Karen Baptiste

NGS Coach

Karen grew up outside of New York City and spent her youth roaming whatever woods she could find. From a young age, she begged and pestered her older brother to take her along on his ski trips. When successful, she stood atop beautiful peaks along the ‘ice coast,’ only to realize that said brother had already skied away. Navigating steep and slick terrain, her scrappy demeanor and fierce determination founded a deep passion for downhill skiing. Thankfully, with family in the Tetons, she was able to ski in Jackson shortly thereafter and swore to return. After many years of training on treacherous, icy terrain, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at the University of Vermont. Once finished, the majestic Tetons continued to call, and Karen moved to the Hole in 2013. She has since spent her winters adventuring and discovering new lines. Whereas her summers have been spent paddling kayaks and rowing rafts.


Education, Professional Degrees, and Certifications:

  • BS Chemistry at University of Vermont

  • Wilderness First Responder

  • CPR


Personal Philosophy or Statement:

Every paddle stroke, turn, and day is an opportunity to learn something new.