About the Team

UBC TSC Nordic Skiing is a competitive student-run ski team that races throughout BC and Canada. We compete in skate and classic discipline races, ranging from relays and sprints to 50km loppets. Our season includes early season training in Silverstar, local provincial races at Callaghan, weekly evening practices at Cypress mountain and the Canadian National Championships each year in late March. Our roster includes athletes from across Canada, the United States and beyond, with a variety of racing experiences. UBC Nordic Skiing recruits athletes with club racing experience as well as athletes with limited racing experience who are looking to improve their skills. Training begins at the start of September with dry land transitioning to on snow training at the Cypress Nordic Center as soon as conditions allow.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with us at nordicski.sc@ubc.ca!

UBC Nordic Skiing is open to a variety of athletes, who desire to compete, or push their fitness and strength to higher levels. We are also a group of students with various outdoor interests, thus our training sessions vary from running, hiking, and skiing, to indoor sessions, with some individuals getting together to mountain bike or do other various modes of exercise.

An information meeting will be conducted during the first weeks in September. Interested skiers can contact us at nordicski.sc@ubc.ca or find the TSC booth and Nordic Skiing Representative on Imagine Day. We are also on social media at @ubcnordicskiing on Instagram and Facebook page, UBC Nordic Skiing. Logistical information pertaining to the information meeting and practice schedule will be posted on our website and social media in the coming weeks.

Eligibility Requirements:

Nordic skiing is a closely knit community in Canada, and we expect athletes to be dedicated team members and students in order to continue high performance racing. Though prior racing experience is encouraged, it is not required. Athletes should be highly motivated and able to attend bi-weekly practices on weeknights, weekend races, and National Championships in March. Weekend practices on Saturday mornings are encouraged, but not strictly mandatory. Exceptions will be made for varsity athletes and people with injuries.

Equipment Requirements:

  • Basic Running Gear
  • Properly fitted skate skis, boots, and poles
  • Properly fitted classic skis, boots, and poles
  • Basic wax setup (glide and kick)
  • Rollerskis optional (helmet mandatory if choosing to rollerski)
  • Bike optional (helmet mandatory if choosing to bike)


Try Outs and Recruitment:

Come find us at Imagine Day in September 2022 for our 2022-23 team on Tuesday, September 6th.

Tryouts for the 2022/2023 season will take place in late September. Stay tuned for updates!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact an executive at nordicski.sc@ubc.ca, via Facebook or via Instagram!


Team Fees:

Team costs for this season will be around $300. This money will cover a fall training camp, an away race, as well as wax. Team fees are currently under review and are subject to change so please revisit the page closer to tryouts if you are interested!


Practice and Training Schedule:

Practices take place from September to March, and are on weekday evenings at 6:00pm until 8:00pm (nights to be determined through team poll in September). A strength session is available on Sunday evenings at 7:00pm until 8:30pm.


Competition Schedule 2022/23:

  • Reading Break Training Camp – Silverstar, B.C. – November 9th to 13th
  • Teck Coast Cup #1 – Whistler, B.C. – December 18th
  • Teck BC Cup #1 – Whistler, B.C. – January 7th and 8th
  • Reino Keski Salmi Loppet – Salmon Arm, B.C. – January 14th
  • Cascade Cup – Manning Park, B.C. – January 21st
  • FIS World Junior U23 Championships – Whistler, B.C. – January 28th to February 5th
  • Teck Coast Cup 2 & 3 – Mt Washington, B.C. – February 3rd to 5th
  • Teck BC Cup 2 – Revelstoke, B.C. – February 18th & 19th
  • Coast Outdoor P’ayak – Whistler, B.C. – February 25th
  • Teck BC Championships – West Kelowna, B.C. – March 3rd to 5th
  • National Championships – Thunder Bay, O.N. – March 11th to 19th


A full list of events can be found on both Cross Country BC’s website and Nordic Canada’s website. Additional Races to be attended will be decided later into the season when team member availability is determined.


The UBC Nordic Team was unable to participate in any races scheduled in the 2020/21 season due to the pandemic. In the 2019/20 season UBC Nordic Skiing saw a come back with a vengeance despite challenges related to the global pandemic. Highlights from the 2019/20 season included a World Championship appearance by Micheal Murdoch! Micheal also qualified for the FISU World University Games in Lausaune, Switzerland in January 2021! We had multiple BC Cup podiums by Ingrid Tveten, Claire Grall-Johnson, Katia Lumb, Mykal Westeinde and Madi Brown. We also had an amazing new coach in the 2019-20, Chelsea Little, who carried the team throughout the season. She has been an integral part of UBC Nordic and we feel extremely blessed and lucky to have Chelsea as a coach!

Nordic skiing at UBC has had an irregular history. From existing as an amalgamation of student athletes, to a club, to a varsity sport in the early 2000s, to a TSC club in 2015, to an amalgamation of student athletes again in 2017, and finally to our current status as a TSC club in 2018, we have certainly undergone some changes over time. What has remained constant is our tight-knit community, and high level of racing and performance. Alumni still participate in races with UBC and regularly provide carpool rides to new members and rookies. Support from community stores, clubs, and organizations such as Hollyburn and Sigges Ski Shop, have allowed us to regularly send athletes to races near and far. Over the years, UBC has consistently sent skiers to National races, as well as Internationally to the United States and overseas. In 2011, UBC’s Jesse Heckrodt attended World University Games in Turkey, where he lead the Canadian men in a 31st place finish.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact an executive member at nordicski.sc@ubc.ca, via our Facebook Page @UBC Nordic Skiing or our Instagram page @ubcnordicskiing!

UBC Thunderbirds Sport Clubs - Nordic Ski
6000 Student Union Blvd.
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Vancouver, BC
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604-822-3683 nordicski.sc@ubc.ca

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