BCA Ambassadors

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    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. From there; it’s been a combination of Squaw, Chamonix, Alpine Trekkers, Snow Safety Directing, traveling, and ditching Law School to pursue the life we all desire.

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    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.

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    Brent Anderson

    Brent Anderson is a big mountain, backcountry rider with the Revelstoke Snowmobile club. He travels around North America promoting BCA avalanche safety and MtnPro Collection of sled gear.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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).

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    Félix Camiré

    Félix Camiré is an ACMG Hiking and Ski Guide, and owns El Gato Mountain Adventures is small company based out of Canmore, Alberta. He is a master of the Canadian Rockies, an avid rock and alpine climber, and an aspiring mountain guide.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.”

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    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.

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    Larry Goldie

    Goldie, climbing for 28 years and guiding professionally for 24 years, 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.

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    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.

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    Lisa Korthals

    Lisa holds the first decent of Mt Queens Bess and Petersen Pk in the North Coast Mountains and the second decent of the South Face of University Peak in the Wrangell Range in Alaska! She is a lead ski guide in Canada, and a member of the Canadian Avalanche Association.

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    Logan Cookler

    After growing up at Eldora Mountain Resort in Nederland, Colorado, Logan became an experienced ski guide, ski patroller, and avalanche forecaster. He has experience in several states including Utah and Alaska, and can be found in the canyons of Utah in the offseason fly-fishing and enjoying the outdoors.

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    Markus Beck

    Markus is the founder and owner of Alpine World Assents, 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.

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    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.

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    Matt Wade

    Matt is the president and founder of Peak Mountain Guides, who have mastered the San Juan Mountains. Matt holds first ascents of alpine routes in the Andes of Bolivia, first ski descents of steep couloirs in the San Juans of Colorado, and ascents of El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite.

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    Mike Alkaitis

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

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    Mike Duffy

    Mike will ride anywhere for BCA. He is an expert avalanche educator, who has taught several classes on snowmobile avalanche safety.

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    Minot Maser

    Minot is a technical rep for Backcountry Access in the Northern Rockies. He is based out of Montana, and loves getting into fresh powder.

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    Ray Hughes

    Ray Hughes is an Avalanche Level 3 Certified, an AIARE Level 1 Instructor, and a Wilderness First Responder. He is a subject matter expert on the effects of winter dust deposition on snow hydrology in the Snowy Range Mountains, WY. Ray is pursuing an IFMGA License with the American Mountain Guides Association.

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    Robin Van Gyn

    Robin is a Canadian backcountry snowboarder dedicated to getting women out in the backcountry while making sure they have the skills and equipment to do so. She guides for Baldface Lodge in 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, as their only snowboard pro.

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    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.

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    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.”

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    Stephanie LaRoy Schwartz

    SnoWest cover girl and BCA ambassador Stephanie LaRoy Schwartz has been sledding in the since she was in the womb. Stephanie hails from Revelstoke BC. She has been hosting backcountry clinics for ladies and men for over 10 years all over North America and Sweden.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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