Spotlight Series: Q&A with Kim Vinet
February 12 2021
This year is all about staying close to home and celebrating all things local.
We caught up with Kim Vinet to see what she's been up to this season. Kim has been a member of the RMR Pro Team since 2013 and is a local freeskier, advocate for sustainability and ambassador for Blizzard Skis, Tecnica Sports, Flylow Gear, Somewon Collective, SunGod GrassSticks, and Protect Our Winters Canada.
Kim Vinet enjoying a storm day at RMR. Photo: Luke Laurin.
You’ve called Revelstoke home for a while now. When did you first move here, and what was the appeal?
I moved to Revelstoke for the skiing in February 2010. People always have a bit more sparkle in their eyes when they are outside, and I wanted to be surrounded by more of that energy. My (now) husband JJ, already lived here at the time so making the move was a no-brainer!
Describe what a perfect day at RMR looks like.
There is no perfect day! We're so lucky to have the freedom to spend time in the mountains. I love spending the day with someone who is discovering new things about themselves. Whether that person is me or someone else in my group doesn’t matter. It’s so much fun playing in the snow!
What's been your favourite highlight so far this season?
Revelstoke has a new program called Ascent Mentorship. It has been a really fun experience getting to know someone I may not have otherwise met and introducing her to backcountry skiing. I’ve realized that my favourite part of ski guiding is empowering people to do things they have been dreaming of. Backcountry skiing is so rewarding but it takes years of experience to understand the risks. I’ve had so many incredible mentors in my life. It’s fun to give back!
When you are not playing in the mountains, what other activities fill your time?
This year I’ve taken the largest number of guiding courses I’ve ever had in one season so I’ve been studying and training! My husband and I have 2 dogs, our house is a minor rainforest of tropical plants and I love cooking. I’ve also recently spent a lot of time developing a business model and programming for Affirmative Sustainability. Alongside skiing, I’ve worked in energy production and policy development since 2005. My consulting business helps corporations reduce their footprint, increase efficiency, set targets and create reporting.
You’re an advocate for sustainability, especially as it relates to winter mountain sports. What resources do you recommend for skiers and riders who are interested in reducing their footprint?
For individuals, it can be challenging to distinguish between someone’s good intentions (opinion) and actualized methodologies (fact). The biggest change you can make comes from understanding your consumer options. We used to focus on convenience in the consumer market but that came at the expense of our future wellbeing. Try to understand the amount of energy that went into not only making the products you are purchasing, but also how they got to you. Our government policy dictates how those things are made, so understanding and getting involved in your local politics can make a huge impact!
Clean Energy Canada has a weekly news letter that will keep you up to date on Canada’s latest technological, political and scientific climate news. The United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals outlines targets for global environmental, economic and social sustainability.
Last season, I worked with SunGod to produce AWAKEN. It’s a short film that follows adventurers in our local mountain environments and highlights the different impacts of climate change here in Revelstoke, in Chamonix and all the way to Australia. The film talks about how a creating connections in nature can inspire us to protect it.
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<p><a href="https://vimeo.com/499245142">AWAKEN</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/wearesungod">SunGod</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
What projects are you working on or excited about this year?
I’ve had a lot of support this season to create adventures on snow, which requires a lot of planning. This whole pandemic experience has really slowed things down and allowed us to focus on things that are uniquely essential to our wellbeing. Normally, I ski guide full time in the winter and it can feel like I need to jam a lot of activity into my time off. I’m excited to freeride, get some filming in, to chase a few ski mountaineering objectives and to have the freedom to enjoy whatever snow conditions we are up against.
2020 was a rough year, but we are hopeful that 2021 is a little brighter. What are your goals for this year?
We all got thrown for a loop in 2020, but I’m inspired by the number of people who have turned that adversity into opportunity! Last year provided a step back and allowed us to pivot in a new direction. For me, that was foundational in setting myself up for success in 2021 and beyond. I’m excited to have already finished some of my ski guiding exams this season. Now, I’m looking forward to doing some more storm skiing!