The British Columbia Ski Cross Team (BCSX) is currently in its 5th year developing and training athletes rover 15 years to one day compete at the highest level in the newly Olympic sanctioned sport of ski cross. The team is affiliated with the Whistler Mountain Ski Club and consists of athletes largely from the Sea to Sky area and across BC. Head coach Drew Hetherington is in his 3rd year at the helm of BCSX and plans to take the team to higher levels in each successive year, with veteran athletes currently competing on the international stage in NorAms with the hope of expanding the program to Europa Cups. It’s the goal of BCSX to develop the skilled youth of today into World Cup/Olympic calibre Canadian athletes with the right amount of commitment, effort and hard work required to excel in the fast paced, extreme sport of ski cross.
BCSX athletes train on the weekends during the winter in Whistler. Early season training consists of technical skiing on Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super GS courses. However, when the skies open and the mountains are covered in freshies the team always heads to the alpine for fun in the steep and deep. As the season moves into the new year the ski cross track is built and the team moves into developing SX skills and tactics like pulling starts, passing and holeshots. The year’s competitions come up quickly with events in Canada and USA. This year, there are 10 NorAm starts, BC Championships in Big White and Canadian Nationals in Nakiska. This year, the Youth Olympic Games, held at Innsbruck, Austria, brings a unique opportunity to some of younger athletes who will compete in ski cross for Canada. Check out the events section for more information on dates of races.