Big Red Catskiing Rossland BC Canada
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Kieren Gaul

Kieren Gaul

Owner / Lead Guide

"Kieren packed in his Sydney gig in treasury finance to set up the Big Red Cats Skiing operation in Red Mountain Canada and never looked back. A former member of the Australian Ski Team, Kieren grew up in Canberra before moving to Sydney to pursue a career in finance but his love of snow took over and he and his Canadian wife, Paula, now spend the northern winters guiding clients in the backcountry of British Columbia through 18 500 acres of terrain. The envy of their friends, the Gauls have over 250 runs in deep powder for intermediates to experts in their own backyard."

Click for the full article by Rachael Oakes-Ash in  Sydney Morning Herald

Paula Gaul

Paula Gaul

President/Owner / Office Manager

Paula runs the admin side of the business and is usually the one answering the phone.  Co-founder with Kieren, she's been doing this since 2004 while raising three daughters.  Prior to this she was a consultant with Boston Consulting Group, and a logistics officer in 2 Special Service Force, among other things.  With an MBA from UWO/Ivey, and a military studies degree from Royal Military College, she now finds living in Rossland and Pambula NSW the best lifestyle possible, largely because both offer quality cappuccino and nobody ever tells her what to do.

Kauri Howell

Kauri Howell

Guide - Outside ops.

Kauri is a key member of the team and a lead guide.   This will be Kauri's 12th season with Big Red Cats (he's been with us since the beginning - in fact he helped to build the Big Red Lodge before BRC opened).   Kauri has the CSGA3 and CAA2 qualification, and leads groups.  He is also a tree faller, and has worked most of the summers building new roads and new runs as a result kauri knows the Big Red Cats area as well as anyone and better than most.    Kauri is focused on safety and fun with guests.    Like all guides at Big Red Cats he is focused on creating great teams of guests and guides each day.   Kauri is also a ski instructor and ski patroller at nearby red Mountain, and the father of two skiing sons.

Richard Streadwick

Richard Streadwick

Mechanic / "VP Operations" and lead road builder

Richard is our master mechanic and "VP Operations" - he works 12 months a year keeping our massive fleet of PB300's and PB400's going like new, puts in the roads at the start of winter, and is in charge of the drive team.  He's been with BRC from the beginning and he's our right-hand-man.

 
Carey Austerman

Carey Austerman

Guide

Want a great snowboard guide?  Carey is your man.  2016 will be Carey's 6th season with Big Red Cats he really knows his way around, and he's a great snowboarder who loves to ride.  Carey began his guiding career during the 2010/2011 season by successfully completing the infamous "Big Red Cats guide training program," but has since completed his CAA2, CSGA2, and this is his 3rd season leading groups full-time.  He is BRC's only lead snowboarding guide, and his favourite run at Big Red Cats is the Candy Bowl!  His favourite thing about Big Red Cats is the massive amount of terrain they have, and the massive amounts of snow to go with it!

Keith Robine

Keith Robine

Guide

Keith's 12th season with Big Red Cats.

Keith has been working his way down the corporate ladder for the past 30 years. He started working as an Environmental Engineer in San Francisco and is now in the enviable position of Ski Guide in the winter, and a part-time Mental Health Clinician for youth during the off season. Keith has also been an avalanche instructor for the past 22 years and teaches most of our Avalanche Skills Training Courses and Backcountry Ski Tours for our guests.

Dana Luck

Dana Luck

Dana's 6th year with Big Red Cats (1 year off last winter) - works all year round with Rich dong the mechanical work in the summer.    Is passionate about dog sled racing and skjoring and is on the Canadian team.

Jesse Winkiewicz

Jesse Winkiewicz

Tail Guide

Growing up in eastern Ontario, Jesse spent winters skiing the mountains of Quebec.  After graduating from university, he flew east to St. John’s, Newfoundland, got on a bike, and cycled west across the country.  Once in BC, he attended a ski touring/mountaineering college program and became instantly hooked on the sports.  Over the last ten years, he has spent winters ski touring the mountains of Alberta and BC.  He is always thinking about the next adventure, and when he is not skiing, he can be found hiking, camping, mountain biking, or trail running.  This will be Jesse’s first winter with Big Red Cats. 

Kine Host Denstad

Kine Host Denstad

Tail Guide

This will be Kine's 4th season with BRC.  Kine passed her CSGA level this spring - so will be leading groups at BRC full time this year.    Kine Guides almost all year round teaching mountain skills in Alaska and Patagonia - as well guiding with us at Big Red Cats!
  • Professional Member of the Canadian Avalnche Association
  • CAA L2 & CSGA L2
  • WEA Outdoor Educator certified
  • Guide in Norway, North America and Patagonia
Grew up on a little island on the south coast of Norway.
When I´m not skiing I can be found rock climbing, mountaineering or ice climbing.
Tarn Ward

Tarn Ward

Tail guide

Growing up skiing on the slopes of Falls Creek Australia wet Tarn's appetite for snow, and after tasting what BC had to offer now calls Revelstoke home. The summer months are spent hiking and biking but his true passion lies is shredding pow! 2016/17 will be Tarns 3rd season at BRC and is already counting the days until the start of winter!    Tarm passed his level 2 ski guide course this April - so he will be leading cats at BRC in winter 2016/17

Thomas Fortin

Thomas Fortin

Lead Gudie

Thomas was born and raised in the French Alps and started skiing at the age of 2.
Skiing was a way of life. He as traveled the world extensively with his skis on his back before settling in Queenstown New Zealand. Thomas has been in the mountain industry for the past 15 years between ski shop manager, ski mechanic, boot fitting, ski patrol, alpine cliff rescue, and for the past 10 years ski guiding. Thomas main backround is in helisking, and ski mountainering, which he does all year around with numerus back to back seasons. Thomas is an avid skier!
Thomas hold NZOIA rock 1 and alpine 1, MSC avalanche level 2, and he's NZMGA ski guide.
Between the seasons, Thomas teaches rock climbing, and alpine skill's and also like to spend some warm time in Mexico with his family for some rock climbing, biking, and scuba diving.
Cody Erickson

Cody Erickson

Born and raised in Banff, Alberta I have always enjoyed getting outside and being in the mountains. Skiing became my passion and i am pursuing a career in ski guiding. I have spent the last 3 winters living and skiing  in British Columbia and running backpacker  tours in the rockies during the summer months. Looking forward to my first season with Big Red Cats! 

Harry Bolger

Harry Bolger

Tail Guide

Harry started skiing at one year old and grew up ski racing in Ontario. Moved to BC in 2012 because finding powder in Ontario was a struggle. Working in the ski industry coaching, instructing, patrolling and guiding for 6 years. 2015/2016 will be my first season with Big Red Cats.  Completed adventure sport program at Thompson Rivers University.  Certified ski guide(CSGA L1), ski coach (CSCF L2), ski instructor(CSIA L3ski) avalanche professional(CAA L1)and paramedic(PCP). When not skiing I enjoy mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing and all the other summer activities Golden BC has to offer.

  

Heather Buckingham

Heather Buckingham

This is Heather’s first year with Big Red Cats. Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Heather moved to the Kootenays for the mountain life and culture. Her passions are in the mountains, skiing fresh powder, and living an outdoor lifestyle. She has her CAA level 1, and is working her way to becoming a ski guide. When not skiing, Heather can usually be found whitewater kayaking or rock climbing. She is a kayak photographer and raft guide in the summer, as well as an outdoor education teacher. 

 
Lauren Powers

Lauren Powers

Tail Guide, Office, Fresh, Photography

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