I grew up skiing and being able to enjoy skiing at my age is a dream. I'm glad that Loch makes such a great ski base with all their snow guns now that our winters are warmer. John Galt
We have a great team! Honestly, read the bios to find out why Loch Lomond is proud of this group of professionals.
Cat is originally from Mackay, North Queensland, Australia. At the age of 23 She made the move to Thunder Bay in October of 2012 to experience a winter in the North, where she started working in office/administration but quickly added office supervisor, media, advertisement and event planning to her Job description.
Cat is currently studying media and communications through Central Queensland University and is gaining great experience working directly In this field at Loch Lomond, as well as managing the Loch office at the same time ! It's ' all in a days work' for Cat who You may often see out on the hill photographing all the action or filming our amazing skiers and snowboarders for Various event and advertising footage. She is your number 1 person for any queries or questions you may have regarding season memberships, lift tickets, events and general enquiries for the ski area.
Cat has worked for a number of international companies including Club Med Asia Pacific and working as a camp counsellor for Chippewa Ranch Camp in Wisconsin USA. She most recently completed a summer internship locally with Dougall Media in Thunder Bay, where Cat worked in the sales promotions and media fields, including radio advertisement and announcing.
Cat is also a Canadian Certified level 1 snowboard instructor and loves to get out and shred the slopes when she can!
Cat is excited to welcome you back to Loch Lomond this season and hopes to make your visit to Loch a very pleasant and memorable experience! ...Loch & Load!
Brady is from Mackay, Queensland, Australia. He started a carpentry apprenticeship at the age of 16 through a school based program that allowed him to finish his senior years at high school as well as his first year of his apprenticeship. Once finished school he carried on in his apprenticeship and finished the final 3 years remaining to become a trade qualified carpenter at the age of 20.
From there he worked for that company for another couple of years doing his business management certification to become a project manager. After completion of this Brady ventured out and started his own carpentry contracting company. He did this for just over a year completing many different projects around Australia.
Brady then had the opportunity to join Anglo American and work as an underground coal miner. He decided to take this and put his carpentry business on hold. Brady started out as an out bye maintenance worker, then moved up to tunnelling crew and then on to the long wall where he stayed until finishing in the mines. Brady also trained and studied as a mines rescue worker gaining vast experience and knowledge in advanced life support and advanced rescue.
After leaving the mining game, Brady decided to make the move to Canada to
gain employment at a ski hill, and really just to enjoy life as much as
possible. What better way to do that than to move half way across the world
to snowboard every day.
Brady decided to take a job with Loch Lomond Ski Area and originally started
work as the hill Carpenter -fixing whatever needed doing. He then moved into
ski patrol and lift supervising. Working alongside the owner, and managers
at the ski hill; Brady worked hard and moved up to become the operations
manager. This is where he works now and Brady is enjoying work and enjoying
life here in Canada.
Ski School Director
Born in Sydney, Australia Amber grew up with two brothers whom all loved their sports. Skiing was a ritual her parents did since the early 60's in Australia and continued on in the 70's as a family when it used to take 10hrs to drive to the slopes! Today it is only 6hrs from Sydney and a lot has changed with the sport including the fashion.
After being awarded 100/100 for her final year Textiles and Design project at high school; she further studied and pursued a career in Fashion. She designed the official Olympic Merchandise for the Sydney 2000 Olympics, and the Sydney to Hobart yacht races team uniforms and merchandise for several years.
Amber then went on to become a Virtual Designer, studying web design and 3D Animation. She worked on several film, games, and TV projects specializing in Character Animation and lip syncing before becoming a lecturer at North Sydney Film college. Amber wanted a sea-change and became a children's ski instructor in 2008.
The sport, and newfound love for teaching kids led to her following the winters for several years to Whistler, BC and Australia. Amber came to Thunder Bay in 2012 to see how the other side of Canada pursues skiing, and instructed passionately under the disguise of Batman for the Loch Lomond kids.
Amber now currently directs the Snow School at Loch Lomond, and hopes to still get out on the snow to continue inspiring the kids about the fabulous winter sport that is so fulfilling and constantly challenging us all at any life stage! Amber lives for the priceless comments kids make like "My Mum and Dad are going to be so proud of me... I found my MOJO!"
Internet Technician Director/Head Coach for the Lake Superior Alpine Division Ski Club
Originally from Nor'wester England, Paul grew up skiing and racing on small
artificial slopes that make Loch look like Mt Everest. He raced all around
the UK and Europe on Snow / Indoor Snow and even the funny plastic bristle
stuff. Don't laugh, as one of his race kids won the Europa Cup title last
year from that background.
After completing his Masters of Engineering Degree (whilst also skiing for
the British University Team) and working in Aerospace for a while, he
stopped racing and took up coaching full time. Paul moved to Whistler, BC
and worked as a Head Coach with the Whistler Mountain Ski Club through the
2010 Olympics. He then took over the Cypress Mountain Ski Club in Vancouver
for 2 years.
Paul is now the resident Lake Superior Division Alpine Program Director /
Head Race Coach here in Thunder Bay, and can most commonly be seen out on
the slope with the racers. He is also a CSIA Course Conductor for Ski
Instructing, as well a CSCF Course Conductor and Mentor for race coaches.
Apprentice Lift Mechanic and Level 1 Ski Instructor
In 2012/2013, Ward and the team of staff, as well as many hard working volunteers, implemented many changes at Loch Lomond Ski Area including a new roof, new siding, new bathrooms, new carpets, new chairlifts, and a fresh coat of paint on almost every wall.
This coming season Loch has even more plans to implement to continually improve the ski area for customers and in this video Ward shares the plans.
Australian Crew 2012
This picture was taken for the 2012/2013 season as we welcomed our first big group of Australian team members. Most have returned to their home country to pursue other avenues of growth; however, some have stayed on at Loch Lomond for another year -like Jazzy, Brady and Cat. Soon the next group of Aussies will arrive to join our local staff. We are looking forward to their arrival.
Luke - Gold Coast, Queensland
Sam - Adelaide, South Australia
Mack - Brisbane, Queensland
Brady - Mackay, North Queensland
Phoebe - Sydney, New South Wales
Cat - Mackay, North Queensland
Mel - Perth, Western Australia
Jazzy - Melbourne, Victoria
Casey - Perth, Western Australia
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