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Winter season 2018/2019
December 16, 2018 to Easter mondat April 17, 2019

The following booking conditions apply: Minimum lenght of stay: 3 night. Arrival and departure: daily
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Winter Sports Club - Director of Programs and Sports Development
Brief info

Jeff (call him Booker) is an industry professional with 23 years of coaching and program management experience around the world in a variety of roles, at all stages of the alpine athletic pathway from club level to the national team, including a stint with the Ski Cross team for the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia(OWI).

Originally hailing from Canada, Jeff is no stranger to Team Hotham, having previously worked with the club as a coach – Athletics Director – consultant and committee member;

2003 – 2004: Youth – FIS coach
2005 – 2013: Athletics Director
2016: Program management consultant
2017 – 18: MHRS Committee member and Vice President

Jeff typically coaches during the northern winters in central Europe and Scandinavia, but due to the logistical complications caused by the pandemic has not been on snow since March 2020. Needless to say that Jeff is keen to get back on snow this season at Hotham. Jeff is based in Bright with his wife Heidi, and children Zahli (2010) and Lucas (2012).

Qualifications

    • Canadian Ski Coaches Federation Level 3
    • Canadian Ski Instructor Alliance Level 3
    • British Columbia Alpine Official Program Level 3
    • Canadian Ski Instructor’s Alliance – Park and Pipe Certification
    • Canadian Ski Instructor’s Alliance – Course Conductor
    • Kinesiology & Sports Science

Coaches Corner 

Here are some fast facts about Jeff that you might not know!

    • Home mountain: Searchmont, Ontario, Canada
    • Years Skiing: 31
    • Coaching Philosophy: I believe in high volume – high focus training environments that prioritize foundational skills (the basics are always the basics, at every level). I believe in engaging, empowering, and assisting athletes to prepare themselves to be the best of their ability on, and off the hill.
    • Favourite sport (outside of skiing): Mountain biking – golf – ice hockey.
    • Favourite food: Thai food (#24 spicy please)
    • Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten: Snake (it was really good!)
    • Worst ski crash: I’ve had a few biggish falls (who hasn’t) resulting in concussion or breaks, but the worst was more of an uphill transport incident a few years ago in northern Sweden (see pic…this was a tricky situation).
    • 5 things that are always in your fridge: hot sauce, halloumi, broccoli, berries and eggs.
    • What’s the one that you couldn’t live without touring boots.
    • Who would you invite to a dinner party: the top of the list would have to be Neil Peart; the great (and sadly late) drummer and lyricist from the Canadian power trio band ‘Rush’.
    • Ski resort/mountain you most want to visit: Gulmarg, India
    • Stand out race memory: Zagreb, Croatia 2020
    • Milestone ski racing performances: beating Scotti Sanderson @ the Hotham Spring Cup (on more than one occasion…)
    • Why did you choose to be a ski coach: I chose to be a ski coach because I loved the sport – I choose to continue coaching because I enjoy sharing my passion for sport and learning, while positively contributing towards the athletic, and character development of athletes.