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.
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 (x8). 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. The last few years Beau has been guiding for Beartooth Powder Guides, Beartooth Mountain Guides, and Big Wild Adventures. Beau started Yellowstone Ski Tours with the intention of sharing his zest for backcountry skiing and his appreciation and fascination for the Yellowstone region.