The Saskatchewan Snowboard Association (SSA) was developed in 2001 to foster the sport of snowboarding in Saskatchewan and develop support for the athletes. The SSA is a non-profit society incorporated under the laws of the Province of Saskatchewan and is recognized by the Canadian Snowboard Federation (Canada~Snowboard) as the official provincial sports organization responsible for snowboarding within Saskatchewan.
All Sask Winter Games participants MUST attend one of the upcoming ID Camps in order to be selected to compete at the games. Read detailed information below for complete overview.
Sask Snowboard Association and The Sask Winter Games
February 19-22 will see the sport of snowboarding making its debut in the Saskatchewan Winter Games. The Saskatchewan Snowboard Association is pleased to be the governing body for snowboarding and is working hard to make this inaugural run as successful as possible. If you are an athlete born in the years of 1997 to 2002 (ages 11-16 as of December 31, 2013) we would like to see you there. Of the 9 regional districts in the province all except Team North will compete in snowboarding at the games. Check out the District Teams at to see on which team your address would put you.
This will be an amazing opportunity for all the athletes involved. Athletes will be housed in an "athletes village" with the other games athletes for a chance to socialize with others from around the province. They will be provided with district team sports wear and have a chance to compete in Saskatchewan's only 3 day long competition! The first day will be rails, day 2 will be slopestyle, and day 3 is big air. There will be a male and female division in each age category of, from 11-13 and 14-16. Two male athletes in each age category and one female in each age category will be selected to compete. Medals will be awarded in each separate event as well as an over all podium will be awarded.
Being involved in these games will require the athletes to complete the process for district team selection in 3 steps:
1. Become a member of the Saskatchewan Snowboard Association. Each competitor must go to the Canada Snowboard website at and purchase a competitors license. Log into the website, click on member services, and follow the steps for a competitor's license. Make sure you select the Saskatchewan Snowboard Association as you provincial / territorial body. The cost is $23.50 and this license will not only allow you to compete at the Sask Winter Games but also at any Sask Snowboard or Canada Snowboard sponsored event without having to purchase any additional insurance (minimum of $10 per event).
2. Attend a Saskatchewan Winter Games ID Camp at your local resort. The Saskatchewan Snowboard Association is putting on 5 identification camps throughout the province in order to allow each athlete the best possible chance to get themselves noticed for selection to a district team. These camps will be as follows;
Table Mountain, North Battleford - Dec 14
Mission Ridge, Fort Qu'Appelle - Dec 15
Little Red, Prince Albert - Dec 20
Wapiti Valley, Gronlid - Dec 21
Hidden Valley, Elk Water, AB - Dec 21
Asessippi, Russel, MB - Dec 29
It is recommended that the athlete attend the ID camp closest to their home address but if this is not possible another camp would be suitable. The ID camps will not be a competitive format but a riding session with the district coaches who are closest to that resort. In order to start evaluating talent and become familiar with the prospective athletes.
3. Get out there and show your stuff. The SSA will be hosting competitions at Table Mountain, Mission Ridge, and Asessippi. Sask Winter Games coaches and SSA executive will be in attendance and performance at these competitions will go a long way to determine district team selection.
Get Amped - Rail Jam, Asessippi, Dec 14
Fight to the Finish - Rail Jam, Table Mountain, Dec 22
SSA Slopestyle, Mission Ridge, Jan 18
SSA Slopestyle, Asessippi, Jan 25
Jam Fest - Slopestyle, Feb 1
District team coaches will be responsible for selection of the zone athletes and will be in contact with athletes who have been selected on or after Feb 1 and no later than Feb 4.
Check out our SSA sanctioned snowboard clubs, Riderz Snowboard Club at Table Mountain (http://www.tablemountain.ca/riderz.php) and Qu’Appelle Valley Board Club at Mission Ridge (http://www.qvsc.ca/ski_programs/just_boards.php) in order to find great coaches and athletes to train with to make your winter games dreams come true.