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Three of Canada’s top skiers and instructors, Grant (The Dart) Rutherglen (left), Glenn Wurtele and Jacques Morel, have made Silver Star Mountain Resort their home base. - Photo submitted
Three of Canada’s top skiers and instructors, Grant (The Dart) Rutherglen (left), Glenn Wurtele and Jacques Morel, have made Silver Star Mountain Resort their home base.
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More than 120 years of experience and passion is coming to Silver Star Mountain Resort.

Norm Kreutz, director of Silver Star’s snow sport school, is excited to have three of Canada’s most highly qualified skiers make Silver Star their home base, including former Canadian men’s ski team coach Glenn Wurtele.

“It’s fantastic to have professionals of this calibre at Silver Star,” said Kreutz. “

And it just makes one of Canada’s top snow sport school’s even better. These individuals bring a true passion and expertise for the sport of skiing along with lifetimes of experience in mountain cultures the world over.”

Wurtele holds the highest level of certification in France, diplome nationale/professeur de ski, from the French National School of Skiing and Climbing.

In addition, he is also certified at the highest level of coaching in Canada, high performance elite international.

Wurtele was responsible for the Canadian ski team men’s program during a World Cup-winning era, and is a course facilitator for the Canadian Ski Coaches Federation.

Jacques Morel, from Val d’Isere, France, is a former member of the French ski team and also holds the diplome nationale/professeur de ski qualification in the French National School of Skiing and Climbing.

Morel also holds the highest qualification in Canada as a level four Instructor in the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance. He brings his love for skiing and passion for mountain culture to Silver Star as he and his wife Silke make their permanent home in Vernon.

Grant (The Dart) Rutherglen, who earned his nickname during a poorly planned foray into paragliding on skis, is one of the original ski gurus from the West Kootenays.

Rutherglen holds the highest level of teaching qualification, level four in the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance, is a former Canadian National Team member, a recent inductee into the Canadian Ski Coaches Federation Hall of Fame and a course facilitator for the Canadian Ski Coaches Federation.

“For a pure skier, Silver Star has so much to offer,” said Wurtele.

“Great snow, great people and miles of open uncrowded slopes. The true spirit of skiing is often lost in the corporate resorts of the world, yet refreshingly restored here at Silver Star.”

Look for these three pros to host the new Silver Star Vertical Vibe two-day ski improvement seminars comprised of a maximum six-to-one ratio with everything from technical advice on your skiing complete with video replay to recommendations regarding the latest in equipment technology.

“Most importantly the Vertical Vibe ski seminars are guaranteed to offer a heavy dose of fun and passion for the sport,” said Kreutz.

 

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