Our program is led by hometown hero and 2X Olympian, Kristi Richards. She is an NCCP Advanced Coach, with Air 4 and doubles certifications. She is a Freestyle Canada Learning Facilitator for mentoring and teaching coach candidates. Her Olympic experience gives her the first hand knowledge to guide and develop customized programs to meet each athlete where they are at in their athletic pathway. She brings a professional platform, and a skilled team together for the support network of each athlete. Apex is her home hill, and this community is behind her vision to elevate the sport, attract high level athletes and teams to the Resort, connect the community, and support the athletes to give them a chance for their own athletic goals.
Mike has over 20 years of coaching, facilitating, and leadership experience at all levels of sport and Club development stages, including building grassroots programs to coaching Olympic level athletes. He has been instrumental in building and consulting at many Clubs and Organizations, to lead them to a successful model to enhance the experience of the athletes and members. Mike is an iconic Freestyle Canada Learning Facilitator, and is passionate about developing safe, reliable and professional coaches. He has over 10 years of building, maintaining and managing freestyle sites, features and facilities. Mike is our Program Director and Coach Facilitator, and will be leading some of the competitions and camps this season.
Cole is a local at Apex, which brings a great knowledge and integration with the community. He comes to coaching naturally from his experience as a high level athlete on the Canadian Mogul Academy, and an alumni of Apex Freestyle Club. Cole has recent experience as a Fundamentalz Program Manager, a Performance Team Coach, and a Freestyle BC Prospects Coach. His is a certified Air 4 and Doubles Coach, and brings a calm and practical business sense and structure to the coaching staff. Cole is also a pilot... which we also love about him.
Jessie is a high level coach, both in Snowboarding and trampoline. She works closely with Snowboard BC and Canada to deliver events and pathways programs. She is the lead snowboard and trampoline coach for our camps and programs for aspiring KR Academy athletes and Unisus Scholar athlete programs. She is a former BC Team Gymnast, and comes with passion, experience and professional leadership.
Ross is an Olympic GOLD Medallist in the sport of Snowboard Alpine. He is a trailblazer to say the least, and has changed the sport Internationally. Ross also comes from a strong Alpine skiing background, and can coach on one or two planks! He enjoys freeriding, backcountry skiing, and setting a mean edge on the corduroy. His experience in life and in sport will captivate you as you shred all mountain with Ross.
Patrick is a Performance Team alumni, with amazing talent in Slopestyle, Moguls and trampoline. He is in our Coach Mentorship pathway, having already excelled in his Air 1, 2, and 3 Courses. We are excited to have Patrick giving back to the sport and inspiring our next generation of skiers. You will find Patrick coaching at Apex on the weekends, and at Airhouse and our other trampoline programs alongside Jessie Broster.
Tyler is coming off of a successful career of mogul skiing, competing for the Alberta Mogul Team for the past few seasons, and gaining valuable experience at the NorAm and Sr National levels. He is a CSIA and Air 3 certified freestyle coach, and has worked with our senior coaches for the past year. He is a firefighter during the summer months, and dedicates himself to the next generation of skiers during the winter months at Apex. Tyler will be leading our Unisus and Jr Performance Programs this season, and we are so lucky to welcome him to the coaching roster. He is proficient in moguls, slopestyle and big mountain skiing.
Alex is an incredible freestyle coach, with a happy and calming demeanor that will set any kid at ease as they navigate the mountain's diverse terrain. She is part of the Academy's coach mentorship program. When Alex is not on her skiis, she can be found on the soccer field, wake surfing or taking it to 'level 11' on her Peloton.
Alex is a High Performance NorAm athlete, guest coach, and part of our mentorship program. He skied with the Ontario Provincial Team, and is now skiing and competing with KR Academy. He loves to give back to the sport that fuels him by sharing his talent and knowledge with the next generation. He is great at carving, big mountain, park and moguls.
Scott is a passionate skier, superdad and marketing wizard. He studied Psychology at Uvic and Marketing at McGill. His experience in sales, marketing and management makes him not only a great coach, but an amazing asset to our Academy team in many ways. Scott will be present during some of our camps this season, as well as handling all sponsorship for the Academy!
We recruit passionate and experienced individuals to match our program needs. We give support and guidance to the coaching pathway, and mentor each coach to become a cohesive and integrated piece of our athlete support network. Looking for ski, snowboard, academic and sport science services.