Having retired from ski racing at 19, Mark started coaching in the Scottish clubs and progressed to the Scottish Team while studying Applied Sports Sciences at Edinburgh University. Subsequently he coached for the British national ski team and then into the role of Performance Director for the British Ski & Snowboard Federation. From 2009 - 2015 he was the Head coach for the Spanish national team.
Pathway Manager & Club Pathway Lead Coach
Rob grew up in Vernon and moved to Whistler in 1982. He first started skiing at 2 yrs old on his Dad’s ski hill (Tillicum Valley) in Vernon. He raced local Molson Molstar races, competed in the Nancy Greene Ski League (NGSL) and then progressed into “C” class racing at Silver Star. Rob raced with the Vernon Ski Club until he was 16 yrs old then qualified for BC Team the same year he moved to Whistler.
Three years later he qualified for the Canadian National Development Team and quickly progressed to ‘A’ team status as a downhill specialist on the World Cup circuit. Throughout his ski racing career Rob has had many highlights, but perhaps none more so than when he famously won the World Cup Downhill at Whistler in 1989. In all he had 3 World Cup downhill victories. Val Gardena was special with 4 of his 6 podiums coming from there as well as a podium (3rd place) in Kitzbuhel in 1991.
Rob raced on the Canadian National team until 1997 after which he raced on the professional Downhill circuit in US for 3 yrs. Rob is a Level 3 CSCF senior coach and is working towards his Level 4. He is also a CSIA Level 2. Rob formally joined WMSC for two seasons (2002-2004) as the K2 head coach from before heading off to coach for 6 years with the ladies national speed team where he worked with, among others, WMSC alumni Britt Janyk. In 2003 Rob married Sherry Newstead and they have two boys – Dylan & Evan - both who are in U12 this season. It was the desire to stay home with his family and settle in his Nordic Estates home that was a deciding factor in Rob choosing to no longer coach at the National level, but instead work with the Club in developing all aspects of the racing program. When not skiing or looking after his boys, Rob likes to mountain bike, wind surf, rock climb and play the guitar
Performance Pathway Lead Coach & Academic Coordinator
Katie grew up skiing at the Georgian Peaks club in Collingwood, Ontario, then continued her racing career at the National Ski Academy. After completing her BA and MA in English, the lure of the mountains drew her to Revelstoke, where she coached for three years - two as head of the FIS program. She moved to the coast to get her BEd, and after teaching high school for a few years, Katie is thrilled to be blending her passions for ski racing and education at WMSC. She is excited about supporting our student-athletes as they strive for excellence in skiing and in academics. Katie has coached for 15 seasons at various clubs in Ontario, New Zealand and B.C. Katie is a Level 3 coach and a Level 2 instructor.
Development Pathway Lead Coach
Drew grew up in Whistler and started skiing at a young age. He clearly had a natural talent for it as he went heli-skiing at the age of 6. He only raced for a short time with WMSC as the lure of a brand new skating rink at Meadow Park drew him away. However, he was soon back on the slopes and started coaching and instructing at the age of 16.
Drew is a Level 3 Instructor and a Level 2 coach. He also has his Level 1 Pipe and Park certification. Many of the club’s current FIS and K2 athletes first met Drew when he was a J4 coach. Drew coached J4 with Denis Ebacher for 4 years. In 2009 he joined WMSC as the BCSX and WMSC SX head coach. Drew continues to call Whistler home and when not coaching he works as a carpenter.
Marketing/Sponsorship & Train to Train (U14) Head Coach
Prior to moving his family to Whistler, British Columbia to pursue is lifelong dream of living in the mountains; Bob was the Executive Vice President of the Toronto office of Global Executive Search firm DHR International, based in Chicago.
Bob is the past Chairman of the Board of Special Olympics Ontario, and was an active member of the Board of HealthyMinds Canada (formerly the Canadian Mental Health Commissions Foundation) He has been involved with other non-profit organizations throughout his career such as Toronto’s Ronald McDonald House , The Asthma Society of Canada and Fusion Learning.
As a former ski racer, Bob was very involved in coaching U16 athletes in Western New York State, with several of these athletes achieving podium finishes in many North American championships. Additionally, he was an active member of the Holimont Racing Club Board.
Mr. Armstrong graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics. He lives in Whistler with his wife Anne, their son Harry is at U Vic, while his daughter Madeleine is studying at Queens.
Learn to Train (U12)
Britt Tilston (Janyk) was born on the North Shore and grew up skiing on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. She came through the Ski Club as a young racer and went on to compete and the World Cup level and in the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games in 2010. She has joined our team of U12 Coaches and is passionate about coaching these young racers. "I want to share my knowledge in ski racing and also want to help develop these young athletes into well rounded young adults, because then they can succeed at anything."
Started skiing at the age of 5 on a small hill skirting Toronto - with a whopping 70ft vertical drop, a couple of T-bars and a rope-tow. Thought the mountains were conquered at Blue and Georgian Peaks until first trip to Whistler in 1981. It didn't take long to make the move to BC. After an Engineering degree at UBC, and a rewarding career as an engineer & technical trainer, the city was out and the Creekside was in. Started teaching for Whistler Adaptive Ski Program in 2002, then became BC Sitski coach and a member of the coaching staff for the BC ParaAlpine Ski team from 2006-2014. I am excited to work locally with young athletes here in Whistler and talented staff at WMSC.
As an alumni of WMSC it is awesome to be back with the family! I started skiing when I was 2 with my parents in Ontario. I started racing at 7 for Caledon Ski Club and continued my racing career with Whistler Mountain Ski Club until I was 17. After hanging up my racing boots I became a ski instructor and taught 3 year olds to fall in love with my favorite sport .. and of course snow! Now many years later I am a level 3 certified ski instructor and level 2 trained ski coach and excited to be back coaching this year!
Nikola was born in Burnaby and started skiing when he was two years old with his dad as it was a learning experience for the both of them. He started racing at the age of four, a year earlier than allowed , at Mount Seymor Ski Club in E1 and stayed with MSSC until 2010. He decided it was time for a bigger mountain and more intense training so he transfered to WMSC . He raced unill 2015 when he had a spinal disc injury and didn't ski for eight months. The following season he started off in late December and had a fun and memorable first year of FIS. He loved the sport too much to let it go so he chose to become a coach. He is a level 1 trained coach and is hoping to get his certification soon. Hope to see you on the hill this season!
Matthew was born in Vancouver and grew up skiing in Whistler. He started skiing at the age of 5 in Whistler Kids in Blackcomb. At the age of 10, he joined WMSC in the E2 (now U12) program. Matthew raced with WMSC until his last year of U16 (2016) and decided to further his skiing career as a coach. Still in high school, he attends St. George’s School in Vancouver and also skis for the high school team. When Matthew isn’t skiing or studying, he loves playing tennis and video games.
My name is Claudia Lamontagne and I'm from Quebec. I grew up next to a mountain called Mont-Sainte-Anne and skied there from the age of 3. I competed 7 years with the Mont-Sainte-Anne ski team and 2 years with the Laval University team. I spent last summer in Whistler and fell in love with the place, so I decided to take a year off University and come back to Whistler this winter to coach.
Enric (Kikke) Guerra
My name is Enric (Kike) Guerra and I'm a Spanish ski coach from Barcelona. I started to skiing when I was 2 years old in Estacio d'Esquí Masella. I became a member of the Catalan Ski Team when I was 12 years old and I left the competition at the age of 19. My best highlights in my career were Spanis junior champion in SG and GS in 2011, 3th, in alpine combined in the Spanish National Championship (2010 and 4th in SG (2011).
I started my career as ski coach in La Molina Club d'Esports in 2012. I worked as an assistant for the U-18 category in my first year as a ski coach. The following years I worked as a head coach in the categories U-14, U-12 and U-16 respectively.
I'm graduated in Business Administration for IQS University in Barcelona. I moved to Canada last September.
Mindy Blumberg grew up racing in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She competed at Junior Nationals and moved into the FIS racing program. She spent one year on the Ontario Ski Team completing training camps in Chile, Colorado, and Farnham Glacier in Alberta. Her favourite experience on the team was racing Super G and Downhill and fore running for the Women's World Cup in Lake Louise. She continued coaching the Lake Superior Ski Division while studying Kinesiology and Biomolecular Science at Lakehead University. Then she went to University of Waterloo to complete the Doctor of Optometry program. Mindy now works as an optometrist at the Whistler Eye Clinic and wants to give back to the sport and be involved the Whistler racing community.
Train to Train (U14)
Ben started skiing in Whistler kids on family vacations from the UK at the age of 8, After finishing school in 2009 Ben moved to Toronto with his family, where he ski instructed at Blue mountain and Alpine Ski Club. The following season Ben moved to Whistler, where he worked as coach in the J4 program and continues to work as a adults ski instructor. He joined WMSC last season as a U12 coach. Ben currently holds a CSCF Development level certified qualification and is currently working on his CSCF Performance level. Ben is also a CSIA level 3 ski instructor and a Level 1 course conductor.
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 22 he had coached at the Caledon Ski Club for the past 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.
Hey! My name is Mike Turnbull and I was born and raised in Oakville, Ontario. I got into skiing around the age of 3 and raced with the Georgian Peaks Ski Club, in Thornbury, and later the Ontario Men's Ski Team until my second year of FIS, when I left competitive ski racing to pursue the sport of rugby, which I later played at Western University, as I completed my BMOS degree in Consumer Behaviour over the past 5 years. Throughout my time alpine racing, there were so many memories that impacted my life in positive ways. My favorite memory came at the end of my competitive career, when I competed in the J1 Nationals at Whistler and ended up coming away with the overall medal. I have coached at various clubs in between school over the last several years, starting at Georgian peaks, moving to Revelstoke and finally I have ended up in Whistler, where I am eager to help out the young athletes in obtaining their personal goals in skiing and life!
Born and raised in Whistler, Alex started ski racing for the Whistler Mountain Ski Club at the age of 11 and quickly found his passion for the sport. After many years of bashing gates, he retired from ski racing last year at the age of 19. After many years as an athlete in the ski racing community, Alex got his CSCF Entry Level and rejoined the Whistler Mountain Ski Club as a coach. Using his recent experiences as an athlete, Alex hopes to pass on all the lessons and advice that has been given to him throughout his career.
Ken began coaching in 1990 at the Petawawa Ski Club, near Pembroke ON. At that time the ski school ran the race program with the belief that we teach them how to ski, then we teach them how to race. This belief still rings true with Ken, and he brings his knowledge of skiing to the performance aspects of the sport on a daily basis.
In 1994 Ken moved to BC and quickly found a home at Mount Washington on Vancouver Island. During this time he honed his teaching and coaching skills to become a Trainer in the ski school. He became certified as a development level coach and he never lost sight of his passion for performance skiing and racing.
In 2002 Ken moved to Whistler where he began his full-time career in the ski industry. Over the years he has gained experience in coaching, teaching, tuning, and brand sales. It was in 2006 that Ken achieved the CSIA level four certification, at Lake Louise.
With a passion for athlete development, Ken moved to the Whistler Mountain Ski Club in 2012. He continues to gain, and pass along experience to developing champions. He has worked with U16, U18, Masters, and most recently the Whistler Adaptive Sports Academy.
The belief that skill development is a cornerstone to skiing performance, still rings true with Ken, and his goals have never wandered from helping young athletes experience continued improvement ...
Kara started skiing at a very young age in the Qu’Appelle Valley near Regina, Saskatchewan. Most of her racing career was spent with the Saskatchewan provincial ski team. She then moved on and raced NCAA for Western State Colorado University while completing her BA in Exercise and Sport Science. After completing her degree at Western, Kara remained in Colorado for the winter to coach the USCSA alpine team for WSCU. From Colorado, she moved to Victoria to complete her MSc in Kinesiology at the University of Victoria. Kara is a health & Fitness Specialist with the American College of Sports Medicine, and works with a variety of clients in the Vancouver area, she also holds her Level 1 CSCF. After being away from the sport for a few years she is extremely excited to be working with the WMSC.
Train to Train (U16)
Name: Morgan JT Pridy
Hometown: Whistler BC
Home Club: WMSC
Current facial hair status: Mediocre beard
Grew up in Whistler and was lucky that my parents put me into ski scamps instead of day care. Developed a huge interest in going fast and hitting jumps during my Red Stars and J4 days. The next step was natural, join the club so I could do these things all the time! Many years later, the opportunity came about that I could re-join the club and pass along my knowledge to the next generation of west coast ski racers.
A little bit about me. Skiing is my number one passion, and although my runs are few and far between these days, it's hard to find more joy on a ski hill then when laying it over on a good Super-G. Outside of skiing I'm big on riding bikes and playing tennis. My Favourite mountain for powder is here at home, but my favourite to ski fast at is Beaver Creek.
Racing background. Nor-Am SG/SC Champion, World Cup SG Top 30 WCSL, 2x Canadian National DH Champion, 10th Sochi Olympic Games. Student of the sport.
Jordan began skiing at the age of 5 years old on Mount Seymour’s “Goldie” rope-tow. He started racing with the Whistler Mountain Ski Club in the late 60’s. The BC Club Championships in Mt. Purden 1973 (where he won some Sunglasses), was a very memorable and inspiring event. Jordan had a great time racing – most of the courses and races he attended were incredible experiences and great highlights.
Coaching began for Jordan at WMSC. He has coached FIS, K2 and Masters Skiers for the Club and the Dave Murray Masters Camps. He is a fully certified Level 3 coach, Entry level course conductor and working towards his ‘Master Coach”. Some of Jordan’s coaching highlights have been: National Dev. Coach of the Year, BC Alpine Coach of the Year, Three tours to the famed Topilino Race series, Head or Assistant coach to many of the BC Team initiatives to national championships - Noram Finals and many Provincially organized Ski and Dryland Camps, Assistant to Dusan Grasic for 3 years with the BC Ski Team, First coach of the BC Skicross Team. Head Coach of the BC Men’ Ski Team, Aided in the development of more than 10 Athletes from our club to the National Teams.
When he wasn’t training or racing Jordan attend Hillside Secondary School on the North Shore. Graduating from the Outdoor Recreation Management diploma program at Capilano College helped him to gain new skills and perceptions that he applied to his Alpine Ski Coaching. At this time Jordan was driving a Pedi-Cab on the streets of Vancouver to earn cash and ski-legs, one of the toughest jobs that he ever had. His ‘Ritchie Montare’ was his vehicle at this time and it was “the Boss”, it went everywhere.
Jordan and his wife Audra have two children; Jett and his little sister Juliet. The Williams family is very proud to call Whistler their home town and seem to have very full schedules with all the action and opportunities around here. Audra is now a Teacher’s Assistant at Spring Creek Elementary school.
Shannon started skiing in Whistler at the age of 2. She skied with the Whistler Mountain Ski Club for the duration of her ski racing career, retiring after racing 4 years of FIS. After a brief stint of ski cross training, during National Team selection camps, Shannon decided to move to Alberta to study Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. After a few years away from the sport, she began to feel the need to become involved in ski racing again. Shannon spent 3 years coaching for the Calgary Alpine Race Club, while completing her degree at U of C. Shannon is happy to be working with the athletes both on and off snow as a development level coach and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Her passion for sport and performance propels her to motivate athletes towards achieving their goals and potential in skiing and in fitness. During the week Shannon is a practicing exercise physiologist, working on workplace wellness initiatives for several corporations in Vancouver.
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 for the last 16 years. 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) is still involved in the office. Jim went to BCIT trade school and is a journeyman carpenter. He calls North Vancouver home, where he lives with his wife Suzanne and kids – Julian and Griffin (FIS). When not skiing or coaching Jim works as a carpenter and enjoys a host of other sports.
Mike grew up in Vancouver and started skiing at Whistler when he was 2. He started racing with the Whistler Mountain Ski Club at the age of 11. In his three years of FIS, Mike raced with the BC Development Team and then with the BC Team. One of his best memories is of forerunning the speed events at the 2010 Winter Olympics, particularly the men’s downhill. After finishing high school, Mike went to UBC where he raced with the UBC Varsity Alpine Ski Team while completing his BA in Economics. He graduated in 2015 and decided to continue his education at SFU. Having just completed his MA in Economics at SFU, Mike is taking the winter off to go back to his roots and give back to the sport that taught him so much (and also to just ski, because that’s the dream).
Train to Compete (FIS)
JD grew up in Toronto and raced on the escarpment in Collingwood, Ontario. After high school he pursued a scholarship to race Division 1 NCAA at Saint Michael's College in Vermont. There he completed an undergraduate degree double majoring in Business Administration and Philosophy. He completed his degree earning Dean's List Honours in his final year as captain of the alpine ski team. After graduating in 2012 he moved to Whistler and has been working with the FIS program at WMSC ever since. He's a PL trained coach working towards completing his full certification.
Hal Gunby aka “Halby” was born in Ontario in 1959. He started in the ski industry in 1974 and spent from 1977-1986 teaching and coaching in Europe. Since then Whistler has been home in the winters. Hal has worked for Whistler Blackcomb ski school since 1986 and WMSC since 2003. In addition, he gives courses for Canadian Ski Coaches Federation, just to keep him busy. Hal says his biggest passion is the ski club and the continuous flow of motivated athletes.
Chris has a long history with WMSC having been a racer, coach, parent of a racer, board member and now office administrator. She comes from a family committed to skiing with her father, Bob Parsons, competing in alpine which at that time included nordic and jumping – there was even a jump hill at Seymour! Bob went on to found the Weasel Workers – the annual Parsons speed race is in his memory. The family tradition continued with brother Jim joining the WMSC coaching staff as a coach.
Chris grew up in Burnaby and started skiing when she was 3 years old. She began racing in the Nancy Greene Ski League at Mt Seymour when she was 8 years old. Chris raced for Mt. Seymour until 1968, after which she joined WMSC. She skied for the Vancouver Ski Team from 1969 – 1973 (along with Dave Murray), the highlight of which was winning the Pontiac Cup overall speed title in 1972.
In 1974 Chris moved to Whistler. She coached the NGSL for WMSC in 1975/76 and then coached K2/FIS for the 1976/77 season, where Jordan Williams was one of the athletes.
Chris is married to Brian who currently works as a consultant and fishing guide. Chris and Brian's daughter Alison, skied for WMSC, was a member of the BC ski team from 2003-2007 and was the overall Pontiac Cup winner in 2006. Alison graduated from Montana State University in June 2011 where she was on the ski team competing in NCAA Tier 1, and currently doing her Family Practice residency in Ft. St. John.
Chris was a WMSC Board member in 1994 and 1995, and started working in the office in 1996.
Maria was born, raised and learned to ski in Sudbury, Ontario. After graduating from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Commerce she spent 6 months in Norway then 3 years across Southern Ontario working for a restaurant chain. Since 1990, she has called Whistler home where she enjoys hiking with her dog Mugs summer and winter, digging in the dirt in her garden, boating & swimming in the summer and snowshoeing or skiing in the winter. Maria has spent most of her working life in the hospitality and tourism industry both on the front line and in the back office keeping things organized. Maria has been an active member of the Whistler Weasel Workers since 1999; having traveled to Lake Louise for World Cups, Bormio for World Championships and of course here at home for the 2010 Olympics and Paralympics.
Jo Norrstrom moved to Canada from Sweden 18 months ago, she has a Canadian mother and therefor is lucky enough to have a Canadian passport. She has a Masters in Biology from Stockholm University, since she graduated has mostly been traveling. Jo did not grow up skiing, she learnt to ski when she went to live in the Italian Alps for 10 weeks 2015 and after that she was hooked for life. She has never been involved with ski racing before but she is excited to learn about the sport from all the incredible knowledgeable people here at the club.
Whistler Cup Administrator