There’s the snow, the terrain, the skiing itself, but what truly differentiates Selkirk Snowcat Skiing is the people who work here. No one knows better how to deliver a safe, comfortable, yet exhilarating vacation.
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Paul grew up skiing and teaching on the blue ice of southern Ontario. A year in Banff before university exposed him to the majesty of the mountains and that allure stayed with him during his commercial real estate and business career in Toronto. He and his family landed in Nelson in 2001 and Paul immediately bought an iconic local business and immersed himself in his new community. In 2008, he took over the helm of The Whitewater Ski Team which reawakened the call of the mountains deep within him and when the opportunity to purchase Selkirk presented itself, he jumped in with both feet.
Today, he and Megan are honoured to continue the great legacy of Selkirk and are eager to introduce legions of new skiers to its amazing terrain, wonderful at-home culture, and the magical qualities of Meadow Mountain.
Megan’s diverse career background ranges from Interior Design to 12 years in the Marketing department at World Wildlife Fund Canada. Her excellent communication skills and caring and empathetic nature make her a perfect fit for the role of GM. Since taking over as new owner’s, almost all staff have remained which speaks to Megan’s ability to make those around her feel comfortable and at ease.
As a child, Megan spent time at her family’s 13th century inn in the picturesque village of Chiddingfold, England. She has fond memories of polishing the glasses behind the bar and the constant hum of activity. She’s travelled extensively through Europe and spent a great deal of time in the mountains. Her passion for big spaces was instrumental when the family decided to leave Toronto and move to Nelson. Megan’s adventurous nature was the initial driving force to purchase Selkirk and it only took one walk through the lodge on a dreary November day for her to see the potential of the place and what a perfect fit it would be for their family.
Megan’s many interests include spending time with her kids, Shannon and Liam, skiing, hiking, biking, paddle boarding, and painting.
Marlaine is our full time office and guest relations manager. She lives in Meadow Creek with her husband, Martin, and their two teenage children. Together they enjoy exploring the Selkirk and Purcell Mountains winter or summer. They also enjoy living off the land and harvest a large vegetable garden each autumn. Her passion is people and this year marks her 17th year with Selkirk Snowcat Skiing and according to Marlaine, “There is no place she would rather be!”
CAA II, CSGA III, CSIA II, Outdoor Emergency Care First Aid certified
Kevin has worked in the ski guiding and snow avalanche industry since 1981 and the mountains, snow, and skiing have been a lifelong passion for him. In order to pursue that passion, Kevin cut his teeth on the ski patrol at Red Mountain as a recreational ski mountaineer. He was fortunate to work with the BC Highways avalanche forecast and control team where he fine-tuned his skills in snow craft. He holds a snow avalanche explosives blasting certification and is a CSIA II ski instructor.
Kevin started with Selkirk in 1987, and 2016 will be his 24th winter us. In the off season, Kevin runs a small forestry consulting business and he enjoys sailing, canoeing and hiking with his wife and 3 grown children.
Hailing from New Zealand, Oly has worked within the whitewater industry for 25 years. Having worked in various locations around the world, he now lives in Meadow Creek with his partner where they operate their own summer based rafting company. The season at Selkirk Snowcat Skiing is met with great anticipation, not least in part as it allows him to practise his english on unsuspecting guests!
Claude has been a fixture in the lodge kitchen for the last several winters and, other than her fantastic fare, is best known for her infectious laugh. Her homemade pizzas are an apres ski favourite. When not cooking up a storm, Claude spends her time tending her garden and her beloved Holy cow. (that’s the cow’s name – she’s not sacred) Claude is also an avid kayaker and hiker and she has completed many treks around the globe, and is always looking for her next adventure.
Reki Level 2, CSGA Level 1
Sharon grew up in the Kootenay’s and from a very young age developed a deep love for the mountains. She has practised massage in the helicat industry for 15 winters. Her passion for the outdoors and sport reflects her work and play and in her spare time she enjoys trail running, cycling, and art projects.
This is Sharon’s first season with Selkirk Snowcat Skiing and provides Reki, Raynor and Oriental Remedial massage therapies. Sharon looks forward to keeping you at peak performance during your incredible holiday on Meadow Mountain.
Lead Guide CSGA Level 3, ACMG ASG, CAA Level 2, CAA Professional Member, CSIA Level 3
Born in Bavaria Germany, Stefan spent his youth free skiing all over the European Alps. He loves skiing and believes that it is the greatest sport in the world. In 1983, Stefan immigrated to Quebec where he lived for 6 years where he became fluent in French and began his professional ski career. Stefan moved to BC in 1989 to use his mountaineering skills and to become a lead guide.
Stefan attained his CSGA certified Lead Guide in 2006, and contributes his skills as a CSGA guide course mentor and instructor. He has heli-ski guided for much of the last 16 years in BC and Iceland. He is also a Level 3 ski instructor and a professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association. Stefan prides himself on always looking for the safest lines and the best powder!
‘Matty’ hails from New Zealand where he has worked in heli-skiing operations to single day ski tours on glaciated ski mountaineering trips. His adventure seeking heart has taken him mountain guiding in the Southern NZ Alps and completed expeditions in Ama Dablam, Nepal. Closer to his adopted home in BC, Matty has worked as an alpine guide and avalanche forecaster.
In his spare time, Matty is an active member of the Alpine Cliff Rescue Team in Queenstown, NZ, where he has trained and executed rescue operations in glacial ice collapses, crevasse rescues, avalanche rescues and missing persons in alpine terrain. He is certified under the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association, and is a Professional Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association. He also has an Environmental BSc in Parks, Recreation & Heritage from the Charles Stuart University.
His objective in life is to ‘ski and climb in remote, beautiful and challenging environments, with people from all over the globe, whilst learning weird and wonderful things from them!’
“Stojee” began skiing at a very young age and parlayed those ski racing and mountaineering experiences into a ski guiding career. Rob joined the Selkirk Snowcat Skiing family in 2006 where he spent two winters doing snow studies and getting his sled stuck. During that time he completed his CSGA 1 and 2 guiding certifications. Rob feels he is the luckiest guy on earth at being able to play in the most amazing playground of all – the Selkirk Snowcat Skiing tenure.
In the summer, Stojee spends his time biking, running, golfing and paddling with his amazing wife, Michelle, and their dogs. The couple also own and manage ROAM – an outdoor adventure store in Nelson BC.
CSGA 1, CAA 2
Carla was born and bred in the Kootenays and her childhood home is a farm just outside Kaslo, BC. Growing up a country girl did not dissuade Carla from heading to the big city. She graduated with an art history degree from the The University of Calgary and then moved to Vancouver and obtained a second degree in horticulture.
In 2005, Carla joined Selkirk. Having spent her first couple of seasons working at our lodge, Carla has gone on to become one of the senior members of our Ski Guide team. In the off season, Carla can be found guiding bike trips in Europe and local day hikes in the nearby Selkirk and Purcell Mountains and in her spare time, enjoys mountain and road biking, paddle boarding, and is a huge fan of adventure travel.
CSGA 1, CAA level 1
Nate was thrown into a mountain lifestyle from an early age while working the family mountain guiding company in Jasper, AB. He guided through high school and university where his love for the mountains and passion for guiding continued to grow. After graduating with a BA from the University of Alberta in 2007, Nate moved to Revelstoke to chase mountains instead of a desk.
Nate joined the guiding team to improve his skills and become a lead guide. He looks forward to sharing his admiration and respect for the mountains with each guest who joins him at Selkirk Snowcat Skiing.
CSGA 1, CAA 1, AST 1
Originally from Australia, Adam has called Canada home for the last few years. Since arriving in BC, he has dedicated himself to becoming a professional mountain guide. This will be his third winter with us and we are happy to help him achieve that goal.
He is an avid snowboarder which has led him on some amazing adventures in the mountains around Revelstoke and Glacier National Park. Adam’s other passions include back country touring, climbing, hiking, biking and camping.
CSGA 2, CAA 1
Clayton enters his fourth year with Selkirk Snowcat Skiing as part of the guiding team and is happy to be back on snow for what will be his seventh year of guiding. His background includes ski patrolling and he continues to hone his first aid skills as a member of Whitewater Snow Safety Team. He is currently working towards his CAA 2. He loves being out in the mountains whenever possible – be it with a group of powder hungry guests in a cat or ski touring with his dog and some buddies.
CSGA 1, CAA 2
Andrea joined Selkirk Snowcat Skiing in 2013 after ski patrolling for five seasons at Whitewater Winter Resort. She splits her time between tail guiding and our snow safety program – digging pits, conducting snowpack studies, and getting snowmobiles stuck (she is an expert at this!). She is also trained in avalanche control and contributes her skills as a certified blaster to the explosives team at Selkirk Snowcat Skiing. During the summer Andrea can be found adventuring in the Grand Canyon and working as a guide on the Colorado river.
Tom first experienced Selkirk Snowcat Skiing in 1996 as a guest. He fell in love with the place and with then Lodge Manager, Bronwyn. They got engaged on “Smiley’s” and married at the lodge that summer. Tom quickly learned if he wanted to see his new wife during the winter, he had better find something to do on the mountain. Over the next two years, Tom completed the required avalanche control, guiding, and first aid courses to become a tail guide at Selkirk Snowcat Skiing.
When he’s not guiding on Meadow Mountain, Tom can be found chasing his wife and two children around the slopes at Whitewater. He spends his professional time as the Operations Manager at the Nelson & District Credit Union.
Steve joined the Selkirk crew as our in-house photographer in 2012. He loves spending time in the mountains and uses light exquisitely to capture the perfect shot.
Steve grew up a Kootenay Boy in Rossland and now calls Revelstoke home. He developed an early love for the mountains and hasn’t let an engineering degree deter him from pursuing his real passions – big mountain skiing and photography. When he’s not at Selkirk, Steve is happiest adventuring high above sea level – dirt biking in Chile or Greece, rafting the Grand Canyon, skiing in Iceland and Norway, or mountain biking in Nepal.