This year, QAST introduces the younger members of our community to the sport of ski racing. The journey starts with the QAST Development Program during the July school holidays on Saturday 10th July. The first official day of training with QAST in our blue jacket will be Saturday 31st July.

The QAST U8 program is designed to get juniors excited about ski racing and to develop the physical and mental skills needed to compete as a ski racer at a higher level. This program is all about building the skier and setting them up for success further down the line by acquiring the skills that are needed, all in a fun atmosphere that lets them grow and develop.  

The program is designed to teach the love of outdoors and how to play and respect our mountains. The kids will experience a lot of different possibilities that our playground offers us including:
  • Ski racing (drills and gates)
  • Off piste skiing
  • Bump skiing
  • Jumps (safety and rules in terrain park)
  • How to ride all lifts safely
  • Become independent (put my boots on by myself and carry my own skis)
Emphasis is placed on developing their technique in all different weather and snow conditions for them to enjoy skiing with their friends and skiing in a safe environment. We want the kids to enjoy their sport and be excited to see and play with their friends every week. The more fun they have, the more they will want to ski and with the time spent on snow we will start seeing the confidence and improvement in their skiing.

Program fees include:
  • Enrolment in the QAST Development Program 
  • New member induction meeting on Saturday 10th July at the Queenstown Event Centre 
  • A QAST jacket (to be handed out on 31st July and returned at the end of the season). Note: Athletes are also required to wear black ski pants 
  • Athletes will ski with their group from 8:30am - 2:00-2:30pm
  • Athletes are encouraged to pack a healthy lunch, water, spare gloves and enough warm clothes should the weather change during the day
  • Training 1 day a week on Saturdays with experienced qualified coaching staff
  • Optional training on Sundays if desired at a cost of $65/per day (these dates can be purchased through our online store www.qast.org.nz)  

Program Details

Training 1 day per week on Saturdays as well as school holidays.

Start date: 10th July

End date: 25th September

Fees: $2,085

Insurance (optional) $83.40

Payment by Instalment Option: Fees may be paid in three instalments with first fee payment on enrolment due of $245.25. Insurance is compulsory if this payment option is chosen.

Additional Training Days

U8 athletes have the opportunity to purchase additional training on Sundays if desired at a cost of $65/per day. Additional training days are available to purchase here.

Enrolment Form Here