About

The Kalnų Ereliai (Mountain Eagles) Alpine Ski Team was founded in 2005 by Jennifer Virškus in partnership with the Lithuanian Alpine Ski Federation to cultivate and encourage alpine ski racing in Lithuania from the grass-roots level.

The team was made up of boys and girls ages 4-17. At the height of the club, there were some 55 members, in part-time, full-time, and national team training groups. Club participants competed in national and international races on the weekends in Lithuania and throughout Europe, attended team and FIS training camps in the summer and fall in Austria and Slovakia, and participated in the Lithuanian National Championships held at various ski resorts in the Alps.

In the off-season, there were dryland training sessions and camps. In early September, they ran the Vilnius Mini-Marathon as a team to show their dedication and team spirit. Throughout the fall they attended weekly training sessions and participate in activities such as rollerblading, mountain biking and football (soccer).

Notable members of the Kalnų Ereliai ski team include Olympic and World Cup athletes Ieva Januškevičiūtė and Rokas Zaveckas, World Championship and/or World Universiade team members Aivaras Tumas, Karolis Janulionis, Eglė Augustaitytė, Youth Olympic Games and/or European Youth Olympic Festival team members Laura Pamerneckytė, Ieva Urbonavičiūtė, Marcelė Kuliešiutė, Algimantas Milašius, Kasparas Pajarskas, and Kasparas Gudžius.

Jenn Virskus (Program Director, Head Coach) is a Level II Certified PSIA ski instructor and has been teaching and coaching skiing for 10 years. Since 2009, she is the J1 coach for Ruapehu Sport Clup based at Turoa Ski Field, Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand. She is a veteran of the Keystone, Vail, Eldora Mountain and Aspen Ski Schools, coached for two seasons with the Eldora Mountain Ski Club and one season with the Aspen Valley Ski Club. From 2001-2003 she was the Program Director for the Running River Ski Club. She is a former University of Colorado ski racer, and 2003 (GS, SL), 2005 (GS) and 2006 (GS) Lithuanian National Champion.
Miroslavas Urbonavičius (Club Director, Coach),is a Level C ISIA ski coach and is a graduate of Vilnius Pedagogue University with a degree in Geography and Physical Education. He has many top-3 finishes in Lithuanian Championships and World Lithuanian Ski Games. He has been skiing for 30 years and teaching for 8 years. He finished 2nd in GS in the 2006 Lithuanian National Championships.