Our Guides...

The zen master at work...

The zen master at work...

John "Buff" buffery

Buff is a "guides guide" and with nearly 30 years of guiding experience under his belt, it's easy to see why.  He has guided the likes of Craig Kelly and Travis Rice through some of the worlds toughest mountains.  He helped open one of the largest cat ski operations in the world the Baldface Lodge.  Today he serves as the chief avalanche forecaster for the British Columbia Highway and Transportation authority.  He calls Nelson, British Columbia his home.  You can read more about John here: www.safetywrangler.com

Miles doing what he does best...

Miles doing what he does best...

Miles Clark

Miles clark grew up in Northern California and became enchanted by the Sierra Nevada mountains at a young age.  Miles moved to Lake Tahoe, CA at age 22 after graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Molecular Cell Biology and never looked back.  Miles is a professional freeskier, mountain guide and founder/editor-in-chief of Snowbrains.com.  Miles has been a mountain guide since 2006, successfully guiding clients in locations such as: 20,320' Mt. McKinley AK, 18,702' El Pico de Orizaba in Mexico, over 50 summits of 14,411' Mt. Rainier WA, as well as ski mountaineering in Svalbard, Antarctica (x2), Ruth Gorge in Denali N.P. in AK, Wrangell-St. Elias N.P. in AK, Shoup Glacier near Valdez AK, Haines AK, Yosemite CA, Argentine Patagonia, and more.

 

Our purpose...

We founded our company with one purpose in mind: To create a deeply meaningful experience for backcountry skiers and snowboarders.   In today's world of mass produced experiences, we create one of a kind retreats where our clients are part of something truly unique and special.  This starts with an emphasis on place.  We choose locations as much for their physical beauty as their cultural potential.  We want our clients to have genuine interactions with local people that they will remember for the rest of their lives.  We also choose places based on their spiritual potential.  Is there an indigenous culture or ancient religion that we can learn from to make us not better skiers, but better human beings?  We continue our journey with meaningful programming.  In addition to skiing and snowboarding, we come together every day as a community to reflect upon ourselves and our experiences to see what we can learn about the human experience.  Finally, there is the skiing.  None of us would be here if we didn't love that simple freedom that comes from flying down a hill in perfect powder snow under a crystal clear blue sky.  The skiing is the reason for the journey, it is also the journey itself....