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Personnel & Guides
The members of the Whistler Alpine Guides Bureau’s team have been chosen for their expertise and experience within their field. With a staff of over 20 professionals, all with their own unique backgrounds and experience, we employ only the best instructors and guides, all of whom are certified in advanced first aid and have a strong background leading in the outdoors. All skiing, climbing and mountaineering guides are trained and certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). Teachers as well as leaders, WAGB guides are fantastic mountain companions equally pleased to share experiences and skills as to guide challenging routes and peaks. Your safety on a WAGB program or tour is paramount and our instructors and guides will ensure that you are outfitted with the proper safety equipment and procedures.
Andrea de Vries
WAGB's Sales & Operations Coordinator since 2011, Andrea brings a variety of industry experience to the WAGB team. Andrea has a degree in Outdoor Leadership, and is an ACMG Top Rope Climbing Instructor. She has guided throughout the Canadian Rockies and the Pacific Northwest, and joins our guiding team during the summer season. Andrea loves climbing road-trips to the desert (or right out her back door in Squamish) and can be found trail running in the backcountry when she's not coordinating WAGB's Sales and Operations.
As our lead guide in the winter season, Chris sets the tone for our backcountry ski programs. The Coast Mountains are Chris’ backyard, and he consistently offers his guests a wealth of knowledge and an inspiring learning environment.
An ACMG/IFMGA certified Mountain Guide, Chris guides extensively throughout the south coast, specializing in mountain rescue training to organized search and rescue teams. Chris lives in Squamish BC, with his family where he can be found cross-country, single-track mountain biking or on the tarmac road cycling.
Cece joins us this winter as one of our ski guides. Cece is an ACMG Alpine and Apprentice ski guide and works in Squamish, the Selkirks and the Canadian Rockies. She has climbed, guided or travelled on 6 continents. Cece has guided expeditions to Aconcagua, Denali, multi-summit tours to Bolivia, traverses of the Northern Patagonia ice-cap, climbs of the volcanoes of Mexico and led numerous climbs up Ranier, Baker and other more technical peaks of the Cascades. When not guiding, Cece loves to travel and explore the mountains of the world while learning about local culture. Cece is also a yoga instructor and has been known to do handstands atop many a classic summit.
Tyree, a long-time resident of Pemberton, is a graduate of the University of Calgary Outdoor Pursuits Program, where he later became an instructor. He is a member of the ACMG, and a 15-year veteran heli-skiing and ski touring guide. His backcountry exploits have taken him throughout Western Canada and Alaska. He is a level 2 Ski Operations Professional Member with the Canadian Avalanche Association, and is a self-professed adventure sport activist who enjoys mountain biking, white-water kayaking and above all else, paragliding. In the summer, Ty works as a stunt rigger and safety consultant in Vancouver's film industry.
Mitch provides leadership in our Avalanche Safety Training programs. He has been skiing, climbing and mountaineering for the last 39 years – he’s explored the Alps, Himalaya, North American Rockies, Selkirks, Purcells, Cascades, Coast Mountains, the Taurus Mountains of Turkey, and the mountains of West Maui. He has been guiding in Western Canada for 7 years and is a full time educator, specializing in Outdoor Recreational Leadership. As an ACMG backpacking/hiking guide in the summer time and professional member of the CAA in the winter, Mitch offers his guests a level of professionalism and insight that is highly coveted. When he’s not playing in the snow or teaching, Mitch can be found planning or executing a sea kayak expedition, a trek through the desert, or hitting the wet coast for some stand-up paddleboarding.
Ryan has worked as an AST1 instructor for Whistler Alpine Guides for over 4 seasons. As a Pemberton resident, Ryan offers our guests the unparalelled knowledge of Coast Mountain snowpack that only a local can provide. A member of the Canadian Avalanche Association, Ryan's AST courses have gained a reputation for articulate teaching. Ryan spends his down time shape-shifting around the Coast Mountain backcountry discovering new secret spots and lines to shred that he won't even tell us about.
Joining us this year as an AST1 instructorSimone is primarily a backcountry skier, and has been lucky to spend time skiing and exploring in the intermountain, continental and maritime snowpacks of Idaho, Wyoming and British Columbia. Simone has been working in the field of outdoor eduation since 1999, and has been teaching avalanche courses since 2006. She is an active member of the Canadian Avlanche Association, and holds her American Avlanche Association Level 2 certification. She is a passionate educator committed to creating valuable learning experiences. As the snow begins to go isothermc, Simone can be found digging in the soil as co-owner of Rootdown Farm.
Alex has been a member of the Canadian National Ski Mountaineering Team, which has taken him all over the world competing on the World Cup, and classic races such as Pierra Menta. But as a ski mountaineer his favorite pastime is steep skiing, in which he holds a number of first descents and speed traverse records. He is an ACMG Apprentice Ski Guide, an active member of the Canadian Avalanche Association, and loves to find the longest possible runs with the deepest snow. To follow his adventures or read up more on ski touring, check out his blog: www.skitheory.blogspot.com,
Chelsea is joining us this winter as an AST1 instructor. She is originally from our nation's capital. Chelsea is a recent graduate of the Adventure Guide Diploma at Thompson Rivers University, and is currently working towards a degree in Adevnture Sport Performance. A member of the Canadian Avalanche Association and a Whistler resident for the past five years, Chelsea is a professional skier who spends her winters competing on the Freeskiing World Tour. Chelsea enjoys the pursuit of adventure, whether its skiing, paddling, climbing, hiking or mountaineering, and can be found participating in or training for her favorite adventure sports. You can read all about Chelsea's adventures on her website: www.chelseahsullivan.com