Judson Wright

ACMG Ski Guide, Canadian Avalanche Association Professional

Judson is the owner-operator of Kootenay Backcountry Guides.  While learning to ski tour in the Whitewater and Kootenay Pass backcountry, the seeds of an idea to bring a local ski guiding operation to the Kootenays were planted in his head. He spent the next 10 years exploring the mountains of western Canada and getting his A.C.M.G guiding certification. Over time, skiing became more about showing others the magic in the mountains than going on self-fulfilling mountain adventures.  In 2016 he officially launched Kootenay Backcountry Guides as the Kootenays local backcountry guiding and avalanche education company.   His ultimate goal is to help others experience the joy of backcountry skiing and to promote backcountry safety.  

Roger Yim

ACMG Ski Guide, Canadian Avalanche Association Professional.

Roger is a fully certified A.C.M.G. ski guide and professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association.  Roger is a bundle of good times and great humour.  Two things Roger does really well are finding powder and cook incredible food.  Roger is a long time Kootenay resident who knows the area inside and out.  When not working for Kootenay Backcountry Guides you can find Roger at Retallack Lodge,  and Powder Creek Lodge.

John Dutton

ACMG ski guide

John is originally from Vancouver Island and his pursuit to find the nicest place to live and ski brought him to Nelson, BC. He is a fully certified ACMG ski guide and this will be his 13th season working in the ski industry. In the summer months, John owns and operates his own rafting company - Nelson Whitewater Rafting Co. www.nelsonwhitewaterrating.com. In his spare time, he enjoys ski touring, whitewater kayaking, road biking and spending time with his family.

Joe Pavelich

ACMG Ski Guide, Canadian Avalanche Association Level 2

Joe Pavelich is a certified ACMG Ski Guide and has been guiding Snowcat, Heli, and Ski touring groups for over 18 years throughout the interior of British Columbia. Joe has also worked instructing avalanche courses and as a Avalanche Forecaster for Canadian Pacific Railways. He has a very infectious attitude to being in the outdoors, especially when it comes to skiing. Originally from North Vancouver, for the last 20 years Joe has lived in Nelson BC.

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