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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

  • Worried About Your Carbon Footprint While Riding?

    NO NEED, VAIL RESORTS ARE ON IT!

    Vail Resorts have announced a long-term deal to power Whistler Blackcomb with Clean Energy. Coupled with an agreement to supply the mountains restaurants with compostable and recycled items.

    Meaning you can ride “guilt free”!

    Vail Resorts has announced two new initiatives to significantly reduce the company's environmental footprint.

    The company has signed a long-term wind energy contract with Lincoln Clean Energy to purchase the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power 100 per cent of the company's estimated North American operations by 2020.

    Vail Resorts also announced a partnership with Eco-Products to supply all of its North American restaurants with compostable and recycled items, eliminating conventional single-use plastics.

    In addition many of the independent restaurants and shops in the village are doing their own thing – We especially like Moguls Coffee House in the village square with their novel compostable “Stirring Sticks”.

  • Pangea Pod Hotel Partnership

    Pro Ride is excited to announce our new partnership with the new Pangea Pod Hotel in Whistler. 

    We’ve teamed up with Canada’s first capsule hotel, offering campers the opportunity to stay in the centre of Whistler’s pedestrian village without breaking the bank. All Pro Ride Campers will get 10% off their stay at Pangea!  

    Pangea is a hub where guests can meet like-minded riders, enjoy an espresso or craft beer in The Living Room or on The Rooftop Patio, but still have their own personal space at the end of the day.  There’s secure gear storage and wicked fast free WiFi throughout the property.  Pangea is Canada's first ever boutique pod hotel offering a unique concept in a central location.

    Campers wishing to stay their entire camp or just a few extra nights before or after in Whistler will benefit from an exclusive discount at the Pangea Pod.

  • Coach Duncan – Just Chillin

    We have no idea how or WHY but on a beautiful day during a Freeride coaching session this is where he ended up!