Blanca grew up in Monterrey, Mexico and moved to Canada to complete her bachelor’s in Marketing and Communications in Victoria. She has had strategic planning roles with Labatts Brewery and Sol Brewery, marketing roles with Schneider Electric and she was a Business Development Manager for ACD Systems. More recently she was a business owner in the hospitality industry and worked as a licensed insurance agent.
Blanca has two ski racing daugthers in WMSC and enjoys cross country skiing in the winter and hiking and boating with her family in the summer.
Richard is a coach with a very experienced history in ski racing in Canada. Since 1990, Richard has worked as a club coach, club director and head coach of the Men’s Alberta Ski Team. The past three years Richard has been a coach with the Canadian Ski Team with the men’s world cup group. Richard is a Canadian Ski Coaches Federation, Level 3 High Performance Coach and a Canadian Ski Instructors Association Level 3 Ski Instructor. Now after three years of coaching at the highest level in ski racing, Richard welcomes the opportunity to be working with youth again at the Whistler Mountain Ski Club. Richard’s belief that it is crucial to the development of excellent skills and performance in young athletes that they are provided the experienced and passionate people leading their sport development. Although Richard’s home has been in Alberta’s Rocky Mountain’s, he has been living in Whistler for the past three years with his wife Lucinda. When not working and skiing, you can find both of them sailing, climbing or enjoying all the opportunities for adventure the coast and the mountains have to offer.
Henry grew up Caledon Ontario and on the shores of Georgian Bay at the family Cottage. Having a father as the Alpine Director at the Caledon Ski Club it is only natural that he clicked into his first pair of skis at the tender age of 2. Spending every second he could on the hill growing up he developed a true love for the sport. After retiring from racing at the age of 17 Henry decided that Coaching was the natural thing to do. Now 25 he had coached at the Caledon Ski Club for 4 years, working with the U14 Performance program. After having great success there he is looking for new challenges on the West (best) coast. Henry has his Level 3 CSIA, and Development Level Coach working toward his Performance Level over the next couple years.
Sarah Culver | Train to Compete
Sarah started skiing at the age of 2 up Mount Seymour on the Goldie rope-tow. When she was 7 years old, her family bought a cabin at Apex Mountain where she trained for the next 7 years. At the age of 15, Sarah joined the Vancouver Ski Team where she trained and raced 3 fun years of FIS. After graduating high school, Sarah decided to segue from racing into coaching. She coached for many years with the Apex Ski Club, coaching mostly U14 and U16, a year with FIS and a year or two with U10 and U12. She then moved back to the city and coached two years with the Cypress Ski Club, coaching U14 and U16. After coaching with the Cypress team, Sarah went back to school and graduated with her CNP in Nutrition and started a plant based company with her sister in Vancouver. Her passion in sports and nutrition has led her to further pursue her interest in optimizing athletic performance with nutrition. Sarah is excited to be back coaching and thrilled to be with the WMSC this season.
Jessica grew up skiing in Mt. Buller Australia and as an athlete was a member of the Mt Buller Race Club. She was twice selected to the Australian National Alpine Team and is a Level 200 USSA Coach and Level 4 APSI Instructor, trainer and examiner having received her first qualification at 15 years of age. She took her passion for skiing, racing and coaching with her family to Winter Park , Colorado where she spent over 13 winters competing at the FIS/Nor Am level training with the Winter Park Competition Centre (WPCC) and later coaching with WPCC and the family run ski camp.
For the last ten winters, Jessica has coached for the Mt Buller Race Club as a senior and head coach and has been fortunate to travel the world ski racing and coaching in places like New Zealand, Canada, United states and many parts of Europe. Along the way she has taken the opportunity to do a lot of free skiing and backcountry skiing and off snow, enjoys surfing, horses and riding her bike and competing in triathlons.
Not the first time at Whistler but it is the first time with the Whistler Mountain Ski Club and is very excited to ski at Whistler whilst working with the WMSC U16 team, coaches and club this season!
William has been skiing since he was 18 months old. Passionate ever since, he grew up ski racing on the ice coast and made the provincial team when he was 17. He then raced on the Nor-Am circuit for three years. He moved to Whistler this year, sharing his knowledge and his passion for skiing.
Born to Irish immigrants that had never seen snow, I am indebted to them for trying skiing as a winter pursuit for the family. Yet another refugee from Ontario and Craigleith ski club, I was bitten by the ski bug hard and it has shaped pretty much all of my life decisions since. I grew up ski racing and when the world cup did not beckon I stayed in the sport by coaching through University and once graduated heeded the call to the mountains out west. I pursued my coach level 2 and progressed through the CSIA to level 4 and am currently a level 3 course conductor. Skiing is truly the greatest sport on earth. I hope to try and instill that love of the sport in your children and I thank you in advance for giving me that opportunity.
Joan Marc Moreno Colilles
Dylan grew up skiing and racing at Craigleith Ski Club in Ontario. Despite the limitations of a small ski hill, Dylan became obsessed with the sport as early as 3 years old. He would throw a fit when the lift closed and still does. He skied FIS through highschool, although rarely finishing a race, and eventual decided to instill his love for racing in the young up and comers. This is his first year at Whistler and he’s excited to hit the big mountain and shred.
Jim grew up in Burnaby and Whistler and first started skiing at the age of 4. His racing career started at Mt Seymour at the age of 7. He ultimately raced for WMSC for 8 years, the highlight of which was winning the Bob Parsons memorial downhill, named after his father. At the conclusion of his racing career, Jim immediately got his Level 2 Instructor and Level 2 coach certifications and started coaching the Nancy Greene Ski League and K1s at Whistler and Blackcomb. After moving back to Vancouver, Jim took a few years off skiing and he was then drawn back into the sport in the late 1990s and has coached ever since. 4 years of this was spent coaching the FIS Vancouver Ski Team and other 9 years was spent coaching K2s at Grouse, Seymour and Cypress.
Jim’s family was one of the early families with the WMSC. Both of his parents were very involved with the club and his sister (Chris Leighton) was the WMSC administrator for 20 years. Jim went to BCIT trade school and is a journeyman carpenter. He calls North Vancouver home, where he lives with his wife Suzanne. Both sons raced for WMSC through FIS, Griffin is currently attending UVIC and Julian recently graduated from the University of Calgary in business. When not skiing or coaching Jim works as a carpenter and enjoys a host of other sports.
Alex grew up in Toronto, Ontario but had the privilege of travelling to Craigleith Ski Club every weekend since she was 3 years old. Here, she immersed herself in the ski racing world as a racer, coach and volunteer. Her FIS career took place at The National Ski Academy and although rather uneventful, NSA solidified her love of skiing. She has now coached for multiple years at Craigleith, as well as a season with The Queenstown Alpine Ski Team in New Zealand. She is super excited to explore the big mountain of Whistler Blackcomb and share her knowledge with all the athletes and coaches here.
Jack grew up away from the mountains in London, UK and found his love for skiing on dry ski slopes. He raced on the British national team and switched to coaching at age 19. He began his coaching career with the WMSC U16 team and moved on to manage Treble Cone Racing Team, New Zealand and Supreme Ski School, France. He most recently coached on the Europa Cup tour and started Supreme Performance Training Camps targeting ski instructors looking to achieve their level 4 in Europe.
Jack hopes to pass on his knowledge gained from his travels and love for the mountains to future generations. Another key focus of Jack’s is to prepare the kids for older age groups at the club and develop a skillset enabling them to explore all terrain and areas that Whistler has to offer.
U12 Coach | Learn to Train
My name is Alexis and I am 22 years old. I grew up ski racing on the East Coast and coached for two years in Stoneham, Québec. I started coaching because I wanted to share my passion for skiing and also to help kids develop skills that will lead them to become great skiers, whatever type of skier they want to be. This year is my third winter in Whistler, and I am pretty excited about it. I want to keep shredding and have fun. During summer, I pursue another passion: aviation. I have been leaving and coming back to Whistler a couple of times now. Hopefully, I will find a gig around here during the summers and stick around for a bit.
U12 Coach | Learn to Train
Rob grew up in Ontario racing with Craigleith Ski Club. After several seasons of racing F.I.S., Rob moved west to race for 4 seasons in the US collegiate league with the UBC ski team. After undergrad, Rob moved to Whistler and coached U14 for 3 seasons before returning back to UBC to complete his MBA. Rob lives in North Vancouver, but is never far from Whistler – skiing or mountain biking in the valley at every opportunity. Together with his wife Carmine, they have 2 daughters participating with the WMSC at the U14 and U16 levels.
Kevin was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta and completed a Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Alberta. Since then, he has owned and operated several businesses over the last 27 years dealing with multiple aspects of the operations but primarily focused on the financial and day to day details. He has lived in Whistler with his wife and children since 2003.
Whistler Cup Administrator
Christine has over 15 years of event operations, production and marketing experience and has been with the Whistler Cup for the last 3 years. In addition to the Whistler Cup, she is also the race director for IRONMAN Canada and works on several other local events. A resident of Pemberton, she has 3 active kids, loves skiing and endurance sports. She adores coffee and hates tomatoes.