Congratulations to our 2013/2014 award recipients!

Maja Nymann – Moller Award of Excellence, top BC slalom skier, winner of the Enquist race, named to the BC High Performance Program.

Kole Harle – Teekay true grit award, top 5 BC alpine racer, named to BC High Performance Program.

Teal Harle – King of slopestyle, named to the BC Slopestyle Team, 74th in AFP world ranking.

Mel Pemble – Golden Girl and National Contender, winner of every disabled race she competed in this season.

Sofie – Slopestyle Champion

Liam – Courage on skis award
Calvin – Venturesome skier – willing to try new things
James – Radical Rail rider
Justin – All – mountain man
Kieran – Diversity of Skills Master
Hayden – Alpine Racing Jr. Star

Jayden – Spirit of Skiing – always enthusiastic
Dillan – Queen of moguls
Sylvi – Speed Under Pressure – best performance at a big event

Michelle – Rookie of the Year
Josie – Most improved Skier


Podium of Life students will be doing water ramp camps at Whistler June 27-29. Check out this video:


Serious time on snow is a daily focus of Podium of Life and students receive training from certified coaches in both freestyle skiing and alpine racing.

At Podium of Life we accommodate all levels and motivations of skiers. We help each athlete meet their own skiing Podium, whether it be winning a national championship or skiing a difficult run for the first time.


Podium of Life operates in Whistler in the spring from late April until late May.

Research has shown it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become elite.  Podium of Life offers focused, detailed, periodized training to accelerate skiing development.

Podium of Life Has the Secret to Success

The secret to success is actually not a secret at all.  High achievers, whether they are athletes, musician, artists, or scholars all have one thing in common:  hours and hours of deliberate practice.  In fact, Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers, claims it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become an expert in any field.

What is deliberate practice? It is practicing and training with a purpose.  At the Podium of Life Ski Academy, the instructors already have this figured out.  Skiers are NOT on their way to becoming an expert by randomly skiing down moguls, over jumps or around gates.  POL instructors understand this and every training session is structured with purpose.  Instead of sending skiers out on the mountain in big groups, POL has a very small skier/instructor ratio.  For deliberate practice to occur, mistakes must be identified, addressed and corrected.  Small class size allows the instructor to pay attention to the details for EVERY skier.

What is the 10,000 hour rule?  It is simply putting in the time.  POL students are on snow up to 12 hours a week more than the average skier!  POL of life skiers are investing an extra 48 hours every month toward the 10,000 hour rule!  Wow!  Combine this extra time on snow with deliberate practice and Podium of Life has the Secret to Success!

“For the past two Winter seasons I have been attending Podium of Life Snow Sports Academy. This allowed me to train everyday to achieve my goal; to win gold in the 2018 Paralympics. My goal for the first season was just to train and race as much as I could which I did in the Vancouver Island Society of Adaptive Snowsports (VISAS). The next season’s goal was to train with both the VISAS and also get into the Able bodied club Mount Washington Ski Club (MWSC) which I did and had an excellent race season winning many medals.

It is now August 2013 and I have just received a letter from the BC Adaptive Snowsports inviting me to join the BC Para-Alpine Ski Team development program, which involves training with the BC team, attending Building Our Best camps and races and competing in the BC Winter Games for this upcoming ski season. So once again I will be attending Podium of Life. I am now setting my new short term goals and doing Summer training in preparation for the next Winter season.”

Mel Pemble

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