The Pacific Alpine Institute instructors are dedicated professionals, trained and certified by the Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA), the Lifesaving Society and the National Ski Patrol (NSP). They enjoy sharing their knowledge, experience, and skills to others and in turn, enjoy watching the students gain skills that they thought were not obtainable. The instructors create a fun and relaxed classroom environment that is very conducive to learning. They employ many different teaching methods to satisfy all different learning types. Our high quality instructional material also promotes effective learning progressions that emphasize the most important knowledge and skills. We continually strive to produce current audio-visual aids for our students to help facilitate learning.


Lise-Anne Beyries Smith

  • National Ski Patrol Outdoor Emergency Care Technician - since 1997
  • National Ski Patrol Outdoor Emergency Care Instructor - since 2003
  • Canadian Avalanche Association - Avalanche Safety for Ski Operations, Level 1 - since 1994
  • Whistler/Blackcomb Ski Patrol- since 1992
  • Whistler School of Massage and Spa Therapies - Shiatsu/Acupressure - 2003-2005
  • Kayak and Rafting Guide - Quebec, Whistler and Northern British Columbia - since 1996
  • Swift Water Rescue Technician

Catherine Malette

  • National Ski Patrol Outdoor Emergency Care Technician - since 2007
  • National Ski Patrol Outdoor Emergency Care Instructor - since 2008
  • Lifesaving Society CPR & AED Instructor - since 2011
  • Lifesaving Society First Aid Instructor - since 2011
  • Primary Care Paramedic Program - Justice Institute of BC (JIBC) - 2008
  • HAZMAT Education for Prehospital Care - JIBC - 2008
  • Pediatric Professionals (PEPP) - JIBC - 2008
  • Incident Command System Level 100 - JIBC - 2008
  • Primary Care Paramedic - IV license from EMALB - 2008
  • Paramedic - BC Ambulance Service (BCAS) 2009 - 2016
  • Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) - BC Ambulance Service (BCAS) - since 2016
  • Advanced Airway Management training (AIME ALS) - BCAS - 2016
  • International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) - BCAS - 2014
  • Whistler Mountain Ski Patrol - 2007 - present
  • Coast Mountain Medical Consulting Owner/Director - 2016 - present
  • Thomson Rivers University - Health Sciences - 2015 - present

Alex Shanny

  • National Ski Patrol Outdoor Emergency Care Technician - since 2010
  • National Ski Patrol Outdoor Emergency Care Instructor - since 2010
  • Emergency Service Instructor Certification - 2010
  • Emergency Medical Responder Instructor, Justice Institute of BC (JIBC)- since 2010
  • Lifesaving Society First Aid, CPR, AED Instructor - since 2010
  • Incident Command System Level 100 - JIBC - since 2009
  • Primary Care Paramedic IV license from EMALB -since 2008
  • Paramedic - employed by BC Ambulance Service - since 2009
  • Blackcomb Mountain Ski Patrol Emergency Dispatcher - 2009-2010
  • Paramedic (P1) NSW Ambulance Service Australia - 2004-2008
  • Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedical Science), Charles Sturt University, Australia

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