The Grouse Mountain Tyee Ski Club is in the business of developing the physical and ski-specific qualities of kids aged 6-18 through our U8 (under 8 years old), U10, U12, U14, U16, and U18/ VST programs.
For racers 16+, Tyee collaborates with the other Vancouver clubs to deliver a quality FIS program, the Vancouver Ski Team (VST). At the beginning of 2009 we undertook a rebuilding project for the VST. The team’s alpine committee, comprised of Raul Anguita (Committee Chair, Cypress Ski Club Program Director) and Johnny Crichton (BC Alpine Athletic Director), with the endorsement of all Coast Zone club program directors and head coaches, recently made further changes to the existing program and appointed Gavin Preziosi as the new VST Head Coach.
The Grouse Tyee Ski Club and VST programs have produced some successful athletes, including Canadian Alpine Ski Team Olympian and former World Cup Ski-Cross racer, Georgia Simmerling; and current BC Ski Team racers, Sam Mulligan and Antonia Wearmouth. The VST’s current squad also features Frances MacDonald, Nicole Mah and Kristina Natalenko, racers who competed as Grouse Tyee U16s at the 2015 Canada Winter Games as members of Team BC, Mah and Natalenko would go on to win silver medals at those games in Ski-Cross and GS, respectively. Natalenko would also go on to join Team Canada to race at the Trofeo Topolino event in Italy. And things continued to go well during the 2015/16 season.
Mulligan and Wearmouth have already skied their way to podium finishes this season, as have MacDonald, Mah, and Natalenko. Grouse Tyee’s U16 squad has also had a very strong season, thanks to their their ability to train on more challenging terrain at the Grouse Mountain Tyee Race Centre and the leadership of its U16 head coach, Dustin Koepke. Christian Callaghan (who was ranked 1st overall in BC!) took the GS season opening race in Sun Peaks and Jude Tear won the slalom trophy at the Enquist event on Mt Seymour—the latter event saw notable performances from both first- and second-year U16s, including Brendan Flynn, Ksenija Kaludjercic, Lucia Plunkett, Trenton Swift, and Samuel Tafel. Meanwhile, Alexander (Sasha) Makarevski, Noah Rother, and Blair Nellis swept the podium at Big White at the first event of this season’s Western Ski Cross Series, and finished the season in 3rd, 5th, and 7th place, respectively. The squad’s season only got better from there with Tyee athletes performing extremely well at the Teck Open Series Finals, Can-Ams championships, Whistler Cup (Callaghan was the only BC athlete to be called to the Team Canada group for the event), and Coast Zone Finals.
The 2016-2017 season will be another exciting one, especially for the Tyee athletes having moved up to the FIS level. Joining Frances MacDonald and Nicole Mah on the VST will be Christian Callaghan, Luc Torreggiani and Pernilla Jonsson (who is also one of two Junior Representatives for 2016-17 season), while Noah Rother will wear the Tyee blue on the Freeride and Ski-Cross circuits. Having spent the summer training with the BC Ski Team hopefuls, Kristina Natalenko is continuing on her quest to make the official team after intense on-hill camps in Chile, Italy and Austria.
Tyee is also very proud to work in cooperation with Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports (VASS) to provide skiers with cognitive or physical limitations the opportunity to participate in on-snow sports. For more information, please visit the VASS website.
Please note that Tyee does not offer snowboarding, freestyle ski or nordic ski programs.