Head Coaches: Anna Goodman, Shona Rubens, MP Prefontaine, Christina Lustenberger
Chef: Leslie Steeves
Interns: Nellie Ide and Rosie Hust
Meet: Anna Goodman
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 – graduating this may with a double major in Economics and Conflict Resolution.
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.
Meet: Shona Rubens
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!
Meet: MP Prefontaine
We are so lucky to welcome Marie-Pier Prefontaine back as a coach this summer! She recently retired ranked as one of the best ranked Canadians in giant slalom, and in the world!!!!
“Préfontaine, 27, skied super-G and giant slalom last season and has seen two Olympic Games, four world championships and four top-10 World Cup finishes. She achieved her career-best World Cup finish in 2014 when she came in sixth in Austria” (cbc.ca, 2016).
Sponsors: ARC’TERYX, Volkl, Marker
Born and raised in Invemere BC, my parents instilled a strong passion for the mountains in me. Starting at the age of two I was raised skiing on the local hill at Panorama Resort and, so began my love for the great white outdoors. My father Peter “Lusti” ran the local ski shop at Panorama, appropriately named “lusti’s” and my mother had the task of chasing my older sister and I around the slopes. Eventually joining the ski-racing program when I was old enough, it was all progression from there. Competing on the Canadian Alpine Ski Team for six years, achieving top 10 World Cup results, and competing in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games were some of the highlights of my racing career.
Until the age of 24, traveling the world for ski racing was my life. However, I always felt that there was more to Skiing than just racing. Retiring from the Alpine Team was a tough choice, but ultimately a leap in the right direction; The mountains had so much to offer and skiing them was where I wanted to be! Switching my focus from alpine racing to Backcountry skiing, I developed a passion for ski mountaineering.
I decided to level out my skiing skills with my mountain skills and enrolled in the Thompson Rivers University Adventure Guide Program. After taking this course and committing two years of backcountry training.
I am now working as an ACMG assistant ski guide for CMH heli skiing, and Whitecap alpine; a remote backcountry ski lodge in BC .
My love for the mountains has opened up a life of opportunity and incredible experiences. I feel truly blessed to be able to be working towards a goal, while all the while combining my passion for skiing.
Living out new adventures through skiing with great friends is something I hope to be able to do the rest of my life. I am so excited and feel very privileged to be a member of the Arc’teryx Team and will continue to push the limits of women’s ski mountaineering!
Leslie grew up skiing in the Rocky Mountains and is still continuing this passion. Sport, health, and fitness guided her to graduate from Acadia University with a BSc in Nutrition. Leslie was a member of the Acadia Women Basketball team and is now coaching young women in one of the sports she loves. Understanding the importance of fueling and hydrating your body to keep up with the demands of sports is a big area of interest and she looks forward to passing on her knowledge. She currently works for ‘NSTEP which is an organization that goes into schools to teach the importance of healthy eating and physical activity to kids. Cooking is a love of Leslie’s and currently she volunteers in 2-community kitchens; one for renal patients and the other, Healthy Mom’s Healthy Babies. Leslie prides herself on never compromising flavor for healthy nutritious eating and we are stoked to add her to the Ski Racing Sisterhood Team!!!