HostsPHILOSOPHY: To ensure an exceptional visit to our ski camps, all Hosted trips are guided and catered by our staff. While you focus on the turns and relaxation, your hosts routefind and take care of camp logistics. WAH hosts are passionate guides trained in avalanche forecasting, remote emergency care, and backcountry skills instruction. They are artful up-track setters, natural/cultural history interpreters, wilderness therapists, and gourmet chefs. On the trail, our hosts have intimate knowledge of the terrain and snowpack. They've been skiing up there all winter and got the place wired. Our hosts pride themselves on serving it up for the "earn your turn" skier or rider. We look forward to sharing a great ski outing with you!
CONNELLY BROWN "Office Guy" Yurtmiester/Owner
I never imagined my quest for untracked powder turns would land me in eastern Oregon of all places. After two decades of earning my turns and visiting hut operations through out the western states, British Columbia, and even Austria, I stumbled upon the Wallowas . Combining my yurtmiester apprenticeship in the Tetons and outfitting river trips on Americas foremost rivers, WAH has become a synthesis of those ski/river experiences to create a truly unique program. I used to be on every trip, but these days I'm holding down the office, juggling daddy-daycare, and my other job, Tile Guy. I look forward to talking to you about your next ski trip with us.
CHRIS "Sunshine" EDWARDS "Host"
"Sunshine" is upholding the long time honored tradtions of "migrant wave farming". Spring private boating the western states classic multi-day rivers. Summer boatman on the Arkansas river in Colorado. Autumn boatman on West Virginia's Gauley River. Winter in WAH's driveway shacked up in a shepards trailer, chasing the BLS (big line specialist) inbetween trips. Chris has attained his WFR and Level III Professional Avy.
VICTOR MCNEIL "Host"
Native of western Oregon, Victor "splits" his time between Mt. Raineer, Denali summers alpine guiding, and Wallowa winters. Rumored to be a closet skier, especially when board is in split mode. Victor spends more time sideways(snowboarding) showing WAH guests the ways of the 'split-ripper'. He holds a business management degree but prefers to seek secret powder stashes of the Wallowas. Victor is pursuing his AMGA certification. He has a WFR and Level III Avy.
MIKE HATCH (Avalanche Instructor/Guide)
The Wallowas latest backcountry ski guide and avalanche instructor hails from the Sawtooths with a loyal following of powder skiers and chute patrollers. Mike's passion for the winter backcountry has lead him to explore countless ski lines throughout central Idaho's Sawtooth Range and now the Wallowas. He is an Avalanche Level 3, AIRIE Level 1,2 certified instructor, a AAA professional member, and holds a University of Montana BS in resource conservation. Summers find Mike battling blazes to protect vital skier habitat.
TOM GUTHRIE "Host"
Tom has the same roots as Cb back in the Tetons, powder piggin. More recently he's been on ski bum sabatacol, raising a daughter, but is now back into skiing professionally. From Tom's porch at home in "omitted for security" OR you can see his favorite surf break. He might offer you a swig of his home brewed secret life elixir, kambuche. Tom has attained his WFR and Avy Level III.
KIP RAND "Host"
Kip's search for the Rockies' deepest powder and gnarliest terrain led him on a circuitous journey through the mountains of Idaho, Montana, and Colorado before he discovered that the region's best skiing lay just across Hells Canyon from his hometown of Boise, Idaho. Along the way he acquired various expensive pieces of paper including bachelors degrees in history and resource conservation from the University of Montana, Wilderness First Responder, NAI Certified Interpretive Guide, and AIARE Level II Avalanche. When the snow starts melting in the Wallowas, you can find Kip chasing it down to the mighty rivers of Idaho where he continues connecting people with the resource by baking Dutch oven cakes and telling horribly embellished stories. .
Ruby and Cusick "Porters"
*Guide Gratuities* A great way to show your hosts how much you appreciate their safety, fun, and professionalism. What's an appropiate tip? Consider you're getting mountain resturant dinning and certified professional guides, 15%.