed

  • All athletes participate with the meal plan.

  • All athletes must have a signed enrollment contract provided before the first day of training

  • Groups must have a minimum 6 athletes to run.

  • Per clause 2, petrol costs for races held in BC are not included in standard camp costs, due to distance. These costs will be costed with participants directly.

  • Free skiing at mountains other than Nakiska will be treated the same as an away race. This will be costed seperately with participants. eg Lake Louise

  • Athletes will be responsible for their own lunches during away races. Other meals will be managed by IR as part of any additional away race costs. Additionally, participants are responsible for their own meals on nights where IR eats out for dinner.

  • Full fees must be paid before the camp starts, the majority of our costs are 3rd party and wages. IR is not able to be a credit provider for athletes. IR cannot accept athletes who are not fully paid up. This will be strictly enforced.  Participants must provide details of a working credit card. IR researves the right to charge each credit card 10.00 on enrolment to ensure the credit card number is valid.

  • When group number do not reach the minimum 6, existing participants will be offered a private or group number rate.

  • Participants must be insured against the possibility of injury or illness preventing training. Fees paid will not be returned, due to the high percentage of 3rd party costs and guaranteed coach wages.

  • Participants receive a lift pass with their IR program, This is a requirement of the Nakiska lift company. Participants are free to purchase regional passes that cover Nakiska as a seperate cost to themselves; however, IR is not able to reduce their camp fees  as we are obligated to purchase Nakiska passes as part of the program delivery.


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