Raul joined Cypress Ski Club as Program Director in 2012.
Raul spent the first ten years of his life in the south of Chile before moving to Santiago. He started skiing when he was 4 years old, in a ski area called Antillanca in Chile’s Lake District Region. During his childhood skiing became increasingly important for Raul. At 8 years of age he began his racing career in Antillanca which culminated in Raul being the Chilean GS Champion and SL Vice-Champion in 1971. At that time he was named to the Olympic Team to participate in the Sapporo Olympics in 1972, but due to the political situation, no team was sent.
Raul soon turned to instructing and in 1974 attained his Level 1 Ski Instructor issued by the Chilean Ski Federation. He also has his Level 1 awarded by the Spanish National Ski School and is a Canadian CSCF Development Level Coach. He is currently a member of the Technical Commission of the Chilean Ski Federation and the Chief of Race for the South American Cup Races held in Chile.
Prior to joining CSC, Raul was K1 (U14) Head Coach at Whistler Mountain Ski Club from 2008 to 2012.
He is passionate about educating children through skiing and is also a trail runner. Raul and his wife Michele have three children, Daniela 30, Martín 22 and Micaela 19. Raul’s time is split between Canada and La Parva, Chile, where he coaches privately and runs a business with his wife organizing the logistics for teams that go to train at different areas in Chile.
Raul is looking forward to the upcoming season and would like all parents and athletes to always feel free to contact him.