Who Are We?
Stay Wild Backcountry Skills is a company based out of Golden, BC. Our passion for the backcountry combined with our knowledge lead to the creation of Stay Wild. We offer Backcountry Skill Development Camps as well as Avalanche Skills Training. With our large variety of courses and camps we have something for everyone no matter how big or small your shred resume is.
Instructors / Coaches
Meet our team!
Owner, Lead Instructor, Lead Coach
Brittney is the founder and owner of Stay Wild Backcountry Skills. She grew up in the country just outside of Grand Forks, BC. With an original Whistler ski bum patroler as her dad she was on skis just after she learned to walk and traded the two planks for one when she was 7. Learning to ride on the little mountain of Phoenix and travelling to nearby resorts such as Red Mountain and Whitewater it didn’t take long for her to fall in love with the mountains. Brittney found herself in Golden BC just over 7 years ago and hasn't looked back since. She had already been sledding for 5 years mainly in Revelstoke and quickly jumped into Splitboarding when she arrived. Spending 5-6 days a week in the mountains she has explored and knows the ins and outs of the zones around Golden. She completed her Canadian Avalanche Association Level 1 Avalanche Operations, 90 hour wilderness first aid, Avalanche Search & Rescue Advanced Skills, Intro to Weather and is an active member of the CAA. With 10 years experience on a sled and 7 years on a splitboard she is full of tips and tricks to either get you started or to take your riding to the next level. She is passionate about teaching Avalanche Skills Training and spreading knowledge to others in the backcountry.
Janja's roots go back to Slovenia, a country on the sunny side of the Alps. It's where her love for sports and outdoors started. Back home she completed a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. She has been skiing since she was 4 years old and immigrated to Canada in 2015. Since then she has been working in the ski resort industry in multiple positions such as ski instructor, Nordic instructor and snowshoe guide. Currently she works as a ski patroller at Big White Resort. Janja completed her CAA Level 1 and has been working with the avalanche safety industry where she hopes to advance further.
Jamie worked as a ski patroller at KHMR for 5 years and as a tailguide at Chatter Creek for the last 5 years. She graduated from the MAST program in Fernie in 2010 and has a long list of credentials including CAA Level 1, Advanced Weather, AVSAR, CAA level 2 mod 1 and 2 and is an EMR. Jamie is super stoked to be joining the Stay Wild Crew this winter and looks forward to getting out in the mountains with all of you.
Sled Camp Coach
Lead Instructor, Forecaster
Alex has been patrolling at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort for 9 years and is a level 3 Pro Patroller. Growing up on the slopes of Fortress Mountain Resort and Fernie Alpine Resort Alex had no problem transitioning to the small town mountain life in Golden BC. Alex has a long list of qualifications and accomplishments including; CAA Level 2 Avalanche Operations, CAA professional member, Worksafe BC blaster used for avalanche control and NUOEC fist aid ticket. Alex has been teaching Sled AST’s for two years and ski AST’s for KHMR over the past 9 years. In the winter no matter what day of the week it is you can find Alex on his skis and or sled enjoying the unique terrain and deep snow that surrounds us in Golden.
Sled Tail Guide
Robyn has called Golden home since 2002, she started and owns Darkside Snowboard shop in Golden. Being able to make her own hours Robyn has found lots of time to spend on her sled and snowboard over the years and if it’s a pow day do not expect the shop to open till mid afternoon. She raised quite possibly the radest child on this planet and we at Stay Wild Backcountry like to refer to her as Mamma Bear. She will be there to help you out of a trench and give you tips along the way. Robyn has her AST 2 as well as 50 hour wilderness first aid.
Why It's Important
Avalanche Skills Training
Whether you’re new to the backcountry, looking to gain more knowledge or simply refresh your skills, Avalanche Training is an essential part of your tool kit. When in the backcountry you are surrounded by numerous hazards and need to have an understanding of how to explore and enjoy the backcountry while giving it the respect it deserves. Being able to make knowledgeable decisions in the backcountry as well as learning to use your rescue equipment properly and efficiently is a big piece of the puzzle. From refresher courses to AST 2’s we have got a course to meet your skill level and needs no matter what end of the spectrum you are on.
Learn to Tour Camps and Sled Camps
Starting out or simply being stuck in a rut can be hard and frustrating. Our camps will give you the confidence you need to take you riding to the next level. We will help you push your personal boundaries, reach your goals and give you a new skill set to take with you on your next adventure. Become comfortable with your equipment and improve your riding with one of our camps!