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“Great food the entire stay, and great energy. The guides were amazing! Matt and Karla took great care of us and had us skiing some great lines”

J.P.

Spokane, Washington

Matt Cochand

Matt Cochand

Operations Manager

Matt has guided for us for the last 4 years and is now taking on the position of Operations Manager.  With his many years in the cat and heli skiing industry he has the knowledge and expertise to keep our program running smoothly.  Matt lives in Golden with his beautiful wife Amy and his two equally beautiful daughters!

Mark Huisman

Mark Huisman

Group Cat Driver

Mark is a local guy…born and raised on the outskirts of Smithers.  Growing up on a dairy farm and having to pitch in from a young age, Mark developed a knack for running equipment.  He drives a snowcat like it is second nature and his personality is second to none!

Bailey Hinchliffe

Bailey Hinchliffe

Chef

Stoked to have Bailey back for the 2020 season!  Bailey was our chef in our opening camp season 2015 as well as in 2016.  Bailey was born and raised in the Bulkley Valley and now resides in Telkwa.  Her cooking has been strongly enfluenced by her Mom.  Bailey is always on task, creative and a pleasure to work and play with!

Michael Henderson

Michael Henderson

Another local!  Michael was born and raised in Smithers.  He was introduced to skiing and mountain biking at a very young age (as with most of the locals!) and developed a love for both and basically that’s what he’s been doing for the last 10 years!  Actually, he is also a skilled carpenter and has managed to create a life…doing what he loves!

Lynn Schwartz

Lynn Schwartz

Office Manager

You will find Lynn in the kitchen, at the bar, cleaning, chopping firewood and generally ensuring that Skeena Cat Skiing guests are happy and comfortable. Lynn also handles bookings, accounting, marketing and can sometimes be convinced to play a few songs! She is looking forward to getting some skiing in this season!

Karla Charlton

Karla Charlton

Tail Guide, Masseuse, Photographer

Karla puts her heart into everything she does and she is GOOD at everything she does!  She can slay the pow on a snowboard or a sled (canadian term for snowmobile) and she is a hunting guide!  Whether Karla is your Tail Guide or giving you a massage be assured you are in good hands and if she’s “shooting” you (with the camera!) be assured she will make you look good!

Many of Skeena Cat Skiing instagram photos have been taken by Karla.  Click here to view.

Tanner Elliot

Tanner Elliot

Tail Guide, etc.....

Tanner joined our team last season and proved to be an excellent addition!  Self driven, with a versatile skill set and extensive experience in back country travel, remote operations, and customer service….he’s a keeper and he’s a local!

Isaac Deuling

Isaac Deuling

Guide

Isaac was raised in the foothills of the Monashee Mountains of B.C. His love of the mountains, snowboarding and skiing began at an early age and in his words “will never wear off”.  Isaac has been guiding for Skeena for the past 3 seasons.  He currently resides in Haines, Alaska where he also works as a heli ski guide.  Isaac looks forward to his return to Skeena Cat Skiing and sharing his love and respect for the snow and mountains with you!

Sabina Wodak

Sabina Wodak

Ski Guide

This will be Sabina’s first season at Skeena Cat Skiing and she will be our first female Lead Guide!  She is a certified ACMG Ski Guide, a member of CAA with many more qualifications and years of experience!  Of course, she loves to ski and to be in the mountains and better yet she is passionate about mountain life!  Sounds like a good fit…und sie auch spricht Deutsch! 

Mike Trehearne

Mike Trehearne

Ski Guide

Mike is an IFMGA Mountain Guide with many years of experience in the cat skiing industry.  He has also designed and guided programs for Cloud Nine and their guests on 5 continents and at elevations of up to 7000m. When not in the field, his primary role is the training and mentorship of apprentice guides as well as new program development. 
When not at work, Mike hits the mountains for a climb or a ski with his daughter Layla.

“Great food, superb guides, expert cat driving.  Thanks for doing it so well!”

L & S

Salmon Arm, B.C.

Axe throwing apres ski

Axe throwing competition Apres ski

THE SKEENA STORY

Skeena Cat Skiing is the “dream” of Jevon Zyp, so the Skeena story is really Jevons’ story.  Jevons’ roots in the industry go back to 1999 when he was 19 years old and Monashee Powder Snowcats opened.   Jevon was called out to do some welding on a snowcat and one thing just led to another and to another.  In February of 2012, Skeena Cat Skiing welcomed its’ first guests and has operated every year since.  Arcteryx writer, Lisa Richardson of Pemberton, British Columbia captures Jevon’s personality and artfully presents his story here:  CHARACTERS |  Jevon Zyp

TAKE A CAT SKIING TRIP ON THE WILD SIDE!

 

Skeena Cat Skiing season begins mid January and continues to the end of March. You need to be at minimum an advanced skier to come to Skeena. We try our best to match abilities, ages, and often personalities.

Come on up, bring your powder lovin' friends! You will be warmly welcomed, well taken care of, and enjoy a truly unique backcountry cat skiing experience in wild Northern British Columbia!