Born and raised in Invemere BC, my parents instilled a strong passion for the mountains in me. Starting at the age of two I was raised skiing on the local hill at Panorama Resort and, so began my love for the great white outdoors. My father Peter "Lusti" ran the local ski shop at Panorama, appropriately named "lusti's" and my mother had the task of chasing my older sister and I around the slopes. Eventually joining the ski-racing program when I was old enough, it was all progression from there. Competing on the Canadian Alpine Ski Team for six years, achieving top 10 World Cup results, and competing in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games were some of the highlights of my racing career.
Until the age of 24, traveling the world for ski racing was my life. However, I always felt that there was more to Skiing than just racing. Retiring from the Alpine Team was a tough choice, but ultimately a leap in the right direction. As the mountains had so much to offer and, Skiing them was where I wanted to be! Switching my focus from alpine racing to Backcountry skiing I developed a Passion for ski mountaineering.
I decided to level out my skiing skills with my mountain skills and enrolled in the Thompson Rivers University Adventure Guide Program. After taking this course, and committing two years of backcountry training.
Accepted into the ACMG Assistant Ski Guide Program this fall has been some of the most rewarding, exciting times of my life. Having a goal, and knowing the hard work it takes to achieve it really pushes a person to accomplish amazing things. I feel truly blessed to be able to be working towards a goal, while all the while combining my passion for skiing.
My love for the mountains has opened up a life of opportunity and incredible experiences. Living out new adventures through skiing with great friends is something I hope to be able to do the rest of my life. I am so excited and feel very privileged to be a member of the Arc'teryx Team and will continue to push the limits of women's ski mountaineering!