Who are we?

Stay Wild was born out of a deep appreciation for the mountains and a desire to educate others to explore the backcountry safely & confidently.

 

After quitting her 9-to-5 eight years ago, our founder, Britt, began to spend as much time as possible in the backcountry each winter.

 

Constantly in pursuit of new zones to explore with her sled & splitboard, Britt is taught daily by the mountains about the complex factors that go into making decisions that respect both the human and environmental conditions of a ride.

 

Britt created Stay Wild to educate, inspire, and empower others to deepen their love and knowledge of the backcountry with practical skills & hands-on training.

 

In a male-dominated industry, Stay Wild offers exclusive women-only classes in addition to our co-ed camps. As a female-led company, our instructors have been the only female in the shred crew or avy safety course way too often. While we love the men who come out for our co-ed camps & our lovely token male instructors, there’s something magical about like-minded ladies learning together and having a killer day on the mountain.

 

All of our camps and courses are highly immersive, welcoming, and meant for shredders and sledders at all stages and experience levels.

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Instructors / Coaches

Meet our team!

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Britt

Owner | Lead Instructor | Lead Coach

Britt 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 10 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 has completed her Canadian Avalanche Association Level 2 Avalanche Operations, 90 hour wilderness first aid, Avalanche Search & Rescue Advanced Skills, Intro to Weather and is a professional member of the CAA. With 12 years experience on a sled and 8 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 Safety and spreading knowledge to others in the backcountry.

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Jamie

AST instructor | Golden

Jamie taught for us for 3 years & then left us for the corporate world. We were able to convince her after one season away that being an adult is overrated & she should come back to the ski everyday life! Jamie enjoys biking, skiing, dogs, beers,hiking, outdoors and telling her best jokes to students during courses. She has been living in Golden for 11 years. 5 of those years were spent patrolling at Kicking horse followed by 6 years tail guiding at Chatter Creek.<br /> Jamie completed her CAA level 2, is an active member of the CAA and is a paramedic for BC ambulance. She just bought a new to her sled and is so pumped to be joining the world of digging!! She is looking forward to a season full of skiing, snowboarding, sledding and teaching!!

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Arièle

AST Instructor | Golden

Arièle hails from the icy slopes of the Laurentian Mountains near Montreal. Her passion for skiing came naturally as the daughter of two ski patrollers and outdoor enthusiasts. When it came time to pay for her own ski pass, she swiftly made her way into the ski bum life and began ski instructing on weekends while in school. After discovering the freedom and opportunities that came with a seasonal forestry career out West, Arièle committed to a life in the West Kootenays, where she worked ski instructing, patrolling and tail guiding in Rossland for five years. After obtaining her OPS 1, Advanced Search and Rescue and Introduction to Weather courses and now an active member of the Canadian Avalanche Association, she is now teaching AST 1 courses in Golden and working as an avalanche technician in Northern BC. Her passions for ski touring, alpine climbing and cats keep her schedule quite busy, but if you’re lucky, you might catch her baking some Montreal bagels in her new home in town.

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Alex

Lead Instructor | Forecaster | OG token male

Alex is currently our token male, he is patient & creates a comfortable learning environment + he puts up with all us ladies! Alex has been patrolling at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort for 13 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 six 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.

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Charity

Office Admin Extraordinaire

Charity grew up in friendly Manitoba and learned how to Snowboard at the local hill (which was literally in a ditch). Through visiting family and then joining trips in university she made it a priority to visit the mountains as often as possible. Eventually, her career change took her to nursing school in Edmonton and then out to Vancouver. Living on the coast brought lots of opportunities to explore the mountains. After many adventures out West, her family made the move to Golden, and they haven’t looked back. She’s doing her best to keep the admin side of Stay Wild rolling and stoked to be part of the team!

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Alaina

Sled camp coach

Alaina is originally from Ontario, where she spent all her free time skiing or dreaming about skiing. So it’s not surprised that the minute she turned 18, she moved to the mountains and traded her park skis for some big mountain ones. Unfortunately, it’s in these big mountains that Alaina found out she suffers from cold injuries including chilblains, frostbite, and Reynolds, which limited her ability to get after it. Until she found sledding. Sledding turned out to be the warmest winter activity, scratched that itch to play in the mountains in the winter AND allowed her to keep the cold injuries under control (PS: if you suffer from similar injuries, she is always keen to share her experience and solutions). Alaina now spends all of her free time sledding to access remote terrain, or day dreaming about it. She thrives off of the feeling of deep pow turns and playing with the relationship of throttle, break, and weight to control her beloved sled.

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Melanie

AST Instructor | Golden

While completing a university degree in Thunder Bay Ontario Melanie can distinctly remember the first time she heard about being a ski bum. She knew this was her calling. It took some serious will power to stay and complete her studies and the moment she was done she ran to the mountains! For the last 10 years she has called Golden BC home and has spent as much time as possible exploring the surrounding backcountry. Skiing is not just a sport to her, it is a lifestyle! From deep pow to hard pack…it doesn't matter, if she is skiing she is having a good time! She has always seen education around avalanche safety and backcountry travel as a tool to explore further with more confidence and is excited to help you do the same! Melanie took her AST1 back in 2012 when she first moved west and has been expanding upon her backcountry education ever since. This year she will be taking her Avalanche Operations Level 2. Her career in the ski industry has been a dynamic one. From backcountry chef to ski coach, ski patroller to tail guide. She is looking forward to adding AST instructor to the resume!

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Joey

AST instructor | Golden

Joey hails from the land down under where snow (yes, snow) initially stole her attention.<br /> As a curious 19 year old Joey left Australia to find a land with more snow - Canada. As she began to understand how flakes fall in North America she set out to come up with a plan that ensured she was skiing everyday. It was decided that the answer was ski patrolling. Joey’s ski patrolling career began in 2016 in southern Alberta and has continued on to golden where she now works at kicking horse mountain resort. In addition to ski patrolling she works as an avalanche educator, as well as an emergency medical responder for bc ambulance. As the snow melts and turns to water you will find Joey on the river guiding rafts on the kicking horse. Recreation is just as important, so joey makes sure there’s a variety of equipment available to ride uphill and downhill - skis, snowmobiles, bikes, kayaks, electric scooters.

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Marty

AST Instructor | Golden

Martin or Marty hails from the Wasatch Mountains of Utah where he originally got introduced to the backcountry at a young age. Being raised in a skiing family, he ski raced and then competed in big mountain freeride comps, ultimately landing himself a spot on the Freeride World Tour in 2016. He moved up to BC for bigger mountains and an education at Quest University in Squamish. After graduating with a degree focused on Earth Sciences, he moved to Golden and began patrolling at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. In the years since becoming an avalanche worker, he has gained tons of valuable knowledge and skills to pair with his deep skiing experience. He will be taking his CAA Operations Level 2 this season. These days Marty hucks fewer cliffs and can be found venturing around the Golden backcountry ski touring or sledding.

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Kristen

AST Instructor | Revy

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Andrew

AST Instructor | Revelstoke

Andrew has always enjoyed getting outside to explore - the less traveled the path the better. Being born and raised in Revelstoke BC, he was lucky to have easy access to incredible terrain, so hiking, biking and skiing some of BC’s best was part of his regular day to day growing up. He translated that recreational passion to work, where he served as a lift mechanic for RMR for many years, before chasing the dream of skiing more and working less, becoming a ski practicum and tail guide for the cat skiing company Mustang Powder. After starting a family of his own, he slowed down his pace of life and took the chance to share some glimmers of old school mountain culture with his daughter: they moved to Vancouver Island and spent three seasons working for the remote, north island ski hill Mount Cain. He recently returned to his hometown of Revelstoke to work as a Ski patroller at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, as well as teach all things backcountry safety with Stay Wild Backcountry.

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Matt

AST Instructor - Revy

Matt grew up in Ontario and honed his skiing abilities on the ice and moguls of eastern ski hills. A search for bigger mountains and deeper snow led him to BC in 2009. Summer work with the BC Wildfire Service allowed Matt to have the flexibility to take winters off to ski and travel. He’s been fortunate enough to ski in many different places around the world including Japan, Kashmir, the Alps, Morocco and the US. In recent years Matt started pursuing ski guiding as a career and has worked and volunteered at different ski touring lodges around BC. He is currently in the ACMG ski guide training program and tail guiding at Selkirk Tangiers Heli skiing. He’s excited to share his experience and knowledge and help get you started on your journey into the backcountry!

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Mel

AST instructor | Kimberley

Mel worked on ski patrol at Kicking Horse for 7 seasons. She lived in Golden for 12 years and recently moved back to her hometown, Kimberley, B.C. Mel resides in Kimberley fulltime. She is an initial attack crew leader for the BC wildfire service in the summer. Mel is a professional member of the CAA, and has her professional level 2. She has taught AST courses in Golden and this will be her first season teaching with Stay Wild. She holds a valid NUEC 3 / OFA 3 first aid ticket. Mel also works for Golden Alpine Holidays in the winter. If she isn’t teaching or working at GAH, you’ll find Mel exploring the backcountry around Kimberley with her pup, Douglas Fur. She is stoked to be a part of this awesome team and can’t wait to get out in the backcountry and share her local knowledge around Kimberley/Cranbrook.

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Madeline

AST Instructor | Fernie

Madeline grew up in the States before moving to British Columbia to study at Quest University in Squamish. There she studied Earth Science, volunteered as an avalanche educator for the outdoor club, and deeply enjoyed exploring the Coast Mountains on her skis. Her on-snow career began in Steamboat Springs, Colorado where she spent 5 seasons working as a ski instructor. She is starting her fourth season on patrol at Castle Mountain Resort in Southern Alberta and is taking her Operations Level 2 with the Canadian Avalanche Association this winter. She spends her summers guiding 6-day wilderness river trips in Central Idaho on the Middle Fork and Main Salmon. Driven by nights spent under the stars, deep personal connections formed in natural settings, skiing pow, and getting up high in the mountains, she feels grateful to work year round in these environments. She wholeheartedly believes in place-based education as a tool to facilitate relatedness to our mountainous environments and belonging to and in those spaces.

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Sara

AST instructor | Big White

Born in December in the middle of a snow storm, you can say Sara has always been in love with snow. She got her start in the Ski industry as a Ski Instructor more than 20 years ago. Sara moved into patrol in 2003 and loved the duality of mountain and medical and became a Paramedic in 2005. After a healthy career in ski patrol Sara took a leap into mechanized ski guiding, guiding at both Snow Cat and Helicopter Operations. Sara is a natural student and teacher, finding joy and fulfilment when learning new skills and then passing that knowledge on to people who desire to learn. Sara began her avalanche career in an AST 1 just like the course you’re about to take. More than 10 years later Sara is a CAA level 2 and bursting at the seams with knowledge just waiting be to be passed on.

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.

Ladies Sled Camps

Alright let’s face it, most men can get away with ‘muscling’ their way through learning a new sport especially sledding. Typically women can’t go with the strong arm my way through this situation approach. Learning the appropriate technique will make a world of difference for the lady sledders out there and help you build your independence and confidence in the backcountry. The bonus? You get to learn all these new skills with a crew of rad like minded ladies!