Teaching Kids life skills through the Love of Skiing

Coach Bios

Ben Cohen - Program Director


Before I could walk my mom had me in a backpack on the side of the race course while she coached at Whistler. I was on the bunny hill at 2 and in the race course at 4. Once I got a taste for the gates, I was hooked for life. I have spent 27 years eating, sleeping and breathing skiing. My childhood was spent racing all over the place, starting out east and working my west. When I was 11 my family moved to Kimberley and we started racing for the North Star Racers(now KAT). I was a speed demon so the Dreadnaught with my head between my knees quickly became my happy place. I raced FIS and traveled to many different hills but some of my fondest memories were blue bird days on the Dreadnaught ripping the downhill track and laughing all the way up the quad with my teammates. When I wasn’t on snow I filled my time with other sports. I competed in lacrosse, rugby, soccer, mountain biking, longboarding, swimming, basketball, and sailing. While I had a lot of fun and learned a ton from all my different sports, skiing was always top priority.

When I finished racing I moved to Fernie to live the powder dream and coaching was the best job I could think of that would allow me to ski everyday. After a couple of seasons I decided I wanted to turn my passion into a career. After many days of hard work and cold toes I am now a CSCF Performance Level  Coach and CSIA Level 2 Instructor with over ten years of experience. I’ve worked with athletes from 4 years old to the National Team and everything in between. My mission in coaching is to inspire, empower, and develop the next generation of Canadian ski racers. Having seen the full spectrum of the athletic progression I fully understand how important strong programming is at each and every stage of an athletes development. They say, “all olympians start somewhere.” I want that somewhere to be Kimberley Alpine Team.
When I am not coaching you can find me ripping laps on the backside, carving up the frontside, or out in the nature park snowshoeing with my dog. In the summer I am stone mason but spend my free time camping, hiking, cycling, or out on the water on my paddle board.
I am delighted to be coming back to the club that I loved so much as an athlete. The community and the club are growing and I am extremely excited to be a part of it.
See you on the slopes,