Alex is another familiar face in the Bow Valley. In Canmore to take his biathlon to the next level, you might have seen Alex training at the Nordic Centre or at Elevation Place, or working at Patagonia in Banff. His attention to details and quick learning when it comes to binding mounts, boot punches, skin cutting and everything in between make him an expert resource both behind the counter and on the floor. He will help you with selecting the best equipment to take you where you want. His endless "athlete" appetite means he needs 10 times the amount of calories a normal human would need. Kept well fed, he is one of those passionate people who love discussing gear, lines or trails and help you plan your next adventure!
Where are you from? I am originally from Vankleek Hill, Ontario but moved to Ottawa during high school.
Tell us a little about yourself. I am always up for a good challenge. From competing internationally in biathlon to pushing my personal boundaries on trail runs or learning how to properly climb rock and ski tour. If it involves being outside, suffering and endless amounts of fun, count me in.
What sports did you practice as a child? Growing up in a little farming community in eastern Ontario my options where limited. I learned to downhill ski when I was three and would go on ski trips with my family. I played soccer in the local league until I started playing football as a teenager. Multiple head injuries later my parents decided that I needed to find something new. That's when I started running and eventually found biathlon. At the age 13, I stepped onto cross-country skis for the first time and fell in love with the sport. 9 years later, I've competed at two World junior championships and am now competing at the senior level.
What brought you to the mountains? Canmore is the Mecca of cross-country skiing and biathlon in Canada. That’s what originally brought me here but since then I've fallen in love with the Rockies. Being able to live somewhere with endless possibility for adventure is a dream come true.
What “personal touch” do you bring to SkiUphill? Over the last ten year's I've spent a lot of time behind the ski bench. Most of that time was working on xc skis but since I've started working at SkiUphill I've been super excited to expand my skills into the world of ski touring. I take a lot of pride in getting skis with perfect mounts, beautiful bases and sharp edges out the door.
What draws you to trail running? In the summer I spend a lot of hours on roller skis and on bikes. As much as I love those training methods, anytime I get to switch it up with a trail run it feels like a treat. Nothing can beat a flowy alpine trail run in the Rockies.
What is your favorite area to ski? Last year I got the chance to spend some time in the International basin south of Golden and had some amazing turns. I am looking forward to spending some quality time on the Wapta Icefields this spring!
What are your other hobbies/interests? Training takes up most of my life but when I have free time I like to spend it outside ski touring, climbing or just hanging out with friends. Once fall rolls around I to utilize my biathlon skills and head to the forest with hopes of filling the freezer.
What’s your ideal day out in the mountains? I love being in places far from civilization with people that share the same passion for the outdoors. Whether it's running up to the Haig with my team or slogging with friends in the backcountry.
What is your ski setup this Winter? I ski a Blizzard zero G 95 with a Plum 170 binding. For my Kicks, I'm on La Sportiva Spitfires. If you like steep and exposed terrain this set up will not let you down when you need it the most.
What is your go-to running shoe? I’m running in the Inov-8 trail-talon 250 and I love them!
Favourite coffee? Rave's "Alpine Start" blend is delicious. Come in and try it out !!