Hi, I’m Trace Cooke
Passion is so much more than “loving” something. Passion is the unrelenting demonstration of the three factors described above. With sacrifice, commitment, and dedication – skiing is elevated from a beloved pass-time to an insatiable passion. Skiing is my meditation. When I am on my skis, I feel relaxed, at peace, and able to think more clearly than at any other time. Through 20+ years of skiing, I feel honoured with the opportunities skiing has opened up for me, the chance to travel and meet so many interesting people and turn skiing into an action-packed career. My dream is my current reality!
Whitewater Ski Resort
The grassroots Canadian Junior Freeride Competitions was where I developed my competitive skills and passion for the sport. During my last season as a Junior on the IFSA Tour, I won several comps across North America, earning the overall title for the Male 15-18 category.
I graduated to competing on the Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) tour. In my first season, I achieved two 1st place finishes in the 2* events at Chamonix and Verbier, plus a 6th place finish at the Telluride 4* event.
Another FWQ tour season. Travelling around the world fighting for a spot on the FWT. After struggling in Europe with poor conditions and some hard crashes, I came back to North America with one 4th place finish from Verbier 3*. In Crested Butte 4* I earned a 7th place finish. At Kicking Horse Resort 4*, I put down two nerve racking runs to win 2nd place, which in total, won me a spot on the Freeride World Tour.
On the FWT, I finished 15th over all. Sitting on the door step, as they say. The top 14 won a spot for the following 2017 tour. It was back to the Qualifiers for me.
I stayed in North America and competed in Revelstoke, Crested Butte, Taos and Kicking Horse 4* events. With two 1st place finishes and a 4th, I earned the #1 ranked spot on the FWQ tour, qualifying for FWT 2018. Stay tuned!
Freeride Junior World Championships, 2016
The following year I returned to Europe. This time competing on the FWT tour. My first stop was in Andorra the week prior to the Junior World Championships. This made it very convenient to join my sister and the Canadian team again to help out and acquire more valuable coaching experience.