Dave Irwin
Dave Irwin Crazy Canuck

Ski Career Highlights

  • 1971-1982
  • member, Canadian National Ski Team
  • 1975
  • winner, World Cup Downhill, Schladming, Austria
  • 1976
  • member, Canada's Olympic Team, Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1980
  • member, Canada's Olympic Team, Lake Placid, USA
  • 1980
  • winner, North American Downhill Championships, Squaw Valley, California
  • 1982
  • third, Molson World Cup Downhill, Whistler, BC
  • 1982
  • head coach of the New Zealand National Ski Team
  • 1996
  • sixth and top Canadian on the tour, Jeep King of the Mountain overall standings with skiing legends Franz Klammer, Pirmin Zurbriggen and Phil Mahre
  • 1997
  • winner, Gerald Ford American Ski Classic Legends Giant Slalom
  • 2001
  • winner, Gerald Ford American Ski Classic Downhill
    Certified Ski Instructor Level IV and Ski Coach Level III

    Professional Achievements

  • 1982-1983
  • color commentator, CBC-TV "Sports Weekend" for World Cup Skiing
  • 1983-1988
  • director, marketing for Sunshine Village Ski Resort, Banff, Alberta
  • 1983-1988
  • instructor and director, adult ski improvement, Dave Murray Masters Ski Camps
  • 1996-2001
  • race director and course setter for Eclipse Television Ford Downhill Series


    • born July 12, 1954 in Thunder Bay, Ontario
    • Dave learned to ski at 18 months of age at his father Bill's resort, Loch Lomond Ski Area, in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
    • Dave's first ski race was at age six.
    • Dave's first Junior Canadian Ski Championships was at 12 years at Loch Lomond Ski Area.
    • brothers Dan and Doug, and cousins Bert and Tom, were also members of the Canadian National Ski team, from 1967 to 1982.
    • Dave's father Bill, and Uncle Bert represented Canada at the 1948 St. Moritz Winter Olympics. At the age of 77and still a graceful and confident skier, Bill Irwin skied the front face of Heavenly Valley, California, on the world's steepest (start to finish) downhill course. He accompanied his son Dave, who was studying the course for the Jeep King of the Mountain Downhill race.
    • Dave's grandfather Bert "Pop" Irwin, created the Amber Ski Club, Princeton, B.C., in 1932. "Pop" was always at the bottom of the tow ready to repair one of the children's broken wooden ski tips. He smoked Amber tobacco from tins and used these tins to repair the tips. Soon the slopes were covered with ski tips promoting Amber Tobacco and the club adopted its name.