Ski Instructors at Horseshoe Resort
Meet our team of experienced coaching and development staff! Our team boasts some of Ontario's best ski, snowboard and nordic instructors that hold over 50 years of combined coaching experience. Learn more about our available lessons and programs here.
Director, Alpine Sports
From the outset of his career, Nigel Cooper has picked ‘the best line on the ridge’ – as an athlete, a coach and a sport manager. With over 25 years of industry experience under his belt, Nigel started out on the slopes of Horseshoe where he excelled as an athlete, coach and Program Director.
Nigel is now returning to Horseshoe after having worked as Program Director for Whistler Mountain Ski Club; Director of Development with Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; Athletic Director for British Columbia Ski Association and Athlete Development Manager with Alpine Canada where he was overseeing Alpine/Ski Cross domestic programming.
As a seasoned athlete and coach himself Nigel led Team Canada’s Victory at the Whistler Cup in 2013 and has delivered 5 Osisko Going4Gold Speed/Ski Cross Camps. A Provincial High School and Collegiate ski racing champion, Nigel is a Level 3 Canadian Alpine Ski Official and a Fully Certified Level 3 Canadian Ski Coaches Federation ski coach
In his role as Director of Alpine Sports for Horseshoe MultiSport Academy, Nigel will focus on the development and training of participants in the competitive program as well as oversee and cultivate a team of experienced alpine coaches.
Director of Partnerships and Events
Jonathan has a varied background and expertise in snow sports, biking, operations and events. He came to Horseshoe Resort in 2011 from Blue Mountain where he held a number of positions in recreation, marketing and events.
As an experienced coach, mentor and instructor with his Level 1 certification in snowboard, ski and mountain biking as well as extensive career as a professional athlete including 1996 Canadian National Snowboard Championship Gold Medalist and 1998 Canadian Olympic Qualifiers, Jonathan is a six time Provincial Alpine Champion, past member of the Canadian National Snowboarding team and a valued asset to the Horseshoe management team. As an active member of the snowboarding community Jonathan is currently the President of Snowboard Ontario.
As Director of Partnerships and Events at Horseshoe Resort Jonathan organizes, books and oversees all sporting events at Horseshoe Resort including Ontario Cup races, Horseshoe Open Ski and Snowboard Festival and third party events and partnerships such as Centurion Cycling and Warrior Dash.
Head Coach, Nordic
A life-long athlete, Andrew brings over 25 years of experience in Nordic racing and coaching to Horseshoe Resort. With a passion for developing athletes, Andrew has worked with multiple junior development programs and lead individuals and teams at numerous championships and winter games across Ontario. From selecting the best equipment to race-day waxing, Andrew also brings an extensive knowledge of ski equipment to help bring out the best in athletes. Currently a trained L2T Nordic Coach, Andrew is actively pursuing Competition Development certification. Always an athlete at heart, Andrew can be found competing and having fun as a Masters skier and cyclist