Big White Ski Resort has hired a new director of mountain sports.
Michael Richards comes to the Okanagan, along with his wife and two children, from Collingwood, Ont., where skiing and snowboarding were a huge part of his life. He learned to ski at the Caledon Ski Club before moving west.
Richards spent 10 years at Whistler Mountain Ski School, where he rose to the level of assistant ski school director. He then spent his summers teaching snow sports in southern New Zealand.
Richards moved back to Ontario to get a degree and work for Xerox Canada but is now returning to B.C.
“We are overjoyed that Michael has chosen to relocate his family and join us as director of snow sports at Big White Ski Resort,” president and CEO Peter Plimmer said in a press release. “There might be a lot of difference in the size of mountains between Collingwood, Ontario, and Big White, but both areas have a strong commitment to growing our sport and we remain focused on providing the best instructors to teach at the Big White Snow Sports School.”
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