Ski or Ride with an Olympian


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ski or snowboard with an Olympian? Follow in their tracks, copy their technique or hear their stories? Wonder no longer with Snow School’s most exclusive program.
Ski or Ride with an Olympian
Go one-on-one or make a group with up to four family or friends of similar ability – one price.
Levels 1-6 # DAYS Price
​Full Day Olympic Private 1 $950​
Full Day Gold Medalist Private​ 1 $2500

All prices quoted in CDN funds and subject to TAX. Prices subject to change. To book, call 1-877-730-7669. Additional options listed below.

Olympian Skiers


Ashleigh McIvor - Gold Medalist
Ashleigh became the first Olympic Gold Medalist in the sport of skicross where skiers race head-to-head, over varying terrain - as it made it's debut in the 2010 Vancouver/Whistler Games.

Born and raised in Whistler, Ashleigh knows these mountains like the back of her hand, and although she's travelled to more ski resorts than one could possibly imagine with her racing career, she hasn't found one she loves more than Whistler Blackcomb. Ashleigh says she's almost more passionate about sharing the all-encompassing beauty of the Whistler lifestyle with visitors than she is about actually enjoying it herself - a trait that developed at an early age as her parents encouraged her to chat with people on every chairlift ride to make sure they were enjoying their trip.

Originally an alpine ski racer, Ashleigh was one of those kids who skipped gate training often to cruise around with her buddies and hit their secret pow stashes. Thus, it was only natural she would be a good skicross athlete – and an even better guide and Whistler Blackcomb host.
What a day on the mountain with me will be like: Skiing with Ashleigh promises to be an experience you won't forget - from the moment you meet until apres-ski wraps up! Ashleigh has just been voted 'Whistler's Favourite Winter Athlete' for the 5th year in a row by locals! Ashleigh is comfortable taking a group of any size or ability level, or taking kids for a ski.
Favourite Olympic Moment: Standing in the start gate, about to race my final - I somehow managed to channel the pressure and the nerves into excitement and optimism. I felt like the expectations from across the nation were high because I had been given every opportunity to put myself in a position to have success on that day -. and those high expectations actually alleviated the pressure, and instead instilled a sense of confidence. The rest is all a blur!
Why you love Whistler: My favorite aspect of our little town is the strength of character you’ll find in local personalities. Everyone has taken a big risk to pursue a passion for skiing, biking, or whatever it is about the Whistler lifestyle that is so fulfilling, and they are the happiest people you’ll find on the planet.
JULIA MURRAY
Sport: Ski Cross
Olympics: 2010
Hometown: Whistler
Favourite Olympic Moment: On the day of the race once I was done racing, heading up to the stands to hug the friends and family that came out for support. These were the people who always supported me in the past, so to have the moment in the dumping snow to hug them all was priceless. A close second was walking into the closing ceremonies with the whole team, realizing that I had just lived the Olympic dream I had had from the age of 7. One more: getting signed into the Olympic village and running up to our rooms for the 2 weeks to find a big package of letters from people all around the country wishing me luck! So cool.
What a day on the mountain with me will be like: I'm always up the mountain for a good time. Whether it's showing you my favourite powder patches I've found over my lifetime of growing up in Whistler, or simply making some sweet turns on groomers getting you more comfortable on your skis; I'm happy to be experiencing one of my favourite pass times with you. I love being up there, having some laughs and getting to know you; kids and adults alike.
Booking Availability*: Away from December 5-8, January 20-26 and January 20-27.
*Please note availability is subject to change. Please inquire for the most up to date availability
Kristi Richards
Sport: Freestyle Mogul Skiing
Olympics: Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010
Hometown: Summerland, BC
Favourite Olympic Moment: Both Olympics presented epic moments, and each moment was very profound in my life. At the 2006 Olympics I was the first woman out of the gate on contest day, on the first day of the Games. It felt like I was opening the Games. Everything came to a calm as I stood on top of the run… I could see my family in the crowd at the bottom, and I knew that i had nothing to lose. It was the moment that I had trained so hard for, I was already standing in the gate as an Olympian, and all of the hard work was behind me. The only thing left to do was ski. 2010 was very different… we had so many more factors to deal with, like the mass media frenzy, the pressure of the hometown crowd and the Cypress weather. I stood in the gate with the confidence from my preparation and a knowingness that I had a winning run up my sleeve. I have never felt so ready. I landed my first back flip on the top air and started gaining speed in the middle section. The rain saturated moguls started to just mush out underneath me and I caught an edge… in a split second I was down, and my dreams of Olympic Gold crushed. I decided that I still wanted to finish my run, as I had a jump to perform that no other woman had ever landed in the Olympics. As I collected my gear, it was the cheer and support from the crowd that lifted me to my feet and gave me the strength to perform the best trick of my life.
Why you love Whistler: The mountain is so versatile, giving lots of options in any condition. It was the big mountains that drew me to the coast from the Okanagan, and it is the big mountains that will make me stay.
Booking Availability*: Fri, Sat, Sundays all winter. Holidays okay. Exceptions are: Dec 29th, Dec 30th, Jan 3rd, Jan 4th, Feb 6th-10th
*Please note availability is subject to change. Please inquire for the most up to date availability
ANASTASIA SKRYABINA
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Olympics: 2010
Hometown: Whistler
Favourite Olympic Moment: There were many, but when I was standing at the start gate of the Super G course while realizing that all I had worked for and sacrificed in my life had finally brought me to that moment, I felt incredibly fulfilled.
What a day on the mountain with me will be like: Brought up by parent coaches and skiing since I was 2 years old, coaching is natural to me and the mountains have become my sanctuary. I absolutely love sharing this place with my friends and anyone else with a passion for the outdoors. Wether you need to gain more confidence skiing easy green runs, are looking to challenge yourself on the steepest double blacks or simply want to find the best powder on the mountain, I am here to guide you and help you make the most out of your day!
Booking Availability*: Available most days, away December 24 to 30, 2012
*Please note availability is subject to change. Please inquire for the most up to date availability
BRITT JANYK
Sport: Alpine Skiing, Downhill, SG and Giant Slalom
Olympics: 2010
Hometown: Whistler
Favourite Olympic Moment: Coming across the finish line and hearing the roar of the local crowd. The compete in the Olympics in front of my home nation, and hometown was simply amazing.
Why you love Whistler: I love Whistler because of the people and the heart of the community. Throughout my career, through the ups and downs, Whistler was always there for me.
Booking Availability*: Available after February 15, 2016.
*Please note availability is subject to change. Please inquire for the most up to date availability
KELLY RINGSTAD
Sport: Freestyle Skiing - Moguls
Olympics: 2002
Hometown: North Vancouver
Favourite Olympic Moment: So hard to pick just one! In 2002 walking with the team into the huge open air stadium for the Salt Lake City Opening Ceremonies with the overwhelming excitement and energy from tens of thousands of spectators was so far beyond our wildest expectations. Standing at the top of the mogul course at Deer Valley the next day hearing the roar of the crowd when they announced my name and realizing all of the hard work had paid off in that moment. Getting the amazing opportunity to run with the Olympic torch in 2010 here in my own community in North Vancouver with my 1 yr old daughter watching me. Being able to experience a home Olympics in 2010 and seeing firsthand how sport and Canadian pride and enthusiasm can bring a city, province and country together if even just for a magical few weeks.
What a day on the mountain with me will be like: Fun! I’ve grown up skiing Whistler/Blackcomb since 1983 and joined the Blackcomb Freestyle Team in 1990 - both mountains have such great varied terrain to match your level and I can show you the best spots, whether it’s for moguls, steeps, parks or just cruising. I’ve been coaching skiing and moguls for over 17 years, from beginners who have never even seen moguls in person to Olympic athletes and from little kids to “big kids” 70 years young so I’m able to provide as much (or as little) coaching as you would like! My favourite part of coaching and skiing with others is seeing their confidence (and amount of fun) grow on the mountain as they try and learn new things, from beginners to experts.
MIKE JANYK
Sport: Alpine Skiing, Slalom
Olympics: Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014
Hometown: Whistler
Favourite Olympic Moment: In 2006, going into athlete village for the first time, seeing one of my favourite NHL players, asking him for an autograph and being turned down. In 2010, finishing my race run, feeling disappointed, but as I walked through the crowd of fans and supporters, being stopped by a family with a young racer telling me I’m an inspiration to them beyond the results. It was one of the most powerful moments in my career. In 2014, spending hours alone in the “quiet and relaxation” room of the Canadian athlete’s residence going through books about Canada, letters from fans and supporters and reflecting on my whole journey that had brought me to this moment.
What a day on the mountain with me will be like: Enjoyable. I fell in love with this sport from the moment I put on skis at two years old and have been exploring this relationship ever since. If the day and your skill level calls for runs on the bunny hill or charging down every chute and face we can find or anywhere in between, my goal is to leave you with a desire to grow your own relationship with the sport. The mountains are a way to tap into the joy of life and this is what we’ll use them for.
Booking Availability*: Available after February 15, 2016.
*Please note availability is subject to change. Please inquire for the most up to date availability
ROB BOYD
Sport: Alpine Skiing - Downhill
Olympics: 1988,1994 (athlete); 2002, 2006, 2010 (coach)
Hometown: Born in Vernon, moved to Whistler in 1982
Favourite Olympic Moment:1988, opening ceremonies, walking in to the Calgary stadium with so many cheering Canadian fans!! Overwhelming to say the least…
Why you love Whistler: Mountains, lakes, community, friends, challenges, leisure… Whistler has it all and in all my travels haven't found an equal, let alone better!
Booking Availability*: Usually Tuesdays and Wednesdays, or by appointment.
*Please note availability is subject to change. Please inquire for the most up to date availability
Ryan Johnson
Sport: Freestyle Skiing, Moguls
Olympics: Nagano 1998, Salt Lake City 2002
Hometown: Squamish, BC
Favourite Olympic Moment: In Nagano, my Favourite Olympic Moment was realizing that the Olympics are about more than just the best athletes in the World competing against each other in their respective disciplines. That they also represent something much bigger. That the Olympics are a symbol of Nations competing together, yet Peacefully.

In Salt Lake City, my Favourite Olympic Moment was after I finished my event, realizing I'd achieved 5 of 6 goals in my final season: Making the Olympic Team while coming back from a knee injury, getting a personal highest score at a World Cup, getting a World Cup Medal, winning a World Cup, and having a personal best performance at the Olympics (on the same course that I'd injured my knee on two years prior). The only goal I did not achieve was an Olympic medal. I felt enthralled that I'd made 5 of 6 goals in my final season as an Olympic Athlete.
What a day on the mountain with me will be like: In at least one way or more, it will be your best day on skis.

Olympian Snowboarders


Mercedes Nicoll
Sport: Snowboard Halfpipe
Olympics: Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014
Hometown: Whistler, BC
Favourite Olympic Moment: Watching Canadians come together and become truly patriotic at the Vancouver 2010 Games and having them cheer me on in the finals of the Vancouver 2010 Games. Why you love Whistler: Having the best mountains in my backyard is why I love whistler, it doesn’t get any better thank this, and I’ve been to a lot of mountain around the world. Proud to call Whistler home.
What a day on the mountain with me will be like: You can expect a fun filled day, whether we’re exploring both mountains, or in the park or pipe. From beginners to experts I have grown up with these mountains as my backyard and am more than happy to share them with you! With 10 plus years coaching at summer camps such as High Cascade, and Camp of Champions, I’m here to help you push your limits, while having a fun filled day.
Booking Availability*: Available most days. Away Dec 11-17.
*Please note availability is subject to change. Please inquire for the most up to date availability
Crispin Lipscomb
Sport: Snowboard Halfpipe
Olympics: 2014
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Favourite Olympic Moment: Representing Canada at the Opening Ceremonies or watching the Ladies Hockey gold medal performance live with center ice seats.
Why you love Whistler: Whistler is the World's best terrain supporting the World's best athletes. Living within the evolution of freestyle snow sport, being pushed by the backcountry access right off the chairlifts. Big days and big nights with old friends and new strangers.
Booking Availability*: Dec 24-Jan 1, Jan 21- Feb 3, March 18-Apr 7, WSSF season, May
*Please note availability is subject to change. Please inquire for the most up to date availability
Tara Teigen
Sport: Snowboard Freestyle
Olympics: 1998
Hometown: Born in Calgary, Alberta and now live in Pemberton BC.
Favourite Olympic Moment: Standing at the bottom of the halfpipe in the pouring rain knowing that at the end of the day, one of my friends would be an Olympic Gold Medal winner and that snowboarding would never be the same. In 2010, witnessing Maelle Ricker win an Olympic Gold Medal in Snowboard Cross.
Why you love Whistler: I moved here so that I could live minutes from the best mountains in the world. I love the energy of the village and the amazing scenery - lakes, mountains, trees and wildlife - it never seems to get old! I’m now raising a family here.
Booking Availability*: Available most days. Away Dec 11-17.
*Please note availability is subject to change. Please inquire for the most up to date availability
Darren Chalmers
Sport: Snowboard, Giant Slalom
Olympics: Nagano '98, Salt lake city 2002
Hometown: Whistler, BC
Favourite Olympic Moment: Starting my second run of the GS in Nagano Japan '98 knowing Ross Rebagliati was already in first, and trying to best his time. But knowing a Canadian already had the gold medal made me so proud.
What a day on the mountain with me will be like: Free riding around some on the best terrain on the mountain, learning skills and techniques to benefit your everyday free riding. With over 30 years riding on Whistler/Blackcomb i know the best places to go for any skill level.
Booking Availability*: 1 week advance notice appreciated.
*Please note availability is subject to change. Please inquire for the most up to date availability

Book an Olympian


In North America:
Call 1-877-730-7669 to book an Olympian or for more information.

Email:
myconcierge@whistlerblackcomb.com

 
Australia:
1-800-042-705
UK:
0-800-015-3683
International/Local number:
604-905-2260