SkiBig3 Snow School Team

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The SkiBig3 Snow School team are top-level CSIA and CASI certified instructors. Some of our team members have been teaching with SkiBig3 for over 20 years! Learn their stories and what they love most about Banff and Lake Louise. 

ANNA STECKLE | SKI

ANNA STECKLE | SKI

Anna was hired to teach Nonstop for SkiBig3 in 2007. Two years later she became the lead instructor. In this role, she helped with the development and training of the program – she is responsible for all operations and she is the anchor of Nonstop. 

Nonstop is a program that runs all over Europe and in Canada. Anna ties us with the Fernie Nonstop program to ensure the Canadian program is aligned.

Along with the instructing side, Anna is fondly known as the “mother hen” of Nonstop, ensuring all clients in this program are well taken care of during their time in Banff. Anna is a true mentor and ambassador for SkiBig3 and has helped hundreds of students in their “gap” year gain their level 1 & 2 Ski Instructor certification.

CSIA Level 4 Instructor

BRIAN BAKER | SNOWBOARD

BRIAN BAKER | SNOWBOARD

Brian started with SkiBig3 in the 1998/1999 season and has been with us consecutively every season since, making him the longest-standing SkiBig3 employee ever, at 21 years. 

This is the longest-standing job of Brian’s life and he says it has been an incredible journey. First starting out with Club Snowboard, Brian has also been a part of the earlier Fairmont private lesson program and has been with the Nonstop program since it began in 2005. Brian is incredibly passionate about his sport and said that he has met so many talented, awesome people and made lifelong friendships.

CASI Level 4 Instructor

CHARLIE VALENTINE | SKI

CHARLIE VALENTINE | SKI

Charlie has been a passionate skier for years, with 15 years of teaching experience under his belt. He has skied worldwide, including places like Europe, New Zealand, Argentina and Chile. For guests looking for a bilingual instructor, Charlie speaks English and Spanish. What’s Charlie’s insider tip? Take the shuttles to the resorts for the best parking and “snooze options” after a hard day of skiing. The ski shuttles drop you off right at the resort’s doorstep!  

CSIA Level 3 Instructor, ACA-CSC Level 2 Coach 

JAKE VAN VEGGEL | SKI

JAKE VAN VEGGEL | SKI

This is my 10th winter ski instructing and 7th winter here in the Bow Valley. Originally from Oakville, Ontario, I’ve been skiing for as long as I can remember.  

My favourite part of living in Banff and Lake Louise is living among the wildlife. Seeing Lynx tracks in the fresh snow as I ride up the lift or the Bighorn Sheep staring down our vehicles as we drive up the mountain. I even love it when traffic is held up by a herd of Elk crossing the street. If you’re lucky enough to see one of these amazing creatures out in the wild, be sure to give them plenty of space!  

My local tip: look up what the prints and tracks of some of the local animals look like. The snow has plenty of stories to tell if you know what to look for.  

CSIA Level 3 Instructor

JAMIE ROBINSON | SKI

JAMIE ROBINSON | SKI

I am a CSIA Level 3 Ski Instructor and Level 1 Course Conductor. What I love the most about Banff and Lake Louise is that I have over 8,000km squared of skiable terrain between the three-ski resorts. If I could give one tip it would be to bring snacks and drink lots of water! When you are in a playground as large as Banff and Lake Louise, little adventures can easily get bigger. So don’t forget the tasty treats and something to wash them down with!

CSIA Level 3 Instructor, CSIA Level 1 Course Conductor

LINDA SCARAVELLI | SKI

LINDA SCARAVELLI | SKI

Linda is a Level 3 CSIA Ski Instructor and a Level 1 ACA-CSC Ski Coach. Linda’s family learned to ski together on a family vacation when she was six years old. She still remembers her first instructor. Since then, she has been a ski racer, coach, instructor, instructor of instructors and most importantly, a ski mom. Linda has called Banff home for more than thirty years. She loves sharing her passion for skiing and always starts the day with this goal in mind: “To help clients create the most efficient turn with the least amount of effort”. A local tip Linda would give to visitors is to download the “Aurora” app. It wakes you up to let you know your chances of seeing the northern lights if they are good. It’s amazing!  

CSIA Level 3 Instructor, ACA-CSC Level 1 Coach 

MARC TANGUAY | SNOWBOARD

MARC TANGUAY | SNOWBOARD

Originally from Montreal, QC, I speak both French and English. This is my 27th season teaching and coaching snowboarding in Banff and Lake Louise. I love chasing deep snow at Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Mt. Norquay and making sure SkiBig3 guests experience fresh tracks regardless of their ability levels! When I’m not at the resorts, I’m typically in the backcountry snowmobiling.

Snowboarding is a lifestyle that I love sharing with people. From the equipment, the apparel and of course the on-snow technique, turning guests “on” to snowboarding and into lifelong snowboarders is a real passion. This area offers such great snow, awesome snow parks, amazing views, no crowds and an overall casual laid back vibe that keeps people coming back year after year. Looking forward to riding with you and assisting with all your snowboarding needs and sharing all that this area has to offer!

CASI Level 4 Instructor, CASI Evaluator

MARK WILCOX | SKI

MARK WILCOX | SKI

A skier for life, I was born on skis at 2 years old and I’m still chasing the turns at 41. Every winter weekend throughout my childhood, the entire family would pile in the old station wagon and head up to Mansfield Ski Club in Southern Ontario.  From the ages of 5-18 I was part of a race program, then when I turned 18, the athlete became the coach and I achieved my CSIA and CSCF Level 1 certifications.  Since then, I have become a CSIA Level 4 Instructor, Level 2 Examiner and a CSCF level 2 coach.

Skiing and sharing my love for the sport has always been my motivation – absolutely nothing beats the feeling you get in your body and soul when connected to the mountain with the wind in your face as you learn to fly. The excitement of sharing these moments never fades. My life as a ski professional has taken me to so many fantastic resorts and connected me with many lifelong friends. After working at Park City, Utah, and Whistler Blackcomb, BC, I knew there was something special about Banff and the three resorts in the National Park. There is a shared feeling among all that live and visit here that the natural world is worth protecting. The deep, dry powder and incredible variety of terrain will fulfill the desires of any skier or snowboarder that visits.

My local tip is to really take the time to explore Banff: grab some skates and head out to Johnson Lake, grab the cross country skis and head out to the trails at Lake Minnewanka, or jump on the Sulphur Mountain gondola and head up to the Sky Bistro for lunch and really see a view that never gets old.

CSIA Level 4 Instructor, CSIA Level 2 Examiner, CSCF Level 2 Coach

MIKE DESBRISAY | SKI

MIKE DESBRISAY | SKI

My love of Banff and the Canadian Rockies began many years ago when I was here for the Canadian Ski Championships from Eastern Canada. I then moved to the mountains to pursue my passion in the ski world, after retiring as a competitor. I have many years of high-level ski racing, coaching and teaching experience which gives me a wealth of knowledge to help clients begin skiing and/or improve their skills at all levels. I take great pleasure in teaching clients in a simple, non-technical way that is fun and enjoyable.

What I love most about Banff and Lake Louise is its protection by Banff National Park and that it has visitors from all over the world, giving it a cosmopolitan feel (along with being a fabulous year-round playground). 

I’ve been working with SkiBig3 for over 20 years and I’ve had my CSIA Level 4 for over 50 years! Over the years, I’ve been heavily involved with the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance (CSIA) and I was chair of the CSIA Alberta Committee from 1974 – 1976. I was also on the national board of directors from 1991-1999, while also being the president of the CSIA from 1995-1999. 

I am honoured to have been inducted into the CSIA Hall of Fame in 2006.

CSIA Level 4, CSCF Level 3

PETER ROTHERY | SNOWBOARD

PETER ROTHERY | SNOWBOARD

I’m a CASI Level 3 Instructor, CASI Park Level 2 Instructor, and a CASI Level 2 and Level 1 Park Course Conductor. I have lived and worked in many different areas but there is something very powerful about these mountains. I look forward to the seasonal changes, the big snowfalls, the sunny park days and the glimpses of wildlife while snowboarding. In our modern world, there are few places left where you can just enjoy the sounds of nature. What’s my local tip? Don’t forget to stop and appreciate your surroundings, breathe deeply and feel the energy of this place. After a hard day on the slopes, go for a soak and relax at the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Your body will thank you immensely.   

CASI Level 3 Instructor, CASI Park Level 2 Instructor, CASI Level 2 and Level 1 Park Course Conductor  

CARLO RIVEROLL | SKI & SNOWBOARD

CARLO RIVEROLL | SKI & SNOWBOARD

Carlo has been with SkiBig3 since 2002 starting in Club Snowboard, only having a break for three seasons to gain experience elsewhere. He came back to us in 2006 where he has remained ever since. This makes a total of 15 consecutive seasons on the SkiBig3 Snow School team. Carlo speaks fluent English and Spanish. 

Having fallen in love with the job of passing on his passion for snowboarding, working with the SkiBig3 snow school team has changed his life forever.  

Carlo is one of our only multi-certified instructors and is a level 4 snowboarder and a level 2 skier. His connection with his guests is admirable and it shows and his passion for the sport and teaching is infectious.

What Carlo loves most about Banff and Lake Louise is how “nature rules”! His  local tip is to always be prepared for fast changing conditions (both internal and external).

CASI Level 4 Instructor, CSIA Level 2 Instructor, CASI Level 2 Course Conductor

BRENT SAWATZKY | SKI

BRENT SAWATZKY | SKI

I have been skiing since I was 8 years old and an instructor since I was 16. I am a CSIA Level 2 Instructor and I live in Cochrane, between Calgary and Banff. My goal for instructing is to make people as passionate about the sport of skiing as I am. I love to introduce new people to the sport and then watch them gliding confidently around one of our beautiful resorts within a few hours. I also love taking experienced skiers to my favourite powder stashes, bumps, or glades. Just imagine being transported to the top of a mountain and overlooking hundreds of snow-covered peaks, valleys and ice-covered lakes! My local tip is to remember that each mountain is special in a different way. Try to find a mountain that speaks to you, like how the mountains speak to me. 

CSIA Level 2 Instructor 

KELSEY GAHNSMITH | SNOWBOARD

KELSEY GAHNSMITH | SNOWBOARD

I am originally from Niagara Falls, Ontario. I grew up skiing across the border in New York from a very young age. In 2002, I took my first-ever snowboarding lesson at Blue Mountain and was instantly hooked. This passion drove me West after finishing University in 2014, and I have been privileged to progress and help others to develop their skills within the sport ever since.  

CASI Level 3 Instructor, CASI Park Level 1 Instructor

NICHOLAS HASE | SKI

NICHOLAS HASE | SKI

Hey all! I am a CSIA Level 2 Instructor as well as ACA Development Level Coach, working with the Banff Alpine Racers on the weekends. I’m from Ontario, where I grew up ski racing and getting the most out of every winter (and short slopes). I love living in Banff because it allows me to share my passion for winter with everyone who wishes to learn and experience this awesome place. My local tip? If you like arcing turns on steep groomers Mt. Norquay is the place to be!  

CSIA Level 2 Instructor, ACA Development Level Coach  

QUYNTON MCCLEARY | SKI

QUYNTON MCCLEARY | SKI

I am a certified CSIA Level 2 Instructor that has lots of experience skiing in the backcountry and just loves getting out on the snow. I have been skiing since I was about six years old, and I fell in love with it instantly. I love living in Banff because it is such a great community and everyone is here for the same reason – to get out and have fun on the slopes! A little locals tip is to get to the mountain early and dress warmer than you think you should.  

CSIA Level 2 Instructor

BRYAN PARKER | SKI

BRYAN PARKER | SKI

I am a CSIA Level 3 Instructor. I started teaching skiing many years ago and then I took a career path in aviation. I have retired from flying airplanes around the globe and now returned to the ski world. I have lived in Banff and Canmore for the last 40 years. It’s a stunning area to live in and I enjoy the multiple recreational activities available. My local tip is to get out there and enjoy them all.   

CSIA Level 3 Instructor

NOAH WHAWELL | SKI

NOAH WHAWELL | SKI

I’m 21 years old and originally from the UK. I am a CSIA Level 2 Instructor and I have been skiing since the age of nine. I learned to ski in the French Alps, and I have since skied over most of Europe before coming to Canada to start work as a ski instructor. Banff is a fantastic place to live and I love the vast array of wildlife that the Canadian Rockies has to offer. My local tip is to use the bus (ROAM Transit) to get downtown on a cold day! It saves the fingers and toes from freezing off.   

CSIA Level 2 Instructor

JACK DEROO | SKI

JACK DEROO | SKI

I’m a CSIA Level 3 Instructor as well as an ACA Entry Level (L1) Trained Race Coach. I also hold my CSIA L1 Course Conductor status and certify new ski instructors, primarily at prairie hills in Edmonton and Northern Alberta. I started skiing on a grade 4 school trip to the Edmonton Ski Club back in the ‘80s and that led to a lifelong habit of skiing every winter. When life tossed me a curve ball ahead of the birth of my first child, I took what I thought would be a short-term job teaching school children in Edmonton to ski. This led to getting my Level 1 and 2 CSIA certifications that season, followed by a decade of full-time ski instruction for local school children. More recently, I’ve shifted to splitting my time between Edmonton and the mountains as I work towards my CSIA Level 4 Certification. This season marks my 15th consecutive season teaching skiing and I still look forward to being able to share my passion for skiing with students of all ages and ability levels.   

My tip for visitors is to park their car and walk up and down Banff Avenue. You’ll find many very Canadian offerings in the shops if you’re looking for a souvenir from your trip. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from that will meet almost any culinary desire you may have. I would recommend trying one of the local steak houses, as Alberta is known for its beef and bison. Also, no trip to Banff is complete without a stop at Cows for ice cream, even if it’s -20C (-4F) outside!  

CSIA Level 3 Instructor, ACA Entry Level 1 Trained Race Coach, CSIA Level 1 Course Conductor 

JAY PARK

JAY PARK

Nonstop Ski Instructor

Level 3 Ski

I started skiing when I was eight. I remember trying to turn, using my hands a lot and my father guiding my brothers and me the best he knew how. Honestly, though, until I got the hang of it, I was scared most of the time!


My parents finally dragged me onto the chair in tears. But something happened as soon as I was on the chair, all that fear drifted away, and from then on, skiing has had me hooked. At age 15, after quitting ski racing, my mom suggested teaching and enrolled me in my Level 1 course. Though nervous the first day, I found that the course piqued my interest. The defining moment, however, was watching our course facilitator free ski. He was smooth and dynamic and moved effortlessly from turn to turn, looking surefooted and balanced. I said, “Wow, I want to do that.” The above experience led me on the path to my CSIA Level 2, then 3, and my Level 1 and 2 CSCF. And along the way, instructing positions at Winsport, Nakiska, Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and SkiBig3, additional courses, and skiing abroad with various international demonstration team members have developed my technical skills and ski knowledge. I’ve come to appreciate that the best ski teachers have a deep understanding that enables them to communicate and translate technical aspects in a way that even a non-skier could comprehend. Not surprisingly, this honed skillset also makes those great teachers excellent skiers. CSIA Level 4 Partial (Ski), CSCF Level 2, CSIA Level 1 Course Conductor

RYAN ORMAN

RYAN ORMAN

Private Ski Instructor

Level 3 Ski

As a child growing up in the UK, I was always fascinated by mountains, but it was difficult to experience them firsthand. However, when I was seven years old, my family went on a skiing vacation to France, and it completely blew my mind. From that moment on, I knew that I wanted to live and work in the mountains.

At nineteen, I began my journey as a ski instructor and obtained my level 1 and 2 certifications in Banff. For the next five seasons, I taught and worked in Austria, specifically in Kitzbühel. Now, I have returned to Banff, which feels like a home away from home for me.

My local tip: Look and take in the amazing surroundings that this national park has to offer because you won’t see beauty like it anywhere else in the world. Banff is truly a special place.

CHRIS MILLER

CHRIS MILLER

Private Ski Instructor

For most of my life, I’ve had a great career as an Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) Mountain Guide, leading guests mountaineering, rock climbing, ski touring and heli-skiing. ACMG membership allowed me to guide expeditions in Mexico and South America, and on elegant ski trips in Austria through our international federation, the IFMGA. My greatest pleasure has always come from helping others attain their goals, whether it’s a summit, learning and improving skills, or simply having a rewarding day in the mountains. Ski instructing and guiding in the Banff area is a real pleasure with its great variety of terrain, incredible sights and renowned Canadian friendliness. There truly is something for everyone.

The Banff area has world-class skiing but also boasts some of the best mountain views in the world. Take a short break from your ski day and take in the vistas unique to each ski area. One can see Mt Assiniboine (the Matterhorn of the Rockies) from high points in the Sunshine area; across the valley from the appropriately named ‘Top of the World’ lift at Lake Louise rises the magnificent Louise Group of peaks; and Mt Norquay provides a fantastic view of Tunnel Mountain, the townsite of Banff and the Bow Valley, the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. I hope we can share them with you this winter! 

ACMG/IFMGA Mountain Guide, CSIA Level 3 Instructor, CSIA Level 1 Course Conductor, ACA Entry Level Coach.

ZAC PAGE

ZAC PAGE

Private Ski Instructor

Level 2 Ski

Skiing on UK soil was quite the challenge growing up, but I was lucky to get on snow in a trip to France at just 4 years old – I don’t know if this was the start of my passion for french fries or skiing – but 20 years later, I still love both! Thankfully, the latter took my focus… and it was on multiple trips to Mammoth (California), Tremblant (Quebec) and the Alps where I first toyed with the idea of stepping into my instructors boots – a dream that would later become reality. Since 2019 I have put my plan into practice; training in Banff and Fernie on the Nonstop Ski Instructors programs to secure my L1 and L2 CSIA certifications. This season, I’m delighted to be back in Banff again – a place I’m drawn to at every opportunity! Just take a look around when you’re here and you’ll see why. My locals tip is to head to each ski resort if you can… you’ll come away from each with a unique skiing experience; one which will leave you with a smile on your face and a free pint at the Elk Restaurant in town, having completed the ‘trifecta’ challenge. Also, don’t forget to eat Poutine at every opportunity… it takes French fries to the next level. See you on the slopes!

DAVID MACLELLAN

DAVID MACLELLAN

Private Ski Instructor

Level 2 Ski

I am a CSIA Level 2 Instructor. I have taught skiing at a number of ski areas in Ontario and Alberta. I currently spend my winters in Canmore and summers in Cape Breton (Sea to Sky) 

I love skiing in the Canadian Rockies. When I lived in Ontario I would make an annual ski trip out west. It was always a nice change from the more common eastern Powder conditions (hard packed or icy). The Banff Ski areas offer fantastic – terrain , snow and scenery. 

My tip – dress in layers. You can take clothing off if you are too warm if you are cold you may need to go inside.

ETHAN ROSS

ETHAN ROSS

Private Ski Instructor

Level 2 Ski

ELLA MATCHETT

ELLA MATCHETT

Private Ski Instructor

Level 2 Ski

CHARLES BOUGIE

CHARLES BOUGIE

Private Ski Instructor

Level 4 Ski

Charles started working in the ski industry over 35 years ago where at a young age became a supervisor at a prominent ski school in the Laurentians. Charles has also been an avid master’s racer for many years achieving several podiums in his favourite discipline Giant Slalom.  

In 2009, Charles moved to Alberta and has since taught skiing at all levels in the Bow Valley. Charles likes to share his passion for skiing with clients and friends alike. During his spare time Charles also enjoys Nordic Skiing, Alpine Touring, all types of Cycling and walking his dogs. Charles is bilingual, French and English and also leads a double life as a ski instructor and as a finance professional. 

Two memorable ski days for Charles were taking part in the Canadian Powder 8 Championships in 2011 and recently achieving Level 4 certification. 

Ski tip: be weary of snow snakes as they are white in color and are difficult to see and are often the main cause of wipeouts. 

Charles is a CSIA Level 4 instructor, a Level 2 course conductor and also holds ACA-CSC Level 2 Coach and AST 1.   

AMELIA CONOLLY

Private Ski Instructor

Level 2 Ski

RHYS FIELD

RHYS FIELD

Private Ski Instructor

Level 2 Ski

JUAN ANGEL

JUAN ANGEL

Private Ski Instructor

Level 2 Ski

Originally hailing from the tropical peaks of Colombia, My journey has taken me from the vibrant landscapes of South America to the majestic Canadian Rockies, which I now call home. Through a love for adventure, a commitment to safety, and a dedication to mentorship, I’ve carved my way into the heart of the snow-covered Rockies. Whether it’s conquering steep descents or riding through serene glades, I find solace and joy in the pristine beauty of the alpine world.
 
Mentorship has played a pivotal role in my journey, and I understand the profound impact it can have on a person’s growth. As a Snowboard Instructor, Guide, and Alpinist, I am dedicated to fostering a supportive and encouraging learning environment. I believe in the transformative power of mentorship, and I take pride in guiding individuals to unlock their full potential in the mountains.

SAFFRON WILFORD

Private Ski Instructor

Level 2 Ski

I gained my CSIA Level 2 here in Banff back in 2019. Originally from London (UK), my love for the outdoors and skiing alongside the beauty of the Bow Valley makes it feel like I’m living the dream. Growing up, I spent a lot of time skiing the Alps, where I secured my passion for the sport. I love to continue to share my passion for skiing and the mountains and hopefully inspire the next generation along the way too!

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