The sustainability of backcountry skiing and adventure sports depends on safety and risk management. Here, we show our appreciation for the guides who are the lifeblood of a fun and safe adventure experience.
Where are you from?
Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta Canada think flat, very flat. Skiing consisted of either skiing the rope tow at the riverbank or behind a truck
How did you become a guide?
It all started when I was working as a bartender at the La Crevasse discotec in Champery, Switzerland. I was 21 (a full-on ski bum), on a chairlift with my boss, and he asked me what I was planning on doing the coming years. I mumbled something about becoming a heli pilot and he said “during the whole winter pilots watch guides ski powder, so..” With that mind, I moved to Revelstoke, BC, worked as a bartender for a heli skiing operation and jumped in the spare seat as much as possible. The guiding team mentored me and took me out when they were doing snow safety, digging snow pits and I was hooked pretty much. The process of becoming a certified guide is a long road with continual learning through courses and mileage in the mountains.
What type of adventure is your favorite to guide?
I'm a huge fan of exploring new terrain by heli with a strong group and a decent amount of flight time
One piece of safety gear you can't live without?
Mammut Snowpulse Airbag
I have a hard time answering this one, I've enjoyed so many places and there's loads more to check out. Champery, Las Lenas, Terrace, Dalvik....
If there were one place in the world you could guide, where would it be?
I'd love to guide a trip in Alaska at some point, mix of heli and ski touring.
What is your dream job?
I've got it pretty good right now, more of the same.
Fun fact about yourself?
I live in London, UK non-skiing months. Great to be in the mountains and equally cool to be in a big city.
Where do you want to be in 10 years?
I'd like to continue doing the same sort of guiding like I'm doing at the moment. I feel pretty fortunate to be able to guide at Northern Escape Heliskiing- awesome terrain, great people, and loads of snow. Likewise, I'd love to continue to guide private ski touring trips in British Columbia and Iceland. It makes for a great winter!