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 Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival, a cash award, and a selection of prizes from Festival sponsors.
If you have any questions please contact:
Laurie Harvey, Banff Centre
2018 Mountain Idol Winner: Wyatt McLaughlin
- 19 years old, Enduro Cycling and Alpine Skiing
- Wyatt was the 2016 Mega Avalanche France - U18 Amateur Champion
- Took 3rd place in U21 in the 2018 Canadian National Enduro in Crowsnest
- Placed 22nd in the U21 category at the 2018 Enduro World Series in Spain
- And Placed 25th in the U21 2018 Enduro World Series in Whistler, Canada
- He’s spent 3 seasons coaching youth mountain biking in the Bow Valley
- This is his 2nd season of Ski Patrolling