TEAM – STORY – PRESS
“You guys are 5 Aces…As for young Zyper, he’s got the combination of knowledge, game plan, business model and grit ‘to lead this operation’ to success. Full marks mate!”Kiwi
Jake (Giacum) Frei
Guiding and Safety Manager
Jake was born and raised just 3 hours south of the Skeena Mountain range in Burns Lake, B.C. At a young age, he left Canada and started his career as a professional skier and guide in Europe. In 2003 he began exploring the Babine Range of the Skeena Mountains and subsequently launched Skeena Heliskiing.
Jake has worked around the globe on avalanche control activities, ski resort safety planning and numerous guiding activities. He is excited to use his knowledge and experience in the cat skiing industry.
Skeena Cat Skiing is super stoked to have Jake join our Management Team!
Matt loves his job and it shows! Snowboarder extraordinaire and one of the happiest ski guides we know, you can find Matt at the front or the back of the pack. One thing is guaranteed, wherever he is, he will have a snow eating grin on his face! With years of cat and heli skiing guiding experience and years of being a good friend to owner, Jevon Zyp, Skeena Cat Skiing is stoked to have Matt return.
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!
Operations Manager, Owner
Jevon has always loved being in the mountains, whether on skis, a snowboard, a snowmobile, a dirt bike or a snowcat. Introduced to snowcat skiing right out of highschool having his own cat skiing operation soon became his dream. He gained invaluable experience from working at Monashee Powder, Mustang Powder and Chatter Creek Mountain Lodges. This experience, as well as being a pro machine operator gave him the tools to make his dream a reality. Scroll down to read the Skeena Story.
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.
“Great food, superb guides, expert cat driving. Thanks for doing it so well!”L & S
Office Manager, Owner
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!
Kevin’s multiple talents and previous experience in the cat skiing industry have made him an invaluable team member since Skeena Cat Skiing inception in 2012. Described as a chameleon, he has the ability to seamlessly change from one role to another. Carpenter, bartender, cat driver and so much more. Kevin can be relied upon to ensure that camp life is comfortable for our guests. He also has great taste in music and it will be his collection of tunes you will hear in the common tent.
Originally from Australia, Steph began her culinary career at the age of 16! Steph advanced quickly in her calling by competing in national culinary competitions and working alongside some of the best chefs in Brisbane. She has traveled the world cooking but her love of the mountains brought her to Whistler, B.C., where she now resides. Chef Steph specializes in French cuisine, Asian flavors, game, seafood, desserts and pastries.
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!