Photo: Esta Evans

News in October 2018.

Horse lover, photographer, engaged citizen, world traveller, social worker, ski instructor

October 18, 2018

 Stuart George Armstrong, 75, died peacefully in his sleep, in his home in Pemberton, on 10th October 2018.

 Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Stu’s first career was social work, where he worked in child protection services in Saskatoon and Vancouver. A side passion for skiing and ski instructing        morphed into his second career. He spent 30 years working full-time at the Whistler Mountain Ski School, later the Whistler Blackcomb Snow School, with a brief enjoyable foray in Deer      Valley, Utah. He was ranked the number one privates instructor at Whistler and featured in Ski magazine’s top 100 ski instructors in North America for his patience and commitment to his  students.

 Stu had a knack for seeing what made people tick but he became increasingly passionate about learning the nuances of equine psychology, and could hold court on the awesomeness of horses, and his beloved mare, for entire stretches of conversation.

He attributed the discovery of a carcinoid tumor in his lower intestine in 2009 to his horse, after a throw sent him to emergency and a CT scan to check for spinal damage revealed a small  unexpected mass. He beat the odds, recovering from cancer, but remained a vocal appreciator of the Canadian health care system and particularly of the local Pemberton medical clinic’s ER  team.

Stu was predeceased by his father, Stanley, in 1970, and his mother, Elsie Blanche Johnston (Slater), in 2014. He is survived by his mare, Duster “Sassy Jones,” Pemberton’s horse community,  the ski school community, his half-sister Arian Gonzales (Richard), nieces Marisol and Andrea and grand-nephew Neilan, of Albuquerque NM; cousin Lisa Tinker, of Los Angeles CA; and his extended Slater family in Saskatchewan.

Ignition Day and CSIA BC Annual General Meeting November 25, 2018

October 07, 2018

Join  us  Sunday,  November  25,  from  9:00  a.m.–3:00  p.m.  followed  by  Après  and  the CSIA AGM  in  Whistler. Don’t  miss  getting  out  on  the  snow  to  start  your  season  off  with  some  of  the  best  Level  4s  in  BC.  Ignition  Day  is  the  perfect  event  to  get  motivated  for  the  coming  winter  by  polishing  your  skills  and  refining  your  assessment  and  development  strategies.

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