Coach of the year: Eric Groeneveld, Foothills Nordic Ski Club
For his outstanding contributions to the Foothills Nordic Ski Club, including camps, athlete development, and community building. Eric has also made many contributions to the ski community across the province by coaching at Alberta Ski and Development team camps, and at the province-wide Jasper camp last year.
Outstanding Ski Area Operations of the year: Jeff Hughes, Bragg Creek
Jeff Hughes is the tireless lead groomer of the West Bragg Creek ski area southwest of Calgary. He has been head groomer for the last three years. He arranges all the grooming, snow harvesting and maintenance of machines. In grooming alone, Jeff personally contributes more than 400 hours per ski season and in the past season arranged for a total of over 850 hours. Jeff mentors the other groomers by having orientation days with the equipment.
Retailer of the Year: Trail Sports
For their outstanding contributions to the Ski Fit North Alberta program, including ski rentals to hundreds of children in the Bow Valley area during school ski days, and at a big Multi Community Festival day with over 200 children in attendance. Their knowledgeable and skilled staff were able to quickly fit skis, boots, and poles on many happy children over the past eight years that we have been running the program.
Race Organizer of the Year: Jim Black, for the Canadian Birkebiner
Due to his great work, the strong and positive response that the Birkie Society has had from skiers this year as well as the very strong support they have had from the Provincial staff of Parks and the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village will contribute to the development of our Loppet for years to come.
Mike has been a dedicated volunteer to the Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Loppet for many years, handling all of the Manual timing. Once previously, Mike was Technical Delegate for the Loppet and took on the role again this year.
Special Award Volunteer of the Year: Kevin McLean, Foothills Nordic Ski Club .
Beyond his long-time dedication to Foothills Nordic Ski Club in various capacities (Cross Country Director, President, Controller, assistance at countless races, etc.), Kevin went far beyond the role of club president to ensure that all Calgarians had access to cross-country skiing within the city after WinSport’s spring 2016 announcement that they were removing the cross-country trail network and replacing it with a tube park