Paulsen pulls hat trick

Guy Paulsen is the first Canadian to attain top-level certification in all three winter ski disciplines

Guy Paulsen is the first in Canada to earn top-level   ski instructor certification.

Guy Paulsen is the first in Canada to earn top-level ski instructor certification.

A Vernon resident is an international leader in the ski industry.

Guy Paulsen is the first Canadian to attain top-level certification in all three winter ski disciplines – telemark, cross-country and alpine.

“I’m still getting my head wrapped around it,” said Paulsen, nordic manager at Silver Star Mountain Resort.

“It speaks to my love of the sport and faith in the sport.”

In April, Paulsen passed the level three exams for Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors telemark certification, which makes him a master nordic instructor.

There are fewer than five master nordic instructors in all of Canada.

Paulsen admits that he didn’t consider the possibility of becoming a top instructor in all ski disciplines when he took the latest course.

“As a lifelong ski professional, part of the business is to upgrade,” he said.

Paulsen is a member of the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance hall of fame and the holder of numerous honours in the international snow sports industry.  He has been chosen twice for the Canadian alpine demo team at Interski.