West Bragg Trail Head

10 mins west from Bragg Creek Hamlet.

Paddys Flats

15mins from Bragg Creek hamlet, west along Highway 66.

Meet The Ski Coaches

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Flora Giesbrecht
Flora GiesbrechtHead Nordic Coach & Head of Learn 2 Train/Train 2 Train
“Flora is thrilled to be a part of the XCBC team as the head Nordic Ski Coach. She is but one of an incredible group of dedicated folks that are helping keep our young club alive and vibrant, and our greater Bragg community active in the great outdoors.

Flora’s club coaching experience includes: the Banff Ski Runners, Foothills Nordic Ski Club, Calgary Ski Club, Calgary Outdoor Centre Learn to Loppet and Learn to Birkie programs and XC Bragg Creek- hoot hoot!! Flora’s competitive team history was as a Banff Ski Runners, on the Alberta Ski Team, on the Canada Winter Games team and the University of New Mexico Ski Team. Flora is very approachable and thoroughly enjoys sharing her passion for the sport with all ages and abilities.

Nicole Martin
Nicole MartinHead Coach - Track Attack
Nicole grew up recreationally skiing trails in the Bow Valley Corridor and her favourite Kananaskis routes. Commencing skiing at such an early age created a lifetime love of this fabulous winter sport. When the XCBC club first started in 2010, Nicole got involved with an admin position which lead into coaching jackrabbits and currently track attack.
Wayne Bessie
Wayne BessieHead Coach - Bunnies, Jack Rabbits & rec program
When I was around 11 or 12 I pulled out my dad’s old wooden skis and went out into the prairies every now and then. It was pretty hard on that icy chinook snow but the spark to ski was already there? I never really did much more skiing until I was in university when I would go out backcountry skiing with my colleagues. I finally bought a set of backcountry/track combi skis when I was 27 and living in Hinton Alberta. I then started skiing regularly at the Athabasca Lookout Nordic Centre. I was mostly into backcountry skiing and telemark for a few years but slowly transitioned to classic track skiing. I even did the 32k birkie in my old combi skis in about 1997. I did this race again about 10 years ago, but mostly have been skiing for fun. I taught myself to skate ski about 12 years ago, and have since upgraded to better equipment I’ve now been at it for over 20 years, now skiing mostly with my family. This is my second year coaching.

Ski Coaches

Ray Potvin
Ray PotvinSki Coach -
Started crosscountry skiing at age 40 and loved it. Competed in 12 edmonton Birkibeiner loppets. Just recently took up skate skiing. Love to see kids happy faces when they master a skill.
Ann Sullivan
Ann SullivanSki Coach -
I’ve been cross-country skiing for many years, always with enthusiasm but not necessarily with very good technique. Several years ago, when our two children starting skiing with XC Bragg Creek, I also decided to (re)learn how to ski. Our small club was growing fast and in need of coaches, so I offered to help with the youngest kids. Because I would be showing them what to do on skis, it was important to me to learn how to do it right.

Fast forward a few years and I’m now starting my third season as a coach with XCBC, having completed several NCCP coaching levels as well as CANSI level 1 certification. I’m still working on technique of course―that never ends!―but it’s a challenge I’m happy to embrace.

I’m also very happy that my children continue to love the sport. What a great opportunity for our whole family to spend time with friends and teammates, enjoying each other’s company as well as the beauty of winter in Alberta.
I’m really looking forward to spending more time with the club kids and coaches this season, getting to know them and watching them hone their skills and have fun. I love this sport because it’s as sociable or as challenging as you want to make it. Best of all, it’s a great excuse to get outside in winter.

See you on the trails!
Ann Sullivan

Jeff Hughes
Jeff HughesSki Coach -
Jeff has been coaching mountain biking and skiing for a handful of years now, and is eager to pass on his love of the outdoors.
His competitive background is in sailing and adventure racing, but he has been skiing since the age of three, and claims to have one of the original mountain bikes from the late 70’s.
Along with other XCBC coaches, he has been upgrading his coaching credentials in order to provide the club with programming that your kids are sure to enjoy.
He feels that having fun is just as important as good technique, and that the two are often complimentary.
Greg Morris
Greg MorrisSki Coach -
Hi gang! I am now entering my third year of coaching for XCBC. I grew up mainly participating in back country skiing. In my teens I went into competitive canoe racing and I raced at the national level including the Canada Summer Games many, many years ago when they occurred in Saint John, New Brunswick. At that time it was suggested that we cross country ski as a cross training technique for paddling. I have enjoyed front country skiing since that time. I continue to participate in running, paddling, triathlon and now skiing races! My philosophy in coaching is simply that I hope I can help my athletes be life-long sport and recreation participants! I’m looking forward to another great year with our amazing little club.
Greg Jansen
Greg JansenSki Coach -
Greg is a new coach with XCBC. He and his family moved to Bragg Creek in the summer of 2014. Greg is an active outdoor enthusiast, and has been cross country skiing for over 25 years. Greg has competed in long distance ski races (loppets), and participated in many back country ski trips and glacier traverses. Occasionally you may spot Greg on the trails at West Bragg Creek on one of his pairs of vintage wooden skis. He looks forward to introducing young skiers to the joy of skiing, and inspiring them to use skiing as a healthy means to explore Bragg Creek’s endless possibilities.
Dustin LeClerc
Dustin LeClercSki Coach -
Growing up in Northern Ontario XC skiing was picked up early on in life, after university volunteered as a ski patroller in both the Nordic and Alpine disciplines for 5 years at both competitive events and some Ontario’s busiest resorts.

Also a cyclist my Racing and Coaching experience comes primarily from the various Mountain Biking disciplines having raced and coached XC, Downhill and Endurance events over the years. My love for mountain sports brought me West to Alberta in 2009, having a settled in the Okotoks and having first child I look forward to Joining the XC Bragg Creek ski and MTB programs as a coach and sharing my passion for the mountains and an active lifestyle.

Jade Azzaria
Jade AzzariaSki Coach -
Coach Jade has been cross country skiing since she was a teenager and loves the sport. In her spare time she is a teacher and the mother of a 7 year old boy. She is looking forward to another fabulous season coaching the jackrabbits!
Tara Jansen
Tara JansenSki Coach -
Tara is an active outdoor and mountain enthusiast, enjoying both XC and downhill skiing, hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking, but most of all leading an active lifestyle in beautiful Bragg Creek with her husband, Greg and two children. She is looking forward to her first year coaching jack rabbits this season and being part of such an amazing club!
Dwayne Ellis
Dwayne EllisSki Coach -
Dwayne and his wife, twin boys and daughter moved to Redwood Meadows in 2010 from Calgary and love the outdoor lifestyle that the foothills and Bragg Creek provide. Dwayne and his children love xc skiing in the winter and cycling and back-country adventuring in the summer. Dwayne’s passion for skiing has led to coaching JackRabbits and TrackAttack programs and he is enthusiastic to continue his volunteer coaching and support of the XCBC club.

“XCBC is an amazing program and very welcoming to new members and young athletes hoping to explore the outdoors with an experienced community of adventurers, my family loves our XCBC activities, Dwayne”

Dylan Curle
Dylan CurleJunior Ski Coach -
Hello, all! My name is Dylan, and this is my fifth year skiing with XC Bragg Creek and my first year of coaching. I have participated in many of the club races such as the Alberta Youth Championships and Built For Speed, and I have come to immensely enjoy cross-country skiing as both a recreational activity and as a competitive sport. Outside of cross-country skiing I enjoy swimming and am currently training to be a lifeguard. I also play hockey at the midget level for the Bragg Creek
Bears. I am also an avid reader of classic literature (I am one of the few teens I know who enjoys the Shakespeare unit in English class) and I spend my spare time writing and playing the piano and guitar.
I am looking forward to my first season of coaching and getting to know the Jackrabbits under my tutelage.

See you on the trails!

Keely Anderson
Keely AndersonJunior Ski Coach -
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Jonah Morris
Jonah MorrisJunior Ski Coach -
Jonah is a 16 year old from Bragg Creek, who loves participating in a variety of sports including XC/downhill skiing, hockey, mountain biking, and trail running. He has been coaching the Jackrabbit level for the past two years, and has been skiing since the XCBC program initially began. Jonah loves teaching kids of all age and skill levels, and can’t wait to see what the coming years have in store.
Miliana Giesbrecht
Miliana GiesbrechtJunior Ski Coach -
Hey everybody! My names Miliana!
I’m excited to begin my first year of ski coaching!
My Mother, Flora, first introduced me to skiing. (She’s the lady in charge, the head ski coach!) Which she has been doing for many many years before me. I started skiing when I was around 3 or 4, and have loved it the whole time Iv’e been doing it 🙂 Just in these past years I have partaken in many ski races such as the Alberta Youth Championships (Iv’e competed for all 4 years of it), many Built for speeds and the Alberta Winter Games. (Which I think was a great experience and I loved so much! I definitely recommend trying out for it 😉 )
Before I trained with XCBC I was part of Calgary ski club, and I started that when I was 6 years old. Iv’e been training with XCBC for over 5 years now and it’s been some of the most amazing years of my life. Iv’e made so many new friendships and met so many beautiful people and I hope you newcomers feel the same way of XCBC as I do. I think of XCBC as my second family on snow 🙂
I can’t wait to meet and teach all of you younger skiers and I’m excited for the years ahead!!
Melissa Thompson
Melissa ThompsonSki Coach -
Lily May Bell
Lily May BellJunior Ski Coach -
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Linnaea Cartar
Linnaea CartarJunior Ski Coach -
Hi! My name is Linnaea! I have been skiing recreationally since a early age and I enjoy it to this day. I have been a part of XCBC from the clubs first year and have gone to the Alberta Youth Champs four times. This will be my first year of coaching and I can’t wait! We have an amazing team here and one of my favourite parts of XCBC is spending time with all the wonderful friends I have made!
David Thurston
David ThurstonSki Coach
Kate Peach
Kate PeachSki Coach -
Maureen Walker
Maureen WalkerSki Coach
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