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Meet Some of Our Top Instructors for Weekend Programs!

November 12 2021

 

Just like you, our Snow School instructors are eager to get back on the slopes this winter. The phrase, "Choose a job you love, and you'll never work a day in your life," sums it up pretty well. Read below to learn all about what motivates and inspires these skilled skiers and snowboarders to teach others what they love most: being on the mountain!

 

  • Meet Scott Bennet
    Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
    Favorite RMR run: Powder Monkey Glades

     

    How many years on snow?

    “10 Years! I started my teaching career at Camp Fortune Qc as a teacher’s assistant in 2011 and have continued teaching at resorts in Quebec, Ontario and BC, this will be my fourth year with RMR.”

    What is your ski/board of choice?

    “I Always try to pick the right ski for the rights conditions. Faction 4.0s for Revelstoke’s unreal powder days, ON3P Jeffrey’s (108) for freestyle days and variable conditions and the Dynastar Speedzone 16 for training and carving up groomers.”

    What weekend program did you coach last season?

    “Last season I coached the advanced group of Pathfinders. One of RMR’s newer programs to introduce kids to the freestyle world of skiing, we ski all over the resort getting comfortable in free ride terrain while adding some spice and style to our lines. My biggest focus is setting a solid freestyle foundation that kids are able to build on for the rest of their ski careers.”

    What was a highlight for you?

    “Watching the progression of each kid throughout the season is always the biggest highlight. Last year I saw many first time 360s which then progressed to 540s and I consistently watched the group push their abilities jumping off cliffs, always getting more air and style each week!”

    What was unique about your group?

    “Last year we had phenomenal group dynamics. The kids always supported each other whether it be stomping a new trick or crashing spectacularly - they had each other's backs. Super stoked to get back on snow with kids new and old to the program.”

    What are your goals in the program this season?

    “I can’t wait to get back into the terrain park this year and spend some more time getting comfortable on boxes and rails. Cat-tracks and cliffs are great but on bluebird days it's hard to beat lapping the park and some well shaped jumps.”

    What are your personal training goals?

    “In the past I’ve focused on furthering my avalanche education, pushing my freestyle skiing, and developing a mental map of RMR’s terrain. This year I have a huge focus on training and taking my level 3 ski instructor exams, in the ski and avalanche world there is always more to learn and I look forward to focusing on the technical side and teaching side of skiing once again. Ski school never ends!”

     

  • Meet Alex Beck
    Hometown: Essex, England
    Favorite RMR run: Too many to choose from!

     

    How many years on snow?

    “22 years on snow. I've been skiing since I was 4 years old!”

    What is your ski/board of choice?

    “My Salomon Stella QST 106s!”

    What weekend program did you coach last season?

    “The Girls Club! WOOT WOOT!”

    What was a highlight for you?

    “Having lunch on top of Subpeak and every member of the group getting many epic first tracks on the Pole Drop cliffs and jumps.”

    What was unique about your group?

    “We were a group of she-shredders who were simply taking pride in skiing like a girl!”

    What are your goals in the program this season?

    “To keep pushing everyone out of their personal comfort zones in big mountain terrain: steeps, powder, trees, bumps, chutes, jumps, cliffs, hikes, anything!”

    What are your personal training goals?

    “Just like ski runs, I have too many to choose from! I want to keep pushing myself to become stronger, faster and braver anywhere on the mountain so I can encourage my girls to do the same.”

     

  • Meet Jo Keene
    Hometown: Gloucester, UK
    Favorite RMR run: Vertigo Ridge on a pow day

     

    How many years on snow?

    “Six years!”

    What is your ski/board of choice?

    “Faction Prodigy Skis / Capita Birds of a Feather remains the old faithful board.”

    What weekend program did you coach last season?

    “Level 4 Rippers Ski / Level 5 Rippers Snowboard”

    What was a highlight for you?

    “I have taught some of the kids for a few years, so watching them progress from the bunny hill to shredding Black runs is really cool.”

    What was unique about your group?

    “Last year I had lots of strong-minded and sendy girls which was so awesome to see.”

    What are your goals in the program this season?

    “My goal is always to get the kids having fun and to keep cultivating a passion for snow sports. It's so great now that we have a growing number of snowboard weekend programs and I really would love parents to know that snowboarding can be as good an option as skiing - depending on what their kids feel an affinity for.”

    What are your personal training goals?

    “This year I want to train towards my CASI Level 3 exams, so I will work on being faster, stronger, and more daring!”

     

  • Meet Andrew Meszaros
    Favorite RMR run: Vertigo Ridge

     

    How many years on snow?

    “Twenty years!”

    What weekend program did you teach last season?

    “Saturday level 4 and Sunday level 5, both full days”

    What was a highlight for you?

    “Watching my 6 year old student shred moguls twice her size”

    What was unique about your group?

    “I had an 11 year old boy and a 6 year girl of similar ability, all they wanted to do was take big jumps and ski in the trees.”

    What are your goals in the program this season?

    “My goal is to develop all around skills, with kids it's important to showcase all the different types of skiing like in the bowls, trees and carved turns on piste to create a foundation and let them choose their own path.”

    What are your personal training goals?

    “This year I am hoping to complete my CSIA level 3 teaching exam.”

     

  • Meet Joelle Wassing
    Hometown: Invermere, BC
    Favorite RMR run: Powder Monkey Glades

     

    How many years on snow?

    “I started skiing at age 3, and skied until I was 11, when my older brother convinced me to try snowboarding. Then, I rode a board for 5 years, but got back on skis at age 16. After realizing skiing was something I missed out on for all those years, I've been married to my skis ever since. I still get out on my board from time to time, because that's a love that will never die. So, if you were paying attention, that's 23 years on-snow. I'll let you do the math to figure out how old I am.”

    What is your ski/board of choice?

    “The ones that get you sliding and smiling! There's so many high quality brands and models out there, so I recommend utilizing demo days and rental shops to try as many different models as possible. Right now, I'm loving my Fischer Pro MTN Ti 86's for an all mountain, every day ski. They're agile and floaty in varied terrain, making chop feel like butter, but they also have the grip, support and edge hold to make you feel like you're carving it up on a race ski. It's fantastic. For deeper days, I reach for my Atomic Backland 102's. For a park ski, I really appreciate the lightweight and responsive 4FRNT Blondie. Tons of pop and playfulness, but holds its own when you need the support. Kind of like the ideal best friend.”

    What weekend program did you coach last season?

    “I'm new to Revelstoke this year, but last year I coached Silverstar Freestyle's Competitive Development team, as well as one of their Girlstylerz teams. In previous years, I worked for Panorama Freestyle. Depending on the year, I worked with the up and coming 6-7 year olds in the fundamental group, the competitive mogul and slopestyle teams, and the all mountain girls group.”

    What was a highlight for you?

    “Oh man.. so many! The highlights are getting to watch the little things develop over the season, like the friendships, memories, good times and times spent overcoming the struggles together. Performance wise, there's seeds you plant at the beginning that you work on throughout the season, and over time you get to see an athlete click it all together and gain a new skill. It's really cool! I love watching their confidence grow as they test their abilities and surprise themselves (and sometimes their parents!) with what they're capable of. Also, getting selected to be a part of the team of women and coaches who pioneered the BC's Girlstylerz (Girls in Freestyle) initiative was pretty cool. We had 13 clubs around the province with dedicated female groups training all season, and then we met up in Whistler for a ski camp- with 60 girls!”

    What are your goals in the program this season?

    “This season, I'm really excited to get to know the resort inside and out and create a memorable, super fun program for the kids. Coming from a freestyle and freeride background, I'm stoked to focus on building the skills my athletes want to perform by providing as much support as I can to safely progress freestyle and freeride here at RMR.”

    What are your personal training goals?

    “This will be my first season back on snow since having a baby last year, so I'm gunning to get back to pre-baby skiing mode! A couple things I'm excited about: I'm training to get my Level 3 instructor certification, and I am also training to become a course facilitator and coach developer for a few of Freestyle BC's coaching certification courses, both on snow and trampoline.”

     


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