Swiss native Hugues Ansermoz, who has served as head coach of the women’s Canadian Ski Team since 2010 when he left the same position at Swiss Ski, will resign from his current role at the end of the season. The 50-year-old told RTS Sport that he hopes to spend more time with his family, which includes his wife and three young daughters who live in Switzerland.
In his four years with the Canadian team, Ansermoz oversaw the management of Marie-Michele Gagnon who evolved from a slalom specialist into a solid three-event skier on the World Cup circuit. She won this season’s super combined in Altenmarkt/Zauchensee and has posted top-6 results in super G, giant slalom, and slalom this year, just narrowly missing out on the podium in Lienz with a fourth-place finish. Ansermoz also held the same position in March 2012 when Erin Mielzynski became the first Canadian since Betsy Clifford in 1971 to win a World Cup slalom race. She followed that up with her second career World Cup podium in 2013.
Ansermoz certainly leaves his mark behind. However, his work has not been easy in the Canadian federation, a program beset by serious financial problems during his tenure.