Freeski Academy Director – Mark Impey
Mark is one of the most respected ski professionals in Canada and is a past Western Program Director of the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance. Mark is president of Canadian Ski Quest and brings to the Academy a comprehensive ski instructor and ski race coaching background, as well as a life long career in the ski industry. His career has landed him on the slopes all over the world including North and South America, Europe and Asia.
“My goal through the academy program is to develop each athlete to their highest skiing potential”
Freeski Academy Coach – Neal Ross-Ross
(CSIA Level 3; CSIA Park and Pipe; CSFA Level 2 Slopestyle)
Neal moved to Rossland in 2008 from Eastern Canada and has been coaching with the Academy since 2010.
He has coached park and pipe since 2008, has been teaching skiing since 2002 and has 3 years experience competing in freestyle moguls in Eastern Canada (Ontario and Quebec). In the off season Neal is Team Manager for the Canadian National Freestyle Kayak Team, is the top 10 freestyle kayaker in Canada and top 25 at the World Cup. Neal is currently sponsored by Head Skis.
Alpine Academy Head Coach – Phil Patterson
Phil Patterson is in his 19th season coaching, 15 of those coaching the Red Mountain Racers. He has also worked with Academy racers since the program inception. Phil has worked with skiers of all ages including Nancy Green, K1, K2 FIS and Masters athletes. He was an Ontario Ski Team member from 1989-1991.
Phil lives with his family in Rossland and is continually inspired by the athletic outdoor lifestyle the community promotes, the ideal environment for aspiring young skiers according to him. His hobbies include mountain biking, canoeing, camping, hiking, ski touring, and freeskiing with friends and family.