Our People

At Nipika you’ll meet an eclectic group of energetic people who ‘walk-the-walk’ of Nipika philosophy.
Our dedicated staff and partners firmly believe in the non-consumptive eco resort lifestyle approach.

Lyle Wilson

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As founder of Nipika, Lyle can be seen around the resort most days- whether out on the trails, waxing skis in the day lodge, or telling stories to guests. Lyle brings a lifetime of experience in sport and outdoor recreation leadership: two time Olympic Games coach with the Canadian Cross Country Ski Team; founder of “Fresh Air Experience” outdoor stores; and a national level competitor in canoeing, kayaking, and cross-country skiing. Lyle is an avid runner and biker, proficient mountaineer, and keen naturalist.

Steven Wilson

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Steve has moved into the role of General Manager. He has worked at the resort since he was a little boy. While he wears many hats, his favourite is builder. It’s Steve’s energy, keen eye, and attention to detail that have made Nipika’s facilities so memorable. All the wood beds, tables, and furnishings, and some cabins, are a tribute to Steve. He is also an accomplished groomer for both the cross-country ski and fat bike trails. Not sure where to hike, bike, run, or ski? Ask Steve! You may just see him biking the trails with his wife Lainey, kids Theo and Rooney, or dogs Titan and Sadie.

Dianne Wilson

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(Lyle’s better half) represents the quiet backbone of the Wilson family and Nipika. She is an enthusiastic horsewoman, loves to cross-country ski, and is thrilled to spend time with her four grandchildren. Dianne is a retired teacher who can be found volunteering for the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Society at the Invermere Thrift Store.

Bev Dearin

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Bev is Nipika’s office manager and the voice on the phone answering all questions about Nipika. She has a long career in tourism and never misses a detail to ensure your vacation is a memorable one. Bev is also the longest non-Wilson employee of Nipika! You most likely won’t meet her, as she is the only staff member who works solely off-site.

Jane Shopland

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Jane is Nipika’s housekeeping expert! She keeps the cabins sparkling and always with a smile. Over the nine years Jane has been at Nipika she has shared her passion for the mountain wilderness with many Nipika guests. Jane is an avid fisherwoman and enjoys kayaking whenever she gets the chance. She lives off-grid and immerses herself in everything nature has to offer.

Brad Goodwin

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Brad is a man of few words but many talents. He is one of our river guides with huge experience on the rivers in BC. Brad is also one of our “fix it” people at the resort. If something need to be fixed, he’s the man. You may also see him fly past you on the ski trails or fat bike trails keeping them in top shape.

Abby Kokolski

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Abby helps out with Nipika’s marketing and online presence.  Have a great photo from your holiday here? Send it to her! She loves trail running, hiking, and spending time outside with her family.

June Hawkins

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June is Nipika’s on-site employee during the winter months, as well as one of our ski instructors. June is a CANSI Level 3 Instructor and an NCCP Level 3 Coach. She has been teaching and coaching cross-country skiing for 45 years.  Her enthusiasm for the sport is contagious and she loves to share this with others.

Nancy Boa

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Nancy is Nipka’s summer season on-site host. She makes Nipika her home during the summer months and loves experiencing the change in seasons from spring to summer to fall at Nipika. She explores the trails for wildflowers and birds and is eager to share her most recent finds with guests. She is always ready to help guests orient themselves on the vast trail network so they can find all the amazing and sometimes hidden gems.

Board

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These seven volunteers are dedicated to ensure the vision of Nipika is maintained. The Board brings a vast resource of creativity, business experience, and philosophical guidance to Nipika.

Our Pups

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To anybody who has visited Nipika, our dogs need no introduction. They are our guides, babysitters, companions, and playmates.