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.