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Titouan Olanié

Meet the VST Head Coach: Titouan Olanié

By Sonya T 01/24/2022, 4:00pm PST

"I skied since I was a kid and skiing brought me so much. I want to give as much as I got."

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U8 Skiers

Tyee Club Race, January 2021

By Felicia Lo, Communications Chair 01/21/2022, 9:45pm PST

An excellent sunny start to the new year!

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Ryan Jazic

Meet the U16 Head Coach: Ryan Jazic

By Sonya T 01/12/2022, 9:00am PST

get to know Ryan, the U16 Head Coach

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Ryan Patience

Meet the U14 Head Coach: Ryan Patience

By Sonya T 01/10/2022, 9:30am PST

"I know a day is of high quality when the athletes and coaches make a step in the right direction. We are all learning everyday and small wins create big wins."

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Meet the U12 Head Coach: Tamara Schaupp

By Sonya T 01/08/2022, 3:15pm PST

"Be sure to check in with yourself and think about the reasons why you started something when you have a bad day. That will refocus you and bring you a renewed sense of purpose."

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Meet the U8 Head Coach: Marouska Smith

By Sonya T 01/08/2022, 3:00pm PST

"Always give it your best and show up. You'll see results. It's hard for young athletes to understand that but you see it so clearly when you're older."

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Meet the U10 Head Coach: Vladimir Natalenko

By Sonya T 01/02/2022, 4:00pm PST

"You have to want to want to get to the next level, and then the next and the next that you can enjoy skiing even more and more."

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Grouse Tyee Mud Run 2021

Annual Mud Run 2021

By Dryland Coaches 11/15/2021, 2:00pm PST

The annual Mud Run 2021 was a great success with 115 athletes showing their skills on a cross-country run through the forest.

Titouan Olanié

New VST Coach, Titouan Olanié, a Familiar Face

By Michael Kuss 09/05/2021, 11:30pm PDT

Titouan Olanié's Vision For VST

"I am very excited to take over the VST group. I believe there is a way to have fun while working hard.  By ski racing you learn a lot of life skills. I am looking forward to working with a group of talented and motivated athletes, and helping every one of them reach their goal no matter what it is."

Andrea Adorno

Meet our new Program Director, Andrea Adorno

By Michael Kuss 08/19/2021, 7:30am PDT

A Q&A with new Program Director, Andrea Adorno

"I am delighted to join such a tight knit community that loves skiing and is eager to pass along the passion for the sport and the teachings it offers. Moreover, as leader, I’m really looking forward to supporting and working with the coaching team by extending my experience and perspective, but most importantly by providing the tools and resources to deliver the most effective programs for each age group. I do feel the pressure of Tyee’s long-lasting ski racing legacy, but I’m thrilled to take on the challenge of driving it forward and raising the bar even more."


AOTM U12: Hunter Vallee

Congratulations Hunter Vallee

When Hunter’s not skiing, he’s building Lego, playing Minecraft or scootering the neighbourhood with friends. His favourite subject at school is Math and anything to do with engineering and building. He’s currently a purple belt in Taekwondo. 

Hunter’s looking forward to summer, where he’ll (sigh, COVID) spend time at his favourite place, Desolation Sound, with the family. He’s happiest when quietly beachcombing for crabs, starfish and other washed-up treasures.

AOTM U12: Kai Yamada

Kai Yamada is the 12 Athlete of the month for December. Some of the other things he enjoys are mountain biking, video games, hanging out with friends.  He is very easy going and makes friends with and plays with everyone in his class, kids on the mountain. He will pretty much eat anything accept pepperoni pizza.

AOTM U12: Swift Liu

Swift Liu is our Grouse Tyee U12 Athlete of the Month for February.  Let's find out more about swift!

Who is your favorite FIS athlete?  My favourite FIS athlete at the moment is Alexis Pinturault.

What are three things you like about ski racing? Ski racing is fun, I am always learning and I love speed.

How do your teammates make training fun? We have very funny discussions and love to prank.

What do you feel when you have a good run? Enjoyment.

What is your favorite song right now? All Star by Smash Mouth.  We like to sing it on the chair.

What do you do after a good day skiing? Sleep, and then play Minecraft with my friends online.

What age were you when you started skiing? I started skiing in Whistler when I was 3 years old.

What is your favorite food to eat the night before a competition? When it is cold I really like Shabu shabu - Japanese hot pot.

Who is your favorite coach and why? I don’t have a favorite coach, all my coaches have been great.

What hobbies do you have outside skiing? Cycling, playing Minecraft with my friends, and piano.

AOTM U12: Zoe Gold

Zoe Gold is the U12 Athlete of the month for January

When not skiing, Zoë loves playing field hockey, hanging out with her friends and spending the time at her summer cabin on Keats Island. 

Zoe's least favorite thing is when her brothers bug her. They sandwich her between the two of them, this tends to happen a lot!  Zoe sandwich!

Her season goal was to get the most out of her time on the snow by staying focused and working hard while still having fun. 

U10 Athletes of the Month

November was an incredible month for dryland. As your coaches, Petar and I were proud and honoured to see the growth everyone achieved as both individuals and a team. Indeed, we couldn't narrow down our AOTM and decided to go against the two-person convention this November, as it was only fair to recognize the multiple achievements.

November AOTM*

November's Athletes of the Month are Daniela Ellis and Bennett Rokoss (Group One), and Sydney Brooks-Parsons and Amelia Park (Group 2). Congratulations to our four teammates for demonstrating what can be developed and achieved within a month!

Please take a look at Daniela, Bennett, Sydney, and Amelia's portfolios below.

Petar and I already miss our dryland sessions with you all but, we cannot wait to see you on the ski hill. We hope you will have the chance to visit Grouse before our club's ski season officially starts.

Please expect another email from me soon with December's dryland team portfolio. Thank you for all your determination, hard work, and enthusiasm. It was an honour to work with you all. Have a wonderful week!


Sonya T.

U10 Dryland Program Lead Coach


*Determining AOTM: Each month we recognize athletes who have both demonstrated and showcased growth toward values we want to grow and instil within the club. Values that include effort, sportsmanship, creativity, and improvement are all taken into account by us as coaches at both an individual and team level. For individual growth, we take note of one’s effort in exercises and active listening/interaction, and improvement in both the physical and social aspects of dryland. For growth at the team level, we take note of an athlete’s role within the team. This role includes positive encouragement and interaction with fellow team members, respect towards their peers and coaches, creativity in accommodating changes in dryland plans, team/partner challenges, and accepting environmental shifts.