Lyle has a lifetime of leadership in sport and outdoor recreation. Lyle’s background includes two Olympic Games as a coach with the Canadian Cross Country Ski Team, founder of the “Fresh Air Experience” outdoor stores, as well as national level competition in canoeing, kayaking, and cross-country skiing. Lyle is an avid skier, runner and mountain biker, is a competent mountaineer, and a keen naturalist. Most of all Lyle is a laid-back character who loves to tell stories in the sauna or beside the fire at the end of a long adventurous day.
(Lyle’s better half) is the quiet backbone of the Wilson family and Nipika. Dianne is a Phys. Ed. & Education graduate who has retired from teaching school to pursue her many goals at Nipika. She is a keen runner and cross country skiing, and is an enthusiastic horsewoman. Dianne has a good eye for the many subtle beauties that surround us in the Rockies, and will spot many things on outings that most would miss, so if you get the chance to go for a run hike or ski with Dianne at Nipika, don’t miss it.
(Yes, this is a family operation) is our builder. The buildings here are designed and constructed right on site, and it is Steve’s energy and dedication to detail, that have made our facilities so memorable. All of the wood furnishings are a tribute to Steve, but it is the trail system that is his “piece de resistance.” Since he was a little boy, Steve has worked on building the Natural Bridge Trails. He is an accomplished groomer for cross country skiing, so you can be confident that ski conditions will always be at their best.
Marni is Dianne and Lyle’s daughter, (again, this is a family business). She has recently moved from Fernie BC, resident ski bum, to now help with Nipika’s programs, events and marketing. She has coached figure skating for the past 12 years and is excited to help the rest of her family at Nipika. She has a long ever growing connection with Nipika and enjoys every minute she gets out on the trails running, biking or on horse back!
Our office manager, an avid runner, the voice on the phone, answering all your questions about your Nipika experience. Bev has a long career in Tourism and Resort management. She never misses a detail to insure that your vacation is truly a memorable one.
Jane is our house keeping expert! She is hardworking, diligent and conscientious – the cabins sparkle after Jane has worked her magic. Over the seven years Jane has been at Nipika she has shared her passion for the mountain wilderness with many Nipika guests. She has many outdoor interests for every season. Springtime she is busy photographing wildflowers and birds and all the amazing animals that cross her path. In the summer you will find Jane (maybe) on a secluded lake in her kayak with her dog Fisher playing and swimming on the shoreline. The fall is a busy season for Jane as she begins her collection of firewood as it’s her only source of heat all winter. She lives off-grid and immerses herself in all the wildlife that passes her home. The snow brings Jane out on snowshoes and a little ice fishing. Jane is a wonderful member of the Nipika team as she absolutely loves the Rocky Mountains.
Kelly works alongside Steve to ensure trails are groomed to ski and in top shape to fat bike, mountain bike, or run. He also helps out with guided activities, adventure camps, events, and anything that needs doing. Kelly brings a wealth of customer service, tourism experience, and mountain knowledge. He loves everything about the outdoors and nature and can most often be found flying through the trails on his bikes in all four seasons.
Abby helps out with Nipika’s marketing and online presence. She loves trail running, hiking, and spending time outside with her family.
Leann Laisnez join the Nipika team in 2016 as the In-House Caterer. Prior to joining the team, Leann was the owner/operator of Meet on Higher Ground Coffee House in Radium Hot Springs. Leann works with our guests to provide a variety of catering services including: receptions, adventure trips, in-cabin meals and community requests. Leann and her team look forward to serving the guests and friends of Nipika.
These seven volunteers are dedicated to ensuring that the vision of Nipika is maintained and that the utmost is done to grow and operate a first rate eco-resort. The board brings to Nipika a vast resource of creativity, business experience and philosophical guidance.
To anybody who has visited Nipika, these three need no introduction. They are our guides, babysitters, companions, and playmates. They are also the Nipika dogs. They must be experienced to be understood.