Alpine Staff and Contact Info
Blanca grew up in Monterrey, Mexico and moved to Canada to complete her bachelor’s in Marketing and Communications in Victoria. She has had strategic planning roles with Labatts Brewery and Sol Brewery, marketing roles with Schneider Electric and she was a Business Development Manager for ACD Systems. More recently she was a business owner in the hospitality industry and worked as a licensed insurance agent.
Blanca has two ski racing daugthers in WMSC and enjoys cross country skiing in the winter and hiking and boating with her family in the summer.
I grew up in Caledon Ontario where I first stood on skis at the age of 2. I was immediately captivated by the sport, and it has been a major part of my life ever since. I raced from age 8 through until I was 20. I spent a few years racing on The Ontario Ski Team before I started my coaching career. I started coaching with the Ontario Development team followed by the Ontario Ski Team and latter was the head coach for the SOD ski team before moving to Whistler. I fell in love with the mountains and all the endless activates that come along with this mountain town, I fell in love with the community creating friendships that will last a lifetime and I fell in love with the Ocean. I thrive on working in a team environment and coaching gives me a sense of connection and purpose unlike anything else. I believe in hard work while having fun. When the two come together, I believe we can do anything!
I am Mateo MARTINAL
I am 29 years old and I come from Val d’Isere in France.
I was a ski racer until I was 18 and after 2 years in FIS I stopped competing.
I then started my ski instructor diploma.
At 21 I started my coaching career in Val d’Isere with the U10’s for 2 years and then I coached the U16’s and U18’s for 5 years.
I am very happy to have the chance to coach this year in Whistler and I will do my best to create an environment that is fun and leads to good results to all athletes.
Mateo is his name, but you can call him Matou. Matou is a ski coach from France.
Laurence’s passion for skiing began during her chilhood in Quebec, where she fully immersed herself in the sport. She dedicated three years to skiing with the Estrie Elite ski team. Later, she furthered her skiing career by joining the university ski team, where she continued to pursue her passion for skiing at the FIS level for five years.
During her skiing journey, Laurence also focused on her academic pursuits. She earned two bachelor’s degrees, one in business and another in physical education.
As the years passed, Laurence’s love for skiing evolved into a profound passion for coaching the sport. She dedicated five years to coaching the Montreal University ski team, solidifying her desire to guide and inspire the next generation of skiers. She is thrilled to continue this journey by joining the Whistler Mountain Ski Club
Marie grew up ski racing on the East coast. She raced on FIS, University and Nor-Am circuits, representing the University of Montréal and Canada. Passionate about skiing since forever, she wants to share her knowledge and her love for the sport.
U16 Lead Coach
Born in Madrid, Spain. David has worked as a ski coach for the last 26 years with athletes of all ages and from many different countries. He has been living and working in Switzerland for the past 17 years, where he started and developed an organization called Ski Zenit that caters year-round ski training for athletes from all over the World. The last 3 years he has been the Head Coach at the U18 Team at Ski Valais (provincial team equivalent to BC Team) in Switzerland.
David has moved to Canada with his family and is feeling highly motivated with his new role at the WMSC U16 team.
As a coach he believes in letting young athletes have their own space for learning while providing them with the best possible atmosphere, training set-up and tools for it.
When he is not training with his athletes you might see him powder skiing, ski touring, hiking climbing or flying a paraglide.
U16 Head Coach
Born and raised in northern Ontario, Liv grew up skiing on a very small hill. She raced all around the US Midwest and Ontario where she had great success as a young athlete. As soon as there was an opportunity, Liv joined a bigger program in the mountains, where she has found her home ever since. After 4 years of FIS, and several challenging injuries, Liv decided to go to university for Health Sciences. During Covid, Liv started her coaching career while finishing her degree, giving her a great opportunity to learn about health and exercise science through the lens of an alpine ski coach.
Liv says “The mountains and slopes of BC have become my playground; a place where I’ve honed my coaching skills and embraced my love for the sport. I can’t wait to share my passion with all of you!”
Born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Steph’s early passion for skiing turned into a racing career at 5 years of age. She raced up to U16 in Calgary and Banff, Alberta, where she attended several international racing camps at Mount Hood and Treble Cone Racing Academy in New Zealand, was selected as one of three Canadian female skiers to race at Topolino in Trentino, Italy, raced for Team Canada at Whistler Cup, and podium-placed in both the Alberta and Canadian Winter Games.
Her ambition led her to start her FIS career at Burke Mountain Academy in Vermont, USA, where she raced the Nor-Am, University, National, and Regional circuits, attended a development camp with the Canadian Alpine Ski Team in Pitztal, Austria, and was recruited to race for Ivy League and D1 NCAA school, Dartmouth College. Steph retired from racing and graduated in 2022 with a B.A in Sociology.
Outside of skiing, she is pursuing a career in sports Marketing & PR, and enjoys reading, traveling, and outdoor sports. Steph is excited to bring her recent racing experience and insights to the team in her first year as a coach, with goals to create an inclusive, healthy, and competitive team environment that promotes long-term development and success.
Originally from Ontario, Dave fostered his love of skiing and racing on the hundred vertical feet of Boler Mountain. Between Alaska and BC, Dave has called the West home the last twenty years. As a former national ski cross team member for twelve years, Dave has a wide range of athletic experience that also includes his alpine years in NCAA and on the Ontario provincial team.
Bob is a legend in the Whistler Valley and in the Canadian ski coaching world. He has coached skiing since 1979. Bob hails from Craigleith Ski Club in Ontario. When he moved to Whistler in 1988, he started coaching with the Blackcomb Ski Club. His no nonsense coaching style has won over many athletes and parents alike. He is a coach of few words and a fierce competitive spirit. He cares deeply for his athletes, their ski development and their growth as good humans. He is proud to have coached many future Olympians. He is also proud that his daughter is in the U16 program and his son is with the Sr. Freeride Club. He counts himself lucky to know his children share his passion for skiing.
Originally from Ottawa, Chloé grew up ski racing in the Outaouais region and for Québec’s provincial circuit. Chloé has been involved in the ski industry for over ten years, working as an instructor and coach in Québec, BC, and Australia. Chloé is an ACA Performance Level trained Coach, a Level 4 CSIA Instructor, and a Level 2 CSIA Examiner. Her passion for skiing brought her to Whistler, where she is now established with her partner Sjoerd. She enjoys spending time in the mountains, winter and summer, and is excited to be a part of the WMSC team.
Hi my name is Zack and I am one of the U14 coaches for the 2023-2024 season. I grew up skiing in Ontario where I raced for many years and then coached for two years before moving west. I spent the 2018-2019 season coaching in Whistler where I learned what real mountains are. After finishing my first season out here I went to school at Dalhousie University where I studied business and shortly after graduating moved back to Whistler. I’m excited for the season ahead and looking forward to continuing my journey as a ski coach and learning more about the mountains in British Columbia.
Originally from Rossland, BC, I started my ski racing journey with the Red Mountain Racers. I continued racing with RMR until I was selected for the BC Ski team in 2016, where I competed at a NorAm level. In 2018, I was fortunate to receive an athletic scholarship and joined the University of Alaska Anchorage NCAA Div 1 ski team. After dedicating 6 years to competing at an elite level, with a few setbacks along the way due to injuries, I made the decision to retire in 2021.
Shortly after stepping back from racing, I transitioned into the role of a ski coach. I began my coaching career at the Revelstoke Ski Club, working with U14 and U16 athletes. Despite my relatively short time as a coach, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to coach the U16 BC Team at Nationals as well as the Canada Winter Games. This year, I’m excited to be coaching the U14s and working alongside a great coaching staff at WMSC.
In addition to coaching, I am currently studying Graphic Design at BCIT. In my personal life, I am continuing my ski career in the big mountain/media industry supported by companies who have supported me for several years. During the summer, I compete in the Elite category of the BC and Canada Cup Downhill Mountain Bike Racing circuit.
This season, my goal is to promote excellence among my athletes. I aim to support them in understanding and expressing their motivations for participating in ski racing, whether that be within the sport or outside of the sport.
Sierra was raised in Toronto, ON and grew up skiing just a couple hours north of the city at Osler Bluff Ski Club. While it was at Osler that she fostered her love for ski racing, she rounded off her racing journey in 2019 at the National Ski Academy in Collingwood, ON before heading out east to attend university.
Graduating with a degree in Commerce from Dalhousie University last year, she’s now weaving her passion for skiing back into her life as a ski coach at Whistler Mountain Ski Club.
Driven by her love for the skiing, Sierra aims not only to reconnect with the sport she cherishes but also to pay forward the impact her coaches had on her journey. She is delighted and excited to be a part of Whistler Mountain Ski Club.
Aidan grew up skiing in Ontario on hills rather than mountains. Ski racing out east developed his love for the sport and has set him chasing the mountains across the country. Aidan spent 3 years racing FIS, two with the SOD ski team and one in Europe. He recently moved out to BC to study at Quest University and began his coaching career up at Whistler this season. This year he added an EL coaching course to his extensive list of certifications from summer-time wilderness guiding. Aidan is excited to start the next chapter of his skiing journey with the U12 program and share both his experiences and love of the sport with the next generation of ski racers.
U12 Lead Coach
My name is Dana, born in Ushuaia, Patagonia, Argentina.
I’ve been dedicated to skiing since the age of 4, initially pursuing a career as an alpine ski racer and later into ski cross and freeride disciplines.
Over the years, I’ve transitioned from being an athlete to a ski coach and instructor.
Currently, I am a member of the Argentina Demo Team and I being a ski course conductor, trainer and examiner.
Beyond skiing, I’ve also developed as a bike coach, and I’m a nature and sports enthusiast in general.
I feel incredibly happy to be part of this new family at WMSC!
My name is Charlotte and this will be my first season with the WMSC. I have spent 18 seasons as part of the Whistler Blackcomb snow school working in a variety of roles, most notably as a RDP coach for 10 seasons. I have been teaching and coaching snow sports since I was 15 (fun fact, I have been a CSIA member for 25+ years) and cannot imagine a different way to spend the winter. I love being a part of your children’s learning and development and find skiing such a great venue for turning them into functional young adults. I am looking forward to spending the weekends with a pack of kids who love to ski.
I hold my CSIA level 3, my ISIA stamp and am ACA entry and development level trained. I have a bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics from UBC and look forward to continuing my professional development as a member of the ski club this winter.
Some trivia about me? Well, my favorite run is West Cirque, I love storm days with snow and wind, lots of snow and lots of wind and my favorite ice cream is plain ’ol vanilla. When I am not at work I am at home in Squamish with my husband and 2 daughters who are 11 and 7.
Hello, My name is Grace Raymond! I am a recent university graduate with aspirations of pursuing a degree in occupational therapy. I am originally from Toronto and grew up ski racing at Craigleith Ski Club, just 2 hours north of the city. After retiring from ski racing at 17, I decided to pursue coaching as a way to impart my love and passion for ski racing to young athletes. This is my first year at Whistler Mountain Ski Club and I am ecstatic to be a member of the team. I look forward to getting out on the snow and getting to know all the athletes!
Born in Australia, Accalia grew up in the Southern Hemisphere ski slopes. Racing primarily in ski cross up until the age of 17; from there she started in a position as a ski patrol trainee and soon after started her coaching career. She is in her 5th season coaching now, having done 3 with the Mount Buller Race Club Australia and one with the Revelstoke Ski Club. During this she has also been at university studying part time in a bachelor’s degree of Science. Her love for ski racing has taken her across the globe and Accalia hopes to inspire and help develop this new generation of ski racers here in Whistler.
Whistler Cup Manager
Susie and her team at M1 Sports Management are excited to join WMSC as the Event Manager of the 2024 Whistler Cup. Susie has a long history of sport management, including organizing a vast array of events including Gastown Grand Prix, IRONMAN Canada, Tour Alberta for Cancer, Valley GranFondo, Tour de Concord, any many more. Susie and his husband Mark, have two young kids who have just started their ski racing journey as U10’s at Mt Seymour.
Marie-Anne is a long time Whistler local. She is a fitness professional and coach. Her passion for children’s sports has fueled many of her career endeavors. Working at the ski club fits in perfectly with her personal and professional values.