Program Director and Head Coach: Jorgen Anderson
I was a racer for the Apex Ski Club in the 1980’s and went on to race many years at the FIS level. When I finished racing, I spent 5 years with the Club as an Assistant Coach and then Head Coach. Feeling the need to move on, I attended the University of Victoria. While attending university, I was a coach for the Mt. Washington Ski Club. After university, I followed my interest to work with developmentally disabled children, specializing in autism. During this time, I also discovered the world of fishing, and I continue to guide in areas all over the West Coast of British Columbia. My wife and I always wanted to return to the Okanagan, and in the summer of 2008, we moved with our daughter back to the Penticton area. This was the best move ever! Skiing, summer, four seasons. I started coaching again, managing the Nancy Greene program for the Club. At this time, the Club was very small but had many eager young skiers. I became Head Coach and Program Director in 2011 and have enjoyed every minute. I am very blessed to have such an amazing Club to work for. Always a believer in following your passion!
U14 Head Coach and Assistant Program Director: John Newton
I grew up skiing and racing at Panorama as part of the Windermere Valley Ski Club. There, I had the privilege to work with some fantastic coaches and make some great friends. As soon as I was old enough, I got my level one coaching (and forever abandoned my career in fast food). I attended Selkirk College to study Drums and Recording. For a few years, I focused on playing drums and touring with a band while running a recording studio. In 2011, my wife and I decided to shake things up a bit and went to Japan for a season to teach skiing and snowboarding. Coming home, I decided to turn back to racing with the Windermere Valley Ski Club FIS program. From there, I was able to work with the Vancouver Ski Team for a great couple of years of travelling with a big team and coaching FIS. In 2013-14, season I began pursuing education as a strength and conditioning coach so that I could train athletes both on and off the hill. During this season, I coached camps with the Canadian Para-Alpine ski team, and started the next season as the Head Coach for the BC Para-Alpine team. I had a blast with the Para team, and was able to coach a few athletes who moved on to the national team. I started working with the Apex Ski Club in the 2016-17 season, and walked into one of the most fun coaching jobs I’ve ever had. It reminds me of my early days at Pano, with great snow, great people, and fast skiers. The Apex Ski Club is something special, and I am excited to be a part of it.
U12 Head Coach: Kristen Anderson
I have been skiing at Apex for almost my entire life. I moved to the Okanagan with my parents from Vancouver Island at the age of 6 and have been here ever since. From age 6-10, I was in the Carvers program, then moved onto the Apex race team, and then onto the Okanagan FIS Ski Team. My 6 years racing competitively have been some of the best years of my life so far. It has taught me many different life skills such as organization, time management, and much more. My favourite part of the race program is the people I have met and the places I have been. Over the years, I have been to many mountains across British Columbia, Alberta, and even Ontario for the U16 Nationals. I now attend Penticton Secondary School, in my Grade 12 year, studying hard, and soon to graduate in June 2019. After high school, I plan to attend Okanagan College for my first year studying astrophysics. I am very excited to be coaching U12 and look forward to an amazing season passing on what I’ve learned in my own racing journey.
Special Advisor: Gary Athans
Gary was a 1984 Olympic Downhill team member and 7 year National team member with numerous national titles. He was World ranked 17th in Downhill. Gary is a level 3 certified ski coach. He has 15 years of experience coaching juniors-adults, and was previously the Head Coach at the Dave Murray ski camps and special events at Whistler Mountain. Gary is a full time real estate agent in Kelowna and loves volunteering for the awesome ski club at Apex! And getting into the back country! Apex Ski Club is very fortunate to have Gary working with the coaches and athletes as a Special Advisor