THE CARETAKERS: SARA AND THOMAS
Earth care, people care and fair share. Thomas and Sara strive to create a business system that leads in environmental stewardship, nurtures community, welcomes the world and provides balance for a great life. They live in Canmore with their three girls, Aria, Gabi and Maya.
Sara Renner was mothered by the mountains. Raised in the backcountry, from a bloodline alive with adventure, Sara spent her formative years hooting from mountain peaks at Assiniboine. Her connection to the wild provided balance and strength and undoubtedly powered Sara to become Canada’s only cross country skier to win both a Olympic and World Championship medal.
Born in Italy, homegrown in Banff, Thomas Grandi broke away from tradition and became the only Canadian male to win back to back World Cup Giant Slaloms. Despite standing on the tallest podiums in the world of sport, Thomas feet never left the ground. Thomas pursued his passion for ski journeys that go both up and down and is an ACMG ski guide.
THE FINDERS: CHRIS AND JOANNE ESPINEL
Chris and Joanne Espinel were the heart of Talus Lodge since it was built in 2004. Originally from Ecuador, Chris was an avid explorer of difficult to reach, obscure, mountainous terrain. Always looking for new opportunities, the idea for a remote alpine lodge began to take shape. His knowledge of the East Kootenay and his keen interest in discovery led him to find the unique and pristine Talus Lodge location. As well as being a school teacher, Joanne was the logistics manager, cook and undisputed backbone of Talus.
Chris and Joanne live in Invermere, BC. Undoubtedly, Chris will now be found enjoying his expanded roaming grounds and Joanne spending time in her garden.