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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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Agnes Ljungberg

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

Twenty two year old girl from Sweden who loves skiing! Social and outgoing and takes all my jobs seriously and carefully. I have worked in a daycare in Sweden for over three years and I have lot of experience that comes from being around kids. Love to ski and love to meet new people!

Alastair Wishart

Qualifications: NZSIA Level 2, NZSIA FreeSki Level 1

From: Birmingham, England
Languages: English
Discipline: Skiing
Favourite places to ride: Tignes, France, Niseko, Japan
Ski style: Off piste and back country, carving some corduroy.
Hobbies: Cycling, both Road and Mountain Biking and Football

I have been skiing since the age of 6 and have not missed a season since. I love teaching anybody from beginners to expert in all terrain, as long as i'm on skis and outside there will be a smile on my face! Looking forward to seeing you on the hill.

Alex Burrows

QualificationsCSIA Level 3, CANSI Level 1, CADS Level 1, CSCF Level 1 (Training)

Favorite Run: 3 Wise Men

This is my seventh season at SilverStar, having sandwiched 3 seasons at Perisher and 2 seasons at Mt Buller in between. I learnt to ski 19 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.

Alix Raduy

Qualifications: CSCF Level 1, CSIA Level 1, Avalanche Level 1

I am a graduated member of Panorama Mountain Resort's ski race program, I have been skiing my entire life. Skiing is a passion of mine as it allows me to enjoy nature and meet new people. I started instructing to pass on my knowledge and to encourage involvement in sport. 

Alwin Bakker

Qualifications: Staatlich geprüfter Snowboardlehrer & Snowboardführer, Ski Landes 1

Professional Austrian snowboard instructor, trainer/coach and back country guide with also a bachelor degree Physical Education in the pocket. I've been snowboarding for about 20 years now, it's currently my 7th consecutive year back-2-back winters without summer and last year I accumulated 300 days on snow, so I think it's safe to say snowboarding isn't part of my life.. it has become my entire life! I hope to see you out on the snow and make you stoked about snowboarding and improve your skills!

Amanda Sauffaus

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

My name is Amanda I am 19 years old and from Denmark. In Denmark you cannot ski, so I am really excited to be here in snowy Canada for the first time.

Anemone Hart Klironomos

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

I started skiing at SilverStar when I first moved to BC at the age of 6 and I've loved it ever since. Growing up on the mountain has shaped me to become the person I am today and I can't wait to share my love of skiing with you! 

Anna Dalby

Qualifications: NZSIA Level 2, NZSIA Freeski Level 1

I have been lucky enough to have skied since I was little, so am very passionate about being out on the snow and sharing my passion with others. 

After becoming an instructor back in 2016, I have been able to combine my passion for skiing with my dream of travelling the world. So far, skiing has taken me to some amazing places around the world, allowing me to teach in New Zealand, Japan and now Canada!

I take great pride in seeing others progress and grow in confidence at the same time as having an immense amount of fun! So, I look forward to sharing my love of the mountains with people of all ages and hope to see you out on the slopes soon!

Ashley Hutton

Qualifications: CSIA Level 2

I’m from the Sunshine Coast, Australia and I’m 17 years old. This will be my second year teaching but my 13th season at SilverStar. The feeling of sliding precariously down a snow covered hill at speed is something that everyone should experience!

Ben Wakefield

Qualifications: CSIA Level 4 Partial Cert. (Teach), CSCF level 1 

This will be my 5th winter at Silverstar and after being away for almost 2 years, I'm so happy to be back at my home away from home. In my 2 years away, I have studied to become a physical therapist and I'm now keen to bring my understanding of the body and my passion of skiing together to help people have the most fun on snow they can possibly have!

Bradley Hiscock

Qualifications: CSIA Level 2

Favourite Run: Chute 5

I have been skiing at SilverStar for 16 years and am pleased to be back for my second season as an instructor. Skiing has always been a passion for me so you can 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.

Casper Nielsen

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

My name is Casper, i'm from the Denmark, the country without mountains. I have been skiing as long as I can remember, mainly in the Austrian Alps. I love skiing from the bottom of ny hart, it's such a relaxed way to be active. 

Chris Hall

Qualifications: Level 2 Partial Cert. (Teach)

I am a SilverStar local. I love mountain life, especially when it snows. My favorite part of the mountain is right out my backdoor in Silver Woods. My favorite run is Glade Runner.  I am looking forward to a great season and can't wait to help this years fleet of skiers advance their skills and enjoy the winter.  

Chris Young

Qualifications: CSIA Level 3, CSCF Level 2

Favourite Run: Chute 5

Bio: 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.

Christian Lodge

Qualificiations: CSIA Level 1

Hi, My i'm Christian and i'm a very late 20's guy from England (South East), I have a passion for Music and Sports. For Music I play a bit of Guitar and when singing along to my Spotify when driving, think I have an incredible voice to match (unconfirmed by outside sources!). I got to alot of live music and go to Glastonbury festival (favourite place on Earth!) as much as possible. I was lucky enough to go on my first Skiing holiday at the age of 6 and have been hooked ever since, having Skied relatively extensively since for a Brit!. My main passion outside of Skiing is Rugby which I have again played since a very young age, still love nothing more than going to Twickenham (Englands national Rugby stadium) and watching a game with a Pint or ten in my hand!

Clara Vettermann

Qualifications: Austrian Ski Level 3, Austrian Snowboard Level 2, Austrian Telemark Level 3

I grew up in a small town in the Austrian Alps. I was three years old when I stood on skies for the first time and my parents had a hard time getting me off… and still have. As soon as I was old enough, I did my first Ski Instructor Courses and worked as an instructor part time during my school holidays. After finishing school, I worked different office jobs but never let my skies get dusty. Fast forward, these days I am doing two winters in one year, going back and forth between Northern hemisphere and Southern. Over the years I also did my teaching certifications for snowboarding and telemark skiing. This is my first year in Silver Star and I am very excited and look forward to seeing you out on the slopes. 

Craig Clark

Qualifications: CSIA 3, CSCF 2, CASI 1, CSIA CC1, ISIA Stamp, NZSIA Free Ski 1, AST 1

I've been teaching skiing for 22 seasons in 6 different countries. I like to get out there and just have some fun while working on a few things. Let's go do some left and rights!

Daniel Curtis

Qualifications: CASI 2, Park 1, CSCP Comp Advanced Coaching, CFSA Air 2 Trampoline, AST Level 1

Just a guy that likes to snowboard :)

David Enns

Qualifications: CSIA Level 2, CSCF Level 1

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

I have been a part time ski instructor since I was 17 years old so this is currently my 6th season teaching as part of the Silver Star Snowsports School. Before I started teaching I spent a number of years racing with the Vernon ski club. I've had the true privilege of skiing on Silver Star for for close to 21 years now and I would love to show you all the fantastic things that Silver Star has to offer!


David William Höglund

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

My name is David Hoeglund from Sweden and I'm 20 years old. I've got quite some experience of teaching others. Since I was 15 I've been a diving trampoline coach were I help both children and adults to develop their skills. I've loved skiing as long as I can remember and get to teach my absolute favorite hobby is unbeatable. According to me the most significant part of being a ski instructor is to make sure you're pupils have fun while learning.

David Pickens

Qualifications: CASI Level 1

I've worked as a group fitness instructor for two years and taught English to refugees in local Australian high schools. I first experienced the joy of snowboarding in 2014 and instantly fell in love with the sport. Since then I have hit the snow every opportunity I've had. 

Ella McLeod-Edwards

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1, AST Level 1

I've been skiing since the age of 8 or 9, in the place that often gets left off the map with the people who speak English strangely (New Zealand). I had my first taste of Canadian snow in 2017 and haven't stopped thinking about it since. I'm looking forward to bringing my background of guiding black water rafting to ski instructing. This is my first season at Silverstar, so we can explore together!

Ellen Megaw

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

Favourite Run: Deer Park  or Three Wise Men

The 2018-2019  season will be my fourth and final season teaching at Silver Star. I grew up in Northern Ireland so until I moved to Canada skiing wasn't apart of my life. But from the first time I put skis on I've had a love for the sport that just keeps growing. Teaching for me is very cool becuase I get to share my passion with kids and hope that it comes for theirs as well.  

Emma Enns

Qualifications: CSIA Level 2

Favorite Run: The Face

Having grown up in Vernon BC I started skiing at Silver Star Mountain at the young age of one. I then spent 8 seasons racing with the Vernon Ski Club before discovering my passion for teaching.  I taught with the Ski Club for two years and then made my way to the Adventure Centre for the 2011/2012 season and have been teaching there ever since. If I'm not found out skiing on the mountain I can usually be found training / competing horses in dressage or working on my Bachelor of Education at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna. I also have a great passion for both Biology and French and just completed my Bachelor of Science with a Biology Major and French Minor from UBCO this past spring. With a love for skiing and teaching and nine seasons of instructing under my belt I'd be more than happy to share my knowledge and passion with you!

Emma Hutton

Qualifications: CASI 2

Favourite Run: Carving down Lower Big Dipper

SilverStar has been my home mountain since I was 6 years old. I grew up skiing and snowboarding at the Adventure Centre (back then it was called Star Kids!) and was inspired to become an instructor as it meant I could help others to love snowboarding as much as I do. I started working at Silver Star in 2014 when I was 15 and have loved being able to welcome everyone into the world of snowboarding. Ultimately, I would love to find myself either coaching or competing at a high level of snowboarding and find a way to pair chasing winters with a career path in Sport and Exercise Science! 
Happy Snowboarding!

Emmiina Salminen

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

I’m Emmiina, 26, and I come from Finland. This is my first year in SilverStar as a ski instructor. After I graduated class teacher, PE teacher and special needs teacher I decided that it’s good time to see the world and do something that I love. I’ve always enjoyed all winter sports and they’ve been a big part of my life. I’ve been skiing almost my whole life and I’m excited that I have now possibility to work as a ski instructor and use my professional strenghts while working in SilverStar. 

Looking forward to see you all in the slopes!

Eve Stevenson

Qualifications: CASI Level 2

Hi! I'm an Australian snowboard instructor chasing the winter! I've been snowboarding for 6 years and have done 4 winter seasons. My favourite run at SilverStar is all of them...? I love teaching and getting people stoked on snowboarding! 

Felix Höggren

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

Hi, my name is Felix and I am from Sweden! Aside from skiing, I like socialising and adventures. 

George Young

Qualifications: CSIA Level 3, CSIA L1 CC, CSCF Level 2, CANSI XC Level 3, CANSI Tele Level 2

Favourite Run: Kirkenheimer

George has taught skiing since the early 1960’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!


Gerard Beallie

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

Favorite Run: Gypsy Queen

I was so fortunate to grow up in the Rocky Mountains in Alberta in the small town of Jasper, which allowed me to do all sorts of outdoor activities during the summer and winter.  I would mountain and road bike, whitewater raft and kayak amongst other things in the summer and in the winter I would play hockey and downhill ski.  I learned how to ski during an elementary school skiing program which took us up to the mountain for a  number of afternoons one week and I got hooked on the sport. 

I started skiing on the odd weekends and joining the ski racing program for a short while.  When I finished high school I decided to get my teaching and coaching certifications so I could spend my days at the hill skiing and teaching because what other job could be as fun as that!  After a number of years in the ski industry teaching, coaching and actually being a groomer, operating snow cats and a ski patroller as well, we made a decision to move to the Okanagan and start teaching again full time and training to get the final piece of the puzzle which was my Level 4 CSIA certification.  It took me 2 years of training hard here at SilverStar to obtain that certification and being here, skiing and teaching with all the amazing talent allowed me to reach that goal.  Its now been six years since I made that move to SilverStar and Its such a special place with great people in the Snowsports School and the guests I get to ski with are from all over the world and come back year after year.  I really think that if you come and spend some time at SilverStar you will have an amazing experience and probably find yourself coming back time after time as well! 
Hope to see you on the slopes!

Hanna De Munck

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

My name is Hannah and I'm from Belgium, that mini country in Western Europe. I just graduated from University as an interpreter in Dutch/French/Italian and as a foreign language teacher. As you can see, (teaching) languages are one of my two biggest passions. The other one is skiing! I started skiing when I was 4 years old in the swiss Alps and it really was 'love at first sight'.  Since then, I've never missed a year without skiing in the Italian, French, Austrian or Swiss mountains.

I love the fact that I can share my passion with other people and transfer my teaching skills from the classroom to the slopes. This has been my dream for over the past 10 years and now it's coming true. I'm so excited to start the season and meet all of you in this beautiful ski resort!

Harry Baird

Qualifications: NZSIA Level 2 SB

Favorite Run: Dognog onto Three Wise Men

I am now on my 9th winter season, iv already done three at Silver Star and have great knowledge of the mountain! I love steep pitches, terrain park and finding my way through the trees but this doesn't stop me from helping anyone with the basics to get you where you need to be! 

Harry Doering

Qualifications: CSIA 3, CANSI 1, ACA

Full time Silver Star resident since 2011.  Fortunate to be able to enjoy all the wonderful activities available at this great resort.  

Holly Hards

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1 and CASI Level 1

Hi, I'm Happy Holly! I'm always smiling and ready to go! This will be my third season at Silver Star, I'm from Australia originally and first came here for the 15/16 season, after that my life changed. I fell in love with the mountain and the people, which keeps me coming back. I love skiing and snowboarding and love sharing these sports with others, which is why I wanted to become an instructor. I'd love to share my love for the mountain and either sport with you, whether you want to try something harder, or just see some new trails. See you out there!

Inge Van Cleef

Qualifications: CASI Level 2, CANSI Level 1, APSI 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!

Ishaan Bose Casson

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

Hi I'm a snowboarder from Australia, wanting to help share the passion of learning how to ride with beginners of all ages! I started coaching junior field hockey teams back home in my late teenage years and seeing the young kids gain new skills and enjoy them will never get old. I can't wait to share the joy of the mountain with you this season! Cheers

Jacob Hellum

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

Hey, my name is Jacob Hellum and i'm form Denmark. This is my first season  as a ski instructor  which i hae become through Snowminds. I have always loved skiing and everything related to it so being able to teach others and make them love snow is a dream come true for me.

Jay Small

Qualifications: NZSIA Level 2 Ski, NZSIA Childrens Teaching Certification

Hey! I'm Jay, and I absolutely love skiing. 

Unfortunately there's not much snow in Australia at the moment, so thought I'd better pop over to Canada and see what's going on! After teaching for three icy seasons in New Zealand and two deep seasons in Japan, I'm stoked to be here at SilverStar, and can't wait to get out there with you! I will warn you, I'm a sucker for dad jokes (teaching kids is always a blast), but if we can look beyond that, we can hit the slopes together (magic carpet or black diamond, your call) and have a cracking time skiing. 

See you soon!

Jesse Mohr

Qualifications: CASI Level 2

Favourite Run: Southern Cross

Started Snowboarding when I was 17 and absolutely fell in love with it. 2 years later I became qualified to instruct and started sharing my passion with the world. 

Jonas Wahlgreen

Qualifications: CASI Level 2

Previously 8 years in danish military. Currently studying at University of Copenhagen. 2 ½ years left of my master in Nutrition, Sports and Exercise Science.

Jonathan Bell

Qualifications: CSIA Partial Level 2 and ACA Entry Level Coach

Favorite Run: Deer Park

This is my third year with Silverstar and third year living in Vernon. I have been skiing since I was 4 and spent a lot of time in Europe skiing with my family. I love the energy here at Silverstar and look forward to skiing with you.

Josh Blackburn

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1, AST Level 1

I' m from the UK and skiing on leaves is challenging, but in 2017 I had my first experience of the famous Canadian Powder, I have since not returned home. Fresh off the back of being a black water rafting guide in New Zealand, my passion to seek new adventures, teach people new skills will give us both an unforgettable experience. This is my first season at Silverstar, so lets go and hit the slopes together!

Juho Kuokka

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

Hi! I'm Juho Kuokka, 28, from Finland and this will be my first season in SilverStar. I'm super excited! I've been skiing since I was 9 years old and skiing is my favorite thing to do in winter. I've been skiing in Finland and Alps but now I want to see winter and slopes of Canada. I like to do both downhill and nordic skiing.

Other hobbies I have are crossfit, camping, fishing and jogging so I love outdoors. My profession is classroom teacher and PE teacher so I'm used to working with kids & youth. Looking forward to meet you all! 

Julia Rogerson

Qualifications: CASI Level 1

Hey there! I'm a snowboarder from Melbourne, Australia and would love the chance to share my passion for snow sports with you. I've been snowboarding for nine years and have travelled all over the world chasing the adrenaline rush that only snowboarding can bring.

Back home I'm an environmental engineering student and have competed for my school and university in many different snowboarding events. I love racing and any excuse to go FAST!

I'm great with beginners of any age and am keen to make learning to snowboard as much fun as possible. See you on the slopes!

Kristen Heard

Qualifications: CSIA Level 3, CANSI Level 1 XC, ACA Entry Level

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.

Laurence Gray

Qualifications: CSIA Level 2

I grew up in England, so I learned to ski in France and Austria. But I wanted more so I decided to come to Canada and get qualified and now I can share my passion for this amazing sport.
I hope to shred with some of you this season!!!

Laurits Jensen

Qualifications: CASI Level 3, CSIA Level 1

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

Uhhhh, snowboarding, isn’t it just the best?! I’m from the flat Denmark, but have been chasing the snow all around Europe as long as I can remember. That was until I found the hidden gem of Silver Star and I’m now returning for my fourth season. Here I can truly outlive and share my passion, with 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 something to learn, be it a new trick or technique, and exciting adventures to have! See you out there!

Lewis Reed

Qualifications: CSIA Level 2

Hi, my name is Lewis and I first started skiing when I was 6 year's old. I grew up in England so that meant family holidays skiing in the Alps where I learnt how to ski. I have been hooked on skiing ever since. I have been teaching skiing for the past 7 winters and this will be my third season teaching at SilverStar mountain. I love what I do and passing on my passion to others is the most rewarding for me. 

Lina Nilhammar

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

Hi! I'm from Sweden and this will be my first season in SilverStar. I have skied ever since I could walk and at the age of 8 i started to train and compete in alpine skiing. After I quit competing I worked as an instructor for the youngest skiers in my local club. I just love skiing and the feeling you get when going down the slopes, I don't think you could get it anywhere else. I´m sooo excited for the winter, see you on the mountain!

Lucy Gullfier

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

I'm from Melbourne, Australia where I work as a school sports coach. I love to see people having fun while learning and being active. Ever since visiting Canada when I was 10 I decided I wanted to work in the snow. Now I'm finally here to hopefully inspire you to love the sport too.

Luke Salvage

Qualifications: BASI Level 1

I've been skiing for about 14 years, but I'm fairly new to the instructor game, having only taught on dry slopes back in England. In my military background I coached marksmanship, fitness training sessions and countless other aspects of the job, and I've always looked to improve myself so that I can give the best experience possible to potential students. I'll be looking to do exactly the same at Silver Star so that I can give the best skiing experience to those who want to enjoy the sport as much as I do!

Maddy Carruthers

Qualifications: NZSIA Level 1 & 2

I'm from New Zealand where I have been skiing since I was three years old. I have always loved everything to do with snow and being an instructor has been a lifelong goal of mine. I've been teaching skiing since 2015 in California and New Zealand, and I am passionate about sharing my love for the sport with all. 

Madeline Eames

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

My name is Maddie. I am 22 years of age and from sunny Queensland, Australia. My passion for skiing began at the young age of 2 when my parents ventured over to Canada with myself and my younger sister. We travelled around in a motor home for 10 months, stopping off at many of the beautiful ski hills here in BC. SilverStar was the mountain where I took my first slippery steps on the skis. Since then I have been extremely lucky to have been able to ski in many parts of the world and increase my love for the sport. I can’t wait to get out onto the snow this season and show everyone the amazing terrain and beauty SilverStar has to offer!

Mads Gregor

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

I'm a skier from Denmark, and I have come to Silver Star because of my love for skiing! I have been skiing my whole life, and becoming an instructor has always been a big dream of mine, so now i'm glad to finally be in SilverStar!

Matthew Kreutz

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1, CSCF Level 1

I am a skier and golfer. During my Christmas Break I come to SilverStar and work as a Ski Instructor.

Matthew Wass

Qualifications: CASI Level 1

I’m from the sunny Gold Coast, Australia. I decided to leave all the sand and surf behind to pursue my love for snowboarding. 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.

Megan O'Reilly

Qualifications: CSIA Level 2, CSCF Level 1

Favourite Run: Cloud 9

It's the most wonderful time of the year! This will be my 4th season at SilverStar and my 5th season as an instructor. Learning how to ski on the icy cold hills of Quebec have made me feel lucky that every day I get to ski any run at this awesome resort and it's amazing champain powder! I'm happy to have been a Vernon local for 3 years now. Trying something new and challenging is always the start to a good time and unforgettable memory. My favorite ski moment is from my first time skiing a double diamond in western Canada. It was opening day for the backside and there was powder past the knee. It was new to me, challenging, I must have tumbled a few times and had my fair share of snow in my coat and had a blast doing so! Let's go for a ski together, have fun and make epic memories! See you on the slopes!

Mia Nielsen

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

Right now, I am taking a break from my studies (master in Nutrition and Sport Science at Copenhagen University). I have been doing cross country skiing my whole life, at 10 I started to do Alpine skiing, and 4 years ago I started to do Telemark skiing. I have travelled around in Canada and USA for the last 1,5 month before I start working with my boyfriend Jonas, who is also going to work at the snowsports school. 

Nadia Jones

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

I am 16 years old and am a grade 11 student at Kelowna Secondary School. I spend my free time doing art, making music and spending time outside. I am a very social and outgoing person and I love meeting new people.

Niall Haslam

Qualifications: CSIA Level 3

Hello everyone I'm Niall, 27 and I'm from the not so snowy UK. This is my second season working at the mighty SilverStar. I've been instructing for 7 years now and I spend my not so summery summers down teaching skiing in Queenstown, New Zealand. 

Skiing has been a huge passion of mine since I first started as a youngster and as soon as I headed out into the working world there was only one place I was heading...the mountains. I love teaching adults, children and anyone who wants to learn how to slide around on the white fluffy goodness we have to offer here in BC. 

So hit me up if you're looking to acquire some new skills on the hill and as a good friend once told me you've just got to tip it, grip it and rip it. 

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)

Oskar Lilleore

Qualifications: CASI Level 1

I just love snowboarding and can't wait to teach you! I am a danish guy, who have been snowboarding for quite many years. Also I've years of experience teaching especially kids, but also teens and adults. 

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! Have been organizing the Ladies and Men’s Day Programs for many years. Ran the Snowmites program for the Vernon Ski Club for 13 years. Taught skiing in Vail in the 70’s.

Rachel Cantrill

Qualifications: CSIA Level 2

Growing up, I have been lucky enough to spend a great amount of time on snow. I live close to the snowy mountains back home in Australia which has allowed me to take part in race club and train across many disciplines. SilverStar has become my second home, as I have been coming here with my family for the past 14 years, and I am excited to say that this season will be my first season instructing here. I look forward to joining the SnowSports team and sharing my love for skiing with you all. 

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 moment is when a person realises their ambition or when fear is replaced by a smile.

Richard Jurasek

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

I've grown up at SilverStar skiing since I was four years old and have been doing so ever since. I like to brag to my fellow grade 12 students in Salmon Arm that I get the most ski days in-last year I had sixty days! I know lots about the sport and no matter what my positive and enthusiastic attitude will help anyone learn and have fun on the slopes. I am knowledgeable in skiing and have a large variety of skills ranging from powder skiing to downhill racing. I can work alongside children with ease and believe that everyone should learn to enjoy this fantastic sport. There's only one place I want to be during winter break, and that's skiing at SilverStar! My favourite run is Freefall and I enjoy every aspect of gliding across snow!

Rory Edwards

Qualifications: CSIA Level 3, CSIA Level 1 Trainer/Examiner, CSIA Park, IFSA Level 100

I've been teaching skiing for 8 seasons now but this will be my first at Silverstar. My background and passion is in Freeride, I have competed on the FWQ Tour in the past and have spent the last two years running the Freeride club at RED Mountain. I enjoy all types of skiing however, whether its cruising groomers, ripping hot laps though the park or slashing pow, I'm always frothing to get out amongst it!

Ryan Miller

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

I am a 19 year old from Adelaide, Australia. I have been skiing my whole life and out of all the resorts that I have ever visited, SilverStar is my #1 place to ski. I love to ski and I want to make sure that everyone I teach comes back with a huge smile and confidence in their own skiing ability.

Samuel Nelmes

Qualifications: CASI Level 1

Coming from the sunny land of Australia I have spent most my life on the beach. It wasn't till a school trip to the snow, 10 years ago, that I became hooked on snowboarding (And yes it does snow in Australia). I now spend half the year chasing snow and the other half chasing swell.  

This will be my second season as an instructor at Silver Star and i'm super excited. Silver Star is a hidden little gem that I love to call home, and i'm always looking forward to spending this time of year meeting awesome people. I look forward to meeting you and getting to snowboard with you.      

Sandy Cook

Qualifications: CANSI 4, CSIA 3

I have been involved in the teaching and coaching skiing since I was 15. I am a long time resident of Silver Star and love showing people techniques that will allow them to experience more of our wonderful terrain.

Sara Fredriksson

Qualifications: CSIA Level 2

I'm from Sweden and I started skiing in the nordic mountains when I was three. I have since then skied all over Europe with both my family and my race club. I'm a level 2 CSIA instructor and this is my second season in SilverStar. I loved the first one and now I'm super excited to be back skiing and teaching in SilverStar! 

Sarah Eberhard

Qualifications: DSV Trainer C Ski Alpine

I am from Germany and I am 25 years old. I have just finished studying in Germany. I have been skiing since I was 5 years old in the Alps and I have been working as a ski instructor since I was 15. This winter I will join the SilverStar SnowSports Team. I am looking forward to sharing my passion about skiing with you.

Shannon Murrie

Qualifications: CASI Level 1

Being an adventurous and sprightly character from Sydney, Australia I grew up learning to ski and snowboard from a very young age on our local mountains of Thredbo and Perisher. 

Having previously visited Canada numerous times for leisure, I am now returning to share my passion for snowboarding in the country I love. I would be privileged to share this passion with you and would be thrilled to have you in one of my classes. 

I am an extremely family oriented person who has the desire for teaching and sharing knowledge especially towards children. I have an array of experience in coaching in sports including netball, softball and touch footy. 

See you on the slopes!! 

Sonja Boch la Cour

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

I am a 19-year-old girl who lives in Denmark. I enjoy physical activity and I especially love skiing. I just quit my job in a daycare where I have been working for the last couple of months. In my spare time, I like to work-out and hang out with my friends and family. 

Tabitha Smith

Qualifications: CSIA Level 2

Favourite Run: Kirkenheimer

I'm a Vernon local and I've been skiing at SilverStar for as long as I can remember. At 15 I started working here as a ski instructor and I've never looked back. I now work as a supervisor in the Adventure Centre and love every day I get to spend up here.

Taiid Haines-Young

Qualifications: CSIA Level 2

Hello! My name is Taiid, I’m a 3rd generation ski instructor and I’ve been skiing at Silver Star for as long as I can remember! I’ve been teaching for 5 seasons now and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon! Being an instructor here at Silver Star is an absolute dream and it’s truly the people who make it this way. Now let’s bounce around Bibs Bumps, cruise through Golpher Glades and end the day off with a well diserved hot chocolate from Bugaboos!

Val Tinker

Qualifications:  CSIA Level 3, CSCF Level 1 Certified, CANSI Level 3 Cross-Country, CANSI Level 1 Telemark

Favorite Run: Sundance / Over The Hill

Bio:  This part is getting to be too long a story… Let’s meet on the hill and make some turns, maybe then some fun facts will come out…

Victoria Isaksson

Quaifications: CSIA Level 2

Hi everyone! I'm 25 years old and Swedish! This is my first season at Silverstar Mountain and my first time ever in Canada, and I'm super exited! 

I am looking forward to meeting you, and don't you worry I didn't bring any herring or kaviar..... Or did I... 

Willy Zedell
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Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

This will be my first season as an instructor at SilverStar and I can't be more exited! I'm really exited to teach and see others discover the joy of skiing!

Wilma Friman

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

I grew up in Sweden and started skiing at the age of 4. Since then, I have developed a huge ski interest and skied in both the Scandinavian and the European Mountains. 
This will be my first season as a ski instructor at SilverStar, which I am really happy and excited about! Looking forward to see you in the slopes and to share the interest of skiing with you!

Wolfgang Zenne

Qualifications: DTB Tranier C Snowboard 

I am a german guy and i am 26 years old. Snowboarding is my passion since I was 16 years old. This season is my eighth season of teaching. I've come to SilverStar to have the best season of my life with you.  

Zach Burton

Qualifications: CSIA Level 1

Hello! My name is Zach, I as born in Ottawa, Canada. I have been skiing and snowboarding since I was 13yrs old. I have a passion for everything outdoors and love to travel. See you on the slopes! Cheers

Zoe Beanland

Qualifications: CANSI Level 1

I have grown up skiing in my local mountains in Victoria, Australia since I was two years old. From when I was a kid to my late teens I was a competitive nordic skier, whilst having fun on the alpine skis. Over the last few years I have swapped the alpine skis for telemark skis and I can say I am now converted. This is my second season at silver star, but my first time Nordic instructing and I can’t wait.