News and Announcements
For the past 49 years Chris has been involved with the Whistler Mountain Ski Club.
Chris has been able to transfer the knowledge and experience as a racer to coaching with WMSC in the 1970s and then to being a parent, a volunteer and board member.
Chris has worked at the club since 1999 and was the club administrator from 2010 until 2019. Chris has used her knowledge and passion for the athletes and the sport as the driving factor in how she has continued to contribute to the operations of WMSC and she has been instrumental in the development and evolution of the club to where it is just now.
Chris has also run other businesses during the time that she has been involved with the club, and as such she has been able to offer employment for racers in their off-season and many donations for fundraising events.
It has been a real pleasure to work with Chris and she always brings a calm, organized and welcoming presence to the club. Chris, along with her family, have continuously made enormous contributions over the years, and the Parsons speed camp and bursary have undoubtedly been key to the development of so many world class speed skiers coming from the Whistler Mountain Ski Club and BC.
With such an extensive time of involvement in the club, Chris has a connection to so many generations of WMSC athletes, parents and alumni and her contributions go much further than the WMSC. Chris is currently on the Board of the Vancouver Ski Foundation who make a significant contribution to our sport across the province and annually to the Whistler Cup. Even ‘Christine’s’ on Blackcomb is named after Chris!
I cannot thank Chris enough for supporting not only myself and Blanca into the club and showing us the ropes of how the club operates, but for the support that she has given to all athletes, volunteers and staff.
Chris will obviously continue to be involved with the club at special events and of course for the Parsons race.
Chris will be nominated as an honorary Club Member and we will also celebrate Chris’s contributions at the Alumni party in the new year when we will have a strong representation from each generation that Chris has known through her time with the club.
On behalf of the Club, I would like to thank and congratulate Chris for all that she has done for our sport and for what she has achieved in her time with the club and wish her all the best in her next chapter.
Whistler Mountain Ski Club
New Season Team Pages switch-over – We have moved all our 2nd year athletes and parents to your new teams. You should receive and invitation soon to join, please do so to have access to your calendars and attendance. Please feel free to contact the office if you are having any issues.
2019 Summer Camps – Registration to summer camps opens on May 15th. Details and pricing are up on our website, please check them out and mark your calendars. All athletes planning to take part on any summer camps must renew their Family membership and enrol to a winter program beforehand. This will ensure that we renew your membership and liability insurance with BC Alpine.
Ironman Volunteer Captain – Every year we receive a youth grant from Ironman and we run two of their stations at Green Lake. This year we need a new Volunteer Captain to coordinate our shifts and team of volunteers. The only qualification required is your desire to help. There will be a proper hand off and a couple of training sessions before the event- Ironman is on Sunday, July 28. Step up today and contact the office to be our next Volunteer Captain.
Mike Phelps passed away at 71 – The Whistler Mountain Ski Club and Canadian skiing are saddened by the passing of Michael Phelps who was a huge supporter of both the WMSC and ACA. Mike was instrumental in the formation of the Dave Murray National Training Centre and was on the board of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Organising Committee and we will always be grateful for his enormous contribution to our sport.
Our deepest condolences to Mike’s family and friends.
Athletes and parents may be wrapping up the ski season and school year, however, it is time to plan some training during the sunnier months to be prepared for the upcoming season.
Spring Camps | May 2nd – 26th
During the spring, we will host 4 Camps with multiple options for our members to fit your busy schedules.
Ages: U12 to U21
Location: Whistler T-Bar | Lap Lap Lap
Dates: May 2nd to May 26th
Cost: from $170 to $310
Lift Tickets: Season passes valid for all May camps. For guest racers, passes are not included, contact the office to get your passes
Activities: SL and GS training, Mountain biking, Fitness, jogging, trail running, sports and more
U12 to U21 Guest Racers welcome – Subject to availability
Please visit our site for dates and pricing details here
Summer Camps | June 6th to July 7th Registration opens May 15th
During the summer we will host 5 camps.
Ages: U12- U21
Locations: Whistler T-Bar
Dates: June 6th to July 7th
Costs from $435 to $795
Lift Passes: Included
Activities SL and GS Training |Mountain biking, fitness, jogging, trail running, sports and more
U14 to U21 Guest Racers welcome – Subject to availability
Please visit our site for dates and pricing details here
Shall you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office
Blanca de la Rosa
WMSC Office Manager
2028 Rob Boyd Way, Whistler, BC V8E 0A6
Teamship Values – Excellence in Communication
As we end our winter season it is timely to revisit our excellence in communication, both in reflecting on the past several months and in looking forward to spring and summer training and on to next season.
Our communication takes many forms. Information ranging from fact to gossip and speculation are available across a variety of mediums. The diversity of our team & the reality that we are supporting each other while in many cases also competing with each other makes for a very complex environment where communication is constantly a challenge.
We Excel in Communication:
Communication is the basis of all human interaction. It gives reason to our actions and unites teams through a common message. Poor communication can undermine effort and lead to mistrust.
• We communicate positively:
We are positive in our intent when communicating and we do not speculate on others’ performance or pass judgement on the decisions of officials. We are gracious in defeat and magnanimous in victory. We think before speaking and manage our emotions.
In skiing, as in many other sports, our performances are defined by results that make comparisons to others. We must accept and own our performances and relate them to our own actions. It is not our place to judge or assess another’s performance, either good or bad.
We must always be cognisant that there are athletes who are disappointed in their performance, while there are others who are delighted. We must recognise the effort each individual makes because that is what defines the person.
• We communicate constructively:
We communicate what is constructive to the efforts of our team and ourselves, based on fact, by asking direct questions to gather the facts. We support the opinions of others and we make complaints and suggestions to the people who can help with answers and solutions.
Within our community, as with any collection of people, there is much speculation given and assumptions made, often without all the facts. This is enhanced by the fact that our sport is measured by individual results that invite comparisons. There are often assessments made without knowledge of the circumstances and conclusions reached before gathering the information needed, or indeed ask is such as assessment or conclusion is relevant to ourselves.
Our opinions can easily get fuelled by emotions which can get in the way of logic. We must therefore learn to look past our emotions and assess only the situations that affect ourselves and our team through logic and reason.
• We communicate fairly and honestly:
We follow a fair course of action whilst being open and honest in our communications, and we are consistent in our communication with others.
We must remember that each of us have our own lives that drive our actions, and that we must take those components into consideration before communicating.
A simple rule is not to discuss someone else’s affairs with another person in any manner other than as if you are speaking with that person directly.
• We communicate politely and appropriately:
We are polite in our interactions with others, and speak only on matters with direct relevance to ourselves, our sport and our performance. We seek learning in our interactions. We look to find ways to avoiding escalating issues.
In every walk of life there are always actions, circumstances or decisions made that we do not like or agree with, many of which we cannot change. However we must always strive to learn and improve from them. It is essential to share our own perspectives respectfully and openly in order for everyone to evolve.
It is an honour to be a part of this team and to be associated with so many great people who continually strive for Excellence in Communication.
Whistler Mountain Ski Club
On Saturday, April 20th the WMSC officially finished the 2018-2019 seasons with a celebration to award the efforts and hard work of Athletes and Coaches. We also recognized the volunteers that went above and beyond to make this season exceptional!
Thank you to all the sponsors that helped deliver an amazing Junior Alpine Ski Racing Program: Whistler Blackcomb, Descente, The Dave Murray National Training Centre, Wheaton Precious Metals, Fairmont Hotels, Haywood Securities, Gibbons Whistler, Audi, Urban Impact, Odlum Brown, Whistler Village Sports, RDC Fine Homes, Rob Boyd Real Estate, Blackcomb Liquor Store, Creekside Market and Toad Hall Studios.
Join us to congratulate these amazing individuals:
U12 lead by Coach Gillian McFetridge and her team: Mat Leduc, Alexis Dion, Zach Nattress, Kasper Woolley, Kayla Schmohl, Kevin Lai, Jaimie Szarko and Roman Torn
U12 Teamship Values Award: Hannah Jensen
U12 Most Improved Female: Maika Lennox-King
U12 Most Improved male: Dash Hann
U12 Racer of the Year Female: Marlowe Cook
U12 Racer of the Year Male: Thomas Legg
U14 lead by Coach Henry Yeigh and his team: Bob Armstrong, Jonny Kellock, Chloe Sigouin, Julian Brumec-Parsons, Rob Dennison, Fletcher Smith, Scott Waldrum and Rob Cook
U14 Teamship Values Award : Jasper Shea
U14 Most Improved Female: Heidi Schenk
U14 Most Improved male: Dylan Boyd
U14 Racer of the Year Female: Alexa Brownlie
U14 Racer of the Year Male: Felix Shorter
U16 lead by Coach Drew Hetherington and his team: Richard Jagger, Fredrik Sars, Sarah Culver and Jim Parsons
U16 Teamship Values Award : John Nicolls
U16 Most Improved Female: Brooklyn Scudamore
U16 Most Improved male: Chase Burns
U16 Racer of the Year Female: Jaden Dawson
U16 Racer of the Year Male: Matthias Shorter
U18 and U21 lead by Coach Conrad Pridy and his team Shannon Smith and Enric Guerra Cusi
U18 Teamship Values Award : Alyssa Emery
U18 Most Improved Female: Julia Ross
U18 Most Improved male: Brendan Moss
U18 Racer of the Year Female: Julia Ross
U18 Racer of the Year Male: Nathan Romanin
Other Awards and Bursaries were presented:
Joel Ashton Award: Hayden Harley
The inaugural Rob Boyd bursary was presented to: Fiona McInnes and John Nicolls
Jordan Schick Bursary: Emeline Bennet
Dave Murray Bursary: Gemma Bexton
Thank you to all the parents and friends that volunteered their time to make this season very successful.
Andree Janyk Volunteer of the Year: Graham Ross
And to our Board of Directors: Dave Brownlie, Steve Fleckenstein, John Legg, Randy Neeves, Sarah Renzoni, Graham Ross, Jason Shorter, Rob Toole and Nicole Stefenelli
We hope to see you all during our Spring and Summer camps and in the 2019-2020 Season!