Co-founders Jade and Alex
Alex and Jade graduated from a top 5 European University QMUL with 1st Class HONS Bsc degrees in Physical Geography. This took them on research trips to various mountainous environments including Snowdonia, Wales, the Cairngorms, Scotland and for glacial research in Iceland.
After graduating and heading to pursue careers in the mining industry, they both realized quickly that life for them was not in exploration of resources but of the mountains. They both qualified as ski instructors, mountain bike instructors and have spent the last 10 years skiing, adventuring, guiding, writing and delivering science, sport and recreation programs both in and out of school in the UK, France, Australia, New Zealand, Norway and now Canada for the past 3 years.
This year also marks 5 back to back winters of volunteering for adaptive ski programs (teaching people with disabilities to ski). They have both mountain (hiking and biking) guided in Europe, in Arctic Norway where they lived for 9 months and in Australia for a National Park over two summers. Here Jade obtained the highest level of Wilderness First Aid training and Alex is 40hr First Aid Certified.
Jade has assisted Heli-ski operations in dispatch, snow safety (snow pack testing) and assisted in tail guiding for the last two winters in Revelstoke.
Jade and Alex undertook an intensive (157.5 hour) Ski Guide study at the Whistler Adventure School. One of the few courses in North America and Canada to teach a true backcountry guiding program, the Ski/Snowboard Guide Training Program gives students the opportunity to enlarge their backcountry skill set and pursue a career in guiding. An on-snow and hands-on program that teaches students in-depth backcountry skills including backcountry route planning, crevasse rescue, avalanche safety training and guiding. Throughout the program, students train in alpine terrain, building a resume of trips and backcountry experiences that also supports preparing for an ACMG / UIAGM Ski Guide route.
Having completed this course and deciding to spend a couple of seasons learning the Canadian snowpack well they decided at the end of two awesome winters that ski guiding proper was not their path. Instead, building on their skills for communicating science, teaching and love for sharing knowledge with the next generation, they have put their energies into developing science, sport and safety programs that will inspire, motivate and develop the young people in their community and home, Revelstoke, BC.
Jade has been writing the monthly science column for the Revelstoke Stoke review 'Stoked on Science' for a year now and was recently elected to the board of directors for the North Columbia Environmental Society (NCES).
Alex and Jade plan to continue developing and delivering high quality, safe, affordable programs that connect young people with the world around them.
Educational. Engaging. Fun.
That's Stoked On Science.