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Blue Mountain Athletes

Blue Mountain Athletes Blue Mountain Resort prides itself on supporting up and coming talent in the ski and snowboard competitive circuit. The Blue Mountain Athlete Team is a tiered system recognizing National Team Athletes, the Blue Mountain Athlete Team, and the Blue Mountain Athlete Development Team. All of our athletes have grown up on the slopes of Blue Mountain, and we’re proud to be able to help them reach their maximum potential.

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These skiers and snowboarders represent the best and brightest talent that has been groomed on the slopes of Blue Mountain. Whether they’re travelling North America and the world chasing contests, or stacking pages of media coverage, this group of athletes represents Blue Mountain on all fronts.

We’re proud to support these athletes by providing them with access to train on the slopes of our resort, and by relaying the stories of their accomplishments to the rest of our guests.
Rachael Anderson
Blue Mountain Athletes Date of Birth: January 21, 1998
Hometown: Caledon East, Ontario
Skiing since: 2000
Sponsors: Blue Mountain Resort
Kit: Salomon skis and boots
Off-snow hobbies: School sports teams
Green season activities: Traveling, camping, water sports
Words to live by: Everything happens for a reason

Top five best things about Blue Mountain Resort: Icarus Shreducation, Badlands Terrain Park, Wednesday Night Series, the Village, night skiing

Breakfast of Champions: I like everything, but waffles and fruit are my favourites

What’s the plan for 2013/14? I will be heading off to Colorado in the fall for three weeks of pre-season skiing. I will be training with Icarus Shreducation at Keystone Resort and will be competing in a North Face Halfpipe competition. After that I will be heading to Red Mountain British Colombia to spend my Christmas holidays with family. After that I will then be returning to Ontario to write my grade 10 exams. From then until the end of the season I will be training every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Blue Mountain Resort. I will also be competing in several local contests and possibly traveling to larger ones throughout the season. Overall, I want to have another progressive year, compete in some bigger contests, and have a whole lot of fun.
Matt Brindisi
Blue Mountain Athletes Date of Birth: December 23, 1991
Hometown: Collingwood, Ontario
Skiing since: ‘93
Sponsors: Line Skis, Full Tilt
Kit: Line Chronics 185, Full Tilt Konflicts, L1 outerwear
Off-snow hobbies: Trampoline, music, movies, video editing, working out and cooking up feasts
Green season activities: Skateboarding with the homies, swimming, and catching rays

Words to live by: Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on. -Fred Jung, Blow

Top five best things about Blue Mountain Resort: Fastest park laps around, the nightlife, the events and contests, hiking the hill in the summer, and skiing out the door when I used to live on top of the mountain

Breakfast of Champions: A good ol' fashioned English fry up, coffee with Baileys

What’s the plan for 2013/14? This year I'm working at Squire John's Ski Shop, and skiing every night, and on my days off at Blue. When I'm not at the mountain I'll be shooting street in and around the town and the city. I will also be filming lots at Blue and putting out some online edits for the masses. I would also like to compete as much as my schedule allows me in the local contests. After works finished in march I'm hoping to travel out west again and continue my season of shooting out there.
Cole Drexler
Blue Mountain Athletes Date of Birth: July 5, 1991
Hometown: Blue Mountains, Ontario
Skiing since: Age 3
Sponsors: Line, Yoke, Full Tilt, Saga Outerwear, Outdoor Tech
Kit: Line Chronics 178, Full Tilt Drop Kick, Saga Fatigue Pant, Yoke KAP hoodie, Yoke Mocha 5 Panel, Outdoor Tech. Tags
Off-snow hobbies: Hanging out with friends, clothing design, cooking and film editing

Green season activities: Biking, wakeskating, hiking and traveling as much as possible

Words to live by: We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will - Chuck Palahniuk

Top five best things about Blue Mountain Resort: The quick park chair and fast laps, the nightlife in the Village, the views of Collingwood and Georgian Bay, the year-round activities, Beaver Tails

Breakfast of Champions: Gluten free breakfast sandwich with bacon, egg, avocado, tomato, arugula, siracha, salt and pepper. With a big ol' coffee and glass of OJ

What’s the plan for 2013/14? This season I'm enrolled part time in college in Toronto for fashion management and will be based out of Collingwood/Toronto for the winter. I will be making trips to Utah, Whistler, California, etc. to film for Line Traveling Circus when I have time off. While living in Ontario, I'm planning to film a mostly urban online "part" to be released free online, next Fall. I'll be shooting with local filmers and photographers throughout the winter, and am also hoping to get some exposure in ski magazines such as SBC Skier. When I'm not traveling or filming urban, i'll be skiing Blue Mountain, and dropping edits periodically throughout the winter on Newschoolers.com, and Line Skis' YouTube page.
Evan McEachran
Blue Mountain Athletes Date of Birth: March 6, 1997
Hometown: Oakville, Ontario
Skiing since: Age 1
Sponsors: Salomon, Nike
Kit: Salomon Suspect, Nike Outerwear
Off-snow hobbies: Hiking, biking, chilling out
Words to live by: Just do it
Top five best things about Blue Mountain Resort: Great terrain park, nice staff, good vibe, and short lift lines!
What’s the plan for 2013/14? Try my best to learn new tricks and get higher in the results list at larger events, and a higher world ranking!
Reid McEachran
Blue Mountain Athletes Date of Birth: September 23, 1993
Hometown: Oakville, Ontario
Skiing since: 1994
Sponsors: Nordica Skis, POC
Kit: Oversized sweaters, bargain pants, Nordica skis and boots
Off-snow hobbies: Skateboarding, mountain biking, hanging out
Words to live by: You miss 100% of the shots you don't take
Top five best things about Blue Mountain Resort: Best park, best friends, best environment, fun and friendly staff, good times!

What’s the plan for 2013/14? Following the World Cup circuit, and competing in at least 10 events across the world. Also going to get tons of filming done, and would like to put out some solid edits.
Christian Stormgaard
Blue Mountain Athletes Date of Birth: September 21, 2013
Hometown: Orangeville, Ontario
Skiing since: 2004
Sponsors: Salomon
Kit: Salomon Suspects, Salomon SPK 100 boots
Off-snow hobbies: Skateboarding, gaming, tramping
Green season activities: Skateboarding ,tramping
Words to live by: Gotta risk it to get the biscuit

Top five best things about Blue Mountain Resort: Park lift, dedication to contests, the nice park staff, great park, the nice environment

Breakfast of Champions: Banana pancakes with syrup, and bacon-wrapped mini sausages with a glass of strawberry milk

What’s the plan for 2013/14? Ski as much as possible, progress as much as possible, and have fun with my friends
Matt Wilcox
Blue Mountain Athletes Date of Birth: February 6, 1995
Hometown: Collingwood, Ontario
Skiing since: Age 3
Sponsors: ATOMIC, Smith Optics, Swany Gloves
Kit: ATOMIC 181 Infamous Ski, Overload 120 Boot, STH 16 Binding, Smith I/O and I/Ox Goggles, Smith Maze Helmet, Swany AX glove
Off-snow hobbies: Video editing, target shooting
Green season activities: Wakeskating, dock jumping, running, biking

Words to live by: Do it your way

Top five best things about Blue Mountain Resort: The park, the people, the events, the badlands parking lot and the quick lap times.

Breakfast of Champions: Smoothie, BELT sandwich and a tea.

What’s the plan for 2013/14? Focus 100% of my attention on my skiing as I am in between high school and university.
Lauren Hale
Blue Mountain Athletes Date of Birth: November 12, 1997
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Skiing since: 2000
Sponsors: Rossignol
Kit: Rossignol skis and boots
Off-snow hobbies: Biking, swimming
Green season activities: Paddleboarding, skimboarding
Words to live by: Shred like Ted.

Top five best things about Blue Mountain Resort: Grooming, the Village, fast lifts, night skiing, and the trails

Breakfast of Champions: Bacon and egg on an English muffin

What’s the plan for 2013/14? Still training at Blue, but racing for the National Ski Academy as a first year FIS racer. I'll be travelling around Eastern Canada, racing in the cold of Quebec.
Amanda Tankovich
Blue Mountain Athletes Date of Birth: March 9, 1999
Hometown: Richmond Hill, Ontario
Skiing since: 18 months old
Sponsors: Jozo Weider Volunteer Committee, and Mom and Dad
Off-snow hobbies: Volleyball, baking, school band, and anything athletic and fun!
Green season activities: Rep soccer, field hockey, biking
Words to live by: Go hard or go home!

Top five best things about Blue Mountain Resort: Variety of ski hills, the Village, activities (Ropes Course, Ridge Runner), night skiing, coaches and staff

Breakfast of Champions: Scrambled eggs, home fries, sausages with maple syrup, and chocolate milk

What’s the plan for 2013/14? Attend the Aviva Canada Winter Games Development Camp and Jozo Weider Christmas Camp, race in the AOA U16 Division 2 and Division 1 races. My goals include getting podium finishes at all D2 races, qualifying for Provincials, and improve my strength, speed, and skill
Jessie Hoole
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These skiers and snowboarders represent the best and brightest talent that has been groomed on the slopes of Blue Mountain. Whether they’re travelling North America and the world chasing contests, or stacking pages of media coverage, this group of athletes represents Blue Mountain on all fronts.

We’re proud to support these athletes by providing them with access to train on the slopes of our resort, and by relaying the stories of their accomplishments to the rest of our guests.
Jack Daniel Bernstein
Blue Mountain Athletes Date of Birth: March 13, 1993
Hometown: Lorne Park, Mississauga
Riding since: 2000
Sponsors: Blue Mountain, DC Shoe Co, Von Zipper, Gravity Board Sports, Josh Mac Media
Kit: DC Lauri board in 155, Forum bindings, DC Travis Rice boot, DC outerwear and streetwear, Von Zipper goggles and shades, and Urban Ink helmets.

Off-snow hobbies: My business ChargeMore™, sailing, skateboarding, wakeskating, and cottaging with my friends.

Green season activities: Golfing and sailing

Words to live by: No regrets

Top five best things about Blue Mountain Resort: Definitively their terrain parks. They always are a step above all the other resorts. I would say the second best thing is the Village. You are always guaranteed a good time there whether you are having some apres or going to one of the bars for the night. Overall it is hands down the best resort in Ontario, There are endless activities to do and always the best ski conditions in Ontario.

Breakfast of Champions: Helen’s breakfast in Port Credit (for those who know)

What’s the plan for 2013/14?The plan for this upcoming season is to film a lot and compete across Canada and the US. Last year I broke my back early, and got a late jump on the season, but I will be shredding hard every weekend this season. Make sure to come out and take some laps with me!
Joel Dalacker
Blue Mountain Athletes Date of Birth: April 19, 1992
Hometown: Holland Marsh
Riding since: 2003
Sponsors: GNU snowboards, Skullcandy, Meltdownonline.com, Nomis Outerwear, Celtek, Electric Goggles, Union Binding co. Moss Culture, Sleek Apparel
Kit: GNU Space Case 156, Union Force bindings, Nomis 2 in 1 jacket, Simon Says Pant

Off-snow hobbies: Going to the gym, school, hanging with the girlfriend.

Green season activities: Gym, road biking, relaxing, cottage, making money.

Words to live by: Everything happens for a reason. Do work. You’ll never succeed if you don’t try.

Top five best things about Blue Mountain Resort: Badlands Park Chair, Badlands Park, lots of snow, great group of friends always there, the Village

Breakfast of Champions: Protein health shake, bacon, eggs, homemade home fries!!

What’s the plan for 2013/14? Film a lot in the streets to get a solid edit of the season, keep up in school, coach, and just have fun while doing everything.
Mark Goodall
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Kevin Konings
Blue Mountain Athletes Date of Birth: February 12, 1981
Hometown: Collingwood, Ontario
Riding since: 1990
Sponsors: Oakley, Lib Technologies, Quiksilver, Union, Meltdown Boardshop, Vitaly, Brass Knuckle Therapy
Off-snow hobbies: Spending time with my wife and dogs, and some X-Box
Green season activities: Motocross, BMX
Words to live by: Always put 100% into everything you try

Top five best things about Blue Mountain Resort: Amazing terrain, Badlands Park, Badlands Park Lift, the Village, the variety of activities to do year round

Breakfast of Champions: Mmmmm… Bacon, pancakes and orange juice.

What’s the plan for 2013/14? Try my best to succeed, have fun, continue to learn new stuff on the board and share my knowledge with others.
Derek Livingston
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Brady Swartz
Blue Mountain Athletes Date of Birth: June 20, 1989
Hometown: Chatsworth, Ontario
Riding since: I was 12 years old
Sponsors: Slash Snowboards, SPY Goggles, Ovyo Outerwear, Celsius Boots, Drift Innovation, Bon Hiver Bindings
Kit: Slash Jonnie Paxson, Bon Hiver Bindings, Celsius Cirrus Boots
Off-snow hobbies: Fishing, biking, company
Green season activities: School, concrete work

Words to live by: If you are comfortable, you aren't trying hard enough.

Top five best things about Blue Mountain Resort: Jumps, rails, food, mini putt, friendly atmosphere

Breakfast of Champions: Eggs and bacon

What’s the plan for 2013/14? I plan to film lots.
Nick Venditti
Blue Mountain Athletes Date of Birth: March 17, 1993
Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario
Riding since: I started skiing when I was about three, and snowboarding ever since I picked up my brother’s hand-me-down snowboard when I was seven.
Sponsors: Salomon, Bonfire, Spy Optic and Pabst Blue Ribbon
Kit: 155 Salomon Assassin with District Bindings


Off-snow hobbies: When I’m not training in the Badlands you can catch me in the library, studying Economics & Finance, at the University of Guelph.

Green season activities: I’ve never been the guy to sit around and play video games so when summer time comes I spend a lot of time skateboarding, playing golf or boxing.

Words to live by: Send It!

Top five best things about Blue Mountain Resort: This one is pretty hard to limit down to 5 things but I would have to say in no particular order: the park, the park’s personal chairlift, Saturday nights in the Village, the Double Bamboozler, and all my homies at the Badlands!

Breakfast of Champions: I’ve been known to walk right past the bacon and eggs and grab a bowl of left over Spaghetti and meatballs,

What’s the plan for 2013/14? My plan for this season is work on my style, film lots in the park and do my best in this season’s contests!
Max Wharin
Blue Mountain Athletes Date of Birth: August 17, 1994
Hometown: Collingwood, Ontario
Riding since: Hmm, I think I was 5 years old
Sponsors: Elan Snowboards, Spy Goggles, Blue Mountain, EMA Neckwear
Kit: Elan Alt Rocker 156 and Union Team Bindings, Spy Raider Goggles, Ema Verdug facemask, whatever outerwear I’m most stoked on at the time.

Off-snow hobbies:Shooting photos, watching snowboard vids, hanging with friends

Green season activities: Mountain biking, hiking, working

Words to live by: "insert motivational quote here"

Top five best things about Blue Mountain Resort: The size of the park is just perfect, you can get a lot of laps in without it being too small and the features are sick, the chair is also the best. Chicken fingers. The green season activities like biking and hiking. Night skiing. Happy Valley.

Breakfast of Champions: Egg and ride with ham!

What’s the plan for 2013/14? Working in the park and riding there on my days off! Also shooting a lot of shred photos of my friends.
Jessica Woolsey
Blue Mountain Athletes Date of Birth: August 23, 1988
Hometown: Barrie, Ontario
Riding since: 2004
Sponsors: Blue Mountain Resort
Kit: Salomon Gypsy 147, Burton Lexa, Burton Axel
Off-snow hobbies: Hiking, yoga, travelling,
Green season activities: Wake skating, hiking, outdoor adventures, stand-up paddle boarding,

Words to live by: If not now, then when? And, the brave don’t live forever, but the cautious don’t live at all.

Top five best things about Blue Mountain Resort: The constant growth; opening the Orchard and doing land work in the park area is huge for 2013! The park’s friendly and encouraging community vibe, the various terrain; everyone loves powder laps, après Village dance parties and overall the staff are always amazing.

Breakfast of Champions: Couple of eggs, apples and peanut butter, yogurt with granola and some hot lemon water to top it off.

What’s the plan for 2013/14? 2014 is looking beyond promising; taking on the Women’s Snowboard Federation has opened some amazing new doors for networking and working hard to continue to grow the women’s side of snowboarding. On a personal level, I have a pretty hefty trick list I am aiming to have dialed by the end of February and a stack of “to dos” such as to film more often, build a photo portfolio and to continue to encourage and support the up and coming riders in our park at Blue Mountain.
Tyler Jackson
Blue Mountain Athletes Date of Birth: February 24, 1995
Hometown: Brooklin, Ontario
Riding since: I was 8 years old
Sponsors: N/A
Kit: Oxess board with Cartel bindings
Off-snow hobbies: Racing motocross and paddle boarding
Words to live by: Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened. - Dr. Seuss

Top five best things about Blue Mountain Resort: Fast runs because of the five high-speed chairs.

What’s the plan for 2013/14? Get top 16 at World Jr and win NorAm title
Tayler Wilton
Blue Mountain Athletes Date of Birth: June 17, 1993
Hometown: Blue Mountains, Ontario
Riding since: 1997
Sponsors: Petro Canada, Manitobah, Active Life Conditioning, Prime Real Estate, Apex Sport, Under Armour, Mazda, Sport Chek
Off-snow hobbies: Paddleboarding
Green season activities: Golfing, cooking, surfing
Words to live by: Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion

Top five best things about Blue Mountain Resort: High-speed chairs

Breakfast of Champions: Chocolate peanut butter protein shake

What’s the plan for 2013/14? Win the NorAm title, ride as many World Cups as possible, and place in the top 10 at a World Cup.
Our development team athletes our selected each year based on their achievements from the previous season. These athletes receive a discounted Blue Mountain Season Pass to help offset the costs of their travelling and training as they pursue skiing and snowboarding at a higher level.

If you’re interested in applying for a spot on the Development Team, please see the “Apply” tab for more details.

Freestyle Ski

Rachael Karker
Carly Lavielle-Trimble
Darcy Malone
Hunter Anderson

Alpine Ski

Paige Villeneuve
Luka Veljovic
Andrew Kendell

Freestyle Snowboard

Carina Buck
Harrison Frosch
Hilary Gardiner
Ryan Kangas
Connor Labbett
Natalie Maugeri
Lukas Schlums
Dylan Taylor
Brodey Wolfe
Erik Olson
Keaton McCallum
Will Izzard
Stuart Reid
Tim Crighton
Kieran Pink
Justin Shore

Alpine Snowboard

Ryan Lalonde
Alanna McCormick
Not only have countless National level athletes made their first turns on the slopes of Blue Mountain, but we gladly welcome many Canadian National Team Athletes to our resort each winter.

Canadian National Ski and Snowboard Team Athletes can show their National Team ID Card at any Guest Services location to receive a complimentary lift ticket throughout the winter.
Each athlete wishing to represent Blue Mountain as an athlete ambassador either as a part of the athlete team or development team will need to follow the athlete selection process described below. Athletes will be selected based on the following criteria.

The selection process will take into consideration contest results, media coverage, personality, history with Blue Mountain Resort and the answer to the final essay question on the application. All applications for the 2014/15 season must be received by end of day on Saturday, November 15.

Please provide the following information:
  • Top International & National Results, Overall Points (TTR, FIS, AFP)
  • Top 5 Provincial Results
  • Any Additional Awards or Recognition
  • Media Coverage: Print, Online, TV, Interviews
Please fill out the interview questions:
  1. Name:

  2. Address:

  3. Email:

  4. Age:

  5. Discipline: (choice of freestyle snowboard, freestyle ski, alpine snowboard/SBX, alpine ski/skicross)

  6. How often do you train at Blue Mountain?

  7. When did you start training at Blue Mountain?

  8. List your top competitive results:

  9. List any media coverage you’ve received over the past three years:

  10. List your current sponsors:

  11. Twitter Username:

  12. Instagram Username:

  13. Reference Name and Contact Information:

  14. In 2-3 paragraphs, please explain why you would be a good fit for Blue Mountain’s Pro Team, what you have to offer the Resort as an athlete, and describe your future goals within the sport.

Please attach photos and provide a link to a recent web edit (if available):

Please email the above required items to Jason Petznick.
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