Jesse is a Certified Interpretive Guide, a trained Leave No Trace instructor, and holds a Yellowstone Association Naturalist certificate. He is also a PhD ecologist who had a successful career in both academia (Colorado State and Virginia Tech Universities) and the US Forest Service. He has ski toured extensively in the Cooke City area and the NE corner of Yellowstone National Park for the past ten winters, spending over 100 days in the backcountry ski-touring each year. He combines this diverse background with a deep interest in Yellowstone’s human and natural history to provide a unique skiing experience in one of America’s wildest remaining landscapes. You just might hear a wolf howl, or follow wolverine tracks, while perusing powder turns with Jesse. During summer, he is a contract instructor for Yellowstone Association leading field seminars that range from high-mountain ecology, to backpacking, to fly-fishing. In a very literal sense, the snow Jesse skis in winter is the water he fishes in summer.
Kt’s passion and enthusiasm for the Yellowstone region is contagious. Growing up in Bozeman she was fortunate to be a part of Montana Mountaineering Association’s high school Junior Mountaineering Team. It was this experience that opened her eyes to the grandeur of the Greater Yellowstone Region. She went on to instruct and guide rock climbing, ice climbing, and backcountry skiing for Montana Mountaineering Association and South East Alaska Backcountry Adventures. With a stroke of luck, a camera, and a lot of hard work Kt has found herself photographing adventure sports all over the world the last few years. Her images & stories have appeared in Backcountry Magazine, Outside, and Skiing. In the off-season Kt works as a media specialist in the Arctic with Polar Bears International. Her most recent accomplishment is a 30 minute film documenting a skiing and sailing expedition from Iceland to Greenland. Her favorite place to ski however, is Yellowstone. From good ‘ole powder skiing, to alpine skills, to women’s specific courses, a day in Yellowstone with Kt is sure to be a wonderful experience.
Austin is life long native to the Beartooth foothills of Montana and Wyoming, currently splitting his time between Cooke City and Red Lodge, MT. Owner / Guide of Beartooth Mountain Guides and Owner / Operator of Beartooth Basin Summer Ski Area. Avalanche Level 2 Recreational, Level 1 Professional. Professional Ski Patrol experience at Red Lodge Mountain, Mt. Baker and Beartooth Basin. Austin is currently pursuing the requirements for AMGA Ski Guide certification. He has BS and MS degrees in Geology, with professional projects and primary interests in the northern Rocky Mountains. Co-author to several routes on snow, ice and rock in the Beartooth Range. Austin finds endless inspiration for instructing mountain travel adventures and exploring the unique natural history in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Gary is a fully certified IFMGA mountain guide who has experience leading high quality trips throughout the world. He is associated with the American and New Zealand Mountain Guide Associations and is a certified instructor of the American Avalanche Association . Gary loves being on skis and is completely at home heli-skiing, ski-touring and ski-mountaineering, whether it be the Southern Alps of New Zealand or in Yellowstone Park. He works with world class guides in two small heli-ski operations: Methven Heli ski in New Zealand and Valdez Heli Ski Guides in Alaska, and is delighted to join the team at Yellowstone Ski Tours.
Allen grew up in small town in north central Washington where he began skiing as soon as he could walk. His passion for skiing and the mountains has taken him to many places around the world, including ranges in Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, Canada and the volcanoes of Kamchatka. But year after year he finds himself exploring the mountains around Cooke City. Allen holds a Level III Avalanche certification and has completed his AMGA ski guide course.
Patrick is an ecologist whose research is based in Yellowstone Park and the Beartooth Mountains. For his master’s degree from the University of Montana, he spent two winters on the Beartooth Plateau, collecting genetic samples from its indigenous red foxes and tracking them on ski to learn how they survive its harsh alpine winters. He previously studied coyote-wolf interactions in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley and grizzly bear feeding habits around Yellowstone Lake, and currently works as the lab manager at the non-profit Yellowstone Ecological Research Center. Recently, he worked as a naturalist guide for the Yellowstone Safari Company, refining his interpretation skills while also getting out of the lab and into the Park (where he really wants to be). And when he isn’t working, he is out exploring those wild places on ski. He is excited to combine these skills and interests as part of the Yellowstone Ski Tours team.
Beau is a passionate skier, guide and photographer with a sincere interest and appreciation for the Yellowstone region. He has a diverse background of skiing experience from places like Alaska, Canada, Kyrgyzstan, Kamchatka, Noway and New Zealand (x9). He also has years of experience in the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness, having grown up in Billings, and worked for the US Forest Service in Red Lodge for eight years. He has a degree from the University of Utah, and teaches avalanche education for the Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center. Beau, the owner and lead guide of Yellowstone Ski Tours, started the business with the aim of sharing unique and educational, high quality ski experiences.