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OUR TEAM

MEETING OUR INCREDIBLE TEAM.

MSAA Guides in front of mountain top office

Our incredible guiding & office team shares their love for the outdoors, passion for their job, and enthusiasm to guide you on an exciting mountain adventure. We have guides who speak French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Italian, Slovenian, and Croatian.

If you are interested in hiring any of our guides please contact us.

Guide Eric Dumerac Inside helicopter

Eric Dumerac

Eric is the owner and chief guide. He is a certified IFMGA/ACMG Mountain Guide, CAA Level II & Professional Member as well as CSIA Level II.

Eric brings high enthusiasm, a lifetime of mountain passion, and a great depth and breadth of experience and expertise to Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures.

As a professional Mountain Guide, Eric has been enjoying a very successful career. This is a high-end multi-faceted guide with expert level in Rock, Ice, Mountain and Ski guiding. He has worked in all the great ranges of the world, spending a great deal of time in the Alps but chooses Canada as his base and favourite place to live and work.

Kat Alderton

Our Office Manager, Kat, has lived and worked in Whistler since 2015 and joined MSAA in 2019. Originally from England, she moved here for the snow, but decided to stay after experiencing her first Canadian summer in Whistler. She’s now a Permanent Resident with no plans to return to the UK!

Kat loves spreadsheets almost as much as she loves adventure! Whether it’s skiing some pow on Whistler, hiking a new trail, conquering her fear of heights while rock climbing or, her newest obsession, stand-up paddle boarding!

Ollie Hooper

Our incredible guiding & office team shares their love for the outdoors, passion for their job, and enthusiasm to guide you on an exciting mountain adventure. We have guides who speak French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Italian, Slovenian, and Croatian.

If you are interested in hiring any of our guides please contact us.

Kirsten Matthews

Kirsten is both an office assistant and guide, who joined MSAA in 2021. She was born and raised in British Columbia but made the move to Whistler to be closer to the mountains and to work for us. As a student of environment, business, sustainable development, and entrepreneurship, she jumped at the chance to work in the adventure tourism industry while simultaneously finishing her degree.
 
Whenever she has free time, you can find Kirsten exploring the great outdoors with her dog Frodo. At the moment, her adventures of choice include skiing, paddling, climbing, and hiking. 
 
While she is continuously working on upgrading her skills, her current certifications are Wilderness & Remote First Aud & CPR/AED Level C, Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor Advanced Flatwater, Sea Kayak Instructor Level 1, and Coastal Canoeing Skills Intermediate. 
Eric Dumerac Multi-Pitch Ice Climbing British Columbia

Eric’s Certifications: 

IFMGA/ACMG Mountain Guide

CAA Level II & Professional Member

CSIA Level II

Eric Dumerac

Eric is the owner and chief guide. He is a certified IFMGA/ACMG Mountain Guide, CAA Level II & Professional Member as well as CSIA Level II.

Eric brings high enthusiasm, a lifetime of mountain passion, and a great depth and breadth of experience and expertise to Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures.

As a professional Mountain Guide, Eric has been enjoying a very successful career. This is a high-end multi-faceted guide with expert level in Rock, Ice, Mountain and Ski guiding. He has worked in all the great ranges of the world, spending a great deal of time in the Alps but chooses Canada as his base and favourite place to live and work.

Eric has acquired an impressive list of personal and guided accomplishments. He was one of the pioneers of Canadian Mixed climbing, establishing some of the world’s hardest and longest mixed routes. As an alpinist, he did the first ascent of Infinite Patience on Mount Robson’s foreboding Emperor Face. A highlight of his career is what is still the world’s most difficult pure ice climb, Rights of Passage on the North Face of Mt. Kitchener (WI 8).

Eliel MSAA Guide

Eliel’s Certifications: 

 

ACMG – ASG/ARG

CAA – Ops level 2

NOLS – Mountaineering instructor

LNT – Master

Éliel Bureau-Lafontaine

In 2005,  Eliel Bureau-LaFontaine graduated from the 3 years long adventure tourism diploma from the CEGEP de la Gaspesie et des Iles, Quebec. 

Eliel since spent the past 16 years developing my guiding skills in a variety of disciplines including Expedition Sea Kayaking and River Canoeing, Back-backing, Mountaineering, Rock Climbing and Skiing.

The desire to expose himself to pristine remote wilderness regions brought Eliel to the Yukon territory where he spent 6 years leading multi weeks exploratory expeditions in the Yukon, Alaska, NWT and Northern B-C’s Wilderness. During his time off, he would go on solo expeditions, would take a plane to climb summits of the Andes and Himalayas or would hike up to the Bugaboos and climb or develop new routes on alpine granite faces.

Some of the notable trips Eliel has done in the past include the 36 days solo winter traverse of the Gaspe peninsula when he was 19 years old, a month-long winter solo retreat along the arctic circle and the fastest known traverse of the Juneau Icefield from Atlin to Juneau.  Over the past few years, he also opened multiple first ascents and ski descents in the Yukon territory, NTW and northern BC, Skied Fairweather (Highest Summit of BC) and climbed multiple difficult long climbs on remote alpine granite walls. 

Now 14 years after Eliel became an avalanche professional, he works with MSAA as a CAA 2, Apprentice Ski Guide and Apprentice rock guide. You will find him on AST, crevasse rescue or ski mountaineering courses as well as guiding around the sea to sky corridor and the Coastal ranges.

Eliel is an extremely positive, high energy and charismatic guide who has dedicated his entire professional career to make your outdoor dreams come true.

(Photo by: Nick Smith) - Female rock climber, Browyn Hodgins, holding onto cliff with one hand

Bronwyn’s Certifications: 

ACMG – Apprentice Rock Guide

Wilderness First Responder

Bronwyn Hodgins

Bronwyn is a professional climber and ACMG apprentice rock guide based in Squamish, BC. She enjoys all the rock disciplines — from sport to trad to alpine — but her biggest passion is for the big cliffs! In November 2018, Bronwyn became the first Canadian woman to free climb El Capitan in Yosemite, California, with her 5-day ascent of Freerider (1000m, 13a). Just earlier this year, she topped this feat by becoming the third woman ever to send Golden Gate (1000m, 13b, El Capitan), an ascent which took her 8 days. She has climbed all over the world, and led big expeditions to the Cirque of the Unclimbables (in 2016) and Baffin Island (in 2019).
 
Bronwyn began her career in outdoor adventure as a river guide. She led white water canoe trips across Canada for seven seasons, including a 52-day exploratory expedition with ten 18-year-olds in 2017. She became an ACMG apprentice rock guide in 2019 and has spent her summers guiding in Squamish since then! This 2021 season Bronwyn will be running our new Women’s Rock Climbing Series, a program she has designed to help build a community of confident and knowledgeable female rock climbers in the Sea to Sky Corridor.
Rob Shackell MSAA Guide

Rob’s Certifications: 

 

CAA Active Member

CASI Level 1

WRF 80hr

Rob Shackell

Rob has a very diverse skill set and experience guiding whitewater canoeing, sea kayaking, hiking, avalanche courses, and backcountry skiing. He graduated from a highly specialized college program in Gaspé, Quebec and holds a degree in adventure tourism. Rob has led expeditions in Patagonia, South Korea, Mexico, and Eastern & Western Canada. You can find him out in the mountains and rivers, skiing and kayaking.

Rob is originally from Montreal and now calls Pemberton, BC home. After a decade of traveling and guiding abroad he has put roots down in the beautiful Sea to Sky corridor.

Dane MSAA Rock Climbing Guide

Dane’s Certifications: 

ACMG- Apprentice Rock Guide

IGA – Apprentice Interpretive Guide

Wilderness First Responder

Dane Schellenberg

Dane is an ACMG apprentice rock guide and an IGA apprentice interpretive guide. For over 20 years he has climbed around the world, but has now built his home in the Eastern Himalayas and has been based there for the last decade. He has established multi-pitch traditional routes on limestone, granite, gneiss, and sandstone, as well as hundreds of first ascents of boulder problems and sport climbs. When not guiding or actively developing new climbing areas, Dane has written a couple different bi-lingual guidebooks for some of the areas he has established in China. For over a decade, Dane has been guiding clients in Canada and in China on multi-pitch rock climbs, through massively long technical caves, on sea and river kayaking trips, and on treks through China’s jungles, deserts and enormous mountain ranges. He recently established the ground-up first ascent of one of the longest rock climbing routes in China with The Allegory of the Caves (Grade IV, 5.11c, 17 pitches) in the Hengduan mountain range of China.

Dane spends his summer months guiding in Squamish, where he first started climbing as a teenager and a place that he still considers to be the best climbing area on Earth. Teaching others how to safely play in the mountains is possibly his favorite thing in the world and his enthusiasm is hard to contain.

JJ MSAA Guide

JJ’s Certifications: 

CSIA Level 3 Instructor + Trainer
NZSIA Children’s Level 2 Instructor
OEC 110
Mental Health First Aid
 

JJ Bate

JJ grew up in the Peak District National Park and spent her childhood playing outside. Always an explorer, lack of consistent snow in England led her to travel to Quebec to train as a ski instructor before moving to New Zealand to begin teaching. She has taught skiing on four different continents for nineteen winters so far. JJ believes that everyone is welcome in the mountains and is driven by learning and leading safe, fun outdoor adventures.
 
Now at home in the Sea to Sky year round, JJ is embracing summer guiding on snow and rock. Her time off is spent hiking, scrambling, climbing, reading, eating delicious food and tending her growing houseplant collection.
Guide performing transceiver check during backcountry course

April’s Certifications: 

CSGA Level 1

Canadian Avalanche Association – Active Member

CASI (Snowboarder Instructor)

EMR

April Mason

April Mason is a L1 guide with the Canadian Ski Guide Association, an Active Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association, and a certified instructor with the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors. In addition, April is a trained Medical Responder in Non-Urban Emergency Care. 
 
For the past seven years April has lived and played in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, dedicating much of her time to honing her backcountry travel skills. April’s love for the mountains is unmatched and splitboarding is her way of exploring them. In the summer, April spends any free moment hiking, running, or paddling wherever the trails and rivers will take her. She advocates that all of life’s great adventures are born in a moment of inspiration but manifest only with diligent planning, and team focus on safe decisions.
 
April began working with MSAA four years ago guiding several of our summer programs, but since then she has taken an active roll in our Avalanche Skills Training program and regularly instructs our Introduction to Backcountry Skiing and Splitboarding program. Last season April launched The Women’s Backcountry Series –  a program designed to provide women in the Sea-to-Sky corridor the knowledge, mentorship, and community support necessary to ski & splitboard safely in the backcountry regardless of age or ability. The ‘WBS’ is back up and running this winter for a second season. 
Group skinning through snow in Whistler backcountry

Eric’s Certifications: 

ACMG Ski Guide

ACMG Hiking Guide

Canadian Avalanche Association – Professional Member

Eric Vezeau

Eric is an Apprectice ski guide and a hiking guide with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). a Professional Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association (Level 2), a mountain bike instructor PMBIA (level 1),

Eric arrived in the Whistler area almost 30 years ago and began exploring the local mountains. involved in outdoor retail stores and alpine clubs. He began teaching and guiding in the late 1990 for the company.

Eric guides year round,  involved in mountaineering,  hiking and mountain biking during the summer, provides guiding services for various high school programs, and local outdoor club. on is spare time Eric also enjoy sea kayaking,  and various outdoor endeavours in winter and summers

Nolan MSAA guide skiing across glacier

Nolan’s Certifications: 

 

ACMG TRCI

CAA Active Member

Nolan Haas

“Nolan cut his teeth skiing on the Niagara Escarpment in Ontario as a young child. He began skiing at just three years old and has now moved on to backcountry skiing. After taking a few ski trips to BC as a young man, he decided the mountains would be the place he would call home.

Not wanting to pursue the 9-5 lifestyle, he enrolled in the Thompson Rivers University Adventure Tourism Program. There, he learned all the ins and outs of guiding, with lots of emphasis on avalanche safety, ski guiding, and rock guiding.

Nolan is a Top Rope Climbing Instructor with the ACMG, has taken his Operations Level 1 with the CAA, and has been guiding Via Ferrata with MSAA for the past few years.

Squamish is the place Nolan loves most, having the highest density of rock climbing in Canada. When he isn’t guiding with MSAA, you can usually find him climbing cracks here on the Coast.

Nolan is a passionate instructor who loves teaching people new skills about travelling in the mountains. His goal is to ensure all his clients are having fun while also learning something.”   

Marcus’s Certifications: 

 

ACMG Apprentice Rock Guide

CAA Operations Level 1

CASI (Snowboarder Instructor)

Wilderness First Responder

Marcus Wybrow

Marcus was raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario and first discovered the mountains on a road trip to California as a 20 year old. He took up rock climbing and brought his passion to the mountains of British Columbia. Marcus is a graduate of the Adventure Guide Diploma at Thompson Rivers University where he focussed on mountain guiding and instructional skills.

As a Rock Guide, and Active Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association Marcus primarily works on the coast teaching climbing and avalanche skills. He is passionate about alpine climbing and exploration; when he’s not working, you’ll find him exploring local and neighbouring mountain ranges with friends looking for fantastic adventures. “I consider myself very fortunate, I love the place I live and the work I am able to do sharing the mountain experience”.

Atsuhiko Kimura MSAA Guide

Atsu’s Certifications: 

 

ACMG Ski Guide and Member

CAA Level 2 and Active Member

Atsu Kimura

Atsu is a ACMG Ski Guide and a Professional Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association (Level 2).
 
Atsu has been living in Whistler since 1989 so he knows the mountain like the back of his hand to say the least! Atsu originally started working for Whistler Mountain ski patrol. Then followed 22 years as a full time heliski guiding.
 
Atsu also has seasonal guiding experience in Mt Cook, New Zealand and Hakuba, Japan.
Chill Foundation Avalanche Skills Training 1 Course

Kurt’s Certifications: 

 

CAA Active Member

CSIA Level 2

20 Year Outdoor industry Professional

Kurth Withers

Kurt Withers is a ACMG Apprentice Ski Guide Candidate, Canadian Ski Guide Association Level 1, an Active member of the Canadian Avalanche Association and CSIA Level 2 Ski instructor.

For more than a decade Kurt has been exploring the mountains of British Columbia seeking out remote objectives. Gaining a deep understanding of the mountains in places that few have travelled.  When not skiing Kurt can be found running ultra marathons and pursuing a passion for mountain biking.  He has been in the outdoor industry for over 20 years and brings a well rounded and unique perspective to the outdoors.

Kurt has been part of the Avalanche Skills Training Instructor team since 2015 and has spent several winters guiding in the Heli Ski industry in the interior of British Columbia. This season he is working toward his Apprentice Ski Guide (ACMG) certificate as he works towards his goal of becoming a Ski Guide.

Cloe MSAA Guide profile picture

Cloe’s Certifications: 

 

CAA Ops 1 Active Member

OFA level 3

Cloe Marcoux

Cloe Marcoux, originally from Quebec city, is a Level 1 active member with the CAA who has been teaching and guiding with MSAA for a couple years.

Although from an artistic background, it is a burning passion for the mountains that drove her to embark at 17 years old on a journey around the globe in chase of high vistas and endless adventures. She has since been travelling in over 80 countries pursuing rock climbing, alpine climbing and skiing in Alaska, the Alps, the UK, the Andes the Himalayas and the Canadian Rockies. She set up a yurt in the interior of BC and joined the ski industry 7 years ago, gaining experience guiding in cat-ski lodges, patrolling and teaching AST courses. 

She has found home in the Sea to Sky, and great joy in sharing with others the beauty, the peacefulness and the power of our Coastal mountains.

She is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

Chill Foundation Avalanche Skills Training 1 Course

Megan’s Certifications: 

Megan Cramb

Kurt Withers is a ACMG Apprentice Ski Guide Candidate, Canadian Ski Guide Association Level 1, an Active member of the Canadian Avalanche Association and CSIA Level 2 Ski instructor.

For more than a decade Kurt has been exploring the mountains of British Columbia seeking out remote objectives. Gaining a deep understanding of the mountains in places that few have travelled.  When not skiing Kurt can be found running ultra marathons and pursuing a passion for mountain biking.  He has been in the outdoor industry for over 20 years and brings a well rounded and unique perspective to the outdoors.

Kurt has been part of the Avalanche Skills Training Instructor team since 2015 and has spent several winters guiding in the Heli Ski industry in the interior of British Columbia. This season he is working toward his Apprentice Ski Guide (ACMG) certificate as he works towards his goal of becoming a Ski Guide.

Tyler Duncan MSAA Guide

Tyler’s Certifications: 

 

CAA Active Member

Emergency Medical Responder

SAR Manager

Tyler Duncan

Tyler Duncan is a CAA Level 1 Active member as well as a Manager with Squamish Search and Rescue.

Tyler was raised in the coast mountains and has called the Sea to Sky home for over thirty years. Growing up in Whistler instilled in Tyler a love and appreciation of the outdoors and he enjoys staying active in a wide variety of outdoor pursuits. Tyler enjoys the mountains twelve months of the year either climbing and hiking in the summer or skiing touring and ice climbing in the winter. Some of Tyler’s Career highlights include many summits in the coast and tantalus mountain ranges in the Sea to Sky area, as well as expeditions to some of North Americas more challenging peaks including Canadas highest mountain, Mt. Logan.

Tyler has worked with MSAA for three years guiding some of our summer programs and Teaching for our Avalanche Skills Training and Backcountry Skiing programs in the winter.

Gregor Gray MSAA Guide Ice Climbing

Greg’s Certifications: 

CAA – Operations Level 1

BC – Advanced White Water Kayak Instructor

Wilderness First Responder

Greg Gray

Greg grew up in the Scottish Highlands surrounded by a rich heritage of mountaineering and guiding mentorship.  Since learning to ice climb as a teenager, Greg’s passion for the mountains has exposed him to a diverse range of environments and brought him here to BC’s coastal range.

In his work as an instructor, Greg draws extensively on his own education from outdoor training programs in the UK (Glenmore Lodge), Norway (Songdal University of Applied Sciences), and Canada (Thompson Rivers University). Greg holds UK national governing body qualifications as a rock-climbing instructor, summer, and winter hiking guide.

Greg has particular interest in the pedagogy of adventure sports coaching:

“I strive to deliver a supportive and empowering environment to facilitate an experience from which people will enjoy, learn, and develop through adventure. Ultimately, I would like to coach my learners to be independent in whatever their adventurous aspirations may be whilst understanding the wider benefit of outdoor recreation in our lives.”

Greg’s passion for adventure has taken him to various places across the world. His recreational achievements include discovering new ice climbs in Norway, ascents of technical mixed routes in Scotland and four months of expedition white water kayaking in Nepal.

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