The Ski Racing Sisterhood was formed from the idea that those who ski together grow, laugh and shred together. Anna and Shona grew up ski racing on opposite sides of Canada. They crossed paths at Nationals and Whistler Cups, but never had the opportunity to ski together on the same team until they both made the Canadian Ski Team in 2003. Despite this, their friendship had already begun at the K1 and K2 levels; they were sisters.
The bond they shared through ski racing played an important role during their careers on the World Cup circuit; both supporting and helping each other reach their goals.
Now, retired from ski racing, they both still love the sport in which they excelled. Through World Cup, World Championships, and the Olympics they learned many valuable lessons about life, competition, and the ability crack a smile no matter what.
Both love adventure and fun. Both love to push their limits on snow and share their knowledge. The goal of the Ski Sisters Racing Elite Racing camp is to have girls inspire girls to better themselves both on and off snow. We are all strong, active, healthy, and confident.
Now in the third year of Ski Sisterhood Camps, Anna and Shona are still inspired and excited to influence the next generation of alpine skiers at summer ski camps in Whistler.
slalom specialist, photography lover, adventure seeker.
Anna decided to hang up her skis this spring after a brilliant career in which she helped lead a new generation of female technical skiers to the top. She also showed great courage to realize her dream of competing at the Winter Olympic Games by racing with a torn knee (ACL).
Ski racing was her passion and dedication for many years and she saw many awesome moments because of her hard work and determination. With everything she learned from racing at the most competitive levels, living on the road, and bonding with her teammates, she hopes to inspire younger racers to follow in her footsteps. Commitment to the sport and mental toughness are both major factors in ski racing, but Anna hopes to show that leading an active and healthy lifestyle, respecting your peers, and finding a way to gain something positive from every experience are very important parts of the sport as well. Anna is currently enrolled at Westminster College pursuing a double-major in Marketing and Economics.
Other Career Highlights:
- Was ranked 18th in the world in slalom before tearing knee in 2010.
- 19th in slalom the Olympics with a torn ACL
- top 5 North American slalom skier for the last 5 years
- 5 top 15 World Cup slalom results including World Championships
- 21 top 25 World Cup slalom results out of a total of 43 starts including Olympics and World Championships
- Nor-Am overall slalom champion 2008
- 15 Nor-Am slalom podiums including 7 golds.
- During her nine years with the team she also became addicted to mountain biking, velodrome racing and any other bicycle sport. She created crazy funny videos of her and her teammates entertaining themselves on the road. She learned how to rodel. She became a chef and creator of “Anna’s Banana Bread”, the healthiest tastiest bread ever. She ate some form of chocolate and drank at least one cup of coffee every day for the past nine years.
- Developed a love for photography and blogging while on the road
- made amazing lifelong friends.
Shona Rubens has been on skis since moving to western Canada at the age of three. She found a love for skiing through both the Sunshine and Lake Louise Ski Clubs while continuously attempting to keep up to her older brother Chris, who is now a big mountain extreme skiier. Her passion and drive led her to an incredible 5 years with the National ski team which included two Olympic Games, one World Championships and 64 World Cup starts.
Since retiring in the spring of 2010 she has travelled for a year in a 1984 Volkswagen van down to the southern tip of Argentina and is currently enrolled in the University of Calgary studying Environmental Geology.
Her passion for skiing has not waned since retiring from ski racing and she is keen to share some of her love for the sport with young up-and-comers. She has always loved the idea of bringing girls from across the country to train hard, ski fast, laugh much, be fit and healthy, and above all, enjoy the moment. Ski racing sisters inspire, motivate and support each other through the rollercoaster of ski racing. Shona is excited to be the possible instigator of future ski sisters and cannot wait for June to come!