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.”

“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.”

“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!”

“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.”

Coaching Staff

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 11 years of coaching experience and leadership with the club, and 9 years as program director for CARC. He is excited to continue the tradition of excellence that our program’s has always provided.

ERIN FYNN

Learn to Ski Coach

A born and raised Alberta Girl, Erin grew up racing on all of our local slopes. She began when she was 6 years old and spent several years with various clubs before finally finding a home with the Kananaskis Alpine Racers when Nakiska opened to host the 1988 Olympics. Erin competed at provincial, national and even a few international races until the end of her 3rd year of FIS when she retired. She then began Coaching and completed her CSCF Levels I and Level II while also attending the University of Calgary. After completing her BGS with a minor in Psychology and her Master of Teaching Degree Erin retired from Coaching to start a family. However, skiing was always a part of her family’s life and once her girls were old enough to begin racing Erin made her return to Coaching. She was thrilled to return to snow and the world of racing as she was able to combine teaching and her love of skiing! Erin spent several years coaching and running the Bow Valley Quikies programs. She then moved on to coach and run the Lake Louise Grizzlies programs and this past season she worked with the U10+ group at Mount Allen Ski Team. Over the years Erin has continued her coaching education, she is Park and Pipe Certified and Ski Cross Certified. She is a Level I and Level II Coach Evaluator, a Gliding Start Facilitator and a Level I Course Facilitator. In 2015 Erin completed her CSCF Performance Level Training (Level III).

With four daughters who all race, a husband who also coaches and a life long love of the sport Erin is very excited to be returning to the club, to be able to continue to share and pass on her passion. She is absolutely thrilled to be taking on the Nancy Greene Snoflyers Head Coach role!

SEAN CAMERON

U16 Coach

Calgary Alpine is pleased to have Sean Cameron returning to the U16 program. Sean has many years of experience coaching including with the CARC FIS and K2 teams from 2007-2010. His coaching experience ranges from Nancy Green to Provincial Ski Team and is a level 4 certified coach and instructor. Sean looks forward to helping all the athletes reach their potential this coming season.

GRANT RICHARDSON

U16 Coach

Grant, the son of a ski school director, comes to coaching honestly! Growing up and skiing in the Eastern U.S. and attending a ski academy, Grant had a very successful ski racing career that culminated at the U.S. Ski Team Development Team level. Skiing for the University of Alaska, Grant was the captain of his university ski team and is a two-time NCAA All American.

After completing a degree in Applied Ethics, Grant studied Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Grant has founded or cofounded profit and non-profit companies including the National Alpine Training Center, Canmore MRI, the Lake Louise All Mountain Ski Club, and the Lake Louise Athletic Development Association.

Passionate about the sport of ski racing and coaching, Grant, a Performance Level Certified and NCCP Level 3 Certified coach, has coached for over 25 years. With a strong track record in ski coaching, Grant employs a long term approach toward athlete development- trying to see each and every athlete realize their athletic and personal potential.

When Grant is not coaching, he is the Owner and Operator of Rocky Mountain Rehab & Sports Medicine Clinic in Canmore, Alberta – a business he and his wife Lynne own together. A true ski family, Grant and Lynne have two children who are equally as passionate for the sport of skiing: Cole (big mountain, slopestyle) and Britt (alpine ski racing). Mountain biking, hiking, stand up paddling, trail running, etc. fill the families days when the opportunity arises at their home in Canmore.

PETER Jurcak

U14 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.

SCOTT SCHRODER

U14 Coach

Scott grew up in Revelstoke BC where his love of skiing was born. He has been Ski Instructing and coaching for over 25 years.

He is also a Canadian Ski Coach Faciliator helping time develop and educate the next generations of ski coaches.

BEN Morrish

U12 Coach

Ben is happy to be back for a fourth year coaching the U12 athletes for the 2020/2021 season.

From the age of seven, Ben grew up racing with area clubs, most recently at the FIS level with Calgary Alpine. He thoroughly enjoys working with young athletes, and hopes to pass on his love for ski racing to this next generation of racers.

Ben is in his first year of Engineering at the University of Calgary, so working with the athletes provides a welcome distraction from studying. He is looking forward to watching the U12 group progress over a fun and productive race season.

ELIAS POPA

U10 Coach

Elias has been involved in ski racing for the past 11 years, recently making the transition from athlete to coach. This season will be his second year coaching as well as his first year with the U10 group. Elias is passionate about ski racing and looks forward to passing down his love for ski racing to the next generation. In addition to being a ski coach Elias is also an avid hiker, rock climber, back country skier, and student currently studying commerce at the University of Calgary. In the upcoming ski season, Elias looks forward to a fostering an environment that can help young athletes flourish.

MATT TOPHAM

Elite Coach

BIO COMING SOON

CHRIS PATTERSON

Floater Coach

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.

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.

Coaching Staff

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 11 years of coaching experience and leadership with the club, and 9 years as program director for CARC. He is excited to continue the tradition of excellence that our program’s has always provided.

ERIN FYNN

Learn to Ski Coach

A born and raised Alberta Girl, Erin grew up racing on all of our local slopes. She began when she was 6 years old and spent several years with various clubs before finally finding a home with the Kananaskis Alpine Racers when Nakiska opened to host the 1988 Olympics. Erin competed at provincial, national and even a few international races until the end of her 3rd year of FIS when she retired. She then began Coaching and completed her CSCF Levels I and Level II while also attending the University of Calgary. After completing her BGS with a minor in Psychology and her Master of Teaching Degree Erin retired from Coaching to start a family. However, skiing was always a part of her family’s life and once her girls were old enough to begin racing Erin made her return to Coaching. She was thrilled to return to snow and the world of racing as she was able to combine teaching and her love of skiing! Erin spent several years coaching and running the Bow Valley Quikies programs. She then moved on to coach and run the Lake Louise Grizzlies programs and this past season she worked with the U10+ group at Mount Allen Ski Team. Over the years Erin has continued her coaching education, she is Park and Pipe Certified and Ski Cross Certified. She is a Level I and Level II Coach Evaluator, a Gliding Start Facilitator and a Level I Course Facilitator. In 2015 Erin completed her CSCF Performance Level Training (Level III).

With four daughters who all race, a husband who also coaches and a life long love of the sport Erin is very excited to be returning to the club, to be able to continue to share and pass on her passion. She is absolutely thrilled to be taking on the Nancy Greene Snoflyers Head Coach role!

SEAN CAMERON

U16 Coach

Calgary Alpine is pleased to have Sean Cameron returning to the U16 program. Sean has many years of experience coaching including with the CARC FIS and K2 teams from 2007-2010. His coaching experience ranges from Nancy Green to Provincial Ski Team and is a level 4 certified coach and instructor. Sean looks forward to helping all the athletes reach their potential this coming season.

GRANT RICHARDSON

U16 Coach

Grant, the son of a ski school director, comes to coaching honestly! Growing up and skiing in the Eastern U.S. and attending a ski academy, Grant had a very successful ski racing career that culminated at the U.S. Ski Team Development Team level. Skiing for the University of Alaska, Grant was the captain of his university ski team and is a two-time NCAA All American.

After completing a degree in Applied Ethics, Grant studied Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Grant has founded or cofounded profit and non-profit companies including the National Alpine Training Center, Canmore MRI, the Lake Louise All Mountain Ski Club, and the Lake Louise Athletic Development Association.

Passionate about the sport of ski racing and coaching, Grant, a Performance Level Certified and NCCP Level 3 Certified coach, has coached for over 25 years. With a strong track record in ski coaching, Grant employs a long term approach toward athlete development- trying to see each and every athlete realize their athletic and personal potential.

When Grant is not coaching, he is the Owner and Operator of Rocky Mountain Rehab & Sports Medicine Clinic in Canmore, Alberta – a business he and his wife Lynne own together. A true ski family, Grant and Lynne have two children who are equally as passionate for the sport of skiing: Cole (big mountain, slopestyle) and Britt (alpine ski racing). Mountain biking, hiking, stand up paddling, trail running, etc. fill the families days when the opportunity arises at their home in Canmore.

PETER Jurcak

U14 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.

SCOTT SCHRODER

U14 Coach

Scott grew up in Revelstoke BC where his love of skiing was born. He has been Ski Instructing and coaching for over 25 years.

He is also a Canadian Ski Coach Faciliator helping time develop and educate the next generations of ski coaches.

BEN Morrish

U12 Coach

Ben is happy to be back for a fourth year coaching the U12 athletes for the 2020/2021 season.

From the age of seven, Ben grew up racing with area clubs, most recently at the FIS level with Calgary Alpine. He thoroughly enjoys working with young athletes, and hopes to pass on his love for ski racing to this next generation of racers.

Ben is in his first year of Engineering at the University of Calgary, so working with the athletes provides a welcome distraction from studying. He is looking forward to watching the U12 group progress over a fun and productive race season.

ELIAS POPA

U10 Coach

Elias has been involved in ski racing for the past 11 years, recently making the transition from athlete to coach. This season will be his second year coaching as well as his first year with the U10 group. Elias is passionate about ski racing and looks forward to passing down his love for ski racing to the next generation. In addition to being a ski coach Elias is also an avid hiker, rock climber, back country skier, and student currently studying commerce at the University of Calgary. In the upcoming ski season, Elias looks forward to a fostering an environment that can help young athletes flourish.

MATT TOPHAM

Elite Coach

BIO COMING SOON

CHRIS PATTERSON

Floater Coach

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.

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.