Oct
9th

The Guides

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All of our guides are certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) and listed on the ACMG website. Avalanche course instructors are members of the Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA).

Read on to learn about us!

Oct
9th

Mark Klassen

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Mark Klassen, Ski and Mountain Guide

Mark Klassen

I am a fully certified Mountain Guide and member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG), the International Federation of Mountain Guiding Associations (IFMGA) and a Professional Member of the the Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA). My objective in guiding is to have fun in the mountains while achieving the goals of my guests and maintaining the highest safety standards in the guiding industry.

I have been climbing and skiing full-time since 1983, working as a ski patroller and avalanche forecaster before starting to guide. Living in Banff I have spent much of my time in the mountains close by, climbing the north faces of Temple, Howse, Kitchener, Diadem and Edith Cavell; great ridges like the Emperor on Robson and the northeast ridge of Bryce; and many of the Selkirk and Bugaboo classics, such as the Beckey/Chouinard on the South Howser Tower.

I also have climbed further afield. Some of my favourite trips have been making first ascents on Baffin Island and in Nepal; climbing walls in Yosemite; spending two summers mountaineering in Peru; sport climbing in Thailand; and exploring remote areas of Alaska.

In the winter I have focused on skiing and have completed over a dozen major ski traverses throughout western Canada, South America and Europe.

I finished my guide certification in 1996. Since then I have guided many of the classics in western Canada, with Mt Alberta, Mt Bryce and Mt Robson being highlights. I have also guided further afield, such as the East Ridge of Mt Logan in the Yukon, Mt Cook in New Zealand, the Matterhorn in Switzerland and Pachermo in Nepal.

My ski guiding experience includes 7 years heli-skiing in the Purcell, Selkirk and Coast Ranges as well as many long ski traverses such as the Haute Route in the Alps, the Lilloet Traverse on the coast, the Bugaboos-Rogers Pass Traverse in the Columbia Mountains and the Great Divide Traverse in the Rockies. In addition I spend multiple weeks every winter travelling throughout the mountains of western Canada, searching for the best powder skiing at my favourite backcountry lodges and roadside ski-touring destinations.

My work also includes teaching professional level avalanche courses for the CAA and for many years I worked as an instructor/examiner on ACMG climbing guide and ski guide certification courses.

In 2011 I co-authored, with Chic Scott, an update to Chic’s original Summits and Icefields ski touring guidebook for the Rocky Mountains. 2012 saw Chic and I publish the next instalment in this series, a guidebook for ski touring in the Columbia Mountains. In 2013 Chic, TJ Neault and I published a marked route map and mini-guide for the Wapta Icefields and Bow Summit area.

Click here to view my Ski Guiding resume.

Click here to view my Alpine Guiding resume.

Click here to view my personal climbing resume.

 

 

Oct
9th

Kris Irwin

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Kris Irwin

Kris Irwin on the first ascent of Lost Lenore

Kris is an ACMG Alpine Guide. He lives in Banff with his wife Ellen and their dog Ruby.

Kris is certified to lead all types of rock, ice, and mountain climbs. He has been climbing in the mountains at home and abroad since 2004. Although he feels most at home on the classic climbs in the Rockies he has also made several first ascents in Alaska in the past few years.

Kris is one of the most active waterfall ice climbing guides in the winter and in the summer can be seen leading clients throughout the Rockies, Bugaboos and Rogers Pass.  An excellent instructor and personable guide, Kris always gets rave reviews from his guests.

Oct
9th

Greg Golovach

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Greg Golovach at the Lyell Hut

Greg Golovach at the Lyell Hut

Greg is a fully certified ACMG/IFMGA Mountain Guide who divides his time between Banff and Revelstoke with his three children.

“G.G.” grew up in Montréal and speaks both French and Russian. He rode a motorbike across Canada in the mid-eighties and ended up landing in Banff, where he discovered the mountain life and hasn’t left since. He quickly became known as one of the better ice and rock climbers in town. Over the years Greg has made many first ascents including scores of sport climbs and the first winter ascent of Mt. Bryce.

Greg and I started guiding together in the late ’80s and have shared many an adventure together since then. Presently he is the Lead Guide for Great Canadian Heli-Skiing. He also leads rock climbing and mountaineering trips in the summer and works as an instructor for the ACMG mountain and ski guide certification courses.