I have worked as a ski patroller and a heli-ski guide but these days I prefer ski touring. Moving under my own power with a small group of companions, we search for the best snow on the best line, away from the crowds.
Pick the type of ski experience you want to try, and click on one of the links or contact me to learn more… Trips are scheduled throughout the winter, or choose a privately guided experience for you or your group.
These courses are based on the curriculum provided by the Avalanche Canada.
I have a broad range of experience in the avalanche industry and have been teaching avalanche courses since 1994. In addition to over 15 years spent ski guiding, I also worked as an avalanche forecaster at the Lake Louise Ski Area for seven seasons and wrote public avalanche bulletins for Avalanche Canada for two winters.
The AST 1 is a course for those who have little or no experience in winter backcountry travel. It is also a good overview for people who have some experience but no formal training. The AST 2 is a more advanced course that is an excellent resource for more experienced skiers, snowboarders and climbers. It is the recreational user’s equivalent to the CAA Level 1 professional level course. MORE>>
Every spring we put our house on our backs and travel through some wild terrain on our skis. Taking anywhere from two days to two weeks, this is a great way to explore the Canadian mountains.
The most famous ski traverse in Canada is the hut-to-hut trip across the Wapta Icefields. This is a great trip for anyone who wants to try this activity for the first time and we have scheduled Wapta trips every year.
For more experienced ski mountaineers we also offer longer traverses throughout Western Canada. MORE>>
Every year we go on safari – ski safari! On these trips we may chase deep powder, attempt a high ski mountaineering objective, or traverse a remote mountain range. The common theme is exciting, exceptional and often exotic!
The past few years have seen us go to Japan and the Caucasus Mountains in Russia, as well as exploring the great ranges of western Canada. In February 2015 we are headed back to the Japanese Alps for more of that famous deep, dry powder that dumps down in the mystical forests above the town of Hakuba. We already have enough interest to run another trip to Japan in January 2016, and plans are afoot for a skiing and sailing adventure in Iceland in spring 2016!
British Columbia backcountry lodges are world famous for fantastic powder skiing based out of comfortable accommodations.
We usually provide two guides for the week so that allows us flexibility to cater to everyone’s skiing desires. Theresa (Tree) is our chef extraordinaire so be prepared for some great gourmet meals!
We are able to accommodate a variety of skier/rider abilities from strong intermediate to advanced. With two guides we can split the group to suit abilities and preferences for the length of day in the field. MORE>>
Rogers Pass is a world-reknown powder skiing destination, and for good reason. Smack in the middle of British Columbia’s Columbia Mountains, it sits in the cross-hairs of storm tracks coming from any direction across the province, all of which contribute to the deep helping of “cold smoke” that greets skiers. Combine this with an unbelievable variety of terrain – from old-growth forests to glaciers to peaks – and you have an unbeatable ski touring destination. MORE>>
Never tried ski touring before? Get out for an afternoon or a day to check it out. Try a day tour or some off-piste skiing around Lake Louise or Sunshine Village. Or take the lifts to some untracked stashes with a minimum of effort.
More experienced? Then there are many longer tours to glades, glaciers, cols and summits. MORE>>