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 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. 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.

Our team will return operations in September. If you have any questions, please feel free to email 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 with a Facebook Group (@UBC Uphill Skiing 2019/2020 (must request to be added)) 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 in September 2020 for our 2020-21 team!

Stay tuned for updates!

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


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 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 at 6:00pm until 8:00pm. A strength session is available on Sunday evenings at 7:00pm until 8:30pm. We will be attending Tuesday night races at Cypress beginning in January and continuing until March.


Competition Schedule 2020/21:

  • Training Camp – Whistler, BC – September 19 and 20
  • Teck Coast Cup #1 – Callaghan Valley, BC – December 20
  • Teck Coast Cup #2 – Callaghan Valley, BC – January 3
  • NorAm World Jr/U23 Championship Trials – Callaghan Valley, BC – January 7 – 10
  • Reino Keski Salmi Loppet – Salmon Arm, BC – Jan 16
  • Cascade Cup Loppet – Manning Park, BC – Jan 30
  • Teck Coast Cup #3 & 4 – Mt Washington, BC – Jan 30 and 31
  • Teck Coast Cup #5 & 6 – Callaghan Valley, BC – Feb 20 and 21
  • National Canadian Championships – Gatineau, QC – Mar-14-20

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 2019/20 season saw UBC Nordic Skiing 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, 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
Alison Pouw Marketing and Communications Officer nordicski.sc@ubc.ca
Claire Grall-Johnson Finance Officer nordicski.sc@ubc.ca
Katia Lumb Travel and Safety Officer nordicski.sc@ubc.ca
Mykal Bakker-Westeinde Club Lead nordicski.sc@ubc.ca
Wassim Ghazi Fundraising and Sponsorship nordicski.sc@ubc.ca

We will be at Imagine Day on September 3rd 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 our Facebook Page @UBC Nordic Skiing!

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

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