About Eric Groeneveld
Head Cross-Country CoachEric has been coaching high performance athletes since 2007. Eric spent six years as the assistant coach at the Alberta World Cup Academy receiving mentorship under Canada’s best Olympic Coaches. In 2012 he started coaching with Foothills Nordic Ski Club. During this time he has helped FNSC grow into the top club in Alberta and one of the top three clubs in the country. Eric’s progressive coaching style and decade of experience helps introductory to high performance athletes excel.
- Head Cross Country Coach, Foothills Nordic Ski Club (Current)
- Head Coach, Canada Winter Games 2019
- Head Para-Nordic, Coach Canada Winter Games 2015
- Head Coach, Foothills Nordic Ski Club (2012-Present)
- Alberta World Cup Academy Assistant Coach (2007-2012)
- Various Cross Country Alberta Camps as Team Leader
- Team Leader, USA SuperTour 2011
- Assistant Wax Technician, Biathlon World Cup 2011
- Team Leader, Europe Tour 2010
- Assistant Coach Europe Tour 2010
- 8 years high performance skiing
- Cross Country Alberta Coach of the Year (2017)
- NCCP#: 1174106
- Trained Learning 2 Compete Coach (CCD)
- In Training Training 2 Compete Coach (CDAG)
- 80hr Wilderness First Aid & Healthcare Provider CPR
- ACMG Member - Apprentice Hiking Guide
- Canadian Ski Instructor's Alliance Level 1
About Tyson Smith
Head Biathlon CoachTyson has been skiing and racing with Foothills Nordic for as long as he can remember. He competed in his first cross country ski race, The Cookie Race, at the age of five years old. Tyson may have finished dead last in this race but he still ate the most cookies of anyone. Over the following years Tyson joined FNSC's ski and biathlon programs. Here, he discovered that he could actually get better at cross country skiing and still eat lots of cookies. At the age of ten Tyson won his first Cookie race (while still probably eating the most cookies of anyone). Since then Tyson worked his way up through the Foothills programs, representing the club for numerous years on cross country and biathlon provincial/national teams. Now coaching for FNSC, Tyson works hard to provide biathlon programs where both recreational and highly competitive biathletes of all ages can thrive.
- Head Biathlon Coach, Foothills Nordic Ski Club (Current)
- Team Alberta Head Male Coach 2019 Canada Winter Games
- Team Alberta Head Male Coach at 2015 Canada Winter Games
- Team Alberta National Championships coach from 2013-2016
- Head Coach at 2015 Biathlon Alberta South Korean Biathlon Exchange
- First year nordic ski racing: 1992
- First year biathlon racing: 1995
- Canadian National Team biathlete 2005-2012
- Team Alberta biathlete 2000-2012
- First year coaching: 2012
- 2016 Biathlon Canada Coach of the Year
Nordic Ski Programs
… life changing for our family …Deanne Stephen, Parent, Skiier
[Foothills Nordic] is an amazing club and I learn that a little more deeply every time my kids look up to their coaches and succeed in their dreams BECAUSE of their coaches. It has been life changing for our family. I believe deeply in the values of [Foothills] and am indebted to them for the well being of my children.
… proud to be a member …Colin Norman, Parent, Coach, Volunteer, Participant & Crazy Cheerer!
I am proud to be a member of Foothills Nordic Ski Club. At races, I often hear “those Foothills are fast”. This is not due to specialised genetic testing to qualify for our programs, but rather points to the huge levels of support this club provides. I am particularly impressed with the recruitment of high level athletes as coaches for the younger kids. These top skiers have typically progressed through a competitive career and are great role models for the kids in Jackrabbits, JR+ and Track Attack. The rapport with coaches builds a fun training environment that encourages kids to return day after day, year after year. After all, time on snow, rather than genetics, is a better predictor of success.
… totally inspiring and fun …Andrea Loewen, Parent
My son Karl has been in JR and now JR+, completing his second year with FNSC. Although I have never been a ski racer, I did sign up for the 15km "touring" category in the Cookie Race so that ski racing would be a family event. Karl was registered to race in the 3km distance, and the rest of our family provided support. My most vivid memory was being passed by Brian Keever and his guide going full-tilt (double poling) just about 300m before the finish line. I thought I was giving it my all after my 15km but they were flying, after completing 42km. Totally inspiring and fun (the crowd was still cheering when I crossed the finish line too!) Love the FNSC and look forward to more involvement as our younger children get into the sport as well!
… coaching staff is excellent, knowledgeable and enthusiastic …Lisa S., Parent
My daughters (now 9 and 11) have been skiing with Foothills Nordic for the past 6 years, moving up from bunny rabbits into Jackrabbits Plus and Track Attack. The programs offered to the children (and families) are well organized and executed. The coaching staff is excellent, knowledgeable and enthusiastic, making learning to Nordic ski fun and interesting. There are opportunities to participate in the club for the purpose of improving the child’s skill level and also to compete in local, provincial and national Nordic events. We have participated in several competitions and at these events, there is a lot of club support. The volunteers who make the club and the programs a success are fantastic. As well, we have been fortunate to meet a number of great Nordic ski families. Our family has had nothing but a terrific experience with Foothills Nordic and our children will continue to ski with this club as long as they pursue Nordic skiing.