About the Team

The UBC Thunderbirds Nordic Ski Sport Club represents the University of British Columbia in Canadian competition. Travelling across British Columbia, the team attends events in places such as Whistler, Cypress, and Prince George. The competitive season usually begins in December, following a fun-filled trip to somewhere with snow in late November; such as Silver Star Mountain Resort. The racing season usually commences from January to March. In addition to competing in BC, the Nordic Ski Sport Club has sent competitive racers to Canadian Nationals, which varies in location each year.

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.


Eligibility Requirements:

Attend 80% of practices and competitions
Pay the required team fee
Maintain a high level of fitness and must have previous experience cross-country ski racing
Athletes must provide own gear and equipment needed to participate in cross-country skiing


Try Outs and Recruitment:

Come find us at Imagine Day on September 6th to learn more about Nordic Ski at UBC. As well, we will be hosting a Recruitment Meeting on September 12th – stay tuned for more details.

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


Team Fees:

Initial Team fees will be around $50, which will cover a t-shirt and ski wax for members. Additional team costs (transportation and competition expenses) will be determined closer to the start of the season.


Practice and Training Schedule:

Team training will occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with one weekend session, but are subject to change. Meet at the Birdcoop Gym, or in the Lobby of the War Memorial Gym (executives will notify team of exact meeting spot prior to practice).

Practices usually last approximately 1-1.5 hours.


Competition Schedule:

1. Haywood NorAm Western Canadians

  • January 20 – 22, 2017
  • Callaghan Valley SC, Whistler, BC

2. Teck BC Cup #2

  • February 4-5, 2017
  • Prince George, BC

3. 2017 Ski National Championships

  • March 18 – 25, 2017
  • Canmore Nordic Centre, AB

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.

In the 2015-2016 season our team competed in various competitions throughout British Columbia, with podium finishes in each race by UBC Thunderbird Sport Clubs members.

The Nordic Ski team transitioned from the UBC Varsity program to the UBC Thunderbird Sports Clubs department in 2015. While under Varsity status, the team competed at nationals every year with several top 10 finishes. The 2015-16 season saw multiple podium finishes for many on the Nordic Ski Sport Club.

Team members are active members of the nordic skiing community, aiding with programs at Cypress mountain and volunteering at races in Whistler Olympic Park. Team members have a history of success both on and off the field, with the Nordic Ski team previously holding the record for the most times receiving highest GPA of all varsity teams.

Name Position Email
Blakely Browne Marketing and Communications Officer nordicski.sc@ubc.ca
Gordon Mason Travel and Safety Officer nordicski.sc@ubc.ca
Hannah Xavier Club Lead nordicski.sc@ubc.ca
Kate Woods Social Media Coordinator nordicski.sc@ubc.ca
Max Easterbrooke Finance Officer nordicski.sc@ubc.ca

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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