We Are Calgary Alpine

We are a community of kindred spirits who’ve been celebrating the joy of ski racing for over 30 years. For us it is as much about developing great people as it is about developing great athletes. In our club you can’t have one without the other. This kind of dedication enables us to deliver transformational experiences to athletes and families that are unforgettable, empowering and exhilarating.

What Our Members Have to Say

We are Calgary Alpine, a committed group of ski race enthusiasts. The experience that our athletes and their families have really matter to us. We believe we are building more than a race team. Our members think so too:

“Our kids have been transformed by their experience with the club. It is such a positive community that not only improved their skiing but it gave them skills like independence and accountability that have been transferable to how they live their lives.”

Jason & Wendy PetersonParents

“For us this club has given our family a chance to do what we love, together. We have made lifetime friendships with other families that we believe will last a lifetime. It really is so much more than a club.”

Doug & Tanya RossParents

“What I love most about the club is that everyone is always there for you cheering you on no matter what level you ski at. My coach really cares about me and I get to ski with some of my best friends – I think that is pretty cool!”

Katie SmithAthlete

“I was very fortunate to be able to take this sport to the next level. My passion for that desire to excel began at Calgary Alpine. It was such a significant part of my growth as an athlete and also as a person. I am here giving back to the club that gave me so much.”

Ben MorrishAlumni/Coach

Coaching Staff

Todd Haywood

Todd Haywood

Program Director

The club is very excited to have Todd Haywood as our Program Director. Todd’s ski experience includes racing at World Cups, Olympics and multiple World Championships for his home nation of New Zealand. Todd grew up training and racing in New Zealand, Canada and Europe, and had spent 3 years at the Banff Mountain Academy. With over 20 plus years of coaching experience and leadership to the team, and 6 years as program director for CARC. He is excited to continue the tradition of excellence that our program’s has always provided.

Myles Fitzhenry

Myles Fitzhenry

U10 Coach

Myles has been a lifelong member of Calgary Alpine, racing with the club from the Nancy Greene to FIS level. This year will mark his sixth season of coaching with the club, third with the KD U10 group and first season as head coach. In addition to coaching Myles will be entering his final year of studies at the University of Calgary this fall, pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in accounting. Myles is looking forward to another season of having fun and skiing fast, and is excited to have the opportunity to pass down his love and passion for the sport.

Peter Jurcak

Peter Jurcak

U12 Coach

Peter is a highly decorated coach with over 25 years of coaching experience, graduating from a Ski Academy in Slovakia in 1985.

He has been coaching with the same group of kids for the past 3 seasons and loves the reward of getting to see the athletes grow, progress, and improve after every season.

As coach of these kids he tries to develop a passion for skiing not only by working hard every practice but also by having fun on and off skis.

Alex Colbran

Alex Colbran

U14 Coach

Alex has worked for Calgary Alpine for 3 seasons this past season worked with the U14 group. He is an exceptionally dedicated, hard worker and is a keen skier and baseball player. He has been actively involved in sports for his entire life and between university level baseball and skiing he found his true passions. In study at U of C he joined the baseball team for a more competitive level of baseball and skills development as part of his post secondary education experience.

Chris Patterson

Chris Patterson

U14 Coach

Chris returns to lead the U14 team for 2018/19. Chris has a long history of experience with ski racing in Alberta, racing for Rabbit Hill and the Northern Alberta Ski Team back in the day. After cutting his teeth coaching in Ontario while attending university, Chris returned to Alberta and continues to focus on the U14 age group in combination with a full-time engineering career in Calgary. Chris has coached all levels from Entry Level to FIS over his 10+ years of experience and also has experience as a sailing coach. With his depth of sporting background, Chris looks to introduce U12 athletes to key fundamentals of training and competition with respect and sportsmanship paramount.

Sean Fynn

Sean Fynn

U16 Coach

Sean has been coaching ski racers from Ontario to Alberta for more than 25 years and is certified PL Trained, Level 3 CSIA, and Level 3 NCCP. Prior to coaching with the Calgary Alpine, Sean worked with U18, U16, U14 athletes with the Lake Louise Ski Club, Kananaskis Alpine Ski Club and mentored U12, U10 and U8 coaches with the Bow Valley Quikies. He has a successful track record of creating strong skiers, progressing athletes through the Kinder ranks onto successful FIS racing careers and most importantly, fostering the love of a life long sport.

When he is not on snow, Sean is either building successful software companies or spending time with his wife, Erin, and their four girls, Madalyn, Kaitlyn, Brooke and Emma all of whom are also avid ski racers. In the summer months the snow gives way to scrambling, rock climbing and mountaineering which his entire family engages in.

Mike Necesanek

Mike Necesanek

FIS Coach

Calgary Alpine is pleased to announce the addition of Mike Necesanek to the the FIS Program. Born 1961 in Toronto, Ontario resided in Aurora till 1972 when family moved to Banff. Lived in Banff for 35 years grew up playing hockey and skiing. Joined the Banff Ski Runners at age 12 when the local coach came to the door and recruited athletes from hockey to ski racing. After 7 years of racing with BSR /AST and three knee surgeries later began coaching with the Mt. Norquay Racing Club (now CARC) FIS team. Three years of club coaching led to the national ski team and thirty years of elite level coaching with various academies, provincial teams and CAST. The 2017 season brings a new adventure with the CARC FIS Team. Residing in Calgary with my wife Jill and are 2 keeshonds Radler and Taos. Life long Montreal Canadiens fan and aspiring golfer.

Tim Zarski

Tim Zarski

FIS Coach

Tim is a Performance Level Certified coach and is focused on continuing his education within the Canadian coaching system. He holds a degree in Secondary Education from the University of Alberta and loves to help students and athletes along their path to success through focusing on an individual programming and interaction system. He has lived in Calgary for 5 years now and is loving every minute of it. Hobbies include but are not limited to: golf, food, gardening and driving long distances.

Sam Stone

Sam Stone

All Mountain Coach

As the All Mountian Head coach Sam strives to get athletes comfortable freeriding both on and off piste, with the goal being to have a technically perfect skier who is able to ski any run at any mountain in any conditions. To achieve that he blends technical racing skills with off-piste techniques that allow the athletes to excel in difficult situations and give them the confidence and abilities to be creative and have fun on the mountain. The final goal of the program is to develop enough of an understanding so that graduates are able to confidently challenge the CSIA Level 1 and the CSC Entry level.