About the Team

The UBC Thunderbirds Nordic Ski Club 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 tuesday night Cypress competitions and the Canadian National Championships each year in late March. Our roster includes athletes from across Canada and the United States and beyond, with a variety of racing experiences. The UBC Nordic Ski Team 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.

The Nordic Ski Sport Club 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 Ski Representative on Imagine Day. We are also on social media with a Facebook Group (@UBC Nordies) and at @ubcnordicskiing on Instagram. 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 Tuesday and Thursday nights, 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 on September 4th to learn more about Nordic Ski at UBC.

We will also be hosting an information session at 6pm on Thursday September 6th in the War Memorial Gym Building Room 206 (MWMG 206)

Finally, tryouts will take place at 6pm on Tuesday September 11th starting at the UBC track.

Stay tuned for updates!

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


Team Fees:

Team costs for this season will be around $400. This money will cover a fall training camp and an away race as well as wax and bird coop membership. 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 Tuesday/Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. A strength session is available on Sunday evenings. Tuesday night races at Cypress begin in January and continue until March.


Competition Schedule:

  • Training Camp – Whistler, B.C – Mid September
  • Coast Cup 1 – Whistler, B.C – December 2
  • World Junior Trials – Whistler, B.C – December 13, 15 and 16
  • Reino Keski Salmi Loppet – Salmon Arm, B.C. – Jan 19
  • BC Cup 2 – Revelstoke, B.C. – Jan 26-27
  • Coast Cup 2 – Whistler, B.C. – Feb 2
  • Westerns – Kelowna, B.C. – Feb 8-10
  • Sigges Payak – Whistler, B.C. – Feb 29
  • BC Champs – Salmon Arm – Mar 1-3
  • Nationals – Cantley QC – Mar 13-20

A full list of events can be found at both http://www.crosscountrybc.ca/competition-schedule or  http://www.cccski.com/Events/Events-Calendar.aspx. Additional Races to be attended will be decided later into the season when team member availability is determined.

Despite being an unofficial club, the 2017-18 season had UBC Nordic ski racers attending Canadian Nationals, BC Coast cups, Canadian Westerns, loppets, and Tuesday night races at Cypress. Three athletes attended Nationals, thanks to the support of Hollyburn Nordic and Nakkertok Nordic. Alison Pouw had a top placing of 6th out of CCUNC in the Skate Pursuit race, and sprinted to a spectacular 8th place, allowing her to finish with an aggregate 10th in 1998 Junior Women by the end of the week. Cary Pomeroy came 17th in the Men’s CCUNC in the Skate Pursuit race, skiing fast in a highly competitive field. Freya Orban, exchange student hailing from Sweden, did very well in her first Canadian National Championship race, placing 21st in the 5km Classic for Senior Women. She rounded off the week with another excellent classic result of 23rd in the 30km Classic Mass start. Congratulations to our tough athletes!

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, Cypress Nordic Center 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

Name Position Email
Alia Sanger Marketing and Communications Officer nordicski.sc@ubc.ca
Carrington Pomeroy Club Lead nordicski.sc@ubc.ca
Claire Grall-Johnson Finance Officer nordicski.sc@ubc.ca
Madison Brown Travel and Safety Officer nordicski.sc@ubc.ca
Wassim Ghazi Fundraising and Sponsorship nordicski.sc@ubc.ca

We will be at Imagine Day on September 4th and will be holding fundraisers on or near campus throughout the year; don’t hesitate to come by!

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

UBC Thunderbirds Sport Clubs - Nordic Ski
6000 Student Union Blvd.
Student Recreation Centre
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z1

604-822-3683 nordicski.sc@ubc.ca

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