Hi, my name is Mark and I'm from Marldon, England. I am a certified Level 3 CASI snowboard instructor, I have worked with the Winter Sports School at Fernie Alpine Resort for the past 3 years and overall have been instructing for the past 7 years. I bring a level of calm and ease to my lessons, which helps to create a relaxed learning environment.
I have more than 15 seasons of experience ski teaching and started teaching in my hometown of St-Sauveur, Quebec at 15 years old. Whilst I enjoy every aspect of skiing and teaching, I specialize in big mountain, freeride and freestyle skiing. What I like the most about my job is helping my students push their limits and try new things, whether it is skiing a steep chute, learning a new trick or skiing powder for the first time. I like using the variety of terrain and the amazing snow Fernie has to offer to help my students improve.
Hi, my name is Will and I'm from Burgess Hill, England. I am a certified CSIA level 3 ski instructor. I love to teach and I find watching people improve and accomplish new things hugely rewarding. I enjoy creating great experiences and memories for people, just like so many instructors did for me when I first began.
I was born in Ontario, but I actually learned to ski in Scotland at the age of 5! I ski raced in Europe before finding my passion for ski instructing and coaching. I am happy to be back in Canada and proud to call Fernie home. This will be my 25th season teaching skiing, and I’ve taught all over the world; Austria, Australia, France, Italy, Switzerland and now Canada. These experiences and the different skiing cultures have fuelled a lifelong passion for ski teaching, which I hope to share with you.
The best thing about my job is being able to share my passion and knowledge with others so they too can experience the magic that the mountains of Fernie have to offer. From beginners to advanced, whatever your level of experience we can all learn something new. I believe that anyone should be able to enjoy the feeling of sliding on snow, young or old, able-bodied or not and being one of the few instructors also qualified in all disciplines of adaptive skiing; I am able to offer lessons to all ages and abilities.
I find it very rewarding when I’m able to pass on my love for skiing to others. Ski instructing is a dream career for me and I intend to do it for as long as I can. I have 10 seasons of teaching experience and have worked in 5 different countries. I’ve gained a lot of unique experience that I bring to Fernie’s Winter Sports School. I am friendly, caring, hardworking and supportive to all my workmates and guests that I meet. Ski instructing is my life and I get a lot of enjoyment from teaching guests new skills.
With over 30 years of ski teaching experience, I am focused on creating the best client experience possible. Learn to ski, become an expert, ski the steeps, learn to ski bumps, shutes or carve a pencil thin line in the snow. I can help my clients improve quickly and efficiently while having the most fun possible. Watching my clients excel is a passion that keeps me coming back year after year.
This is my 17th year with the Winter Sports School at Fernie Alpine Resort. I love sharing and showing the variety of skiing here on the mountain, with our guests. When instructing I blend my Physio knowledge of biomechanics and studies of Tai Chi/Qigong with the 30+ years of coaching and instructing with the CSIA.
Hi, my name is Karlyn. I’ve spent the last 5 years dedicating my winter seasons to ski teaching and training while working towards completing my university degree. Prior to that, I grew up ski racing with the Fernie Alpine Ski Team and raced competitively before changing my focus to instructing. I have a passion for ski teaching and training and I am a strong advocate for women in the sport. I strive to be an industry role model, and I enjoy coaching, teaching, and mentoring others. My current goal is to represent Team Canada at the 2023 Interski Event
I’m excited to be part of this amazing group of skiers. It’s all about being the best you can be and continuing to improve and enjoy some amazing times out on the slopes. What I hope to bring to this team is my experience from instructing around the world, and as a competitive skier. I’ve spent the last 20 years skiing in Fernie and the last 3 years as a member of the Fernie Winter Sports School. Brush up on your skills, get pushed to reach a new level or just ski with some awesome women that can rip!
I love to ski. Period. It is my reason for being, my “joie de vivre” if you will. Every day on snow is a good day I say. Come work with me and I will share with you my passion and this unreal resort. Have you skied our north facing glades? Dropped into our killer chutes or just aspire to one day? Either way, I would love to help you reach your potential and increase your stoke! Come ski with me!
I can categorically say; I love my 'job'. I get up every day and get to go skiing with amazing humans from around the globe, share my passion for skiing and life in the mountains. I make my teaching as progressive as possible using techniques I've learnt from different aspects of life. When I’m not skiing I’m an elite cross-country mountain biker, and I use that experience to get the most out of my client’s skiing. These methods range from mental techniques to understanding the biomechanics of our bodies and how we can push ourselves to become better.
Skiing is a very strong passion that keeps following me around and I am happy to be able to share it with my friends and clients. Teaching this sport is rewarding in any way especially when it can positively affect people’s outlook on life.
It’s hard to find what I bring to the Fernie Snow School because it’s already such a talented and passionate crew! I’m the kind of person who truly believes in improvement and this is something that I try to share with my friends in the snow school! For me, teaching means a lot, it’s sharing a passion and helping someone to access different areas on the mountain! We are lucky to live in this wonderful environment and there is nothing that beats the feeling of bringing someone to the top of the mountain for the first time!