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Karen Crute

Riding Since: 
Coaching Specialities: 
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 Level 1 instructor Certification

    Looking to become qualified as a snowboard instructor or improve your freeride or freestyle before the season ends?  Join us for any spring 4 week course starting March 3rd 2018.  

    Spring Instructor Course

    Photo Credit: 
    Toshi Kawano

    Price: $6550 (subject to 5% gst)
    Add Fee: $410 (CASI Level 1 exam for those booking instructor program)
    Additional Accomodations: $250 per/week or $750 for full month (Month of April)

  • New Lifts Upgrades for Whistler Blackcomb

    Get ready to enjoy more time on the mountain. Vail Resorts has just unveiled an early Christmas gift for all Whistler Blackcomb guests, investing in faster lifts and a new Blackcomb gondola for 2018. The $66-million CAD project will be the heart of Whistler Blackcomb, cutting wait times at the core of each mountain.


    Whistler Blackcomb Resort Upgrades
    Photo Credit: 
    Justa Jeskova

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  • Tree Well Safety in Whistler

    Whistler is an amazing playground for snowboarders but there are risks to this amazing adventure sport.  The obvious ones are falling and breaking a bone or getting stuck in an avalanche however a tree well or SIS incident is potentially more dangerous.   

    Here’s some useful information on tree wells and tips to keep you safe while riding the mountain this season.  

    What is a tree well and why can it be dangerous?

    A tree well is a void or depression that forms around a tree when snow accumulates around the base, but not under the lower branches or around the tree trunk.  These voids are hidden from view by the tree’s low hanging branches and can get progressively deeper as the snowpack height increases.  Tree wells are dangerous due to snow-immersion suffocation (SIS)