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Shona Rubens

U12 Coach

Go Play Outside! When Shona Rubens was little she liked to play outside. Her parents and her brother liked to play outside. She has fond memories of playing outside. Fast forward to today and those memories include six national championships, 63 World Cup starts, and two Winter Olympic Games. But Shona relishes some of the other memories of playing outside just as much. “If there is a sport or activity outdoors, I am all over it. Outdoors is way cooler than indoors,” says  Rubens. “I really want to share my passion for skiing and ski racing, but I also want to share my passion for playing outside. We live in a very unique place that is so beautiful and has so much to offer from a sport and recreation perspective.” Shona moved from the Lake Louise Ski Club to the Alberta Ski team and the Canadian National Ski team. She has seen a lot along the way. An avid free skier, Shona loves to see athletes rip inside AND outside of race courses. “There is more to skiing than gates… a lot more.” What advice does the LLSC Alumni and two time Olympian have to offer young skiers today? That’s simple: “Go play outside!”

Stephanie Driver

35 Day Program Coach

Stephanie Driver is driven. She was driven at the age of two when she started skiing and hasn’t slowed down since. She started racing at the age of five and started racing with the Lake Louise Ski Club at seven. Calling Lake Louise her ski home, Stephanie ski raced through the age of seventeen before launching into her ski coaching career with the Lake Louise Grizzlies Ski Club. Stephanie is highly talented with the little rippers she coaches and when she is not coaching Stephanie is working toward her Bachelor of Education degree at Mount Royal University to continue her work with children. She will be working with the U8 group this season as she shares her drive and passion for the sport of skiing.

Amelia Gillese

35 Day Program Coach

In the spring of 1994, at age 14 months, my parents strapped the smallest pair of rental skis they could find to my tiny feet. My older brothers took turns taking me up and down the rope tow at Fernie Ski Resort, and I had a blast! Skiing has been a huge part of my life ever since then. I started racing for Snow Valley Ski Club when I was 4, and continued racing until I was 17, including 2 years of FIS. I eventually quit racing to start my uni identity career, and I quickly found a love for coaching. I’ve been coaching since 2009 and have earned my CSCF DL, CSIA 1, and NCCP 1. Since then I have also graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in psychology and minoring in music. I am super passionate about working with kids- on and off the snow! Besides being a ski coach and instructor, I have also worked as a summer camp counsellor and daycare attendant. I have worked with kids as young as 2 months old, and as old as 16 years, and I have loved all of it. My career goal is to be a Play Therapist and children’s Psychotherapist, but skiing will always be a part of my life!

Emerson Brooks

25 Day Program Coach

Bio to come…

Michal Plucinski

25 Day Program Coach

Michal is a CSCF Certified Development Level coach and a CSIA level 2 instructor. He’s been coaching for 8 years in Ottawa at the Camp Fortune Ski Club and in Halifax at the Martock Race Club with athletes of all ages. He recently graduated from Dalhousie University with a Master’s in Chemistry and moved to Banff to coach full time. He loves the mountains, the snow, and skiing with his athletes!

Taryn O'Flynn

U12 Coach

Bio and picture to come…

James Northwood

Cubs Coach

Go west young man… go west. James started skiing in Ontario. His competitive skiing started at the Milton Heights racing Club. He moved west and set up in Calgary to be closer to the world renowned ski terrain of Alberta. He began a coaching career with the Calgary Alpine Ski Club at Nakiska and furthered his knowledge of the sport through CSIA and CSCF courses. Coaching allows James to fuel his passion for skiing and competing. When not coaching James does research and development work with a company that specializes in resource recovery from industrial waste. He has his sights set on becoming a professional Engineer. When not on skis in the summer James is a competitive mountain biker and enjoys scrambling in the mountains. James has over 15 years of ski experience, much of that coaching and instructing. James felt a need to continue west to Lake Louise where he has been a member of the ski patrol at Lake Louise and now enjoys coaching a group of excited athletes at the Lake Louise Grizzlies Ski Club.