Our 2020/21 COACHES 

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Head Coach Lightning Creek Ski Club 


Wade Christie

I have been involved in Ski Racing my whole life. I grew up in North Vancouver and in the winter Grouse Mt. was my back yard. I raced what is now U14, U16 at Grouse for the Tyee Ski Club. I moved onto the Vancouver Ski Team for my first two years of FIS, and then qualified for the BC Ski Team where I raced for one season. From there I moved on to the Canadian Ski team where I was in the National program for the next four years.When I decided to retire from racing I was offered my first coaching job in Rossland for the Red Mt. Racers in 1986. Little did I know that would be the start of a 30+ year career in coaching! From Rossland I went on to coach in; Southern Ontario, U16 Team Head Coach. Collingwood Ontario. 1987 /1988, BC Alpine Summer Program. Whistler BC and Mt. Hood Oregon. 1989 - 1992, Grouse Mt. Tyee Ski Club, Head Coach. Vancouver BC. 1988 - 1993, Vernon Ski Club, Program Director and Head FIS Coach. Vernon BC. 1993 - 1997, Assistant Coach, BC Provincial Ski Team. 1997 / 1998, Vernon Ski Club, Head Coach 1998 – 2005, Kelowna Ski Club, Head U16 Coach. Kelowna BC. 2007 -2018, In addition to coaching I’ve run my own business for the last several years. In 2000 I started an online store for race gear and event supplies called “I Need Gear”. Currently Iam the owner / operator of “White Wolf Racing”, a Race Ski Tuning and Sidecut tuning tools shop here in Kelowna. I’m passionate about coaching the sport of ski racing. It’s one of the most challenging, rewarding, fun, and beautiful sports there is and I have so much respect for those that choose to make it their sport. In my life I’ve raced bicycles, lived on the Oregon coast to windsurf, played drums in a band and fly fished all over the west. Ski Racing and the amazing friends and people within the ski community instilled discipline, confidence, fun, and adventure and inspired me to get out and take things on. I’ve seen so many kids I’ve coached over the years have that same experience and I hope to share that with you this season.

Developmental Alpine Coach 

Grace Klapatiuk

I have been ski racing for most of my life – starting skiing at age 6.  I raced with the Lightning Creek Ski Club until age 16 at which time I joined the Okanagan Ski Team and completed three years of FIS.


The best day of my life has been while skiing – 35 cm of fresh powder at Whistler, race cancelled, free ski all day. 


As a coach I want kids to embrace the sport as I have and I want to foster that passion to the best of my ability.  I endeavor to bring out the best in athletes by providing quality instruction and always including the fun factor.  As a committed athlete, I know there is nothing like the feeling of finishing a race run and knowing it was almost perfect. Or leaving training for the day and knowing you made huge gains. I want my athletes to consistently achieve their goals under my instruction.

Volunteer Coaches 


Head Coach Nancy Greene Program 

Karoly Peter

Born and raised in Transylvania (Romania) I was ski racing until the age of 17. During University (Physical Education), I started racing in ski mountaineering with the University team, then later with the national team, traveling to many countries in Europe. I also organized ski camps for kids for many years, and went on to climb mountains, the highlight being skiing up and down Mount McKinley in Alaska (6125 m). I moved to Canada in 2007 and  started teaching at Troll as a ski instructor. After 4 great seasons I moved to coaching where my 3 daughters compete with the Club and my wife is part of the Ski Patrol. We found Troll Resort and fell in love with it and I am confident that we can provide so many good experiences for our Club members with our coaching staff.  Most of the things in my life are related to skiing and I feel happy and proud to be part of the ski community in Quesnel.

Nancy Greene Coaches



Michelle Kadenbach

My name is Michelle Kadenbach, I have 2 children in the Lightning Creek Program. I started skiing at age 5 and was lucky enough to have a cabin at Purden Ski Hill which in turn allowed us to join the Nancy Greene Program right into Alpine. Although my career in Alpine was short, it started a passion for being on the slopes and in the Mountains. I became a ski and snowboard instructor at age 17 which led to 12 years of traveling all over BC and Alberta, sharing my love for both sports. Now that both our little's are well on their way, I am happy to become part of the Lightning Creek Ski Clubs coaching team. Looking forward to a great upcoming season and seeing all those excited racers!

Brent Cameron

My name is Brent Cameron and I'm 43 years old. I have been married to Kimberly for 10 years and we have three very energetic young boys together. We love to ski as a family, as it brings us all together and we get to spend time with them sharing our love for skiing, snow and the mountains. I have been skiing for over 30 years during which time my love and passion for skiing has taking me to various places throughout western Canada. As a teenager I learned how to ski at Shames Mountain which is just outside of Terrace, BC and is known for its bottomless snowpack and snowfalls. I have also volunteered for the Canadian Ski Patrol at Shames Mtn and Sun Peaks. After I graduated from high school I became a full time ski bum and spent almost 3 years working at Mike Wiegle Heli Ski Resort in Blue River, BC and was able to get up heli-skiing almost a dozen!! It was a very memorable time in my life as I worked as Ceramic Sanitation Engineer (dishwasher). I was also very fortunate enough to meet a few famous people during my time there, a few names that come to mind are John Denver, a big wave surfer Laird Hamilton and many others who I have forgotten about over time. After Blue River I spent a few years working at the Ski Cellar in Calgary, AB and got the chance to explore all of the mountains on the other side of the Rockies. My favorite ski hills are Shames Mtn, Lake Louise, Castle Mtn and of course Troll!!! The winter of 2018 was my first time ever coaching and I really enjoyed it, watching the kids grow and learn throughout the winter was really rewarding and I am looking forward to another fun filled winter.

Two quick random fun facts about me: my birthday is HALLOWEEN and I’ve never tried snowboarding.

Falko Kadenbach 

I grew up my skis at Troll Ski Resort. In my early teens I discovered back country skiing and once I had my driver’s license I spent many weekends with my friends trekking the Cariboo Mountains. In the late 90's I became a ski instructor and put in a few seasons at Troll and a brief stint at Whistler Blackcomb. After that I dropped skiing and moved to snowboarding for five years. Then one winter day in Switzerland at Grindelwald Ski Area several years later I rented a pair of skies and I switched back to skiing full time. Much much later I grew up a bit more and had two kids with my awesome wife who also loves skiing. Of course we skied with our kids from the beginning and aspire to ski with them until we are under the snow. Skiing is one of the best family sports going, it puts a smile on a face no matter the age. I love to ski and if I can spread that passion, then that's a win. 

Glen Boudreau


 I am 43 years old and have been a Lightning Creek ski coach for 1 year.  Growing up I skied Troll Resort and did ski holidays with my family to other BC mountains.  I began skiing more in Whistler while I attended university in Vancouver in the mid 90’s.  Yes the 90’s days of long, skinny skis. After University I returned to Quesnel and took up backcountry skiing in the local mountains; first on a snowboard then transitioned to telemark skiing.  I spent time as the back country chair of the Cariboo Ski Touring club and enjoyed promoting backcountry skiing in our local mountains.  I have also done a bit of cat skiing at resorts all over BC. Being active in the winter exploring the mountains is my passion.  

 My wife Jennifer and I started a family and have two lovely girls.  Our girls are growing up at Troll Resort and they learned to ski as a family. My family joined the Lightning Creek Ski Club 6 years ago and have enjoyed being active in the ski community.  We spend weekends skiing as a family and skiing in the team atmosphere of the club. I made the decision last year to become a ski coach to share my passion for skiing, having fun and being active. 

Some of my likes:   T- bars, Powder days, smiles,

Some of my dislikes:  Chair lifts (too unpredictable), frowny faces, long walks on the beach.

High School Program Coaches 


John Marien 

I have been a member of the Canadian Ski Instructor’s Alliance since 1972

and the Canadian Ski Coaches Federation on and off since 1979.

Prior to retiring in 2007, I earned my living in the ski and outdoor business for almost 35 years, including: ski school, equipment rentals, ski services and retail. Even skier transportation for a while!

I also participate in Cross Country and Back Country skiing when I have a chance.

I was the co-founder of the Lightning Creek Ski Club in 1976.

Besides skiing, my interests include; photography, reading, wood working and canoeing. I have served many years on the executives of the Blackwater Paddlers (local club) and the Recreational Canoeing Assn. of B.C.  When I’m not skiing or rebuilding my log house, I am probably off somewhere in a canoe. I am fortunate to have had more than a dozen amazing trips to remote rivers in the Canadian North.

I look forward to sharing my passion for skiing with you.

Mike Sakakibara

I started skiing when I was 5 years old in Vernon, BC at a ski hill that does not exist anymore called Tillicum Valley.  After a couple of years my family transitioned to skiing at Silver Star.  I moved to Quesnel in 1995 for work after graduating from UBC and took up telemark skiing (hippie phase?) exclusively for about 10 years until I found it hard to keep up with my daughter (Alefa) who was in the NGSL program at the time, so I switched back to downhill. In 2014 the club needed coaches so I took my CSCF Entry Level coaching course.  I thought I would only do it for one year but it turned out to be pretty fun so I am still at it!!!   I find it really rewarding seeing kids you have coached progress through the NGSL program into alpine racing.  I enjoy all aspects of being involved with the club from coaching to organizing/volunteering for alpine races in the north zone.

My daughter Alefa has retired from racing and is now coaching the junior alpine program and my son is in his last year of the NGSL program.  Skiing is a family affair!!!

Mark Savard

I love living in the Cariboo and am in my happy place sliding through the snow.  A telemark skier and instructor,  at 13 skiing was a true passion and I skipped school on powder days.  I’ve been at it for 43 winters  but still remember Troll with my uncle Bob in 1977. I think windsurfing was a big influencer in this.  I traveled the world scuba diving with my dad and ski raced as an excuse to road trip with buddies. I had a rental shop at Mt. Timothy when it opened in 1988 where I taught snowboarding and was one of the first ski patrollers on board. I competitively cross-country ski raced and still make time enjoying it every chance I get.  I have 2 kids in Nancy Greene Ski League with Lightning Creek and have owned and run Red Shreds Bike and Board Shed since 1988.  Always been more of a powder lover then racer and have spent every chance I had to be with friends in the backcountry until Hildur let me move into Trailer Town.  Now Troll is where my family loves life in the winter.I feel honoured to be part of the team helping get more youth skiing into the future.  shreddi