This Braap Babe has no trouble keeping up with the big boys

“There's so much epic riding in our Northern Rockies region.” — Genevieve Byl

by Kyle Born

Genevieve Byl wears a blue jacket and a black toque out in the snowy mountains.
Genevieve Byl is the sales and store manager at Trailblazn' Power Ltd., the local Ski-Doo shop in Dawson Creek, B.C. Photo courtesy Genevieve Byl

“Bring on the sled season!”

That’s the kind of enthusiasm customers have come to expect from Genevieve Byl, sales and store manager at Trailblazn' Power Ltd., the local Ski-Doo shop in Dawson Creek, B.C.

“I basically live and breathe sleds, on and off the snow,” Byl said.

It wasn’t always that way for Byl though. Some years ago, Byl’s fiance took her on a sled trip to the mountains where the couple doubled for an entire day. After Byl got a taste for it, she knew she was hooked.

“I love progressing my skills on the sled,” said Byl. “I've done some pretty crazy things! I think dodging trees is a cool talent of mine. I've been working on re-entries, getting bigger air time and keeping up with the boys in the trees.”

A snowmobiler gets air over a jump on a blue sky day.
“I absolutely love being able to capture photos that bring you right into the moment.” — Genevieve Byl Photo courtesy Genevieve Byl

Byl’s favourite places to play in the pow are the Calazon area in the Pine Pass and the Wolverine riding area outside of Tumbler Ridge.

“There's so much epic riding in our Northern Rockies region,” said Byl. “There's lots of variety in the terrain in both these areas, with potential for exploration. The day’s vibes will usually determine how ambitious we feel as well as what we are planning to accomplish. I've had some of my best days of the season in those two zones.”

Genevieve Byl stands on her snowmobile at the top of a mountain.
Byl’s favourite places to play in the pow are the Calazon area in the Pine Pass and the Wolverine riding area outside of Tumbler Ridge. Photo courtesy Genevieve Byl

One of Byl’s favourite snowmobiling expeditions was a couple of years ago when she travelled down to Squamish and went to Brohm Lake to meet up with the Braap Babes for a weekend retreat.

“This was one of the coolest experiences I’ve had on a sled,” she said. “We had such a rad time with all the girls, laughed like crazy, ate some good food and rode our hearts out.”

This winter, Byl will be completing a long term goal: Avalanche Operations level 1 training. Byl then plans to teach and promote backcountry safety and provide avalanche training to B.C.’s northern sled communities.

“I love the camaraderie, adrenalin, and places you get to see and immerse yourself in—the pure and simple feeling of freedom,” Byl said. 

Genevieve Byl cuts into fresh powder snow on her red snowmobile.
“I love the camaraderie, adrenalin, and places you get to see and immerse yourself in—the pure and simple feeling of freedom.” — Genevieve Byl Photo courtesy Genevieve Byl

ON OUR RAD RADAR:

Rider: Genevieve Byl
Where: Dawson Creek, B.C.
Occupation: Sales and store manager at the local Ski-Doo shop, Trailblazn' Power Ltd.
Bragging rights: “I love hunting. I make a mean apple pie. And most people probably consider me a crazy dog lady.” — Genevieve Byl
Weapon of choice: 2022 Lynx 3900
Local ride recommendation: Calazon area in the Pine Pass and the Wolverine riding area outside of Tumbler Ridge. “There's lots of variety in the terrain in both these areas, with potential for exploration. I've had some of my best days of the season in those two zones.”

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