Hi folks below are bio’s on The Carlyle “Crew”, all Keen Prospectors of our BC Powder (White Gold)
Brian (Bomber) Cross:
Powder Sinner/Mount Carlyle Playground Supervisor
“Bomber”/”Bald Bomber”,or ” Da Bomb” for short (NOT Mr Bomber), is a born and bred British Columbia boy. Born in 58′ into an avid ski family with ski Instructors as parents. All the boys in the family doing their time as racers. Bombers mom was skiing with him into her 2nd trimester . Maybe why he seems so at ease on skis?.
“Da Bomb” has been Prospecting for White gold for over 56 of his 58yrs . He started backcountry touring in 76′, and he ain’t ready to slow down any time soon. Especially since he just got that new knee! Now folks call him “The Bionic Bomber”. His passion is skiing, having a good time, workin hard and skiing… It’s a way of Life!
Back in school he was always allowed to have the “15cm flu” on Powder days.Some say he was (is?) a “sick lad”. After graduating he bought an old school bus , fixed it up and headed to Rossland’s Red Mtn where he worked one day a week and skied the other six. What an Awesome time that was!
TIME TO GROW UP AND GET A JOB ??? .
After working each field season as a Hard rock Mineral Prospector (25yrs), he was able to save enough coin to spend the winters ski bumming in the koot’s.
Bomber’s Happy Spot is in the mtns either at Mount Carlyle ,or his first love Valhalla Mountain Lodge . He Started in the backcountry ski industry in 82′(near on 35yrs ago), as a winter custodian at Kokanee Glacier Park (a stones throw from Carlyle).
In the early 80’s he noticed there was a lack of backcountry lodges for the growing amount of backcountry “Powder Prospectors”, he and 2 other keeners started Valhalla Mountain Lodge in 86′ . Bomber is an active 50% owner in Valhalla Lodge and regularly splits his time between Carlyle and Valhalla , an average of 12-14wks a winter.
In 2010 he purchased Mt Carlyle lodge, which just happens to have THE BEST view of Kokanee Glacier anywhere in the Koots…Kokanee Glacier “where it all started”. Full Circle.
For the past 10yrs he’s been on the B.O.D. of the Backcountry Lodges of BC (BLBCA), now as the “President of Vice”…er maybe that’s “Vice-President?”
He and his wife Penny (of 32yrs) live in the Slocan valley, on a 110 acre sheep farm . Among other jobs in “The Bush” he’s been a Wildlands Firefighter and a Fire Warden for The BC forest service.
“Bomber” has even been involved in the “Ski Porn” Industry (no surprise)..Bill Heath’s Iconic “Sinners” Dave Heath’s “Groovy little slideshow” and “Schuss”, throw in a few pics and articles in ski mags and there ya have it , but his real claim to fame is being one of the most accommodating Backcountry lodge hosts around.
Like he says “It’s been 35yrs of great experiences,skiing BC Pow, meeting ,hosting, and laughing with folks from all walks of lives. What a Blast! “ A fun lovin’ outdoors person who doesn’t take himself serious. “Life is way too short for that kinda sh#t.”
Head-Cook,Baker, Part-Owner ,”Mud thrower”
“ProPro” has been with Mount Carlyle since 2010 , she’s proved herself over many times. Hard-working , Good energy-Great smile, even better laugh. Eryn has been such a great asset to Carlyle we made her a part owner. When she’s not cookin’ up a storm at Carlyle , she’s in her pottery studio. Her two great loves Cookin’ and “throwin’ mud” (it’s a pottery term!). She loves Carlyle and skiing “the Pow”, but her cookin comes first. Yer in good hands with her in the kitchen. But what’s up wit dat “Hippity-Hoppity” music she plays?
Head Custodian extrodinaire.
Don has been with Carlyle since 2011, knows the place well and keeps things running smoothly. Folks love his easy going style (another story on the slopes tho). Another one of those Ex-Rocky mtns guy.
Don is a very competent, multi talented Custodian. Besides keeping the lodge and facilities running, being in the mtns and skiing Powder; he’s an avid sailor. Good story teller too! Arrrg Mate-y.
Leah ( “Slapchop” or “Lil Ripper”) Brown:
Custodian , Carlyle Summer hiking Guide.
Leah has been with us since 2012. Another fantastic ,hard-working Custodian. She’s big on keep’n that Sauna and outhouse Clean,Clean,Clean. Hard-work’n, fun-lovin, and a wicked shredder. A Split-board’n “Powder Pillow-Popp’n Princess”. You can hear her magic call all the way from “the lumberyard”. Scooby-doo! Leah also knows a thing or two about Mexican food and tequila .Besides Working at Mount Carlyle Leah has her own summer Adventure tourism business. www.Footstepsecoadventures.com , which includes a 15 passenger shuttle van. She operates her shuttle van in the winter for skiers from Canada and USA. In the summer she operates her shuttle for bikers and hikers…. it’s obvious why we call her “Lil Ripper”, but YOU ask her why folks call her “Slap Chop”
*Advanced Level 3 Wilderness first Aid (Certified for over 10yrs)
*AST Level 1 & 2
*Hiking guide for over 10yrs
*PMBI Mtn Bike Instructor
*CASI Snowboard Instructor
*Advanced Rock Climbing course
*Class 4 Drivers License
Crystal (“Bookie”) Mathews:
Carlyle’s Bookkeeper/Reservation Manager
Crystal has been a bookkeeper for ….. well a long time. A resume of large and small clients (i.e. Canadian Avalanche Association). Crystal doesn’t get out to ski the Pow at Carlyle ,as she’s busy in the Valley making sure the bills get paid, collecting last minute trip payments, and keeping the rest of us up to date on clients wishes, ETC!! . Crystal’s main hobbies is her Garden (she’s won awards), and her grandchildren (6 and counting). So if she doesn’t get back to you as soon as ya think she should, she’s probably doing the grandma thing. Patience Please.
After working as Carlyle’s Bookkeeper/Reservation manager for the past 5yrs it’s amazing Crystal still has all the hair on her head (it’s not grey ,it a snow “Crystal” colour) Good Job Crystal.