Team Director

Justin Hewitt

As Team Director, this role is to expand the operational capacity and abilities of the ski team and define future directions for the growth of the team. The Team Director is responsible for the logistics, financials, staffing and management of the team and logistical management of elite athletes.

Justin comes to International Racer with a many years involvement in skiing and racing.  Justin's role involves traditional chief executive duties and logistical planning of the camps in our 3 main theaters. (Europe, Canada and Australia)

Justin is passionate about progressing junior talent to the elite level. By his own assessment Justin is just as excited by an athlete making a single FIS point improvement as another who jumps 50 points in a calendar list. "Each racer is a unique challenge and requires individual support to achieve their personal goals. That is the real fun of ski racing".

When not managing the international logistics issues that IR presents, Justin enjoys following the WC/Europa Cup races.

Current Positions.

* Team Director - International Racer ski team (


Operational Director

Luc Pelletier

* Canadian Ski Coaches Federation Level 3
* Canadian Ski Instructor Alliance Level 4

* British Columbia Alpine Official Program Level 3
* British Columbia Drivers License Class 4

Luc co-founded the International Racer Academy after 14 years of coaching experience in Canada, Europe, and Australia.
Luc spent four winters in Europe working with athletes from club to national team level. Luc also spent nine summers working in the Southern Hemisphere as a program director.

In 2000 Luc was appointed Head Coach of the Australian World Jr. Championship team Quebec City and in 2001 was named to the coaching staff of the Australian World Championship Team St. Anton.Luc is known for his track record of producing extraordinary results at all levels of competitive skiing, Luc is widely recognized for his leadership skills and ability to inspire and motivate athletes.
Luc is also currently working with several elite (sub 30 pt) European athletes in a consultant role.


* May 2004 to Present - IR Operational Director
* Design, coordination and implementation of FIS training programs in Europe, Australia, Chile and Canada
* Lead technical Coach (Tech and Speed)
* Private Athlete consulting


* Nov 2003 to April 2004 J2 Performance coach (Whistler Mountain Ski Club)
* Dec 2002 to Feb 2003 - Australian Development coordinator (Damuls, Austria, Val di Fassa Italy)
* Oct 2001 to April 2002 - Head Coach, FIS Women Saalfelden (Austria)
* Oct 2000 to 2001 - Australian National Team Coach (Innsbruck, Austria)
*May 1996 to 2003 - Program Director, Head Coach Alpine (Mt Hotham)
* Nov 1999 to May 2000  - One-Tel Alpine Race Coach, (Moena Italy)
* 1994 to 1999 - Program Director & Head Coach, Victorian State Development, Big White & Apex, Canada


Athletic Director

Jeff Books

Jeff became a Director of the 'International Racer' team after nine years of coaching experience in Canada, Europe, and Australia.
Jeff is known for his personable, technical and detailed approach to coaching.
Jeff is the Athletic Director for all our programs; This involves defining the on snow/ dry land schedules and outcomes, managing the coaching staff and liaising with parents with detailed progress reports on progress and development.


  • October 2008 - present - IR Athletic Director

  • September/October 2008 - Program Coach - Tignes France

  • March 2005 to 2014  - Athletics Director  - Mount Hotham Race Squad

  • September 2004 to May 2007  - Director of Athletics - Paskapoo Alpine Racing Team   

  • June 2003 to September 2004  - Kinder Coach - Mount Hotham Race Squad

  • October 2003 to May 2004 - Director of Skiing - Searchmont Operations Co

  • November 2000 to April 2003 - K2 / FIS Coach - Kelowna Ski Club

  • November 1999 to April 2003 - Entry Level Program Director - Kelowna Ski Club


  • Canadian Ski Coaches Federation Level 3

  • Canadian Ski Instructor Alliance Level 3

  • British Columbia Alpine Official Program Level 3

  • British Columbia Driver’s License Class 4

  • Canadian Ski Instructor’s Alliance - Park and Pipe Certification

  • Canadian Ski Instructor’s Alliance - Course Conductor

  • Kinesiology & Sports Science

Senior Technical Coach

Martin comes to IR, with years of heliski guiding, ski instructing and race coaching. Martin is one of the best technical free skiers you will ever see and holds a full Austrian certification. 


  • Canadian Ski Coaches Federation Level 2

  • staatl. gepr. Diplom Skilehrer/ Austrian full cert.

  • staatl. gepr. Skifuehrer/ Austrian ski guide

  • British Columbia Drivers License Class 4

  • Occupational First Aid Level 3

Martin Kitz.

Senior Technical Coach

Duane Baird

Originally from the Eastern side of Canada near Montreal, Quebec. Duane heard the mountains calling his name, and he moved West to Canmore, Alberta after completing university in 1995.


Duane comes to International Racer with 21 years of coaching experience. In the fall of 1995, Duane started with Banff Alpine Racers with the Nancy Greene program and completed his 11 years with FIS aged athletes and programs. In the summer of 2006, he began working with the Alberta Provincial Ski Team where he coached the men's team for nine years until the spring of 2015. This past season Duane spent the winter in Chamonix working for a European ski academy, the British Ski Academy where he worked with the FIS team. 


Duane looks forward to spending this winter in Canmore and coaching with International Racer for the 2016/17 season. 



* Level 2 CSIA

* Level 3 CSCF

Technical Coach

Jen Books

Jennifer has been working full-time in the ski industry, in a progression & variety of roles, since 2008. Having joined the IR team in 2011, Jennifer is pleased to find herself in an environment with such diverse opportunities for personal & professional development, & hopes to help to deliver the same quality of attention & detail that have become hallmarks of IR.

2011 - Present
International Racer, Canmore, AB
* Assistant Coach
* Entry Level Head Coach
* Pastoral Supervisor
2014 - Present Mount Hotham, Vic. Aus
* ASPA certified Ski Patroller

2008 - 2011
Camp Fortune, QC
* All Mountain Coach
* Daytime staff supervisor


Canadian Ski Instructor's Alliance Level II
Canadian Ski Coach's Federation Level II
Avalanche Safety Training Level I
Alpine Canada Official Level II
Australia Ski Patrol Association Certified Member
National Australian Ski Patroller
Ontario Class F Driver's Licence


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