Welcome To XCBC


XC Bragg Creek was founded in 2009 by Roy Strum, who also started the cross country ski program at Banded Peak School and revived an event we have held in Bragg Creek annual since 2013– the Alberta Youth Cross Country Ski Championships. Our club started out its first year with approx 15 youth in the ski program and 2 coaches.

When Roy and his family moved to Canmore, Flora Giesbrecht became the head nordic ski coach while Troy Delfs became the head mountain bike coach. A very dynamic, and rapidly growing club with a small number of keen volunteers has grown into a well known club with over 200 members, many coaches and heaps of community spirit.

Currently, we provide cross country ski programs in skate & classic technique for both recreational and competitive focus, headed by Coach Flora Giesbrecht. We also provide cross country mountain biking programs for both recreational and competitive focus headed by Coach Erik Anderson and Coach Dustin Leclerc respectively.

Historically, our biggest “problem” is finding enough experienced coaches to train and teach the athletes, so for safety and value of our programs, we limit our group sizes. Alberta Parks guiding permits also restrict our current numbers, but these limitations also provide a sense of strong community club spirit that is rare in larger clubs.  Unfortunately, we continue to have a waiting list every year and so far, that is the nature of XC Bragg Creek. We are constantly working to remedy that, while keeping in mind that we are volunteer run club and admin is managed by a very small workforce – we don’t want to burn anyone out!

Quite frankly, our gorgeous little club is bursting at the seams. We are very proud of our community based club and our programs. Our goal is to maintain a high quality program that keeps safety and fun in mind while creating a healthy and strong skiing community. One way we do this is by expanding the number of programs offered, providing classes on different nights and opening group bike & ski nights to those that could not get into a registered program.

So, please be patient as we have our growing pains, and keep in mind if you are not happy with something, there are a myriad of ways to help the club – not all of them require being a skier.


XC Bragg Creek Ski & Bike Society

Meet Your Team

Dustin Leclerc
Dustin LeclercHead Coach Performance Mountain Bike Team
As 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 mountain bike programs as a coach and sharing my passion for the mountains and an active lifestyle.
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.
Flora Giesbrecht
Flora GiesbrechtHead Coach Cross Country Ski
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.

Erik Anderson
Erik AndersonPresident & Head Coach REC Mountain Bike

Meet The Executives

Erik Anderson
Erik AndersonPresident of XC Bragg Creek, Head Mountain Bike Administrator, Mountain Bike Coach
Kim Verheyde
Kim VerheydeTreasurer of XC Bragg Creek & All Around Nice Gal
Ashleigh Barnwell
Ashleigh BarnwellSecretary for XC Bragg Creek & Parent
Baruch Laskin
Baruch LaskinDirector for XC Bragg Creek, All Around Nice Guy
Jay Averill
Jay AverillDirector for XC Bragg Creek & Parent
Derwin Parker
Derwin ParkerDirector for XC Bragg Creek & Parent
Melissa Thompson
Melissa ThompsonClub Administrator for XC Bragg Creek & Parent
Greg Jansen
Greg JansenDirector for XC Bragg Creek, Bike Coach, Ski Coach