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.

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

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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.

 

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: 

First Mandatory Team Meeting:

Tuesday September 12th – 7-8pm

Room: ILBC 155

Questions? email alpineski.sc@ubc.ca or text/call 647 448 3691

Team Fees:

  • $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.

Practice Schedule:

Fall Dry Land Training:

  • Monday’s (6-7 pm) @ Tower Beach Stairs
  • Sundays (7:00-8:30pm) – @ Birdcoop
  • Must attend a minimum of 1 dryland session per week

Winter Training:

  • Date: Wednesday from January to March of 2018
  • Time: 3:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location: Grouse Mountain

Pre-Season Camps: Whistler Blackcomb, details TBA.

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:

2016-2017:

  • Date: March 5th to 11th, 2017
  • Location: Bend, Oregon

2017-2018:

  • TBD

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 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.

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 such teams 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 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.

2015 UBC Thunderbirds Alpine Ski Sport Club

2015 UBC Thunderbirds Alpine Ski Sport Club

Name Position Email
Cameron Hale Travel and Safety Officer alpineski.sc@ubc.ca
Jamie Vanden Broek Training Coordinator alpineski.sc@ubc.ca
Jen Boughner Club Lead alpineski.sc@ubc.ca
Katherine Greer Marketing and Communications Officer alpineski.sc@ubc.ca
Lauren Hale Marketing and Communications Officer alpineski.sc@ubc.ca
Michelle Warner Finance Officer alpineski.sc@ubc.ca

For updates about the team throughout the season and Alumni information please check out the team blog posts! (At the bottom of this page.)

 

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 TSC Program Development Bob Hindmarch Award

  • One or more awards offered to outstanding student leaders from the UBC TSC Athletic Council in any year of study for their contributions to the development and progression of the UBC Thunderbird Sport Clubs Program. The awards are made on the recommendation of the UBC Thunderbird Sport Clubs Administrative team.
  • The Gifts will be used to honour student leaders who have inspiring commitment as volunteers to the overall program, area a positive influence amongst their peers, has exemplary display of leadership qualities, has a pursuit of building an engaged student-athlete community, and contributes to the vision of UBC Thunderbirds Sport Clubs.




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


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

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