Curious about all of the awesome ladies involved in our program? Mountain Mentors are passionate and experience women who are interested in sharing their expertise with other aspiring female mountain athletes. Mentors are local shredders, moms, guides, outdoor educators, professional athletes, students, brand reps, and everything in between, each with a unique story to share.
Read on to find out about Hannah Kitchin’s transformation from a 12 year old knuckle dragger to a full fledged backcountry ski mentor!
Tell us a little bit about you and why you became interested in skiing 'off piste'?
I am Australian and actually started out snowboarding when I was 12 years old. I quickly fell in love with the snow and the mountains and convinced my family to follow the snow every year. As my extended family were predominantly skiers, I quickly transitioned. Before my skill level had really progressed my sister and I would always adventure into the trees and look for off piste runs. When I moved to Whistler 4 years ago my passion for exploration grew even more! Off piste skiing is where the real fun begins!
How did you hear about mountain mentors?
I heard about mountain mentors through a friend and thought it sounded like an amazing program.
What skiing accomplishment makes you most proud?
My most favourite and most incredible run of my life was skiing the NE face of Mt Pattison in perfect powder conditions.
What is your favourite piece of gear?
My new 4FRNT col skis. They only just arrived in January! I am so excited to mount some Fritschi Vipec tech bindings on them! My first real light weight touring set up.
What do you know now that you wish someone had taught you?
That you need to follow your gut feeling even if that is different to what your group might decide. Everyone has a different level of risk tolerance and you need to stay true to that in the backcountry.
Favourite sound to holler when sending?
YIEW!!! I say it way too much.
A heartfelt thanks for your volunteered time, and for all you do for our mountain community, Hannah!
Article by Carolyn Klassen - March 4