U16 /U18

The U16 and U18 programs are for 14 to 17 year old athletes, focuses on the Train to Race phase of the athlete development as alpine racers. In addition, the program does have a mixture of athletes with differing goals including those who are involved in FIS sanctioned race events, the Quebec Championnat Junior Provincial (CJP) series and similar events, and those who simply want to continue to enjoy a race experience by participating in the local events.


To participate in the NCD-OSZ Series events and to qualify for medals and awards, an athlete must

Age: U16- 15 years & U18- 17 years of age as of December 31 of the current race season.

Membership: have a current ACA or FIS competitor card, and be a member of an NCD or OSZ club team, other than the NCO team.

Athletes who do not qualify for the NCD-OSZ Series may participate in scheduled events, but not qualify for medals. To register as non-Series participants, the athlete must:

Age: be 15 years of age or older as of December 31 of the current race season

Membership: have a current ACA or FIS competitor card.

Equipment Standards

Racers who are not properly equipped will not be permitted to start a race. Parents and racers are encouraged to discuss equipment selection with the racer‟s coach to ensure that athlete has the appropriate items:

Skis: There are no restrictions regarding ski length and radius for NCD-OSZ events. The racer‟s physical development, ability and skills must be considered in selecting appropriate and safe equipment.

Helmets: At all events, competitors must wear full hard-shell helmets specifically designed and manufactured for the particular event.

Boots: Maximum boot height (distance between the ski boot sole and the base of the heel including all hard and soft parts) – 45mm

Bindings: Maximum standing height (the distance between the bottom of the ski‟s running surface and the ski boot sole) – 50mm.

Clothing: Downhill and other suits designed for alpine racing are permitted.

Race Format

JR Slalom and GS events in the regular OSZ-NCD series consist of one race of two runs. Super-G races consist of one run. Super combined events will consist of one Super-G run and one Slalom run.

Race Entries

Series and non-Series athletes wishing to participate in a race must arrange for their coaches to submit the appropriate entry forms in accordance with instructions included in the race notice for that event. Late entries will be seeded at the end of the start order.

A list of the racers who are eligible to participate in the OSZ-NCD Series is published on the Outaouais Ski Zone Web site (www.skioutaouais.qc.ca) and updated, as necessary, beginning in early January. The racers on the list will not be automatically entered in every OSZ-NCD Series race. Coaches and athletes are encouraged to consult the published lists to verify that the entry list is complete and that the information for each racer is accurate. Any errors or omissions should be reported to Jim Coflin ( jcoflin@ca.inter.net) immediately.

Race Fee

The entry fee for each race is $30.00 per competitor payable to the host club the morning of the race. The entry fee covers the cost of the athlete‟s lift ticket.

Start Order

National Capital Outaouais regional Start order randomization system 2023-24 season. 

Blocks:  Number of groups and number of subgroups is set to the number of races; 3 races means 3 groups and 3 subgroups in each group … (4 races means 4 groups and 4 subgroups in each group).

For U8, randomization for each race and run before the U10 group.  For the second run, a full reverse also U8 go before the U10 group.

For U10, blocks for SL (no GS in U10) with a full reverse for the second run (after the U8 group).

For U12, blocks for SL and different blocks for GS. The second run is a flip 30 plus all DNF & DSQs.

For U14, blocks for SL, different blocks for GS, and different blocks for SG.  For the second run, a flip 30 will be used, plus all DNF & DSQs.

For U16, blocks for SL, different blocks for GS, and different blocks for SG.  For the second run, a flip 30 will be used, plus all DNF & DSQs.

For U18+, randomization for each race and run after the U16 group.

A full reverse second run includes DNFs and DSQs.

The cancellation of a race means that the start order will not be used. It is lost. If a race is postponed the “Start List” for that event remains with that event, at whatever date it is held.

The postponement of a race means the start order follows that race to its re-scheduled date and place.

Here are the category sizes.

Sex / sexe TOTAL Number of Race events /

Nombre de courses

Blocks / Blocs
Category /


U8 1 6 7 4 N/A 4 (ABCD) N/A
U10 38 55 93 4 4 (ABCD)
U12 71 67 138 4 2 N/A 4  (ABCD) 2 (AB) N/A
U14 59 72 131 3 3 2 3  (ABC) 3  (ABC) 2 (AB)
U16 45 61 106 3 3 4 3  (ABC) 3  (ABC) 4  (ABCD)
U18 18 15 33 3 3 4 3  (ABC) 3  (ABC) 4  (ABCD)
232 276 508

OTHER issues:

  • Second runs: Full reverse for U8 and U10 and flip-30 for U12/U14/U16. DSQs & DNFs at the end or in bib order.
  • Where numbers are few like U8 & U18 the group as a whole will be randomized.
  • Out of region athletes, at u14, U16 & U18 local series events like  SG races (not the camps) would be handled as follows:
    • The out of region athletes:  In the SG example, the blocks would be created in the week before the race.  If they had registered before that, they would go in with everyone else from our region.  If they register after that, they will go in their own block at the end.


The safety of competitors, officials, and spectators is of paramount importance. At each race, the Jury is charged with the responsibility of taking all reasonable steps to ensure that safety and, to that end, has the authority to cancel, postpone or annul a run or race if necessary.

Course Tear Down

All competitors and coaches are required to report to the start area after the last run of the day to assist with course tear down – failure to so may result in sanctions for both competitors and coaches.

Race Results

Medals will be awarded to the top three OSZ-NCD Series Junior female and male finishers at each race.

The results for each race are determined by the combined times for the first and second run. If a racer is disqualified (DSQ) or does not finish (DNF) one of the runs, his or her combined time is not calculated.

If two racers tie in their combined times, the tie stands and medals are awarded as follows:

  • a tie for first place – two gold medals and a bronze
  • a tie the second position – a gold medal and two silver; and
  • a tie for third place – one gold, one silver, and two bronze.

Reporting Results

The results of each race are reported to ACA for the purposes of calculating national points. ACA posts these results on the national website at www.acapoints.ca.

In addition, series points 6 for each age category will be calculated for each race and the results posted on the Outaouais Ski Zone Web site by Thursday following a race. The series points are used for the determining year-end awards and Series Results. The calculation of series points will be based on each racer‟s placement in the entire field, rather than on the placements within the J1/J2 categories, but the categories will be reported separately.

NCD-OSZ Championships

The NCD-OSZ Junior championships will be held at the end of the season and will consist of one slalom and one giant slalom race. Medals will be awarded for each race.

Gold, silver and bronze medals will also be awarded based on each athlete’s combined series points for the two races.