Opening A Run

Mar 29, 2015 | guide stories |


A few days ago, while guiding heli skiing for Valdez Heli Ski Guides, I was reminded why I love this job. Oddly enough it wasn’t on a run that I guided that reminded me of this, it was watching another guide open his first classic run................


Murphy’s Law

Mar 16, 2015 | guide stories |



Murphy’s Law states “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” After a brief internet search of the origins of Murphy’s Law I found no conclusive evidence that Mr. Murphy even existed, nor any evidence that he ever visited Alaska. But I have a funny feeling that the man who originally coined this phrase would love the heli skiing industry.


So you want to be a Heli Guide?

Feb 28, 2015 | guide stories |


Every year the offices of heli ski companies throughout Alaska receive numerous resumes from highly skilled men and women who want to guide heli skiing. Every guide in the industry has at least considered guiding up here, and why not, this is the big league. The mountains of Alaska offer, by far, the best skiing in the United States.


Christmas with the Johnson’s

Feb 20, 2015 | guide stories |


Ah the holidays! Christmas in the ski industry is the equivalent of a major league baseball team going to the World Series the week after spring training ends. Thankfully the weather here in the Tetons provided an excellent playing field. Abundant snow in November helped sell Jackson Hole as the place to be this Christmas.


My White Hat

Dec 18, 2014 | guide stories |


Over the years as my snow science skills developed, I learned, and as any avalanche professional will tell you; the more you know about snow the more you realize how little you actually know about snow. With all the science that goes in to making informed educated decisions regarding the snowpack there is still an element of something else. Call it what you like luck, fate, faith, superstition, or karma they all play a role in the mountains.


Guide Training

Nov 21, 2014 | guide stories |


A seasonal right of passage is upon us here in Jackson, the pre season. I refuse to call it the “Off Season” because it is anything but off.  Although I do not receive any monetary compensation for the work I do this time of year, it is mandatory. I’m not referring to the physical training I do to ready myself for the winter. I’m talking about guide training, which usually means beacon drills, snow pits, observing the new snow pack as it comes in, and indoor corporate policy meetings.


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