About the Team

The UBC Thunderbirds Alpine Ski Sport Club is a competitive ski team that races throughout North America in the United States Collegiate Ski Association (USCSA) circuit. From East to West Coast we compete in Slalom and Giant Slalom in team scored races. Our season includes Carnival Style weekend Conference Races in the USCSA Northwest Conference, Regional Championships, and the ultimate goal of returning to the National Championships each year in late March. Our roster includes both a travel competitive team and a training development team.

The UBC Alpine Ski Team recruits NorAm/FIS/USSA/International athletes as well as athletes with limited racing experience who are looking to improve their skills. Training starts at the beginning of September with dry land transitioning to on-snow in gates at our pre-season camp and ongoing training with Grouse Mountain.

Want to learn more? Email our team at alpineski.sc@ubc.ca

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A big thanks to our sponsors – Grouse Mountain, Grouse TYEE, Patagonia – and UBC alumni whose continued support makes UBC Alpine’s success possible!

We are one of the best Canadian University Ski Teams in the USCSA. All members are passionate about skiing and want to continue to race throughout University. You will get the opportunity to travel to the United States for competitions. Above all, the UBC Alpine Ski Sport Club is a great environment to train your fitness, improve skills, learn leadership skills by taking up an executive position, and build friendships with like-minded people who want to stay on the slopes as much as possible.

 

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Minimum Racing Experience – FIS/NCAA/USSA/NorAM/Club Teams/School Teams
  • Commitment to Fall Dry Land Training: 2 times per week
  • Commitment to Pre-Season Camp and training weekends
  • Travel Commitment of 3 to 4 Weekends for Conference Races, Regionals, and Nationals

Try Outs: 

Come meet your future teammates at UBC’s Imagine Day (September 5, 2023) to find out more.

Questions? email alpineski.sc@ubc.ca

Team Fees:

  • $300 Base Team Fee includes:
    • Team Shirt, Dryland, Team Building Events, Alumni Events, USCSA Registration Fees, Seasons Training Pass to Grouse Mountain
    • $135 for only training option
  •  $100-$300 Apparel Fee includes (optional):
    • Patagonia team apparel.
  •  $600 Fundraising Goal covers: Travel, Race Fees, Accommodation, and Flights.* Fee is dependent on which race series the athletes qualifies for and attends.
  • $350 per Qualifier race, $500 Regional Championships

Practice Schedule:

Fall Dry Land Training:

  • Sundays (7:00-8:30pm) – @ Birdcoop
  • Thursdays at the field (location and time TBD)
  • Must attend a minimum of 75% of drylands
  • Dryland starts mid September

Winter Training:

  • Date: Wednesday from January to March of 2020
  • Time: 3:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location: Grouse Mountain

Pre-Season Camps: Whistler Blackcomb mid January

Competition Schedule: 

Check out http://www.uscsanw.org/ for more information about the conference and for updates on team and individual standings throughout the season! Information about our Conference Races and Nationals will be posted once it becomes available.

Nationals:

2023-24

  • Lake Placid (New York), March 8th-14th

2022-23

SILVER MOUNTAIN, ID

DAY ONE
WOMENS TEAM – 6TH PLACE
Malia Hodgkinson  – 12th

MENS TEAM – 2ND PLACE
Nelson Fretenburg – 4th

Marko Smitran – 6th

John Forssander – 8th

Brogan Themens – 11th

DAY TWO
WOMENS TEAM – 5TH PLACE
Malia Hodgkinson – 9th

Anika Prasad  – 18th

MENS TEAM 2ND PLACE

Nelson Fretenburg – 2nd

Marko Smitran – 7th

John Forssander – 8th 

Brogan Themens – 13th

 

SNOQUALMIE PASS, WA

DAY ONE
WOMENS TEAM – 4TH PLACE
Malia Hodgkinson – 12th

Emma Fontaine – 17th

MENS TEAM – 2ND PLACE
Marcus Athans – 1st

Nelson Fretenburg – 4th

Brogan Themens – 9th

John Forssander – 14th

Marko Smitran  – 15th

DAY TWO
WOMENS TEAM – 5TH PLACE
Malia Hodgkinson – 11th

Anika Prasad – 16th

MENS TEAM 1ST PLACE

Marcus Athans – 1st

Brogan Themens – 7th

Nelson Fretenburg – 8th

John Forssander – 10th

Marko Smitran – 16th 


REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

GS

WOMENS TEAM – 12TH

MENS TEAM – 6TH

Nelson Fretenburg 14th

SL

WOMENS TEAM – 12TH

MENS TEAM – 8TH

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

SL

MENS TEAM – 14TH

2019-20

MCCALL, ID

DAY ONE
WOMENS TEAM – 3RD PLACE
Anastasia Kiku  – 3rd

Maija Wootton – 8th

Emilie McGuire – 9th

Isabella Gigone – 10th

Sophie Sargent – 11th

Paloma Green – 18th

MENS TEAM – 3RD PLACE
Massimiliano Duso – 4th

Brogan Themens – 11th

Devon Lister – 12th

Oscar Schemmann – 14th 

Nicolai Van Kruijsdijk – 15th

Victor Samyn – 17th

WALLACE, ID

DAY ONE
WOMENS TEAM – 3RD PLACE
Isabella Gigone – 5th

MENS TEAM – 8TH PLACE
Jake Klonsky – 7th

DAY TWO
WOMENS TEAM – 1ST PLACE
Isabella Gigone – 1st

Anastasia Kiku – 4th

Sophie Sargent – 11th

MENS TEAM 5TH PLACE

John Forssander – 6th

Jake Klonsky – 9th

WHITE PASS, WA

DAY ONE
WOMENS TEAM – 1ST PLACE
Isabella Gigone – 3rd

Samantha Boughner – 5th

Anastasia Kiku – 7th

Maija Wootton – 8th

MENS TEAM – 4TH PLACE
Jake Klonsky – 8th

Devon Lister – 9th

Nicolai Van Kruijsdijk – 19th 

DAY TWO
WOMENS TEAM – 2ND PLACE
Isabella Gigone – 2nd

Anastasia Kiku – 3rd

Samantha Boughner – 9th

Sophie Sargent – 10th

Maija Wootton – 12th

MENS TEAM 3RD PLACE

Jake Klonsky – 8th

Devon Lister – 11th

Massimiliano Duso – 19th

GOVERNMENT CAMP, OR

DAY ONE
WOMENS TEAM – 1ST PLACE
Isabella Gigone – 1st

Anastasia Kiku – 6th

Sophie Sargent – 9th

Emilie McGuire – 11th

Maija Wootton – 13th

MENS TEAM – 3RD PLACE

Brogan Themens – 9th

Jake Klonsky – 10th

Devon Lister – 15th

Massimiliano Duso – 17th

DAY TWO
WOMENS TEAM – 1ST PLACE
Isabella Gigone – 4th

Anastasia Kiku – 5th

Sophie Sargent – 7th

Emilie McGuire – 11th

Maija Wootton – 12th

MENS TEAM 2ND PLACE

Massimiliano Duso – 4th

Brogan Themens – 6th

Jake Klonsky – 7th

Devon Lister– 9th

Hartl Luis – 13th

Victor Samyn – 14th

Oscar Schemmann – 17th


REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

GS

WOMENS TEAM – 5TH

Sophie Sargent – 11th 

Anastasia Kiku – 12th

MENS TEAM – 6TH

SL

WOMENS TEAM – 3RD

Isabella Gigone – 7th

Anastasia Kiku – 8th

Sophie Sargent – 16th

MENS TEAM – 7TH

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

GS

WOMENS TEAM – 7TH

Isabella Gigone – 15th

MENS TEAM 20TH

 

SL

WOMENS TEAM – 13TH

MENS TEAM 18TH

 

2019-20

LOOKOUT PASS

DAY ONE
WOMENS TEAM – 3RD PLACE
Isabella Gigone – 5th

MENS TEAM – 8TH PLACE
Jake Klonsky – 7th

DAY TWO
WOMENS TEAM – 1ST PLACE
Isabella Gigone – 1st
Anastasia Kiku – 4th
Sophie Sargent – 11th

MENS TEAM – 5TH PLACE
John Forssander – 6th
Jake Klonsky – 9th

 

BRUNDAGE MOUNTAIN

WOMENS TEAM – 3RD PLACE
Anastasia Kiku – 3rd
Maija Wootton – 8th
Emilie McGuire – 9th
Isabella Gigone – 10th
Sophie Sargent – 11th

MENS TEAM – 3RD PLACE
Max Duso – 4th
Brogan Themens – 11th
Devon Lister – 12th

 

2018-2019

Brundage Mountain, Idaho

Women’s team – 1st place
Michelle Warner – 1st
Helena Newboult – 4th
Anastasia Kiku – 5th

2017-2018 Results

Brundage Mountain, Idaho

Day 1

  • Women’s team – 1st place
  • Samantha Boughner – 2nd place
  • Anastsasia Kiku – 6th place
  • Cameron Hale – 4th place

Day 2

  • Anastsasia Kiku – 2nd place
  • Michele Warner – 5th place
  • Cameron Hale – 3rd place

 

2016-2017 Results

USCSA Nationals in Bend, OR

  • Womens Ski Cross – 3rd Team Overall
  • Womens GS – 9th Overall
  • Womens SL – 9th Overall

 

2015-16 Results

Pre-Season Training Camp hosted by Big White Resort

Mount. Bachelor, Oregon

  • Maria Bjork – 3rd Place
  • Jordan Fitzgerald – 6th Place

SL Regionals

  • Jordan Fitzgerald – 6th Place

GS Mount Bachelor, Oregon

  • Sandy Gerlich – 5th Place

Regionals Overall Finish

  • 3rd Place for both the Men and Women’s Alpine Ski Teams

SkiCross, Nationals in Lake Placid, NY

  • Jordan Fitzgerald – 3rd Place

 

Honorable Mention:

  • UBC Thunderbird Sport Clubs Female Student Leadership Award: Kayla Johnston, Alpine Ski Club Lead (2015-16)
  • UBC Thunderbird Sport Club Athlete of the Year: Cameron Hale, (2017-2018)

It all began in 1920 with the creation of the Varsity Outdoor Club (VOC). This club was involved in many outdoor activities, including skiing, and was student run. By 1928, it was among the most popular clubs on campus.

1934 UBC Inter Collegiate Ski Team 1934 UBC Inter Collegiate Ski Team

 

In the Spring of 1930, the first alpine competition was introduced, an intramural event that included both a downhill and a cross-country skiing component.

Then late in the 1930’s, the UBC Ski Team separated from the VOC and began racing in the Northwest against teams such as the University of Washington.

1955 UBC Men's Ski Team 1955 UBC Men’s Ski Team

 

By the 1950’s, UBC had become a popular and competitive team. Al Fisher joined as a volunteer coach in 1956 and was later inducted into the UBC Athletics Hall of Fame (2003). Fisher combined a passion for fitness and skiing to get the most out of the athletes and, over the years, led some of the University’s most successful ski teams.

Since the 1950’s, strong Alumni support and a desire to keep a collegiate team in Canada has kept the Skibirds going.

Until 2015, the UBC Alpine Ski Team was a Varsity Team at UBC, competing in the USCSA circuit. Since then, the team has restructured to a UBC Thunderbirds Sport Club and remains competitive in the USCSA, placing in the Top 3 of Regionals in the 2015-16 Season and one of the strongest UBC showings at Nationals in Lake Placid, New York. More recently, they have returned from the pandemic in form – placing top 3 in qualifier races and qualifying for the USCSA National Championships in Mammoth Lakes, California.

2022 UBC Men’s Alpine Ski Team at USCSA National Championships

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For updates about the team throughout the season and Alumni information please check out the team blog posts seen at the bottom of the page!

To support UBC TSC Alpine Skiing head to our Give UBC page and select “Alpine Skiing”.

UBC Thunderbird Sports Clubs Scholarships

Thunderbird Alpine Skiing Endowment

  • One or more awards, which may range from a minimum value of $500 each to the maximum allowable under athletic association regulations, are offered to outstanding members of the Thunderbird Alpine Ski Team in any year of study. Awards are made on the nomination of the President’s Athletic Awards Committee
  • The Gifts will be given to the top male and top female student athlete or student leader who performs competitively and has results during the season, demonstrates good leadership, has good academic standings and is a positive ambassador of the team and the sport.

Al Fisher Skiing Award

  •  One or more awards under athletic association regulations, are offered to outstanding members of the Thunderbird Alpine or Nordic Ski Team in any year of study. The awards are made on the recommendation of the President’s Athletic Awards Committee.
  • The gifts will be used to honour student-athletes who exhibit competitive attitude and track record, pursue the highest level of competition, displays outstanding leadership qualities by example and through coaching, provides an organized approach to training and competition, and academic studies, is in good academic standing, demonstrates a passion for sport and fitness and the desire to inspire others, and demonstrates financial need in pursuit of competition.

Harry C. and M. Cecilia Miller Memorial Skiing Award

  • One or more, which may range from a minimum of $500  each to the maximum allowable under athletic association regulations, are offered to members of the UBC Women’s Alpine Ski Team in any year of study, through an endowment established by the Harry C. and M. Cecelia Miller Trust. The awards are made on the recommendation of the President’s Athletic Awards Committee.
  • The gifts will be used to honour female student-athletes who are committed and dedicated to the team, training and competition, are in good academic standing, contributes to the Alpine Ski Sports Club as an athlete and a teammate, takes initiative, and invests in making the team better



UBC Thunderbirds Sport Clubs - Alpine Skiing
6000 Student Union Blvd.
Student Recreation Centre
Vancouver, BC
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604-822-3683 alpineski.sc@ubc.ca

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