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Meet your Instructor

Meet your Instructor

Meet our team of instructors handpicked from around the globe

Our instructors are highly skilled professionals from many parts of the world, ask if they can speak your language.

Simon Woodward
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Qualifications: CSIA Level 2, CSCF Level 2 Trained

Favorite Run: Gypsy Queen and BX Express

Simon Woodward (or Woody as he is commonly known!) is originally from the UK. He spent 9 years in the IT industry before leaving IBM and following his dream of becoming a ski instructor. Woody initially started as an instructor here at SilverStar before becoming a Supervisor, Manager of the Star Kids Centre and now the Snowsports School Business Manager. This is Woody's 9th season working at SilverStar and is looking forward to the next.

Woody loves speed and the excitement of competing in the Over The Hill Downhill Race that is held annually at SilverStar. He has been clocked at over 105 km/h but this year hopes to top 110 km/h and can’t wait to meet everyone who comes to the resort to participate in this great event!

Woody is committed to making the Snowsports School at SilverStar the best school in Canada to learn and work at! He is passionate about the sports he loves and welcomes anyone that sees him to say hello and tell him about their experience at the resort.

Norman Kreutz

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Qualifications: CSIA Level 4, CSCF Level 3, Mountain Guide Level 1, CSIA Level 4 Course Conductor

Favorite Run: Pretty much anywhere on the mountain

With 40 years of coaching and teaching experience SilverStar’s Technical Director, Norman Kreutz, has a long list of credentials. He starting skiing at a young age racing with the Lake Superior Ski Division in his home town of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Moving out west in 1979 he taught at Banff Club Ski for four years honing his skills under the direction of some of the legends within the CSIA. By 1983 Norman had achieved his Level 4 CSIA certification and became a Course Conductor shortly thereafter. 1984 saw Norman move further west to run the SilverStar SnowSports School and make SilverStar his home. In 1988 Norman took on duties as Western Course Director for the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance. Throughout his 14 years with the CSIA he had the opportunity to ski throughout the world and most notably be involved as either coach or skier in no less than four Interski teams. Norman has been a mentor to many in the ski instruction industry throughout Canada; incredibly well respected for his skiing and teaching ability.

Best Moment on Skis: Watching his sons become the accomplished all mountain skiers they have become. Skiing with his wife Debbie. Skiing in a demonstration with Cam Watson during Interski ‘87 in Banff. “It was as if we were attached by a string.” Completing 49 runs in two hours of skiing at the Mountain Smoker, Broken River, New Zealand. World Powder Eight Championships skiing with his bud Steve Smart. Out on the slopes with the members of the SilverStar SnowSports Schools.

Favourite Teaching Moment: Coaching the SnowSport School on morning or afternoon sessions. Seeing the smiles on his client’s faces when they get the feeling he is trying to portray. Being mentored by his great friend and legend of the sport, Martin Olson. Having a day on the slopes with his family.


Spike Kenny

Qualifications: CSIA Level 3, CSCF Level 1, AST Level 1

Favourite Runs: Spirit Bowl

I started skiing in Italy when I was 14, since then I have skied throughout Europe, Western Canada and in New Zealand.

The biggest reward for me is that moment when my I see that big grin on my guests faces… it could be the first green or double black; it`s that realisation that skiing really is fun…. we all make that grin – for the lucky ones, we get to grin every day.

Amongst other things, I used to shear sheep and train sheep dogs for a living.  In my day, I would comfortably clip 300 ewes a day.

I am very proud of the awards I have achieved whilst working at SilverStar.  I was recognised by the CSIA as Canadian Ski Instructor of the Year in both the 2012 and 2014 seasons. Also in the 2014 season, my colleagues at SilverStar voted me as Trainer of the Year.

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Alec James (AJ) Tauber

Qualifications: CSIA Level 2

Favourite Run: Gypsy Queen

I have been skiing at Thredbo, my local mountain in Australia, since I was four years old. I have also skied and raced in the Thredbo Ski Race Club for eight years. I have been coming to SilverStar Mountain for the past seven years and absolutely love skiing here.

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Alex Burrows

Qualifications: CSIA Level 3, CANSI Level 1, CADS Level 1, CSCF Level 1 (Training)

Favorite Run: 3 Wise Men

This is my third season at SilverStar, having sandwiched 2 seasons down under at Perisher in between. I learnt to ski 15 years ago on the dry slopes in England. After numerous trips to The Alps I was hooked on everything skiing had to offer. I decided to become an instructor so that I could pass on the knowledge and passion I have for skiing. I can’t wait to see someone’s face light up after they have mastered a new skill and being able to watch them develop the passion I have for the sport.  Away from skiing I am a very keen cricketer and spent my time at Newcastle University coaching the Ladies Cricket Team.

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Alex Kreutz

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1, CSCF Level 1

Favourite Run: Alder Point

Having been born and raised in the Okanagan, skiing and the outdoors have played a huge roll in my development. SilverStar has proven to be a world class playground for me growing up, and I make sure to go get out there in one manor or another throughout the year. Having been in Victoria pursuing my degree, the last few years have made the heart grow fonder with every snowless winter passing. I’m very excited to join the SnowSports team and can’t wait to see everyone out on the slopes!

Angus Wooley

Qualifications: CSIA Level 3, CANSI Level 2, CSCF Level 1

Favourite Run: Kirkenheimer

Ships Captain and Offshore Installation manager in command of Offshore Drilling Rigs worldwide.

Since 2005, I have worked for a consultancy company in the Offshore Engineering and Marine sector of the Offshore Oil industry and winter seasons as a ski instructor at Silverstar. Have been Canadian resident since 2015.

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Ashley Hutton

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

Favourite Run: Alder Point

Hello! I'm Ashley Hutton, I’m 16 years old and this is will be my first season teaching at SilverStar. I'm from the Sunshine Coast in Australia but have grown up with SilverStar as my second home of sorts, having skied here for 12 seasons! I received my CSIA Level 1 last year and I’m hyped to be able to put it to use teaching and gaining experience.

Ben Jackson

Qualifications: CASI level 2, park and pipe, Level 1 evaluator

Favourite Run: Abby road on the opening day of the backside

I have lived and taught snowboarding all over the world including, Val d Isère, France, New Zealand, Whistler, Banff, Andorra and Italy. I have worked at SilverStar mountain on and off in various roles for the last 9 years. I am as passionate about snowboarding and mountain culture as I am about teaching and take pride in introducing people to snowboarding and the lifestyle that has given me so much.

Silverstar mountain and snowboarding brought me to Canada and I never left. I now call Lumby home at the base of the epic Monashee mountains, where I live with my wife and three children. I call Silverstar my local mountain because of its world class snow, varied terrain and sense of community. If it is your first day there or your home, you always feel welcome when you step into the village.

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Bradley Hiscock

Qualifications: CSIA Level 2

Favourite Run: Chute 5

I have been skiing at SilverStar for 15 years and am pleased to say that the 2017/18 season will be my first season working as an instructor. What makes SilverStar so beautiful is its ability to accommodate all levels of athletes through its variety of slope difficulty. So you will find me either shredding groomers such as Big Dipper or dropping into Chute 5 at any time of the day. When I'm not on the slopes I'm either at Brewers Pond or supporting my favourite Basketball team, the Toronto Raptors.

Brian France

Qualifications: CASI Level 2, CSIA Level 1

Favorite Run: Robin's Hood

I have skied and boarded at Silver Star my whole life. I started skiing here at 8 years old, then switched to snowboarding as a teenager. I have enjoyed snowboarding ever since.   I love sharing the passion of snowboarding. Being in the great outdoors is what I enjoy the most. I work for Parks Canada at Waterton Lakes National Park in the spring and summer months. I have a obtained a pilots licence and enjoy flying.  A big bowl of Captain Crunch is what gets me fired up for the day.  So come and join me on the slopes, I guarantee you will have fun!

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Brooklyn Tupper

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

Favourite Run: All of the Headwalls

I have been skiing at SilverStar since the age of two. I started out at the SnowSports School and soon went on to racing with the Vernon Ski Club for seven years. When I am not at the hill I am most likely at the dance studio, as I am a competitive dancer also. Even though dancing takes up much of my time, my passion for skiing has not diminished. My family and I spend every weekend up at SilverStar. I absolutely love winter, skiing and all the things they’re associated with.   

Chris Young

Qualifications: CSIA Level 3, CSCF Level 1

Favourite Run: Chute 5

I am a certified Red Seal chef and as such, it is my other great passion, along with skiing. I hope that I get the chance to cater for some of our amazing overseas clients. I am taking my Level 4 exam this year and really like my chances, because here at SilverStar we have some of the industry’s best. I am really patient and love to introduce beginners to this wonderful, wonderful sport.

Craig Clark

Qualifications: CSIA Level 3, CSCF Level 2, CASI Level 1, CSIA 1 Examiner, NZSIA Freestyle NZSIA Teaching Children

Favorite Run: Stardust

I have taught skiing for 21 seasons in six countries. I love to ski and share my passion with others. A lot of times I get into a situation on the mountain where there's a high possibility that something will go wrong, but then you've just got to point those skis down and say 'well, let's see what happens'. 

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Darren Richmond

Qualifications: Level 4 CSIA , Level 4 CSIA Level 4 Examiner, CSCF Level 2 and CASI Level 1

Favorite Run: Anything Deep and Steep with a few drops thrown in for fun. Headwalls are my normal go to runs.

I started my skiing career in the early 80's while growing up in Rocky Mountain house, Alberta. Commuting to Banff, Ab. to get coaching from the Banff Alpine Racers started a solid foundation of skills and a love for skiing. This translated to starting my first instructing job at Canyon Ski area in Red Deer Ab. in 1986, I then on to Sunshine Village and Banff where I achieved my level four certification in 1992. I first started working at SilverStar that same year and progressed up to Director of skiing by 1999 and continued examining courses for the CSIA working up to Level 4 examiner as well as Western Technical Committee Chairperson.  I retired from a full time role for the resort in 2001 and now work as a General contractor in my Company Richbuilt Homes. I enjoy bringing a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to coach some of the great programs SilverStar offers.

Favourite Teaching moment: In about 1989 I taught an elderly couple to ski for the first time, they were both in their early 70's and were thrilled with their accomplishment. In 1992 the same couple returned for another lesson and I discovered that in the years since the first lesson this couple had spent three straight years traveling from the northern hemisphere to the southern hemisphere for year round winter, and had been skiing all over the globe.

David Enns

Qualifications: CSIA Level 2, CSCF Level 1

Favorite Run: Anything freshly groomed and fast or anywhere knee deep in powder

This is my 5th year teaching skiing here at SilverStar. I was put on my fisrt pair of skis when I was about 14 months old and skiing has continued to be a huge part of my life ever since. I spent quite a few years racing with the Vernon Race Club when I was younger and during that time I skied on mountins all over BC, but I can say with certainty that SilverStar is still my favourite. I look forward to passing on my knowledge and showing you everything this amazing mountain has to offer!   


Dean Stone

Qualifications: CSIA Level 4, CSCF Level 3

Favourite Run: Sunny Ridge

I really value helping people to improve their skiing technique, while enjoying the overall mountain experience.

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Denys Lawrence

Qualifications: CANSI Nordic Level 4, CANSI Nordic Course Conductor Level 2, CANSI Tele LeveI 2 Instructor, CSIA Level 1 Instructor, NCCP Level 1 Coach

Favourite Run: BX Express and Corkscrew 

I learned to ski at Mont Orford and Owl's Head in Quebec in the 1960's. I came to SilverStar in 1990 after spending a number of winters in Davos, Switzerland. I built my home on the Knoll at SilverStar in 2001, and have been skiing from my door ever since. I love to backcountry ski, having been to many areas in BC and in Japan. I am a passionate Nordic Ski Instructor, with the CANSI Telemark Level 3 as my current goal. I am the President of the Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors.

I have many places I love to ski at Silver Star. Come ski with me and I will happily share them with you!

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Eamon Doherty

Qualifications: CSIA Level 3, CSCF 2, CSIA Course Conductor 

Favorite Run: Robillard's Rush, great for short turns and powder days

I've been teaching skiing since 1993. The first 10 years in Ottawa, On, Canada at Camp Fortune and since 2003 SilverStar Mountain Resort. Our time together will be spent improving your skiing while having fun exploring the mountain I enjoy working with all skiers, from beginners to experts

See you soon! Cheers… Eamon

Ellen Megaw

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

Favourite Run: Deer Park  or Three Wise Men

This will be my third season teaching at SilverStar. I started skiing when I was seven and have had a huge passion for it ever since. Being able to call SilverStar my home moutain is one thing but being able to teach other people, mostly kids, and my passion in such a great place is another. I am excited to see what the 2017-2018 season brings!

Emma Enns

Qualifications: CSIA Level 2

Favorite Run: The Face

I have grown up skiing on SilverStar Mountain since the young age of one and continue to love every moment of skiing I get. I raced with the Vernon Ski Club for eight years before discovering my passion for teaching. I taught with the Ski Club for two seasons and then made my way to the Adventure Centre where I have been teaching for the last five seasons. If I’m not found skiing on the mountain I can usually be found training / competing horses in dressage or studying Biology and French at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna. With a love for skiing and seven seasons of teaching experience under my belt I am more than happy to share my knowledge and passion with you!

Emma Hutton

Qualifications: CASI 2

Favourite Run: Carving down Lower Big Dipper

Hello! This is my 4th season returning to teach at SilverStar (aka the best place in the world!) I am 18 years old and have been travelling from my home town of the Sunshine Coast in Australia to SilverStar for the past 13 seasons. I started skiing here when I was six, then learnt to snowboard when I was seven and never looked back! I love teaching and sharing my passion for all things snowboarding and exploring all of SilverStar's amazing terrain. I am currently training and competing in Snowboard Cross and had success at the Australian National University Games, placing 3rd in the event. At home in Australia I am studying for a Bachelor of Business and Marketing and compete with my horse Charlotte in Show Jumping!

Gerard Beallie

Qualifications: CSIA Level 4, CSIA Level 2 Course Conductor, CSCF Level 2, CASI Level 1

Favorite Run: Gypsy Queen

I started skiing at 12 years old in the school program in Jasper, Alberta.  It was a full week of afternoon lessons and of course enough time to get into some trouble with friends out on the hill before loading up the bus and heading to town.  Maybe that’s what sparked my love of the sport which still drives me today. I moved to Vernon six years ago and found SilverStar to be such a great place to ski and train that I credit SilverStar for helping me obtain my goals.  Not sure if it’s all the great people and skiers, or possibly the mountain but whatever it is, it’s special.  I hope to take you out for a tour of the mountain and teach you the tools to enable you to reach your goals.

Gerry Goudge

Qualifications: CSIA Level 4, CSCF Level 3

Favourite Run: Bondiablo

Gerry started skiing in Montreal 70 years ago, and this will be his 53rd year teaching!  He has taught for many ski areas in Canada and the USA.  He came to Vernon in 1966 from the Banff area, and was the Ski School Director for SilverStar from 1972 to 1982.  Gerry's high energy, enthusiasm, and love of teaching skiing is infectious.  His specialty is helping skiers of all ages to overcome their fear and start to enjoy his favourite sport.  "I look forward to meeting you and helping you with your skiing, in complete control."

George Young

Qualifications: CSIA Level 3, CSIA Level 1 Course Conductor, CANSI XC Level 3, Tele Level 2, CSCF Level 2

Favourite Run: Kirkenheimer

George has taught skiing since the early 60’s and spent 4 years living in Europe where he skied extensively throughout the Alps. Having skied in every month of the year and tried sand dunes to stretch his sense of the absurd, he loves to pass on his joy in what a pair of skis will do – flat, uphill or downhill! George has promised not to grow up until he’s at least a hundred!

Glenn McPherson

Qualifications: CSIA Level 3, CSCF Level 1, CANSI Level 1

Favourite Run: Normania

Being a local, I’ve been fortunate to call SilverStar my home during winter. Skiing has been a big part of my life. It is also something I get to share with other people. Whether you are a nervous beginner or a competent parallel skier, I'm confident that I can help make your visit at SilverStar the best ever.

Glenn Wurtele

Qualifications: Level 4 Instructor/ France, Level 4 Elite Coach/ Canada

Favourite Run: Holy Smokes

Former National Ski Team Men's Head Coach. Managed to ski most of the world's great mountain ranges including Europe, North America, Scandinavia, South America and China. Always searching for the "perfect" turn.

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Grant Rutherglen

Qualifications: CSIA Level 4, CSCF Level 4, CSCF Course Conductor

Level 4 CSIA , Senior 4 Coach CSCF (grandfathered), CADS National Team Coach 1981 thru 1989. Kite Flying expert, May 1st 1973 Sunshine Village up top of the Great Divide. 45 years a CSIA member / 45 years a CSCF Course Conductor. A Red Mountain Racer in one way or another for 55 years. Vernon Ski Club Mentor Coach and Entry Level Coach. Since 2013. Author of the book “The Dart” an account of the development of ski racers in Canada.

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Harry Baird

Qualifications: SBINZ Level 2

Favorite Run: Too hard to choose just one!

I’m from Adelaide, Australia and I’m 25 years old. I’ve been teaching snowboarding since I was 21 and this will be my 3rd year at SilverStar but coming into my 8th season all up. Snowboarding is something amazing to me that everyone should enjoy!

Holly Enns

Qualifications: CSIA Level 2

Favourite Run: Rustty Whistle

The 2017-2018 season will be my 4th season teaching up at SilverStar. I began skiing before I was two years old and I haven't stopped since. I spent three years racing with the Vernon ski club, which grew my skills and encouraged my love for skiing. I can't wait to see what this season has in store for me, I hope to see you on the slopes!

Inge Van Cleef

Qualifications: CASI Level 1, APSI Adaptive Level 1

Favourite Run: Deer Park

Giving up my full-time job as a social worker to come to SilverStar in 2008 and learn to snowboard is the best decision I ever made. Nine years and a few laps around the world later, I’m back as an instructor.

I love helping people to learn the sport that I love and I will run up and down that hill with you until I see the twinkle in your eyes.

As a social worker I’ve got a lot of experience in working with kids, teenagers and adults with disabilities, learning and behavioural issues. Snowboarding is a sport for everyone and I hope to see all kinds of people on the hill and in my classes, no matter what age, no matter what physical or mental ability.

See you out there!

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Jesse Mohr

Qualifications: CASI Level 2

Favourite Run: Southern Cross

This will be my first season working at SilverStar and I could not be more excited for it! Snowboarding is a huge passion of mine and to be able to help others experience it and see the joy on their faces when they make their first turn is a sight I will never get sick of. I look forward to seeing you on the slopes!

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Jessica Caltabiano

I’m an Aussie girl ready to hit the slopes at SilverStar. I’ve been skiing for the last nine years in Australia, New Zealand and Japan. From all my family trips, I have fallen in love with the sport and I’m eager to start teaching it at SilverStar. At home I’m a Secondary School Maths and Physical Education teacher, and I’m looking forward to transferring my teaching skills from the classroom to the slopes. Ever since I started skiing at the age of 12, I’ve dreamed of living and working in the snow and now I can’t believe my dream is coming true. I can’t wait to start the season and hit the slopes.

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John-Ross McLean

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Name: John-Ross (JR) McLean
Certifications: CSIA 3, CSCF 2, Course Conductor 1
Bilingual - French/English
Favorite run: Alder Point.  Earning your turns allows for a greater sense of adventure.

Skiing has been my passion in life from a very young age.  Originally from Ottawa, I started skiing through the Nancy Greene Program at Camp Fortune. I continued on racing with the Fortune Ski Academy and graduated from Georgian College - Ski Resort Operations Program in 2005. I have been an instructor and coach since 2002 and have taught in Ontario, Quebec, as well as in Aspen, CO (USA). I have now skied all over North America as well as Zermatt, Switzerland and Chervania, Italy.  

I am very proud to be part of the SilverStar team for the past 4 years.  We are very lucky, fortunate and spoiled here. Let's meet on the slopes and enjoy the snow!

- J-R

Jonathan Bell

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

Favorite Run: Deer Park

This will be my second season at SilverStar. I am originally from the UK and learnt to ski in Austria when I was four. After many family ski trips all over Europe, I realised that I wanted to become a ski instructor. I came to Canada a year later and got my CSIA Level 1 and Level 2 Ski. Since then I dreamed of living close to the mountains and two years ago my family and I moved to Vernon.

I love the mountain culture that SilverStar has to offer and spend a lot of my summer up here guiding clients on the bike trails.

I love everything about skiing and hope I can share that passion with other skiers.

Keith Eliason

Qualifications: CSIA Level 4, CSIA Level 3 course conductor, CSCF Level 3

Favorite Run: Doog Nog

Hello my name is Keith Eliason. I am a Level 4 CSIA ski instructor and a Level 3 CSCF race coach. This is my 15th year working as a ski instructor at SilverStar Mountain Resort. I have been one of the trainers for the SnowSports school for eight years as well.  I have a large back ground in high level ice hockey playing up to the WHL level and am a certified personal trainer as well. When I am not skiing I am also a competitive sprinter and have a passion for just about any sport. I have had the privilege of working and skiing with some of the top ski instructors and coaches in the country as well as working closely with some of Canada’s top personal trainers, track and field coaches and athletes. I have been skiing at SilverStar since I was four years old and have come to call it my home.  I hope I see you all out on the slopes and we can share a run together!

Kristen Heard

Qualifications: CSIA Level 2, CSCF Level 1, CANSI Level 1

I started skiing when I three years old back in Australia at Perisher. I grew up in the ski industry as my family had a ski shop for 15 years, which was a lot of fun. I’ve been coming to SilverStar since the age of 14 and fell in love with the mountain - 13 years later, I’m still not sick of this beautiful place.

I love being able to share and teach one of my passions with any age. Seeing people improve during a lesson is a very rewarding feeling, especially when you can see it on their face.

I also am a photographer, so if you see a girl skiing with a large camera around the hill, that’s more than likely me.

Come say hi and I look forward to skiing with you and having fun!

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Laurence Gray

Qualifications: CSIA Level 2

I grew up in England, so I learned to ski in France and Austria. Skiing with my family has been a yearly event since I was about five years old, but I craved more so I decided to come to Canada and get qualified so that I can share my passion for this amazing sport.

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Laurits Jensen

Qualifications: CASI Level 2, CSIA Level 1

Favourite Run: Kirkenheimer, but everything with snow on will do!

I LOVE SNOWBOARDING! And everything that have to do with it! I’m from the flat country Denmark, but have been chasing the snow all around Europe as long as I can remember. But that was until I found the hidden diamond of SilverStar and I’m now returning for my second season. Here I can truly outlive and share my passion. Riding and teaching snowboarding every day in beautiful conditions and amongst amazing people. Come and have fun, no matter if you are beginner or expert, there is always a new trick to learn and a new adventures to explore!

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Lis Strautins

Qualifications: CASI Level 1

Favourite Run: Zyper

Excited to be back for season six - I love SilverStar and having the opportunity to get others involved in the sport. I came late to snowboarding so I’m pretty sympathetic to the adults learning and in awe of the little guys who pick it up so quick!

Matilda Blomqvist

I grew up in Sweden where I learned to ski at the age of five. Since then I have loved skiing and winter sports. As I got older I went skiing in the Alps and it was there that I spent last season working as a ski instructor. It´s a real pleasure to have the opportunity to share my passion for skiing with other people. I am really happy about getting to know SilverStar Mountain over the coming season. When I’m not working as a ski instructor, I work as a primary school teacher.

Matthew Kreutz

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1, CSCF Level 1

Matthew Wass

I’m from the sunny Gold Coast, Australia. I decided to leave all the sand and surf behind to pursue my love for snowboarding. Up until now, snowboarding has really only been a hobby, but now I want to get more serious and further my skills and make a career out of it. I’m a big believer in the saying “if you love what you do, then you never really work a day in your life”, and that the experiences and memories you make in life are far more valuable than money. This will be my first of many seasons and I can’t wait to start this next stage in my life.

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Maurice Quinn

Qualifications: CSIA Level 2, CADS Level 2, CANSI Nordic Level 1, CANSI Telemark Level 1

Favourite Run: Robillard’s Rush

This will be my seventh season teaching skiing and I love the diversity that teaching both alpine and nordic brings to my day. I am very lucky to share my time teaching children and adults with sensory, cognitive or physical disabilities. Some of my most cherished moments on skis have come from those lessons. In many ways we are all adapting when we ski - whether it be to the terrain we are on, the conditions of the snow and/or the physical and mental state we bring to the mountain on a given day. I am able to draw on my experiences in teaching both nordic and alpine skiing to bring positive changes to my guest’s experiences on our mountain. I have infinite patience and always have a smile on my face!

Megan O'Reilly

Qualifications: CSIA Level 2

Favourite Run: Cloud 9

I come from a ski family and have followed the footsteps of my dad to pursue ski instructing. I learned to ski on the icy and chilly hills of Québec and now I feel spoiled to have the opportunity to ride in some fresh powder at SilverStar. See you on the slopes!

Mel Dekker

Qualifications: CSIA Level 3, CSCF Level 2 Trained

Favourite Run: Holy Smokes

I learned how to ski at Spring Hill, Manitoba which has a 125 foot vertical.  I loved it right away but I knew there was more, so I took a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 1978.  Now that is a ski hill; bottomless powder to boot.  In the years to come, I took many trips out west and came to SIlver Star where the snow, the view, the temperature, and the people are excellent.  I moved to Vernon, and who could blame me?  There was and still is true passion for skiing here, which being an instructor, I love to pass on.  Just thinking about the wind in my face as I am sliding down the mountains makes me SMILE every time.

Mick Ban

Qualifications: CSIA Level 3 - CSCF Level 1

Favorite Run: Big Dipper

I have been skiing since the age of 4. Having Austrian parents who were keen skiers meant I was always destined to be a skier. At the age of 13 I started competing in alpine skiing events, representing my State and then my Country until I was 26. During this time, I skied in America and Europe and loved every minute of it. I fell in love with Silver Star back in 1990 and have been coming back every year since.  Having skied the world, I believe Silver Star offers the best of everything, I just love it. My passion is skiing and imparting my love of the sport onto people I meet and teach. Enjoy the snow and always have fun.

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Mike Bell

Qualifications: CANSI Level 4 Nordic, CCC Coach Level 3

Hello!  My Nordic passion started in the ski hills around Montreal, Quebec and I eventually moved west to volunteer as a coach for larger BC clubs, as well as our Canadian National Ski Team at the Calgary Olympics and Albertville, France Olympics.  I’m a long term Level 4 Nordic ski instructor and Level 3 coach presently volunteering at Sovereign Lake Nordic for Masters Club members. Canadian Masters Director - BC Division, and active Masters Racer with World Cup Masters Racers.

My goal for my clients is to ensure they improve their on snow skills and share some laughter on our world class nordic area here on the mountain. I always get excited about meeting new people and helping them learn to continuously improve their skiing.  See you on the snow. 


Neave Allen

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

Favorite Run: Deer Park

Born and raised in Vernon, BC, I've been skiing since I was seven years old and enjoy all aspects of the great outdoors. I'm super exited to work at SilverStar this season and share my passion for skiing with others!

Niall Haslam

Qualifications: CSIA Level 2

Having learned to ski over ten years ago, I have pursued my passion for skiing all over the world after becoming a Ski Instructor in 2012. This is my first season working at SilverStar having spent two seasons in New Zealand, as well as three more in Alberta prior to that. I used to be a personal trainer, so teaching people new skills and seeing progress is something I have great pleasure in doing.

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Norm Crerar

Qualifications: CSIA Level 4, CANSI Level 4, CSCF Level 3, NZ Level 2, USA Full Cert, France Auxiliar

Favorite Run: Normania

Teaching skiing for 50 years, Alpine and XC.  Former Ski School Director, Ski Area Manager, and Ski Area Owner (retired)

Pat Gerrie

Qualifications: CSIA Level 3, CSCF Level 2, CASI Level 1, CANSI Level 1, CADS Level 1, CSIA Level 1 Course Conductor

Favourite Run: Gypsy Queen on a powder day and the Over the Hill Downhill course on a need for speed day.

I have over 35 years of teaching, coaching and ski school director experience. Having run ski schools in both Canada and Australia gives me a wide range of experiences to draw upon to help you get the most out of your time at SilverStar.  My main goal is to help you experience the passion I feel when I'm out in the mountains. No matter the weather, it’s a great place to be!

Whether you're a first timer or a seasoned double black skier, I welcome you to come and explore the hill with me.

Peggy Kassa

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1, CASI Level 1, CANSI Cross Country Level 1, CANSI Telemark Level 1

Favourite Run: Moonbeam

I have been teaching skiing since 1970 with a few years off to raise kids. Skiing is truly a passion of mine!

Rachel Wooley

Qualifications: CSIA Level 3, CANSI Level 1, CSCF Level 1

Favourite Run: Glade Runner

My first visit to Silver Star was in 1999 and I fell in love with the people and the resort.  This led to longer and longer holidays each year and eventually my husband and I decided to change our lives to enable us to teach here in the winter. As a result I have now been teaching skiing since 2005 and continue working in Accountancy or Process Re-enginnering during the summer. 

I thoroughly enjoy the variety each and every day offers teaching either downhill or cross country skiing and being able to share my passion for the sport. My most memorable skiing moment is the first time I put ski boots on and my most memorable teaching moments are when a person realises their ambition or when fear is replaced by a smile.

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Sandy Cook

Qualifications: CANSI Level 4, CSIA Level 3,  TELE Level 1, CSCF Level 2

Favourite Run:  Alpine: GongShow;  Nordic: Alder Point

I have lived in the SilverStar community for 22 years, coming from Thunder Bay, Ontario.  I’ve been involved in the ski industry most of my life.  I enjoy meeting people and seeing them improve. I am also a Mechanical Engineer and Kinesiologist - both of these are relevant to explaining the mechanics of sport to clients.

Sara Fredriksson

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

I’m from Sweden and I started skiing when I was three years old. Since then I have skied extensively in both the Scandinavian and European mountains and now it’s time to try the Canadian ones! I love powder, as well as fresh slopes, and have indulged my passion for speed by practicing alpine skiing in a club for several years. When I don’t ski I’m a sailing instructor at tall ships. Really looking forward to share my passion for snow and speed with you!

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Simon Marks

Qualifications: CSIA Level 3, CSCF Level 1

Favorite Run: Gypsy Queen.  Skiing Gypsy Queen with Norman Kreutz in perfect powder snow on a beautiful January morning in 2005.

Simon has been a passionate skier since his teens.  He took up skiing at Mt Hotham in Australia where he developed a deep love of the mountains and winter sports.  He is still a member of one of Mt Hotham’s oldest clubs, the Ski Club of East Gippsland (SCEG).  He first came to SilverStar in 2004 and joined the SnowSports School as an instructor soon after.  In his other life, Simon is a practicing commercial barrister at the Victorian Bar in Melbourne but he returns to SilverStar every year with his family to their winter home in Parsons Lane.  He is now a senior member of the School with lots of knowledge and experience about the mountain.  He always knows where to find the best snow and best skiing.

Stephen Feedham

Qualifications: CSIA Level 3, CSCF Level 2, CADS Level 1

Favourite Run: All of Them!!

I have taught in Canada and overseas.  I am a 25 plus year member of the CSIA/CSCF.  I have been fortunate enough to have run several ski schools of my own over the years and I still find SilverStar one of the best areas around.  To help someone experience the joy in skiing is the best! 

Stephen Tanos

Qualifications: CSIA Level 3, CSCF Level 1

Favourite Run: Three Wise Men, steep and deep.

I was older when I really started skiing. Just like you, I wanted to get better so I took lessons. Fast forward and here I am at SilverStar where I’ve been teaching for more than 10 years. I love skiing and would love to have you in one of my classes, private or group. See you on the slopes!!

Steve Feedham

Qualifications: CSIA Level 3, CSCF Level 2, CADS Level 1

Favorite Run: All of them!

Forty plus years teaching! I still enjoy being able to open the world of skiing to someone who has never experienced it before. For me skiing has allowed me to travel, see and ski many parts of the world. I am a home grown valley boy who still finds skiing here the best.

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Tabitha Smith

Qualifications: CSIA Level 2

Favourite Run: Kirkenheimer

This will be my seventh season working for the SnowSports School, I am passionate about teaching, and about skiing. I can usually be found running around the adventure centre.

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Val Tinker

Qualifications: CSIA Level 3, CANSI Level 2 cross-country, CANSI Level 1 telemark, CSCF Level 1 Certified

Favorite Run: Sundance / Over The Hill

This is too long of a story… Let’s meet on the hill and make some turns, maybe then some facts will come out…