BCA Ambassadors

  • 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.

  • Brandy Floyd

    Brandy has been a backcountry sledder for 15 years. During which time she has founded the Annual Ladies Ride and the Ladies Ride Calendar, Co-Produced Sledbetties and Flirting With Danger – both of which are sledding films featuring all women riders, and has filmed with Thunderstruck Films for 2 years.

  • Bret Rasmussen

    Bret’s Ride Rasmussen Style clinics help snowmobile riders achieve the ability and confidence to ride in the back country without taking personal risks that would otherwise be life threatening. Click here to find an Ride Rasmussen Style Avy safety course or sledding clinic in the U.S. or Canada.

  • Brock Bolin

    Brock is the accessories manager for Penco Power Products in Kalispell, MT and safety director for the Flathead Snowmobile Association. His love for the mountains took a unique twist in 2011, with the introduction of the Timbersled Mountainhorse, a snow conversion kit that turns a dirt bike into a very capable backcountry machine.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Duncan Lee

    A former professional snowboarder, Duncan Lee operates Let’s Ride Adventures, a snowmobile guide/ clinic / avalanche awareness business, and serves on the board of the American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE).

  • Jed Porter

    Jed Porter is an IFMGA mountain guide Kling Mountain Guides & EXUM Mountain Guides, and reviewer with OutdoorGearLab. Regardless of how you come to the mountains, you’ll want to join him on a ‘Jed-venture.’ Follow him @JediahPorter.

  • 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 a climber, a skier, and a former summit county ski patroller. He 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.

  • Jordy Shepard

    Jordy is lead guide for PeakAlpine.com based in Canmore, AB. Jordy is an internationally certified mountain guide with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG), and an Avalanche Skills instructor with the Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA).

  • Kim Havell

    From backcountry skiing to rock climbing to mountaineering, Havell can do it all. Not to mention she is listed by Backcountry Magazine as “37 Most Important Women in Backcountry.”

  • Kirk Bachman

    Kirk is an AMGA certified alpine and ski mountaineering guide with Sawtooth Mountain Guides. Guiding internationally, he boasts numerous mountain ascents and ski/snowboard descents – always stoking the BCA brand.

  • 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 Eldora Mountain Resort in Nederland, Colorado, Logan became an experienced ski guide, ski patroller, and avalanche forecaster in Utah and Alaska, and can be found in the offseason fly-fishing and enjoying the outdoors.

  • Markus Beck

    Markus is the founder and owner of Alpine World Ascents, a professional mountain guiding company based out of Colorado. As a Swiss native, Markus grew up in the mountains, and holds the first snowboard descent of Tharpu Chuli in the Himalayas.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Michael Silitch

    Mike is the Executive Director of the BRASS Foundation for Snow and Avalanche Safety, and IFMGA mountain and ski guide who has guided in Chamonix, France and Villars, Switzerland for almost 20 years.

  • 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.

  • Rich Meyer

    Rich Meyer has been a professional ski guide since 2001, and an AIARE level 1 & 2 instructor since 2006. Rich works for Alpenglow Expeditions, Shasta Mountain Guides, Ice Axe Expeditions, Alpine Ascents International, and California Alpine Guides.

  • Robin Van Gyn

    Robin is a Canadian backcountry snowboarder dedicated to getting women out in the backcountry. She guides for Baldface Lodge, BC during the winter and for SASS Global Travel in Argentina in the summer. Robyn teaches the S.A.F.E. A.S. women’s avalanche clinics.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • Stephanie LaRoy Schwartz

    Revelstoke native and SnoWest cover girl Stephanie LaRoy Schwartz has been sledding in the since she was in the womb. Stephanie has been hosting backcountry clinics for over 10 years all over North America and Sweden.

  • Tim Durtschi

    Creating a film segment is a complex process, and avalanche safety is critical when planning film missions. As a TGR videographer, Durtschi ensures everyone has proper avalanche gear and training and makes backcountry safety a priority for his crew.

  • Trish Drinkle

    Trish is a Polaris ambassador, member of Avalanche Canada’s SLEDCOM, powersports writer, and president of her local Creston, BC snowmobile club. She enjoys providing youth outreach and women’s skills development courses.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Wille Rajala

    Wille Rajala serves as CEO of Ride Rasmussen Style Europe and ambassador for Ski-Doo and BCA. Wille is a former professional snowboarder and was one of pioneers in Europe starting in 1984. He raced in the World Cup for 15 years worldwide. Wille started riding snowmobiles at age 6, towing logs at his grandparents farm in Ockelbo, Finland.

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