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" Big smile and laughter…he’s been my hero since I met him, not to mention that he’s definitely the icon who put snowboard guiding on the map. "
Naoyuki (Nao) Kato Chief - Guide/Director, Tengu Snowcat Tours, Japan
jamie weeks - owner
Jamie has blazed the trail as a snowboard guide. Many of his achievements can be considered a first in the industry. Working as a snowboard guide for the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort since 1999 and Valdez Heli Ski Guides since 2001, not many snowboard guides have more experience than Jamie. He now shares the experience guiding splitboarding trips in the Teton Park working for Exum Mountain Guides and he teaches Avalanche education for the American Avalanche Institute. Jamie uses his experience and his average of 175 days a year on snow to work with K2 Snowboards Research and Development of splitboard products. In April 2016, Jamie completed the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Ski Guide Exam on a splitboard. Making him one of the few split boarders to attain this level of certification.
Brendan began his guiding career in 2000 as a mountaineering instructor with NOLS. Since then, he has worked and honed his skills in the mountains as a climbing guide, snowboard guide and instructor. Through his work with NOLS and Exum, Brendan was introduced to and has adopted into his practice the “American” style of guiding which focuses on education through guiding. As a Jones Snowboards Ambassador Guide he strives to promote split boarding and snowboard mountaineering. Working as an Exum Mountain Guide and a Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Alpine Guide, Brendan’s goal is to continually expand his personal skill set and he is psyched to share this knowledge with others. In April 2015, Brendan became the first split boarder to complete the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Ski Guide Exam.
Nat Murphy grew up riding year round on the Cascade volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest. He made the move to Montana 15 years ago and began exploring the endless backcountry playground of the Greater Yellowstone area with a splitboard, climbing shoes, and fly rod. He has worked year round as an outdoor educator since 2005; from the Beartooth Mountains outside of Cooke City, to the Tetons, Wind Rivers, Alaska, and Chilean Patagonia. Murph guides winters for Exum and has started down the AMGA certification path having completed The AMGA Ski Guides Course.
Matt works as a snowboarding guide for Valdez Heli Ski Guides and High Mountain Heli-Skiing, and he teaches avalanche education as an instructor for the American Avalanche Institute. Matt has also guided trips on the West Buttress of Denali for Mountain Trip, and has led extended backcountry expeditions throughout Alaska, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico for NOLS and similar outdoor programs. Matt’s experience in the snow was built through countless personal days splitboarding in the Wasatch and Teton ranges, and he has completed Professional Avalanche Level 3 certification, winter weather forecasting training, and the AMGA Ski Guide Course. When he is not working in the mountains, Matt resides in Jackson where he spends all of his free time splitboarding in Grand Teton National Park.
Born and raised in the jewel of the Sierras, Lake Tahoe, Iris grew to love playing outside at an early age. Snowboarding has been her passion since her brother introduced her to it at 13. After years of slopestyle and rail competitions, her riding skills matured and took her into the backcountry. She loves nothing more in life than traveling the world and making turns on her board. Iris has won multiple Big Mountain competitions in the US, qualifying her to compete in the Freeride World Tour for 2 seasons. Inspired by her love of sharing days in the mountains with like-minded folk, Iris is an aspiring AMGA guide. Exploring and shredding new terrain on her splitboard with friends, she currently lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Jim Conway is the owner, operations manager and guide at Tordrillo North Ski & Snowboard Adventures deep in the Alaska bush. Jim started out as a professional extreme skier and heli ski guide back in the early 90's, switching to snowboarding in 2001. He was one of the first people to guide heli skiing in Valdez and eventually went on to become the lead guide and heli operations manager for Teton Gravity Research. This allowed Jim to open many new areas in Alaska including Haines, Seward, Petersburg and the Tordrillos in the winter. The program he developed at TGR is used as an example of best risk management practices by the Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force and the Risk and Insurance Management Society. When not in AK, Jim can be found guiding tourers and cat skiers at Snowbird, Utah in addition to being an AAIRE and AAI Instructor.
"Jamie was such an enthusiastic new guide, so eager to learn everything he could, that i couldn’t resist giving him my heli seat now and then to help him to get some experience guiding in the Chugach. He then become one of Doug Coombs’ favorite side kicks in the mountains. Doug always appreciated having an enthusiastic new guide along with him, both to help and to learn as they guided clients together. I think what Doug enjoyed the most about Jamie, as i did, was his humor."
Emily Coombs - President/Founder, Doug Coombs Foundation