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!

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. These days, Tom would only guide in super special occasions because he has a family back in Lake Tahoe, and is busy being a judge on the World Freeride Tour. 

Other news on Tom, he has become an owner of Winterstick Snowboards check out

photo by Chris Carnel,

Isaac Deuling

Isaac grew up in British Columbia in the heart of the Monashee Mountains. He’s been a eco tourism guide since 2003 and a ski guide since 2011. Alaska Heliskiing is where he got his first taste of “guide life” and has since returned every year for the season since 2011. Isaac has been certified through the Canadian Ski Guide Association since 2015. He quickly earned his spot as a lead guide with Skeena Cat Skiing in Smithers BC for the early season of winter to sharpen his mind and body for the big leagues of the Haines Alaska season. He is a Professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association and the American Avalanche Association. He also has been a valid card holder of Wilderness First Responder since 2012. You’ll usually find Isaac speaking Canadian around base with the clients and playing live music at the local Haines pub. No matter what skill level and experience you have Isaac will show you a memorable time on the slopes at Alaska Heliskiing.