Our Staff at Camp Big Sky
From left: Julie Towle, Kristy Burt, and Chris Corona.
Kristy Burt, Big Sky Camp Director
The thing to know about Kristy is that she really, really likes to be outside. She likes playing outside, from the time she was a child pretending to survive in the wilds of her back yard woods in Ohio, to inventing games with campers at High Trails Ranch for Girls. She likes to eat outside, whether that be a homemade meal eaten in the back yard, or a curry concocted over a campfire in the back country. She likes working outside, cutting down trees to help mitigate fire in the Colorado front-range, and building trails in Alaskan wilderness areas. She likes learning outside, from the smallest grasses while in an ecology course at Colorado State University to the largest mammals while in a study abroad program in Tanzania. She likes to exercise outside, from playing or coaching soccer for most of her life, to teaching skiing in the winter here at Big Sky.
You may recognize Kristy’s face from the time she drove the school bus or guest taught at Ophir School or at an event at the WMPAC. Kristy has loved her time so far in Big Sky and she can’t wait to continue to spend time outside in Big Sky this summer with everything that Camp Big Sky has to offer. This is Kristy’s second summer with Camp Big Sky.
Chris Corona, Camp Big Sky Assistant
Chris was raised in a small New England town, but soon grew a desire to see the world. He moved out West to pursue mountain sports as a profession. Since then, he has gained experience as a mountaineering guide in Southeast Alaska, a ski instructor at Big Sky Resort, and a summer backpacking guide in the Spanish Peaks Wilderness. His passions are teaching and playing outside, and he loves the idea of combining them together through outdoor education. A few of his favorite ways to play outside include: trail running, rock climbing, skiing, and ice climbing. He has fond memories of the numerous YMCA summer camps he attended as a child. Camp greatly influenced his childhood by offering worldly experiences that he wasn’t able to get in a school setting. He thinks camps are inspiring places for children to be social and make new friends, learn creative ways to play, explore the outdoors, and spark a sense of adventure. He is excited to be a part of it here in Big Sky! This is Chris’ second summer with Camp Big Sky.
Julie Towle, Camp Big Sky Program Director
Julie Towle has been a Big Sky resident for 15 years, working with both local and visiting children in many capacities. She has been a YSL ski coach in Big Sky for five years, the tennis director at Camp Big Sky for four years and for the past three years has worked at Ophir School, both as a paraprofessional in the classroom and the After School Program. While Julie hails from Litchfield, Connecticut, she started her “career” in children’s camps at the young age of five, when her educator parents took a summer position at a day camp in Kennebunk Beach, Maine. She spent the next 18 summers there, working her way up through the system from Couselor-In-Training to Senior Tennis Instructor. Julie has also worked at many restaurants around town and has lived in Ramshorn for the past 10 years with her two children, Grady and Poppy. Julie has helped with Camp Big Sky for several years, this is her second summer as the Program Director.