SPOTLIGHT: Trace Cooke

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Trace Cooke is a 24-year-old Freeskier based in Nelson BC. He spent the last winter filming for Rising From My Roots and with Matchstick Productions for their film, Return To Sender. Both Films are set to drop this fall and with a double debut like that, Trace Cooke certainly grabbed our attention. Fun fact, Trace’s first ski film feature was at age 7 in Bill Heath’s film “Sinners”.


“This winter because I will be focusing on both skiing and my studies, I will be working on a webisode series called “Weekend Warrior” with a release every Monday morning. In the bigger picture, I have started preparation for a ski documentary following a ski/sail trip from Vancouver Island to Alaska to experience perhaps the most outstanding backdrop for winter and wilderness skiing in the world. With major focus on leaving as minimal, if any, environmental footprint. The trip is set to take place April 2021.”

Skier: Trace Cooke Location: Whitewater BC Photo: Bryan Ralph

SPONSORS: Whitewater Ski Resort, Backcountry Access,The North Face, Fischer Skis, Smith Optics, Village Ski Hut, Backroad Brewing.


2009:  First competition – Canadian  Freeride Open Red Mountain
2010:  2nd Canadian Freeride Open and 1st Jr. Big Mountain event Lake Louise.
2013: 1st 15-18 yr. Male IFSA North American Overall Title
2014: 1st FWQ tour qualifier events in Verbier, Switzerland and Chamonix, France
2015: 3rd Overall FWQ Americas Region – earned Freeride World Tour (FWT) berth
2016: 15thplace FWT final standings
2017: 1st Overall FWQ Americas Region – earned 2nd FWT tour berth
2018: 18th place FWT final standings

Trace Cooke’s line in the 2018 Freeride World Tour.

More Trace Cooke here and more about Return To Sender here.