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 and Whistler Mountain.
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We are one of the best Canadian University Ski Team in the USCSA. All members are passionate about skiing and wants to continue to race throughout University. You get the opportunity to travel around Canada and to the United States for competitions. Above all, the UBC Alpine Ski Sport Club is a great environment to train your fitness, improve in skills, learn leadership skills by taking up an executive position, and build friendships with like minded people who wants to stay on the slopes as much as possible.
- 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
First Team Meeting is on Monday September 12th at 6:00pm located at the War Memorial Gym Foyer.
- $200 Base Team Fee includes:
- Team Shirt, Dryland, Team Building Events, Alumni Events, USCSA Registration Fees, Seasons Training Pass to Grouse Mountain
- $300 Apparel Fee includes:
- Patagonia Team Jacket, Dryfit Longsleeve, Neckie and other gifts.
- $600 Fundraising Goal covers: Travel, Race Fees, Accommodation, and Flights.*Fee is dependent on which race series the athletes qualifies for and attends.
Fall Dry Land Training:
- Date: Tuesday (5:30-6:30pm) and Sundays (7:00-8:30pm) from September to December of 2016
- Location: On Campus
- Date: Tuesday and Thursday from January to March of 2017
- Time: 3:00pm to 8:00pm
- Location: Grouse Mountain
Pre-Season Camps: Whistler Mountain details TBD.
Check out http://www.uscsanw.org/2016-2017-season-schedule-1 for more updates on team and individual standings throughout the season!
Conference Race #1:January 21-22nd, 2017 – Tamarack Resort, ID
Conference Race # 2: January 28th-29th, 2017 – Mt. Hood Meadows, OR
Conference Race # 3: February 4th-5th, 2017 – Mission Ridge, WA
Conference Race # 4: February 11th-12th, 2017 – Bogus Basin Resort, ID
February 23rd -25th, 2017 – Brundage Mountain Resort, ID
G.S and S.L
- Date: March 5th to 11th, 2017
- Location: Bend, Oregon
Pre-Season Training Camp hosted by Big White Resort
Mount. Bachelor, Oregon
- Maria Bjork – 3rd Place
- Jordan Fitzgerald – 6th Place
- 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
- UBC Thunderbirds Sport Clubs Female Student Leadership Award: Kayla Johnston, Alpine Ski Club Lead (2015-16)
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.
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 such teams as the University of Washington.
By the 1950’s, UBC had become a popular and competitive team. Al Fisher joined as the volunteer coach in 1956 and was later inducted to 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.
For updates about the team throughout the season and Alumni information please visit the UBC Alpine Ski Team Alumni Blog.
Fundraisers and Special Events:
Come support the UBC Alpine Ski Team at one of our fundraising events!
- March Student Fundraiser – Details to come