Grouse Mountain’s Snow School Director, Toby Barrett, wanted to refresh the Ski Wee experience at Grouse Mountain. He knew that children connect with animals and he thought that a wolf would be a powerful animal to connect to Ski Wee. “Wolves are pack animals. They are a naturally social animal. This is something that I think children in Ski Wee can identify with…the importance of the group dynamic, learning together, getting brave to try new things together.”
It takes a little magic to bring a vision like that to life and Grouse Mountain found its magician in a local artist, Tori Heavenor – a student at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Tori’s passion is illustration, doodling and drawing and she has a special talent for creating animal characters with endearing qualities that jump off the page or wall.