Profiel van een Heliski gids
Ontmoet onze jongens die Uw Heliskivakantie maken zoals het hoort.
De gidsen maken een groot deel uit van Uw ervaring. U vertoeft met hen de ganse dag en ook een flink deel van de avond. Het kan soms een ontmoedigende omgeving zijn. Hun eerste opdracht is Uw veiligheid. Zij kennen onze bergen als hun broekzak en laten U volledig vrij skiën wanneer mogelijk. Maar als zij U vragen “fasten your seatbelts”, menen zij het ook. Wij kiezen enkel voor de professionele gidsen (ACMG of UIAGM gediplomeerd).
Director of Operations & Lead Guide
Cliff stepped into the Director of Operations role in the summer of 2016. Born in Falkirk, Scotland, Cliff moved to Canada in 1982 and has been part of the team, on and off since 1999. He brings a wealth of experience having held senior guiding and management roles at heliski operations across BC, as well as several stints in Europe. He’s climbed the formidable Mount Logan three times, and is as solid as they get in the mountains. Cliff is extremely organised and plays a key part in ensuring that our ‘behind the scenes’ systems and protocols run smoothly. He’s a proud dad of two and spends time adventuring with them and his wife in the off-season….if he’s not mountain biking or hunting…
After twenty years at the helm, Franz took a step back from Director of Operations in 2016 to focus more time on his family. Franz will continue guiding at Last Frontier and helping Cliff maintain the world class guiding team that he has been so instrumental in establishing. Born in Zermatt, Franz is a third generation mountain guide, whose family have been guiding since the beginning of time. His four brothers are all mountain guides, in fact scientists have found a guiding gene in his DNA.
Franz moved to Canada in 1976 and started his Canadian guiding adventure with CMH as a junior guide in 1977. He went on to develop, build and manage their Adamants Lodge. In 1996 it was time to spread his wings by helping to develop, build and manage Last Frontier Heliskiing. Now with over 40 years of guiding experience and having pioneered the initial exploration of our area, he has knowledge of it like no other. He is our ‘wise owl’ on the team and is instrumental in assembling and training a world-class guiding team. When he’s not in the snow you’ll find him with his family, flying, mountain biking or fishing….and we think there could be a passion gently developing for sailing too…
Operations Manager & Lead Guide - Bell 2 Lodge
Born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Michael started guiding in 1991 and it’s taken him all over the world. With us since 2002, Bell 2 Lodge is his winter home. Michael is in this lead role because he relentlessly (and we mean that in a nice way) pushes both his team and himself to provide our clients with great memories. He’s one of those guys that makes it his personal mission to show you a good time. He absolutely LOVES to ski, so prepare for your legs to know about it after a day with him. He has energy like no other. After a mega day of skiing about the only time you may find him sitting down is if there’s a good single malt being served with a chunk of glacial ice. His most epic memory at Last Frontier Heliskiing remains skiing ‘Oweegee’ with Pro skier Seth Morrison. In the off season you’ll find him with his kids, fishing, ocean paddling, or riding horses at his ranch.
Operations Manager & Lead Guide - Ripley Creek
Andre’s been with us since 2000 and has an extensive guiding resume including mountain safety in the film industry and avalanche forecasting for industrial projects. He has lead climbing expeditions throughout BC and completed mountaineering trips in Morocco, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and the United States. Andre runs our Ripley Creek base in the winter, rock climbs in Squamish during the summer and spends the rest of his time at his ‘palace’ in Mexico surfing with his wife and two kids. Not bad huh? He runs an extremely tight ship but in a casual way so no one really notices….after all, we are in the business of fun. If you get to ski with Andre… just watch out for bears.
Assistant Operations Manager & Lead Guide - Ripley Creek
Following in his father’s footsteps, Colin was exposed to mountaineering and skiing at a very young age. He’s been guiding since 1999 and built an impressive climbing resume with dozens of first accents throughout British Columbia. His proudest ski moment is completing a 24 day high alpine ski traverse from Golden to Revelstoke, BC. Colin been making turns with us since 2008 and now runs the show when Andre is not there. He’s calm positive and easy going. In the off-season, he operates an extremely busy rock climbing guiding business in his hometown of Squamish so heliskiing for him in the winter is big but welcome change of gears. Colin loves skiing on all kinds of terrain, but he has a soft spot for steep open faces so you’ll often find him leading the Rippin’ at Ripley program.
Assistant Operations Manager & Lead Guide - Bell 2 Lodge
Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Lucas has been guiding since 2002 and he’s been on the Last Frontier guiding roster since 2010. Lucas says his biggest life changing event came in 1992 when he first put on a pair of skis. Patient, understanding and professional, Lucas loves spending time in the mountains. During the off season he is hard at work as a civil construction foreman in nearby Smithers.
There is only one Hannes and when you meet him, you’ll know exactly what we mean. He was born in the mountainous region of Tirol, Austria and has spent his entire life in the mountains, skiing, climbing and guiding clients. After many years of teaching skiing and ski touring in the finest locations in Austria and all over Europe, Hannes moved to Canada to find deep powder and true adventure. What sets Hannes apart? Guiding since the early 1980’s, most people would think that he’d be thinking of winding things down. But quite the opposite - his passion for guiding is only growing stronger.
Born and raised in Canada’s Niagara Peninsula, Mike emerged from the mist of the falls in search of grander views and deeper snow. After spending four winters exploring the Alps on skis, he relocated to the coast mountains of British Columbia. Mike calls Pemberton, BC home and has been guiding since 1994. When he’s not ski guiding at Last Frontier Heliskiing, Mike works at a variety of avalanche control projects in North America and spends his summers guiding ski tours in South America. Each year after he’s had his fill of snow, you’ll find him chasing wind, waves and wayward adventures on a beach somewhere in Latin America.
Born and raised in Calgary, Mark grew up skiing the Bow Valley and Lake Louise. He’s guided with us since 2013. Mark has a background in ski racing and that means he likes to go fast. In the off-season, Mark works for the British Columbia Wildfire Service as a Fire Crew Supervisor and Helicopter Operations Technician for the Provincial Rapattack Program. Mark has been actively guiding since 2007.
Born in Ontario, Matt joined our guiding team in 2014. Full of energy, Matt has chosen to dedicate his life to chasing the soul of skiing. This led him into trouble a few years ago when he was skiing a remote military zone in between Georgia and Russia...you’ll have to ask him in person for the rest of the story. Having been guiding internationally since 2006, Matt has plenty experience in the snow. During the off season you will find Matt surfing as well as leading ski-touring and kayaking trips in Antarctica.
Jeff Van Driel
Jeff joined the team in 2015. Raised near Vancouver, the man better known as “Van Groovy” is a true Canadian at heart, now living in Pemberton BC. Positive and patient, he prioritizes his family and sharing experiences in the mountains over anything else. Since 2007 Jeff has been guiding for various heliskiing, catskiing and ski-touring operations across the South Coast of British Columbia. On the off season Jeff can be found climbing, mountain biking, fly fishing and occasionally on a surfboard.
Ryan was drawn to Last Frontier Heliskiing by stories of wild terrain and a tight guiding crew. He started guiding for us in the 2015 season. Born and raised in Pickering Ontario, the hills in the suburbs of Toronto left much to be desired and he quickly move west to chase his life-long passion for skiing. Ryan has been guiding since 2010 and keeps himself busy during the off-season working as a professional engineer. He still finds time to enjoy the outdoors with his two other passions: rock-climbing and sailing.
Jonny is very enthusiastic about guiding people in remote mountains to experience pristine backcountry skiing conditions. Accustomed to big mountain environments, Jonny is the guide of all trades. Since 2003 he has been taking clients on Ice-climbing, heliskiing, climbing and ski-mountaineering trips. He joined the Last Frontier Heliskiing crew in the 2015 season, bringing with him a wealth of experience accumulated while guiding across Patagonia, the Canadian Rockies and Europe.
Raised at the foot of the Canadian Rockies in Calgary, Ken began instructing and guiding outdoor adventures while studying for his Kinesiology degree at the University of Calgary. Since 1994, Ken has designed & guided active holidays across Europe, Central America, North Africa and Asia. Ken spends his winters guiding heli-skiing, ski-mountaineering, ski touring and instructing avalanche courses. He has been guiding at Last Frontier since 2015. After many years of living & working internationally, Ken settled in his home region, Canmore Alberta. He is bilingual in French and English, conversant in Spanish (with a French accent), can do some Italian (especially food talk) and has the outstanding capability of ordering beer & wine in many other languages.