About Eric Groeneveld
Club Head CoachEric Groeneveld was born in Banff in 1989. At a early age Eric began to cross country ski with Canmore Nordic Ski Club, he was also a member of Banff Ski Runners and Rocky Mountain Racers. After many years of successful ski racing he started coaching with the Alberta World Cup Academy (AWCA). The AWCA provided mentorship and great experience for over 2 years. Eric is now the Head Coach of Foothills Nordic Ski Club and a Comp Dev coach. Eric has been coaching for 7 years.
About Fraser Mills-Connery
Head Cross-Country CoachFraser is in his sixth year coaching cross country with Foothills Nordic Ski Club. Fraser started skiing when he was 2 years old and skied in Jackrabbits from ages 4-9. Fraser also comes to FNSC with plenty of racing experience, having raced from ages 10-20 during which time he spent three years on the Alberta Ski Team and raced at 5 national championships. Childhood Ski Idol: Robin McKeever Favourite Workout: Watching the athletes push each other in hard intervals or time trials is always fun. Long road rides are pretty great too. Best Post Workout Meal: Lasagna, perogies, grilled cheese. Job Highlight: Being able to work with and be part of such a great team of athletes that truly love the sport and that are so dedicated to becoming faster skiers. When I’m not coaching: I’ll be out putting in big miles on my road bike, drinking coffee or beating Vince and Anthony at foosball.
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.
- First year nordic ski racing: 1992
- First year biathlon racing: 1995
- First year coaching: 2012
- 2016 Biathlon Canada Coach of the Year
- 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
- Canadian National Team biathlete 2005-2012
- Team Alberta biathlete 2000-2012
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.