Alex first learned how to ski at Dagmar when he was 12. He started snowboarding at 18, and since then has become his passion. His first time in Whistler was at Camp of Champions in 2003 and he was blessed with the opportunity to learn from the pros! Whistler has been his home away from home ever since and always wished he could ride all year round, but with age comes obligations and risk of injury. Riding MSLM 43 days for 2 seasons in a row was amazing, but he knew the only way to truly progress was to ride and train as much as possible. Why can’t we be lucky enough for the opportunity and a place to practice everyday? If you want to be better training still needs to happens in the off season.
Simon's first time snowboarding was in 2010 at Blue Mountain, attempting a black diamond but just was not ready for it. This experience taught him the importance of instruction and progressing in steps. After a season of learning the basics of carving, he was introduced into the world of freestyle. The aspect of freestyle he appreciates most is the unlimited variations of tricks. Each new trick is a new goal. In order to accomplish the goal one must be dedicated and achieved through repetition. That "feeling" of confidence when stomping a new trick transfers into everyday life, as success in one area assists in success in all aspects of life. Riding along such an awesome crew has made Simon realize that snowboarding isn't only about who can go faster or higher, but being with friends and helping everyone stomp the tricks they want to learn, it's just about that "feeling".
Adam has been snowboarding for 14 years, he lives for off piste big mountain riding where the snow is deep and the trails are steep! He has traveled to; British Columbia, France, Switzerland and has challenged their mountain terrain throughout his trips. His passion and dedication to this sport has pushed him to find alternate training routines after sustaining multiple injuries over the years. Adam is; 6'5", 225 lbs and is undoubtedly one of the largest riders on the hills, which forced him to adapt early to learn the impacts of injury for his size. Adam has incorporated Yoga into his regiment to aid in; flexibility, increase performance and to accelerate recovery.
His vision is to help create a safe and controlled environment where athletes alike can progress their skills while reducing the risk of injury.
Paul’s riding experience has primarily been on Dryslope, as his hours logged on artificial grass far outnumber the ones on snow. Although his first introduction to snowboarding was on snow, Paul pushed himself to ride hills that outweighed his abilities, while trying to catch up to advanced riders. It was those sessions where his “Go big or go home” attitude caused him to pay the price by falling and injuring his ribs. Paul’s outlook on the speed of progression has changed, as these experiences taught him how to progress his skills on an appropriate timescale. Paul’s maturity in the sport brings excitement to axis but also concern. He ensures that each rider is educated and is aware during their session. Paul also believes that most importantly, snowboarding is about expressing yourself physically and having fun.
Jordan has been riding 10+ years and teaching for 7. He is a strong rail rider, but also well rounded in jumps and trampoline. Jordan is one of the founding member of the Spreading Good Vibes (SGV) Crew and is passionate about progression in riding and life values, with an emphasis of fun and fairness in sport. He has been an AFA supporter from day one and was the winner of our first Rail Jam (Spring Fling 2017). His off time is spent backpacking, skateboarding, wakeboarding & sometimes you can see him on skis.
Shondra 'Shonny' Charbonneau
Shonny started skiing at 2 years old, entered her first freestyle ski competition at 14 and has been hooked ever since. She spent 2 years skiing with the Ontario team and competed at the world championships in 2015. Now a Comp-Dev coach, Shonny spends most of her time coaching the Caledon Ski Club slopestyle team, doing taxes and skateboarding.
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