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Whistler Staff

Whistler Staff

The staff that make up our team are all outdoor enthusiasts who love playing in the mountains! You’ll catch them constantly exploring a new peak, climbing an epic route or skiing down an untouched line.

Toby Blackburn

Where are you from: Portsmouth, UK

Outdoor passion: Backcountry skiing (when the leg is working!) in the wintertime, Whitewater Kayaking and Conservative Mountain Biking in the summer.

Favorite piece of gear & why: Thermarest Z seat! This little bit of gear is super versatile, whether it’s working as a changing mat after a day on the water or to keep the behind warm on an alpine camp, the Z seat can find a purpose on any outdoor venture.

Nicolas Van Loon

Where are you from: Mechelen, Belgium

Outdoor passion: Skiing & Mountain biking

Favorite piece of gear & why: Dynafit Rotation because they are reliable binding that skis very intuitive.

Tess Shipton

Where are you from: Chichester, UK. Lived in Whistler since November 2020.. newbie!

Outdoor passions: skiing and snowboarding in the winter; and climbing, swimming and mountain biking in the summer -currently having a great time in the bike park!

Favourite piece of gear & why: Black Diamond vapour helmet – super light, super comfortable, super green, and who doesn’t love something that keeps their brain safe!?

Oli Kennedy

Where are you from: Burnley, Living in Whistler since 2018

Outdoor passion: Exploring the mountains either by skis or running.

Favorite piece of gear & why: Suunto watch – use it for tracking daily training and it’s excellent for plotting routes and using for navigation.

Michelle Chou

Where are you from: Vancouver, BC

Outdoor passion: I love snowboarding in the winter – riding powder is the best feeling in the world! Also love climbing & backpacking in the summer.

Favorite piece of gear & why: Mountain Hardwear Rook -1 sleeping bag. It’s so lightweight and compresses down to nothing! I barely notice it in my pack.

Chris Bowen

Where are you from: London, UK. Living in Whistler since 2013

Outdoor passion: Ski touring and winter camping in the colder months, triathlon, trail running, road/gravel biking and lake swimming in the warmer ones

Favorite piece of gear & why: Thermarest NeoAir XTherm sleeping pad. I’ve had mine for 8 years and it always keeps me comfortable when I’m sleeping in the backcountry, whatever the temperature (and I’ve used it down to -35). Add to this the tiny pack size and easy inflation, making it always one of the first things in my bag for an adventure.

George Strong

Where are you from: South of England

Outdoor passion: Climbing, specifically moving fast over technical and striking ridge lines!

Favorite piece of gear & why: My Mountain Hardwear -9 Phantom bag for keeping you toasty in those frigid alpine temps.

Antoine Port

Where are you from: Biarritz, France

Outdoor passion: Winter ski/mountaineering and rafting in the summer. But my favorite activity forever is polar expedition.

Favorite piece of gear & why: Tecnica Magma shoes. I love them because they are light, resistant and super comfortable. When I go hiking I can count on these shoes because they have excellent grip.


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