BCA Ambassadors

  • AJ Appezzato

    AJ is an outdoor junkie living in Colorado who loves to be in the backcountry, rock-climb, and hike. He has had his fair share of avalanche scares and attributes the airbag to saving his life on Berthoud Pass. He is now an AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide with lots of knowledge in avalanche safety.

  • Betsy Norsen

    Betsy got hooked into the lifestyle at the age of 15 with a golden ticket from her mother allowing her to taste the unique Canadian terrain. Since then, it’s been a combination of Squaw, Chamonix, Snow Safety directing, traveling, and ditching Law School to pursue the life we all desire.

  • Billy MacDougald

    Billy Macdougald is a Colorado skiing expert who knows how to find good powder and stay safe in the backcountry. He works as a ski patrol and avalanche technician for Vail Resorts and has over 35 years of experience in snow safety.

  • Curtis Pawliuk

    Owner and operator of Frozen Pirate Snow Services, Pawliuk is a long time Valemount resident who has extensive experience in the local backcountry. He is an avid snowmobiler and mountain biker, and loves everything the outdoors has to offer.

  • Chris Simmons

    Chris has been a mountain guide since 2000, motivated by skiing trips in Sierra Nevada as a kid. Chris loves the mountains too much to keep them to himself, and shares his excitement with everyone around him.

  • Dave Merritt

    Dave has a passion for keeping people safe in the backcountry, this is evident with 27 years as a BC Search and Rescue volunteer. When not doing that he is teaching avalanche education to the snowmobiling community.

  • Diego Allolio

    Diego Allolio is the AIARE South American leader who teaches courses in Argentina, Chile, and Ecuador through his company Aprendica. A certified AIARE/AAA trainer, PSIA Telemark Instructor, AAGM guide and NOLS leader, he’s translated many avalanche safety resources for Spanish-speakers.

  • Fritz Sperry

    With over 30 seasons of backcountry skiing, Sperry’s life is focused on the quest for great lines. He is the author of the MakingTurns guidebook series of descents in the Tenmile and Mosquito Ranges of Colorado.

  • Jim “Sarge” Conway

    Sarge holds the record for the most vertical feet skied in one day in Valdez, Alaska. With a lifetime spent in the mountains and a degree in engineering, he’s one of the BCA ambassadors we count on for heavy technical feedback.

  • Joey Thompson

    Joey is an IFMGA Certified Mountain Guide, a Wilderness First Responder, a Single Pitch Instructor Program Provider, and certified with both AIARE and the American Avalanche Institute.

  • Geoff Kyle

    Geoff is a big mountain snowmobiler from Whistler B.C. who lives the life by guiding tours, conducting camps, and renting snowmobiles. He has been featured in films such as Slednecks, Braaap, 2 Stroke Cold Smoke, and many more.

  • Jordy Shepard

    Jordy is an ICMG-certified guide with PeakAlpine.com, the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, and an Avalanche Skills instructor with the Canadian Avalanche Association.

  • Josh Kling

    Josh Kling is owner of Kling Mountain Guides, and certified AMGA, AIARE, WMA, and AAA backcountry guide and educator. He teaches avalanche safety and wilderness medicine courses in and around Sliverton and Durango, CO.

  • Joshua Baruch

    Joshua grew up ski racing and ski mountaineering in New Hampshire. An owner of Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides, Joshua has a strong knowledge of mountain safety and good powder spots.

  • Larry Goldie

    As a professional guide and climber for over 28 years, Larry Goldie is one of North Cascades Mountain Guides owners. He has extensive experience in the Cascades, as well as experience in the Alps, Sierras, Rockies and the mountains of Alaska and Canada.

  • Lel Tone

    Lel is a 19 year ski patrol veteran at Squaw Valley, a 15 year heli-ski guide, with an infectious love for skiing. She is an avalanche course instructor, a search and rescue instructor, and certified as a HSUS level 3 guide.

  • Logan Cookler

    After growing up at Colorado’s Eldora Mountain Resort, Logan became a ski guide, ski patroller, and avalanche forecaster in Utah and Alaska. He can be found in the offseason fly-fishing and enjoying the outdoors.

  • Marshall Dempster

    Marshall is a member of the Canadian Avalanche Association, a professional forecaster and AST 2 certified instructor. He is an instructor for the BRP Ski-Doo avalanche seminar series and Frozen Pirate snow services.

  • Marty Schaffer

    Capow! Marty’s progressive backcountry guiding company is delivering a fresh look at avalanche education with light, fun, and stoke-oriented shreducation outreach and snow safety awareness events.

  • Matt Schebaum

    A snowmobile guide based in Jackson, Wyoming, Matt emphasizes safe motorized backcountry travel and avalanche awareness to his clients and the recreational snowmobile community.

  • Martin Volken

    A native of Switzerland, Martin Volken is one of the few officially certified Swiss IFMGA mountain guides working in the U.S. today. He is the founder of Pro Guiding Service and offers trips and courses for all skiing levels, avalanche safety, and alpine-based adventures.

  • Matt Schonwald

    Matt is a certified AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide, A3 Instructor, NWAC Professional Observer, and the Founder and Lead Guide at BC Adventure Guides. He has published two guidebooks for Baker and Snoqualmie Pass, WA.

  • Mike Alkaitis

    Mike is certified as AMGA mountain guide, a rock guide, a wilderness first responder, and ski mountaineer. He has years of experience as general manager of the Colorado Mountain School and the Boulder Rock Club, and as executive director of the AMGA.

  • Mike Duffy

    Mike Duffy is an American Avalanche Association certified instructor who teaches motorized specific avalanche classes and mountain rider skills courses nationwide. Follow him @avalanche1.colorado.

  • Minot Maser

    Minot Maser is a tech rep for BCA in the Northern Rockies, managing training and product knowledge for retail staff for both ski and snowmobile markets. He is also a trial and criminal defense attorney in Missoula, MT. Minot loves getting up, out and into fresh powder.

  • Sarah Carpenter

    Sarah Carpenter is co-owner and instructor at the American Avalanche Institute (AAI), and guide with Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Exum Mountain Guides. She teaches level 1, 2, and 3 avalanche courses throughout the west during the winter.

  • Ryan Johannesen

    Ryan is from Golden, BC and cannot get enough time in the mountains. With twenty seasons of snowmobile guiding, filmmaking, and avalanche instructing, Ryan is a true sledding expert.

  • Shaun Raskin

    Shaun Raskin is an incredible telemark skier based in Park City, UT. She is a guide and founder of Inspired Summit Adventures (ISA), “an outdoor wellness guiding company that uses nature as a canvas to explore our internal landscape.”

  • Trent Meisenheimer

    Trent grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah skiing and snowboarding in the Wasatch mountains. He is now an avalanche guru doing forecasting for the Utah Avalanche Center. He can snowboard like a wizard and do it safely with his avalanche safety knowledge.

  • Tino Villanueva

    Tino calls the Pacific Northwest his home yet he skis anywhere with high altitudes and good powder. He spends most of his time guiding and climbing abroad and is always on the lookout for unclimbed peaks and new ski lines.

  • Tyler Reid

    Tyler is a year-round ski and mountain guide based in the Pacific Northwest. He’s skied, climbed, and guided around the world. He specializes as a human-powered ski guide, leading a diverse array of programs in the Pacific Northwest, Canada, and Alaska, with annual expeditions to Chile, Antarctica, Japan, and Russia.

  • Tim Haggerty

    Tim resides in Whistler, BC as an avid skier, mountain biker, and all-around adventurer. He has traveled abroad finding the best powder, cliffs, and views. Catch him shredding the slopes and hucking big air with no fear at all.

  • Weston Deutschlander

    Weston excels at backcountry skiing in it’s purest form. Hike up, ski down and repeat. Laps and laps, ridge to himself and falling snow. Click on his name and watch him go.

  • Will Mook

    Will is a backcountry snowmobile guide based out of Jackson, WY. Riding over 4,000 miles per season, Will spends his days with clients riding hard while emphasizing the importance of safe backcountry travel.

BCA: The most trusted name in backcountry safety. BUY NOW