BC Alpine is very excited to announce the naming of 7 athletes to the BC Summer Training Group. This group is already four weeks into centralized dryland training in Whistler, where they are working six days a week on a range of activities from lifting, yoga, biking, hiking, running and more.

BCST Summer Training Group for Summer 2020

Returning team members:

  • Marcus Athans (2000)  – Kelowna BC, Apex Ski Club/Okanagan Ski Team
  • Heiko Ihns (2002) – Castlegar BC, Red Mountain Racers/Kootenay Zone Team
  • Tait Jordan (2002)  – North Vancouver, Whistler Mountain Ski Club
  • Nathan Romanin (2001) – Squamish, Whistler Mountain Ski Club
  • Gerrit van Soest (2000) – Vernon Ski Club/OST

New additions:

  • Heming Sola (2003) – Summerland BC, Apex Ski Club/Okanagan Ski Team
  • Dylan Timm (2002) – Fernie BC, Fernie Alpine Ski Team/Kootenay Zone Team

Additionally, BC Alpine is thrilled to announce that Asher Jordan has made The Canadian National Ski Team for the upcoming season. After an incredibly successful 2020 season that saw Asher win his first NorAm, claim three other overall NorAm podiums and also start three World Cups, he has fully met “C” team criteria.  He will join three other former BC Team athletes, Sam Mulligan, Riley Seger and Kyle Alexander, as part of what ACA is calling a “Select Group”. This group will spend time, and have support from, both BC Alpine and ACA, and in Riley’s case his NCAA college team.

We have three members that are moving on from the BC Ski Team, we are sad to see them go, but very proud of what they have accomplished so far, and as they set out on new endeavors we are excited to see what they have in store for the future.

Frances MacDonald will be attending Plymouth State University, taking the nursing program and racing on their NCAA team. Frances commented on her time spent with the BC ski team, My biggest take away from the BC Ski Team were the training and racing opportunities I was given. I felt like the team was held to a very high standard that most teams should follow. The staff showed support through my injury recovery, and made it feel possible to be able to compete at the same level again.

Ella Renzoni will be attending The University of Vermont, studying Environmental Sciences, and racing on their NCAA team.  Being on the BCST the past three years has given me the skills that are required to succeed both academically and athletically. The level of intensity that BCST demonstrates reassures me that I am ready and fully capable of succeeding at UVM.

Myles Kowalczyk will be attending the University of British Columbia where he plans to study Psychology, and after a particularly devastating injury last spring Myles has decided to move away from competitive ski racing. After the past year of recovering from injury, I have made the difficult decision to put away the race skis and start an education at UBC. The life experienced that I’ve gained being on the BC Ski Team the last three years has been incredible. Not only was I able to become a skier that I’m proud to be, but the atmosphere, staff and athletes who surrounded me largely shaped who I am as a person today. This is something I wouldn’t trade for the world. I’d like to thank the entire BC Ski Team for creating some of the most memorable times in my life so far, helping me through the hardest challenge I’ve ever faced, and for preparing me to be able to tackle whatever may come next in life!

We have a great group heading into this season, having mostly returning athletes has made the start of our dryland camp very smooth. I’m proud of the dryland program that Morgan (Pridy) has designed and the work he and Ryan (Jazic) are currently putting in with our athletes. I also want to congratulate Asher on the amazing year he had, and wish all our graduating athletes’ success in the future. ~ Nick Cooper, BC Alpine Head Coach

BC Alpine is also happy to announce that in conjunction with our Girls Fast Forward initiative, we will be unveiling a female high-performance plan with the goal of helping more girls in BC make the BCST Criteria. The details of this plan will be released in the fall.

I am pleased that the BCST TG is well into summer training getting extremely fit. I am also fired up about the traction the GFF speaker series is getting from female athletes and coaches around the province. There will be some exciting opportunities for female racers in BC coming this fall.  ~ Johnny Crichton, BC Alpine VP

Top photo: Asher Jordan – 2019 BC Ski Team member at 2020 Kitzbuehel World Cup slalom. GEPA pictures/ Patrick Steiner