Where do I start?

There are several ways to become involved in the sport of skeleton in Canada:

Recruiting efforts are focused on those looking to become Olympians, we look for athletic 14-23 year old contenders. However, anyone who wants to slide regularly, whether competitively or recreationally,is welcome to come join. To get on the ice you must successfully complete a sliding school, limited spots are available each year.

Costs?

Costs for participating in the skeleton can vary, depending on your goals and involvement. Costs may include skeleton school fee, yearly equipment rental, run fees, ice house fees and race fees. A breakdown of possible fees can be found in the Fees + Payments section.

The cost for for a first-year, slider begins with a Skeleton school and then a monthly program fee, overall yearly cost may reach about $2000, This is very affordable compared to many sports and includes 3 days a week in track time, coaching, most equipment and race fees. Your second year costs are similar with the added potential to travel to other tracks, upgrade your equipment and get on your road to the Olympic games.

Equipment

It is recommended that you purchase, at minimum, your own helmet and track spikes as soon as possible, if you wish to continue sliding. These are important pieces of equipment and should fit properly. Most equipment can be purchased through Alberta Skeleton or used from other athletes.

  • SLED
    During your first few seasons you can rent a sled from ASA, $200-$500 for the season. As you continue sliding you will eventually want to purchase your own sled, new or used.$1500-$10,000
  • HELMETS
    You can rent a helmet from ASA for a season, however it is recommended that you purchase your own helmet as soon as possible, if you wish to continue sliding. It is by far the most important piece of equipment and should fit properly. A downhill ski helmet with a chin guard and visor is the bare minimum, although skeleton-specific helmets can be found new or second hand available through ASA.$100-$600
  • BRUSH SPIKES
    Skeleton-specific shoes are now required in order to push a sled in both the ice house and on the track. They can be bought second hand, or ordered at the beginning of each season through ASA. $100-$500
  • SPEEDSUITS
    You don't need a spandex racing suit right away - some old, close-fitting clothing will work just fine for your first season.

Take a look at our Marketplace, where you will be able to connect with other athletes who are selling equipment.

On-Ice Training

Once you have completed your skeleton school you are certified to slide as a skeleton pilot and participate in seasonal on-ice training and all ASA races. Each training run is $17.50 and local Skeleton races are $50.Our season runs October to March, with most training done in the evening and races on the weekend. The sliding schedule will be posted on our events page, as soon as it is released, usually in the first week of September.

On-ice training is weather dependent, and will be cancelled in the event of temperatures below minus thirty degrees (-25°C).

Off-Ice Training

Sprinting is the best way to get in shape for the push start; if you are fast on your feet then you can be fast on the ice. There are many local sprinting or track and field clubs you can join. You will learn dryland training to improve on your sprint. Additionally there are several independent starts and strength coaches available for hire, who are working with both recreational and national team sliders to develop their pushing abilities.

During the summer ASA also offers training sessions at the Ice House.

Skeleton Teams

Selection for the development and national teams are completed in October of each year before the regular season starts. Selection to the Provincial Development team follows in mid November after the first Skeleton Schools. Testing camps and talent ID camps are scheduled throughout the summer and posted on the events page.