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Emily Grady


Emily's life on skis began at the age of 3 years thanks to a family full of enthusiastic race coaches and ski instructors back in the Laurentians of Quebec.

Since then, her ski career has taken her all over the world from South America and New Zealand to various resorts across Canada and the U.S. During this time she has played an assortment of roles as: an instructor, Ski School Director, avid free skier, gear tester, backcountry ski touring fiend, avalanche course instructor, ski guide, and instructor course evaluator.

Emily now lives, works and plays in Kootenays and is committing most of her winter hours to working towards becoming a certified ski guide with the ACMG, instructing telemark and alpine skiing programs, and exploring the various mountain ranges of B.C. on skis. She has also started a guiding business with her husband, Scott, called Cold Smoke Guiding Services ( and to mark the inauguration of their business, Emily has put together a women's intro to ski touring program. This program addresses the needs of women in a mountain environment and provides an opportunity for the ladies to learn the skills necessary to make solid decisions in the backcountry.

Emily has also been involved with program development for the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) assistant ski guides program, instructing with the Canadian Ski Quest program out of Red Mountain Resort, teaching for the Kirsty Exner Women's Freeski Camps, conducting instructor-level courses for alpine and telemark skiers, and putting on Ski Improvement Clinics at cat-skiing and ski touring operations in the Kootenays.

When not immersed in the ski world, Emily spends her time seeking out new rock climbing experiences, trail running, hiking guiding, and spending quality time with her partner-in-crime, Scott.

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