Guides & Staff

Powder skiing brings out the best in people.

As our guests will agree, it is not just the skiing that brings them back year after year - it's the people too. At Monashee Powder Snowcats, the staff and guests are all here for the same reasons: they love to ski and board, share a story or two, and make new friends along the way.

While our atmosphere is casual, we pride ourselves on our professionalism. Our chefs create nutritious and delicious meals and the lodge staff ensures that during your stay, you wait for nothing. We pay close attention to all aspects of safety: our lead guides have ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides) certifications, first aid training, Level 1 and 2 avalanche forecasting and ski instructor qualifications.

All our staff, along with your hosts, Tom and Carolyn Morgan, welcome you and it is our desire to make your trip to MPS your best skiing adventure ever.


CHIEF GUIDES:

 

Karl KlassenGuide Manager: Karl Klassen

Karl is returning for his twelfth season at MPS this year. His career includes ski touring, ski mountaineering and heliskiing in New Zealand, Europe and the US. His many years working in the mountains of western Canada include six seasons with CMH and pioneering a new heliskiing operation in the North Rockies. In addition to guiding, Karl works as the chief avalanche forecaster for the Canadian Avalanche Centre in the winter. He is a fully qualified Mountain Guide, certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) and a member of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA).


Todd Anthony-MaloneAssistant Guide Manager: Todd Anthony-Malone

Todd is returning to MPS for his fifth season this winter. His passion for being outside and challenging himself and others has always been the foundation for his guiding. Todd is a fully qualified Mountain Guide with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides ACMG/IFMGA and a Professional Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association, CAA. Todd lives with his family in Revelstoke, BC. On his days off he can be found guiding ski touring as www.aspectguiding.com or being "guided" by his two young daughters at the local ski hill.


Joe PavelichGuide: Joe Pavelich

Joe is returning to us for his second season at Monashee Powder. Joe is a certified ACMG Ski Guide and has been guiding Snowcat, Heli, and Ski touring groups for over 14 years throughout the interior of British Columbia. 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, B.C, where he can be found riding his mountain bike, building a beautiful timberframed entry or addition, and spending quality time with his family.


Joe RonanGuide: Joe Ronan

"Cupcake" is returning to MPS for his 12th year, and his 9th year of lead guiding. Joe came to us 12 years ago as a practicum and worked his way up the ranks to the best telemarker in MPS's lead guide fleet. In the off-season Joe works as an electrician on Vancouver Island, where he lives with his family and takes advantage of the areas amazing mountain bike trails whenever he can.


John DuttonGuide: John Dutton

John is returning for his ninth season to guide at MPS. John is originally from Vancouver Island and after graduating from Royal Roads University in Victoria he has lived all over the mountainous regions of BC, Alberta and New Zealand raft guiding, whitewater kayaking and skiing. John recently acquired the ACMG full ski guide designation, and is excited about the upcoming season. In the summer months John runs his own rafting company in his home of Nelson, BC. We've had great adventures with John on the Salmo River, so look him up if you are ever in Nelson. Check out www.nelsonwhitewaterrafting.com.


Pete WainwrightTail Guide: Peter Wainwright

Peter will be joining us again at MPS for his sixth season. Peter is from the UK with a degree in Engineering from Bristol University. That clearly not being his passion, he made his way over to Whistler, BC where he spends his time enjoying the outdoors and taking in all it has to offer. When Pete's not on his skis you can find him, hiking, climbing, paddling and wearing old man’s beard whenever possible! Give Pete a couple more years and you may find him signing off as 'Pilot Pete'!. Peter recently completed the ACMG Assistant Ski Guide program and will be helping lead guide part-time for us this season.


TAIL GUIDES:

 

Gary MorganAssistant Manager/Tail Guide: Gary Morgan

Gary is Tom and Carolyn's son and is a journeyman automotive mechanic from Calgary. Gary is tailguiding as well as taking on the role of Assistant Manager this year. Gary spent this summer learning boat upholstery and in his spare time he enjoys watersports on his own boat. Gary is a keen sledder also and takes every opportunity he can to get out for rip!


Fanny DufourTail Guide: Fannie Dufour

Fannie is returning for her fourth season as a tail guide with MPS. She is from Quebec City and is a graduate from an Adventure Tourism Program. Although she loves her beautiful home province, she couldn’t get over her love for big mountains and powder snow. Revelstoke was the first ski town she experienced as a ski bum and she lived there for four winters. Now Fannie resides in Squamish, BC, and spends her free time ski touring, river kayaking, rock climbing and hiking. She has worked as a ski patrol out East and she guided river rafting in Jasper, Alberta for couple seasons. Her passion for the outdoors is incredible and she seeks to work her way up in the ski guiding industry as well as avalanche awareness and forecasting.


Anne Cayer-HuardTail Guide: Anne Cayer-Huard

Anne grew up skiing in Quebec, but a season in La Grave, France, quickly made her realize that she needed more than the hills of Quebec. Shortly after returning from the Alps, she packed her bags and headed west to Rossland, B.C. Anne skied in the Kootenays for a season before enrolling in an Adventure Tourism Diploma in Golden, B.C. After some time working as a tour guide in the Rockies, Anne then moved to the coast to guide snowmobiling in Whistler. Anne is now looking forward to another great season of skiing powder at MPS.


Matt CassonTail Guide: Matt Casson

We are happy to have Matt back with MPS for his second year of tail guiding. Matt moved to the mountains eight years ago from his home in southern Ontario with one goal - to ski! After numerous guiding programs and courses, Matt is now building his experience with goals of ascertaining his ACMG Assisiantant Ski Guide certification one day. In the summer Matt guides whitewater canoe expeditions in the NWT, Yukon and Nunavut. His shoulder season are filled with fly-fishing and mountain biking.


Abby MorganTail Guide: Abby Morgan

Abby will be joining us for her second season as a tail guide at MPS. Coming from Jasper she has spent a lot of her life playing outside - skiing, biking, climbing, kayaking, and running. Abby did her schooling in both the UK and the USA, and emerged with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Ecology. She is looking forward to a winter of skiing powder and gaining experience in the ski guiding industry.


Andrew WrenchTail Guide: Andrew Wrench

Andrew is joining us for his second season of tail-guiding at Monashee Powder. He was born and raised in Sicamous, B.C, and began ski touring in the Monashee & Selkirk mountains at the age of 14. Skiing has been his passion ever since. After completing his degree in Natural Resource Sciences he devoted his winters to skiing full time and working in the summers to pay the bills. He is looking forward to working in the deep Monashee powder again this winter!


Tobin BellayTail Guide: Tobin Bellay-Berntsen

Tobin lives in Mission, BC, where he grew up and studied. He is very excited to start his first season tail guiding at MPS. During the past few winters he has persued his passion of skiing by working at ski lodges, industry training, and ski trips with buddies. His summers are spent working in the bush, tree planting and firefighting. In the shoulder seasons he travels and explores the world. He plans to follow his father's footsteps and become a mountain guide. Tobin was born in the Himilayas, so he figures the mountains is where he is meant to be.


Xavier BouchardTail Guide: Xavier Bouchard

Xavier is joining us for his first season as a tail guide at MPS. Originally from Sherbrooke, Quebec, Xavier has been skiing since he was three and ski racing since he was eight. He made the move out to BC in 2010 and has skied all over the province since. He is passionate about skiing, rock climbing, mountaineering and running. His goal is to become an ACMG mountain guide and work around the world. Besides skiing in the winter he has spent summers working forestry jobs and construction in Squamish, BC. He is beyond excited to work and share his passion with yout his season.


Sarah MurphyTail Guide: Sarah Murphy

This is Sarah's first season with us as a tail guide at MPS. Sarah grew up in both Canmore, AB and Nelson, New Zealand. Although originally a cross country skier, she got hooked on ski touring and downhill skiing while studying Adventure Tourism Managemant in Queenstown, NZ. Sarah has ski patrolled at Lake Louise ski field for 3 years and in the summer works as an ACMG assistant hiking guide in the Purcells and Rocky Mountains.


Jerome LevesqueTail Guide: Jerome Levesque

This is Jerome's first season with us as a tail guide. Jerome is from Gaspe, Quebec, where he graduated from an adventure tourism program. After finishing he moved to Jasper, AB, where he learned english and found his calling as a ski patroller/avalanche technician and raft guide for 6 seasons. In his free time Jerome loves ski touring, kayaking, biking and camping. He is now based in Nelson, BC, and is thrilled to be joining MPS.


MECHANICS:

 

Cody NiebruggeMechanic: Cody Niebrugge

Cody is our year-round mechanic and roadbuilder here for his second winter. Originally from a farm in Central Saskatchewan, Cody moved to the Alberta Rockies to operate snowcats at age 19. During his time at Lake Louise Ski Area, he rose to be a World Cup race course builder and supervisor of the grooming department. After 5 seasons at Lake Louise, Cody acquired his Journeyman certificate as a Heavy Duty Mechanic. Cody is passionate about snowcats and enjoys snowmobiling and snowboarding. Outside of winter his time is spent camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, and driving and fixing 4x4s and ATVs.


Dustin LarsonMechanic: Dustin Larson

Dustin is returning for another winter of fun in the snow while maintaining our snowcats and snowmobiles. He is an aircraft technician and he also enjoys working on boats. Dustin spent the last year in the flat lands of Holland and is so excited to be back in the mountains! He spent a lot of this fall at the lodge helping to service the snowcats. Dustin has become a keen 'no-boarder' in his time up at Monashee and he can't wait to shred his no-board some more this winter.


KITCHEN STAFF:

 

Dave SimenoffChef: Dave Simenoff

Dave studied Culinary Arts for his Red Seal certification at Okangan College. He hails from Penticton where he has worked as the Sous Chef at Naramata Heritage Inn previously. Aside from cooking, Dave enjoys snowmobiling, downhill mountain biking, dirt biking and cruising on his street bike. Dave is very good at digging his sled out of tree wells - now he has to work on not ending up in them in the first place!


Annie BeulahChef/Baker: Annie Beulah

A lover of the arts, cuisine and life. Annie persued a creative career in the Culinary Arts, studying at the Art Institute in Vancouver, B.C. As an apprentice and employee at the Fairmont Waterfrint Hotel in Vancouver she earned her Red Seal Certification as a chef. Annie currently lives in Summerland, B.C. where she manages her families cherry orchard, where they grow high quality fruit for domestic and international export. Annie is very excited about her second season up at Monashee Powder and is hoping the powder fairy dusts her with magical skiing abilities! In the off-season Annie can be found in her wonderful garden, on the farm, or out on the bike trails.


Fiona CouplandBaker: Fiona Coupland

Our baker, Fiona, has been with us for thirteen seasons and continues to entice us all with her treats and home-made breads. An avid rock climber and skier, she too gains inspiration from her days on the skis. Fiona has stayed local to B.C. for most of the summer, working on her first 12d/13a climbing grade!


LODGE / HOUSEKEEPING:

 

Nicole ThorpeBartender: Nicole Thorpe

This is Nicole's ninth season with us at Monashee Powder. Nicole has a BA degree in Communications & Public Relations, however, she is currently working on a sixteen year program of snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking and scuba diving around the world. When she is not on the road on an adventure in the sunny months, she can be found helping Carolyn in the Monashee Powder office.


Chantel BalbackBartender/Lodge Hand: Chantel Balback

This is Chantel's second season at Monashee Powder. Chantel is a high school math and physics teacher who has run away to the mountains to persue her dreams. She loves being outside, whether that means hiking, camping, biking, running, cross-country skiing, or surfing. Her greatest passions are snowboarding and ski touring, so she is thrilled to be a part of the Monashee team this winter.


Josh WillimentLodge Hand: Josh Williment

This is Josh's first season with Monashee Powder. Josh has lived his whole life in Vernon, BC, and has been skiing for 15 years. He loves the outdoors, going on adventures and meeting new people, so needless to say he is stoked to be joining the Monashee team for a fun-filled powdery winter!


Alannah KeatingHousekeeper: Alannah Keating

Alannah is back for her third season at Monashee Powder. She moved from a small town in Ontario over two years ago and fell in love with the mountains. Aside from her work at Monashee, Alannah has also lived and worked in the Rocky Mountains in Jasper National Park, and in the remote Chilcotins range in central British Columbia. She is eager to travel, discover new places, meet friendly people, and of course snowboard!


Keaton SimAssistant Manager/Housekeeper: Keaton Sim

Keaton was born and raised in the beautiful Okanagan Valley and grew up in Vernon. Keaton enjoys the outdoors and is looking for a new avenue from her teaching degree. She is excited to join the Monashee team for her first year and is crossing her fingers that her time up at the lodge this winter will make her a super star skier!


MASSAGE:

 

Jill ZinszerMassage Therapist: Jill Zinszer

Jill is delighted to return to Monashee for her third season! She has been practicing massage for over 7 years and it is a big part of her therapuetical repetoire. She is a registered Acupuncturist, as well as recently completed training in Biodynamic Cranio Sacral therapy. Most of the time she resides in Nelson, B.C, and loves to shred pow on her tele skis... and pick tunes on her banjo. This fall Jill was working in Eastern Europe guiding cycling tours.


Nissa CochranMassage Therapist: Nissa Cochran

Nissa is excited to join MPS for her first season this winter. After touring Australia in a caravan, she is ready to begin her new adventure in the beautiful BC mountains. Nissa graduated from the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in 2015, and has since been working at a sports based clinic in Kelowna. She enjoys utlizing her orthopaedic assessment skills to get to the root cause of your dysfunction, followed by implementing a treatment program based around your specific needs. Some of the treatment modalities she uses are NeuroKinetic Therapy, myofascial release, deep tissue, joint mobilizations, trigger point therapy, hydrotherapy and swedish massage.


ROAD BUILDER:

 

Steve FariaRoad Builder: Steve Faria

This is Steve's second season building roads for Monashee Powder. Steve began his career in the snow instructing snowboarding, and later moved onto snow making, then grooming. Steve works as a heavy equipment operator in the summer, and is a snowmobile and backcountry enthusiast in the winter.


PHOTOGRAPHER:

Colleen GentemannPhotographer: Colleen Gentemann

Colleen has been with us since 2010 and delights in showing off the best of our terrain and athletic guests' ski abilities. Colleen has an amazing eye for photos and we have her to thank for our extensive photo gallery. After a day with the group, Colleen puts together a slideshow (to great music) for the guests and staff to view and purchase.
Be sure to check out all the cool projects Colleen has on the go! www.colleengphotography.com.

 
 
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