Whitney Gardner

FIS Coach

Whitney grew up alpine ski racing in her hometown of South Lake Tahoe where her whole family had a deep passion for skiing, ski racing, and the outdoors. She began racing ski cross when she was 16 and soon after, her performances in NorAms secured her a spot on the Ski Cross World Cup where she competed for 8 years. She competed in two World Championships and claimed two National Champion titles. While racing, she studied at the University of Utah; graduated with honors in Strategic Communications and Outdoor Recreation, and is a certified personal trainer, yoga, and pilates instructor.

Whitney retired from her racing career to coach the next generation of ski racers and share her passion for skiing and competition. Previously Assistant FIS coach with the Squaw Valley Ski Team, 2020 is her first season as a Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club FIS coach. 


Sport Specific Background, Experience, and Roles:

  • FIS Ski Cross World Cup (8 years)

  • World Championships - Ski Cross (2015, 2019) 

  • U.S. National Champion - Ski Cross (2019, 2020)

  • U.S. Ski & Snowboard Athlete Representative (Current)


Education, Professional Degrees, and Certifications:

  • University of Utah - B.S. Strategic Communication, Outdoor Recreation

  • Alpine Coach Level 200

  • Referee

  • Personal Trainer

  • Yoga Instructor (YTT 200)

  • Pilates Instructor


Personal Philosophy or Statement:

I deeply believe in being a good human first to be a great athlete. I hope to inspire our athletes to enjoy and trust the process, grow as people and in their athletic performance, work hard, make good turns, connect with their community, and have fun!