Mel is the proud owner of Mountain Addicts – Guiding and Instruction. Mel began her career in 2008 working as a ski patroller in Fernie before moving on to ski guiding. Her well-rounded guiding experience includes heli-ski guiding, ski touring guiding, and cat-ski guiding, in Canada, New Zealand and Japan. As an instructor and guide, Mel is passionate about sharing incredible mountain experiences and particularly loves facilitating mountain travel confidence and independence in women.
Jade is from the UK and grew up snowboarding a couple of weeks a year in the French Alps. She ‘retired’ from teaching and moved to Fernie in 2018, originally just for the winter as so many people do, and now calls this town home! Jade took her AST1 course with Mountain Addicts in her first winter season, and has spent every winter since exploring the local area on her splitboard and learning about the local terrain. As well as Mountain Addicts, Jade works at the local snowboard shop Edge of the World. She will be the friendly voice at the end of your calls and emails, answering all your questions and getting you booked on your next adventure!
Corin loves sharing the mountain experience and the connections that are made while learning and exploring in the backcountry. A graduate of the Mountain Adventure Skills Training program, he began his career on skis patrolling in Fernie. Corin went on to become a guide and has been guiding ski trips in the mountains of Western Canada since 2011, including ski touring guiding and instructing ski-mountaineering courses for Icefall Lodge, and heli-ski guiding at CMH. He lives in Fernie with his family and spends his summers running Icewalks ; a glacier guiding business in Jasper National Park.
Marc Reimer is a ski guide based in Revelstoke BC. A former Castle Mountain ski patroller, Marc has spent most of his guiding career ski touring guiding at Sol Mountain Lodge, and heli-skiing guiding at Last Frontier.
“Big” Steve Kloepzig has over 20 years of guiding experience in the Elk Valley. A gentle giant, this father of two girls and former pro-hockey player, is one of the most requested guides at Island Lake Catskiing. Steve has also worked as a heli-ski guide, and recently spent time ski touring in Greenland.
With an excellent safety record, and a strong belief in the value of mentorship, Steve is eager to share his knowledge on the AST 2 Dec 27-30. Steve is also available for private ski touring.
Greg Inman grew up skiing Poley Mountain in New Brunswick. After graduating from Acadia University with a degree in Recreation Management, Greg moved to Fernie to become a ski guide. With a background working as a heli-skiing guide in northern BC, and ski touring in almost every range in BC, he now spends most of his time guiding at Island Lake Catskiing while raising a young family in Fernie. Greg’s love of skiing is infectious, as well as his laugh, so you’re sure to have an unforgettable day. Greg is also the owner of Broadwood Tree Services.
Eric is an ACMG Ski Guide, Professional Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association, and Apprentice Rock Guide. Eric has a real enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge and always going the extra mile to create the best guest experience. He looks forward to sharing his love for the mountains with you.