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Karen Crute

Riding Since: 
1995
Coaching Specialities: 
Freeride
Qualifications: 
CASI Level 1, APSI Level 2

Pro Ride Owner Karen Crute learned to ride on her home mountain Mount Buller in Victoria, Australia. She quickly became one of the best female riders in town and started competing in Boardercross. It was during this time that she met future husband Anthony Crute and this high-energy pair eventually settled in Whistler in 1997 to open Pro Ride Snowboard Camps.

Since then Karen has conditnued her love of snowboarding on the coaching side, both for the Roxy Women's Camps and Pro Ride Snowboard Camps. She was also voted 'Privates Instructor of the Year' for Whistler Blackcomb. Her years of experience come through in her coaching, whether you are going big in the park, dropping into steeps and trees or searching for the perfect powder lines, with Karen you might just have the best day ever!

Recent Blog Posts

  • Spring Freestyle Session

    Join us for a 1 or 2 week Freestyle Park Session this April.  Spring is the perefct time to learn to ride park or for those already exeperinced riders, add some new skills to you bag of tricks.  

    We have camps starting April 1st or April 8th for 1 week or April 1st for 2 weeks.  For those joining us for the 2nd week you i'll also get to exeperince the World Ski and Snowboard Festival April 7th - 16th.   The WSSF is 10 days of non-stop, home-grown Art, music, photography, filmmaking and ski and snowboard competitions. Our 1 or 2 Week Camps program includes Whistler Village Accommodations, Lift tickets, Freestyle training or if you already have accommodations and passes choose our training only program 5 Day Clinics.  For more information please email us at snowboard [at] pro-ride [dot] com or you can Book Now

  • Out of Service - Episode 1

    Karate chopping boards & clearing out early season cobwebs is how Geoff Brown & his friends including coach Duncan Mainland get ready for the winter. The boys enjoy good powder days riding park to pow laps in the hopes of finding their backcountry legs… but are quickly reminded that the backcountry is not the same as the park.  

    Out of Service Episode 1: In Service


  • Spring Level 1 instructor Certification

    Looking to become qualified as a snowboard instructor before the season ends?  Join us for our spring 4 week Instructor course starting March 4th 2017.  

    Spring Instructor Course

    Photo Credit: 
    Toshi Kawano

    Price: $6960 (subject to 5% gst)

    Course Includes: All accomodations, YVR airport transfer, Arrival package, 4 Weeks Instrutcor Training, Video Analysis, Tuning seminar, Full seaons Whistler/Blackcomb pass, Trampoline training session, Gym pass, CASI Level 1 membership and exam fee.