Guide Profiles

Tim Thomas

My love of skiing started the moment my dad strapped skis to the moon boots on my four-year-old feet and sent me down the bunny slope. Every year since, I have been pursuing my love of and passion for skiing. Growing up in the San Juán Mountains of southwestern Colorado set the stage for my life style of outdoor recreation. Throughout the years have I worked as a ski instructor at Wolf Creek ski area, guided river rafting at the head waters of the Rio Grande, and guided skiing for a snow cat operation in the San Juan's. The past few years I have enjoyed exploring and developing new terrain in the Colorado for backcountry ski operators. Six years ago, my attention was brought to the Alaska Heliskiing Guide School and I jumped at the opportunity to further pursue my passion for skiing. I made the journey to Haines and the majestic beauty and capacious terrain of Alaska has ever since influenced my path in life. I now call Haines home following the purchase of property and time spent establishing my self in the community. I work as a heliskiing guide for Alaska Heliskiing beginning in February every year and when the season is over, I enjoy snow machine riding and backcountry touring. As a professional in the field, I keep current on medical, avalanche, and backcountry safety certifications and continuously educate myself in big mountain guiding. I take pride in providing my clients with a safe and enjoyable experience. One of my greatest pleasure as a guide is to witness the triumphant exhilaration of a client after they have skied down one of our life changing mountains. I also personally enjoy the opportunity to witness the rock star skills of the professional clients that I have guided throughout the years. Heliskiing in Haines has been the ultimate apex in my skiing career and I want to continue providing my clients with the same unsurpassed Alaskan experience.

I am also a retired smoothie shack owner!

Mark Kelly

A life in the mountains of the world has given me priceless rewards, amazing opportunities, unforgettable friends and irreplaceable experiences. Having been introduced to skiing as an extension to climbing, ski mountaineering has always been a driving force in my life and has steered me down many roads of adventure. My professional and personal lives have never had clearly defined borders as when playing, I always try to behave like a professional, and when working I try to establish great friendships with my guests. This mindset has led to some of my guests becoming lifelong friends and sharing thousands of days of adventure in the mountains with friends new and old.

Growing up primarily in the Front Range of Colorado, my first ski experiences as a teenager were utilizing skis to gain access to remote ice and alpine climbing routes, it did not take long for me to realize that often the ski tour in and out was the most fun portion of the day. Before long I was camping in the parking lots of A-basin, Monarch, Copper Mountain, Teton Village etc… clipping tickets, borrowing passes or doing anything I could to get on the chair.  Before too long I found a way to get a pass by working as a ski patroller at the now defunct Berthoud Pass. Experience in the mountains soon evolved into working as a year-round full-time guide and has given me opportunity to work and train with some of the finest guides and organizations in the business while rock and alpine climbing in Colorado, Utah, Washington and Wyoming and ski mountaineering and heli-skiing throughout Europe, the Pacific Northwest, the Rocky Mountains and Alaska. Along my journey I have discovered a passion for educating others by sharing my knowledge and experiences in the mountains with students of all abilities. I am very proud to now work with the best team I have yet to experience at Alaska Heliskiing where we are not just colleagues, but a tight-knit family focused on bringing the best and safest experiences possible to our guests while having the time of our lives working alongside some of our best friends in the most amazing ski venue in the world.

I currently reside in beautiful Valdez Alaska and recently published a guide to Backcountry Skiing and Ski Mountaineering in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. I am an AIARE Level 1&2 course leader, AMGA certified Ski Mountaineering Guide, WFR, Professional member of the American Avalanche Association and am privileged to work as Alaska Heliskiing’s avalanche forecaster and lead instructor for the AH Guide School.

Tom Burt

If you are looking for experience in the mountains, this is the man. Tom grew up in North Lake Tahoe, started skiing at four, started snowboarding in 1982 at 18, became professional in 1985, traveled the world to climb and ride mountains on 6 of the 7 continents, came to Alaska to ride in 1989 and started guiding in AK in 1992. With 20 seasons in Alaska, Tom has pioneered more first descents than most will ever dream about. But the best part of Tom as a guide is his ability to read the snow and terrain to find the best that is out there. He has guided every type of heli-er from first timers to the likes of Jeremy Jones, Travis Rice, Seth Morrison, and Shane McConkey. It does not matter if you are a skier or boarder; a day with Tom is always a treat because his experience in the mountain translates into an incredible experience for you. He is one of the few guides who can ride about any line with anyone. He is sought after by films crews for his experience, but he lives to freeride. So make sure you try to book him while he is there, Tom only guides for a shortened season because he has a family back in Lake Tahoe.

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