Mountain Idol

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Who is a Mountain Idol?

Mountain Idols are young individuals who excel in their mountain sport (alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, climbing, trail running, biking, paragliding, adventure racing, etc.). They elevate the positioning of their sport in the Bow Valley's community, exemplify the outdoor lifestyle, and are valued role models and mentors of the Bow Valley outdoor community. Successful candidates will be males or females under 23 years of age who currently reside in the geographic area between Lake Louise and Exshaw.

Why is a Mountain Idol Important?

The Mountain Idol initiative and getting youth outdoors is important from a health, wellness, economic, and environmental perspective. Through Mountain Idol we are trying to positively inspire more youth to adopt a healthy, supportive, and active outdoor lifestyle, for their current and future well-being.

How do we recognize our Mountain Idols?

As part of their honorary selection, Mountain Idol finalists and winners will receive recognition on stage at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, a cash award, and a selection of prizes from Festival sponsors.

The 2016 Finalists and winners have been announced!

For the first time ever, the selection committee in 2016 has chosen both finalists in a tie decision (Becca and Sara Frangos, entered together as 'twins', and Matt Monod) as the winners of the 2016 Mountain Idol!  

Nominate the 2017 Mountain Idol

Open for nominations now.  

If you have any questions please contact: 
Laurie Harvey, Banff Centre

Mountain Idol 2015: Kelsey Slemko

Kelsey Slemko

Kelsey Slemko, Mountain Biker - 2015 Winner

  • Mountain Biker
  • 18 years of age
  • 3rd place finish and 9th overall at the Western Canada Summer Games
  • Role model for her peers
  • Enjoys many outdoor activities such as hiking, running, cross country skiing, roller-skiing, road and mountain biking.

Past Winners and Finalists