Meredith started skiing at the age of 2 but it was at the age of 10 that a friend told her to hit a kicker and do a 360. Despite barely knowing what a 360 was, she tried all the same and it was then that skiing became her true passion. Meredith progressed her freestyle endeavors for several years competing in big air, halfpipe and slopestyle competitions before moving to British Columbia for to attend university at UBC to get her business degree, while also discovering the world of Freeride skiing in Whistler when she wasn’t in class. After graduating she worked in Investor Relations for mining companies but wasn’t ready to put her ski endeavors to rest and successfully began competing on the Freeskiing World Tour and Freeride World Qualifying Tour. More recently, Meredith started ski coaching the Whistler Freeride Club, an athlete development program for competitive Junior Freeride athletes and Rippin Chix women's ski camp in to help improve ski technique and build confidence for both the causal and competitive skier!
Pip was born in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany but grew up in Crested Butte, Colorado, where she ski raced for Crested Butte Academy. The legendary steeps of CB always inspired her, and in her senior year decided to give the Crested Butte Extremes Junior’s competition a try. She won, and racing officially took the backseat and was able to bring her ski technique to the big mountains and spent many years on the freeskiing circuit. Pip has participated in ski-based expeditions including an all women’s sailing and ski expedition to Greenland and loves ski coaching the ladies in our women's ski camps to be more confident in any and all mountain terrain.
Is a two-time world champion, five-time X-Games medalist, four-time national champion and an ESPY nominee. She is also been obsessed with human performance, capability, and potential. She questions what does it take for someone to beat all odds, to break records, to do the impossible, to achieve greatness? She will help you work through your fears and reach your greatest ability.
Sonja has called Whistler her home since 2004. Sonja grew up ski-racing in the Bavarian Alps and competing throughout Europe with the German Junior National Team. Life as a competitor was intensely disciplined and serious about ski technique. At age 20, ready for a change, she immigrated to Canada in search of powder and a more laid-back lifestyle. She started competing on the Canadian Freeskiing circuit and over the years would step up her challenge on the international stage with the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour and the Swatch Freeride World Tour (FWT). After nine years of travelling on the circuit she became a judge for Freeride competitions and truly enjoys sharing her expertise ski coaching for our women's ski camps.
Susan lives in Pemberton, British Columbia, near the base of Mount Currie, with her husband Jon Johnston and their son Jack. They have a small business making crampon compatible climbing plates used for winter mountaineering. Much of her ski time is now spent getting in powder turns on and just beyond Blackcomb. For many years Susan competed and podiumed on the International Freeskiers Association World Tour circuit and prior to that raced NCAA Division I and FIS. Post competitive years and pre-kid were spent in deep exploration of the Coast Range and traveling further afield, including Bhutan on the first-ever ski expedition there and climbing and skiing Mt. Blanc in France. She relishes taking the ski technique and technical skills learned as a competitor, through her many experiences in the mountains and passing them ski coaching. When not skiing on new snow she enjoys professionally documenting and researching old buildings and historic sites and helping Rippin Chix women's ski camp expand to more and more ladies out there!
Penny’s passion began as a teenager in Europe with a sudden revelation that there just wasn’t enough time in the day for skiing. After more than 20 years of skiing in the French Alps she moved to Canada with her family in 2012. Working as a dual certified instructor in British Columbia for the past eight years, her enthusiasm for sharing her world and the excitement of the unkempt mountain to her students has become almost as big a part of her life as the snow itself. With a view to conquering the challenges laid out using skill and ski technique, Penny’s focus will most always be about having fun when ski coaching our women's ski camps!
Theresa appreciates great ski technique, hailing from a racing background in the Midwest and transitioned to freeride and backcountry skiing upon moving to Seattle 10 years ago. An IFSA certified freeride coach, Theresa has discovered her passion for ski coaching, big lines and technical terrain, skiing multiple routes on Washington's five major volcanoes, including from the summit of Mt. Rainier. Theresa has skied every month of the year for the last nine years and we are happy to bring her qualifications to our women's ski camps