2019/20 Coaching Team
Please stay tuned for updates on the 2019/20 Season Coaching Team
Program Director & Head Coach
After only a few months of skiing on dry slopes around the UK Chris became hooked on the adreneline that comes with freestyle skiing. Throughout his teens he competed Nationally and Internationally in slopestyle and halfpipe. At the age of 21, he turned his focus to coaching. Chris has gained his certifications through BASI (British Association of Snowsport Instructors) and Snowsport England. Chris joins Freestyle Panorama for his second season with the club.
Competition Team Lead Coach
Mike has coached with Freestyle Panorama for 9 years now – and we are thrilled to have him back with us in the coaches seat again this year, working with the competitive Slope Style Team. Mike literally grew up ON the mountain (his bedroom was literally 5 feet from Pano snow!) and has long long been regarded as a local Freestyle Phenom! He has competed in and won numerous Freeski and Slopestyle competitions all over North America. Mike is excited to bring his special brand of rad-ness to all of the young athletes.
Club Lead Coach & Administrative Lead
Deb started skiing late in life—at 14 years old! She moved to Invermere as a young adult. It was in here in Invermere that she started her family. Three kids, each of which she had upright on skis as soon as they could walk. Her kids trained her well to be the excellent FUNdamentals coach she is today. Of course, it wasn't only the kids that trained her. She also has qualifications through CSIA and CFSA. Coaching kids in the Freestyle way and having the privilege of introducing them to the fun and safety of snow parks is her passion. After coaching on and off the past 5 years she now hopes to make Freestyle Panorama her home.
Will grew up up loving skiing - all types of skiing. After eight years as an athlete with Freestyle Panorama, he has decided to focus his efforts on coaching. Will joins us for his second year as a coach. He is excited to share his passion of Freestyle skiing with the next generation of Freestyle Panorama shredders.
Skylar has skied Panorama since he was 3 years old and has participated in both Team Panorama as well as Freestyle Panorama He quickly moved to instructing as soon as he was 14. No matter which resort he skis, Panorama's steep and tree-covered terrain is still where he calls home. This will be his fourth season teaching, having instructed and coached at both Winsport and FPSC over the past 3 seasons. Skylar loves spreading knowledge of the sport, hopes to show everyone the fun of skiing and explore the hidden spots across the hill that he has discovered. Whether it's carved turns on a groomer, features in the terrain park, or bumps and booters in Taynton Bowl he loves it all!
CANFree Development Team
Avery started skiing at only 2 years old. Avery’s Mom always says, “he was born with skis attached!”. Avery's early years skiing were spent on racing teams at COP, Nakiska, and then finally at Panorama. It was in his last year of racing that Avery discovered his passion for freestyle. The idea of being able to bring his own creativity and style to his skiing intrigued him. After race training he would come running in and change out of race skis, and into his park skis! He would stay in the park until the mountain closed, well after dark! It is where his heart lies!
Avery has competed on two occasions in Junior Nationals for both slopestyle and moguls as well as in the Canadian Series!
He is excited to share his love of all aspects of skiing with the youngsters that love the sport like he does! When it comes to skiing, “If you are not having fun, you’re not doing it right!”
FUNdamentalz and Freestylerz Coach
Megan began skiing when she was only 2 years old, and joined Freestyle Panorama when she was 7! Having always loved skiing all over the mountain, she eventually chose to specialize in moguls. Megan competed for 3 years on the BC Timber Tour with the Panorama Competitive Team. During this time, she competed at the BC Winter Games, attended two Canada Cups, and qualified in moguls for Jr. Nationals in Quebec. Megan also won "Best Overall Moguls" for the F18 category at the end of the 2018/19 Timber Tour season. She is very excited to pass her skills on to the younger groups, and hopes to inspire girls to take up freestyle skiing!