Our Coaches

Our 2019 – 2020 coaching staff

The Ullr Big Mountain coaching team offers the ‘get up and go’ of young coaches (who still compete and podium in the North American Freeride Circuit), and we temper this with the hard-earned wisdom of a coach who has been in the trenches for decades.

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Jordy Burks

Program Director

Jordy was born in Banff .  He lives in Canmore with his wife, Carrie, and has 3 children.  Jordy has been involved in sports all his life.  He particularly enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking, and rugby, and he is an avid free skier and back country skier.

Jordy began his coaching career in 1987 as an alpine racing coach.  He has had 1 World Championship medalist at the junior level, numerous Canadian Champions and medalists, and numerous Western Canadian Champions.  He has also moved athletes to the Provincial Team and the Canadian Team (at the junior and senior levels).

Looking for weekend work while completing his PhD, Jordy started the competitive branch of the Lake Louise All Mountain program.   In just a few years, he grew the program from 7 athletes to repeated seasons of over 40 athletes.  He also had a freeride North American Champion in the boys 12 – 14 category.

Jordy has a technical certification in freestyle (club coach); is a level 3 CSIA instructor; a level 3 alpine ski coach; and a level 4b freestyle aerials coach.  He also has done professional development in the IFSA coaching certification program, avalanche safety, and skier cross.

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Louis Panning-Osendarp

Coach

‘Big Lou’ is a Canmore native, and he learned his trade on the slopes of Lake Louise. Lou has been involved in competitive freeride since the age of 9, and his experience brings a wealth of knowledge to our athletes. Lou was on the Lake Louise ski patrol for 3 seasons and is the youngest patroller Lake Louise has ever hired full time. Lou currently competes in the adult IFSA freeride circuit and has had numerous podiums. He won the Revelstoke FWQ 4* in 2016; was 2nd in the 2017 ‘Wrangle the Chute’ (FWQ 2*, 4*); and he won the 2016, 2017, 2018 Senior Big Mountain Challenge at our home hill.  Lou has been with Ullr from its inception and is mostly responsible for our 15 – 19 age group. Big Lou can definitely ski! However his ability to connect with the athletes, and his passion for the sport, also shine bright. Lou has a freestyle technical certification. He also has 80 hours of wilderness first aid, his CAA operations level 1, and his IFSA coaching L100 certification.

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Andrew Huggill

Coach

Andrew is another one of our coaches coming out of Canmore.  This will be his second year coaching with Ullr.  Andrew learned to ski at Lake Louise and it has been his ‘happy place’ ever since.  Andrew started competitive freeride at the age of 12.  He has had a number of podiums on the IFSA junior freeride circuit.  In 2018, Andrew was 3rd  at the Castle regional, the Big White regional, and the Lake Louise national.   In 2019, Andrew finished his season ranked 6th  in Canada.  He won the Lake Louise national event, and was 12th at the North American Championship.  Andrew has a technical freestyle certification, and a L100 IFSA coaching certification.  He also has his avalanche skills level 1, and his emergency first aid.  Andrew is a very natural coach, a fantastic athlete, and a great role model for the Ullr athletes.

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Jade Regher

Coach

Jade is a ‘Calgary girl.’  This will be her second season coaching with Ullr.  Jade learned to ski at Lake Louise, and has been competing in IFSA freeride events since the age of 12.  Jade has had numerous IFSA podiums along the way.  In 2016, Jade placed 2nd  in the qualifying run of the IFSA North American Championship and looked about to win the girls 12 – 14 category.  About 30 feet from the finish of the final run, with nothing left but to ski into the corral, a snow-snake got her!  (She hates snow-snakes!).  Since then Jade has also had success in the IFSA 15 – 18 category.  A highlight was 1st  place in the Fernie IFSA regional in 2018.  Jade has her L100 IFSA coach, her freestyle technical certification, and her first aid certification.  She is conscientious, a great technical skier, freakishly brave, and she can out cliff-jump most of the boys.

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Thibault de Sainte Maresville

Coach

Thibault grew up in a small town in the Alps near Grenoble.  He started skiing at the age of 2 and, at 16, competed briefly in freestyle.  Since then Thibault has chased the snow.  He has lived, worked, and skied in many places including England (where he skied on dry-slopes), Quebec, New Zealand, Argentina, and BC (Sun Peaks).   He worked for some time as a video game programmer, but did not like ‘big city life.’

Thibault comes to us with an excellent coaching background.  He is in his 7th year instructing and coaching (sometimes skiing year round).    He currently is a level 1 CSIA course conductor for freestyle.  He has his level 3 CSIA with his International Ski Instructor’s Association stamp (ISIA).   He also did his freestyle ‘Super Coach,’ and has his 4b aerials certification.   Thibault has his avalanche skills level 1; his standard first aid; his level 1 IFSA coaching certification; and is also a level 1 snowboard instructor (CASI).

Thibault is new to Ullr.  He is a fantastic all-around skier, and we are grateful for the maturity, technical know-how, and balance he offers our team.

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Eli Panning-Osendarp

Coach

Eli is born and bred in the Bow Valley. He has been skiing since he was 2, which now gives him a total of 24 years on skis. Along with coaching, Eli is a human geographer who does climate adaptation work for the Rockies Institute.

Eli started competing on the junior big mountain circuit at age 12 and ripped it up until he was 17. (His best finish was a 4th place at the Canadian Nationals at Red Mountain). In 2012, Eli traded his bib for a coach’s pass and started helping younger RMF members (like his brother Lou) with line choice at competitions.

Eli has a technical freestyle certification, and a L100 IFSA coaching certification. He also has his avalanche skills level 1, and his standard first aid.

Eli is as solid a skier as they come—with some rail skills to boot. Like Batman and Robin, the Panning-Osendarp brothers are Ullr’s dynamic duo.

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Cole Richardson

Guest Coach

Cole is a professional skier born and raised in Canmore, Alberta.  He started skiing at the age of two.  From that moment on, Lake Louise has been his home hill.  After a successful stint ski racing, Cole moved to big mountain skiing for two seasons.  He then did a season of slopestyle.  In 2016, Cole won the IFSA North American Championship event at Whistler, and won the overall IFSA North American Championship.  In 2018, Cole placed 5th  in slopestyle, and 3rd  in half pipe, at the Canadian Junior National.  In 2019, Cole came back to the IFSA junior freeride circuit, and podiumed in a number of events.  Cole also won the Quiksilver Young Guns competition.  Cole is about as passionate about skiing as is humanly possible, and this seems to rub off on almost everyone he comes in contact with.

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