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Staff



Kevin Taylor
Owner, Operations Manager and Lead Ski Guide

Kevin started skiing at the early age of 3 in the flat lands of Manitoba. He credits his parents for moving to Prince George BC (thank god) where skiing, paddling, mountains and exploring became his passion. After his first backcountry ski trip to the mountains (on his mom’s old XC skis) he was hooked. Breaking trail, telemark skiing, powder snow and building little cabins in the mountains was all he wanted to do. Working as a logger, he got a job cutting heli pads for a heli-ski company, he couldn’t believe that one could get paid for taking people powder skiing. Soon after that he was at the back of pack, tail guiding and working towards his ski guides certification. He started heli-ski guiding in 1998 and became an ACMG certified ski guide and professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association in 2005. With 31 years of backcountry skiing, exploring and working in these mountains Kevin’s knowledge of the area and snowpack is extensive. When Kevin isn’t skiing or working on lodge he is a master log builder and owns his own log building company, Bearpaw Mountain Homes, his other great passion in life.

 


Amber Shipley
Owner, Lodge and Business Manager

Amber is the true powder hound. When you learn to ski at Azu Ski Village (aka Powder King) with skis ordered from the Sears catalogue, with no such thing as groomers, just all powder, all the time, you become a true powder hound. Growing up with Nancy Greene as her idol she knew skiing was going to play a big part in her life. Partnering up with her dad to purchase a family ski cabin at the local ski hill was a dream come true and provides lots of wonderful memories. Amber considers exploring the backcountry and discovering new ski runs with Kev to be the best adventures ever, apart from getting married to him in a canoe. Amber is the designer of the Bearpaw’s lodge facilities , a place you will feel at home the moment you step in the door. Her experience in owning an outdoor retail shop will ensure you get great customer service, care and cool swag at Bearpaw Heli. Be warned, if you go powder skiing with her, she has no problem grabbing the first line.
 


Sarah Stewart
Head Chef 

From northern canoe tripping camps to farm to table restaurants in Toronto & Vancouver Sarah has been cooking her way across Canada. Originally from small town Ontario; she is delighted her adventures have landed her to beautiful BC. She brings her love of the outdoors and good homemade food to Bear Paw! Sarah is committed to seasonal, local ingredients and traditional techniques; always with health, wellness and fun in mind.
 


Erika Hathaway
Chef


Erika moved to Vancouver after finishing culinary school in Ontario with an open mind and sense of adventure. From cooking casual dining to fine dining she really enjoys cooking for guests, friends and family. She is passionate about cooking with local organic vegetables which led her to farming in the summer months. When she is not in the kitchen you can find her hiking in the mountains or relaxing on the beach.
 


Joey Wynn
Guest Services

Joey's had the enviable privilege to live in several of Canada's most beautiful places - born in Haida Gwaii, early years in Jasper, and currently in Canmore in the rugged Canadian Rockies. These formative landscapes have shaped Joey into who he is today.- a lover of the outdoors, Joey enjoys adventure in all forms - backcountry skiing, mountain biking, trail running, and climbing. Joey is also an aspiring helicopter pilot having received his commercial helicopters license earlier in 2019. He is living the dream winter at Bearpaw and is keen to share his love of the mountains and Canada with visiting guests.

 


Kachina Whalen
Guest Services


Kachina is really an angel, that works at Bearpaw! She can do anything and does everything, from housekeeping to 
to sous chef. "Whistle while you work" comes to mind when we think of Kachina, she loves her job and is always super
excited to come back every season. Kachina resides on 150 acres, off the grid, just down the road from Bearpaw and 
loves to garden in the off season. 
 




 

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