TEAM

UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP

Skeena Cat Skiing founder, Jevon Zyp, has joined forces this year with new partners to create a BC backcountry dream team: Gary Mathiesen, Owner and President of Hudson Bay Mountain Resort; Nick Holmes-Smith, Owner of Mustang Powder; long time Skeena employee, Kevin Rankin; and Skeena Heliskiing. This new ownership group will take advantage of the depth of their combined knowledge and history in the industry, to expand and enhance the Skeena experience.  Learn more about our owners and the incredible Skeena team below.

Nick Holmes-Smith

Nick Holmes-Smith

Partner

Nick Holmes-Smith and wife Ali have been in the cat skiing industry for 22 years, developing two operations: Monashee Powder Snowcats and Mustang Powder Cat Skiing.

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!

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!

Jevon Zyp

Jevon Zyp

Partner, Founder

Jevon was born and raised in the Monashee Mountains, and his love for snow sports and heavy equipment led him on the path of helping to start three of BC’s biggest cat ski operations. He moved North with a dream of starting his own, and Skeena Cat Skiing was born in 2011.

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.

Kevin Rankin

Kevin Rankin

Partner, Operations

Kevin’s love for the mountains moved him west in his early 20’s. His passion for wilderness adventures led him to the backcountry ski industry, where he was instrumental to the birth of Skeena Cat Skiing. He has been a dedicated and loyal partner since the beginning!

Gary Mathiesen

Gary Mathiesen

Partner, President

Gary has been an avid backcountry and downhill skier his whole life. His diverse business career includes over a decade as the owner and operator of Hudson Bay Mountain.

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!

BOOK YOUR EPIC BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURE NOW!

Our BC cat skiing season runs late December to early April. CLICK HERE to check availability for the upcoming season, or click below if you’re ready to book now. We look forward to hosting you!