What is
Unlimited
Vertical?

All heli-skiing operations will guarantee a certain amount of vertical feet/metres. At Great Canadian, we offer a generous amount of vertical (e.g. 30,500m/100,000ft for a week long trip).

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Guides

Our Guides

Great Canadian Heli-Skiing holds your safety as our #1 priority. Our guides are experienced and certified professionals (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, Canadian Ski Guide Association and International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations). They are all trained in snow safety, weather analysis, and emergency medical techniques and mechanized ski guiding. You know you are in safe hands since all of our guides have, at the very least, +10 years of experience out in the field. Day by day they will find the best of what Mother Nature has to offer.

  • Name: Rob Dalinghaus
  • Position: Guiding Manager/Lead Guide
  • Guiding Since: 1991
  • Guiding with GCH since: 1992
  • Qualifications: A.C.M.G, Ski Guide
  • Home Town: Golden, British Columbia, Canada
  • Home Resort: Great Canadian Heli-skiing
  • Languages Spoken: English and basic German
Rob Dalinghaus

Inspired by friends in Grindelwald, Switzerland where he worked as a ski tech, Rob has guided since 1991 and at Great Canadian Heli-Skiing since 1992.

After putting his Aircraft Maintenance career on the back burner in 2002, Rob has worked year-round for Great Canadian as Operations Manager. In general, Rob takes care of all the various things that need taking care of. He admits that although there were aspects of his former full-time career he really liked, he feels that “the current arrangement keeps me around the people and the sport I love”.
Happily married to another GCH Ski Guide, Sue Gould, he lists children Keelan and Neva as well as his 1962 Triumph TR3B, as his other projects.

  • Name: J. Alison Dakin
  • Nickname: Al
  • Position: Lead Guide
  • Guiding since: 1992
  • Guiding with GCH since: 2007
  • Qualifications: A.C.M.G, Ski Guide
  • Home Town: Golden, British Columbia, Canada
  • Home Resort: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
  • Languages Spoken: English
Alison Dakin

My early years of guiding were non-mechanized ski touring, mostly lodge based. I sold my ski touring business, and my job in 2006, and thought it was time for a change. I began working part time with Great Canadian Heli-skiing in 2007, which soon morphed into a full winter season. After many winters, guiding at GCH has only become more fun. It is a great team to work with, awesome terrain, and the best ski conditions of anywhere. It doesn’t get any better for an office.

Certifications:
Association of Canadian Mountain Guides – Ski Guide / Hiking Guide
Canadian Avalanche Association – Affiliate Member
Best Ski Days: Having a cohesive fun group that wants to ski and have a great time. Some epic snow is always a bonus.

  • Name: Dave Rutherford
  • Nickname: D.R.
  • Position: Lead Guide
  • Guiding since: 2003
  • Guiding at GCH since: 2005
  • Qualifications: A.C.M.G, Ski Guide
  • Home Town: Golden, British Columbia, Canada
  • Home Resort: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
  • Languages Spoken: English
Dave Rutherford

“I have been guiding in and around Golden many years, most of these with Great Canadian Heli-skiing. Previous to this I ski patrolled and did avalanche forecasting in the Canadian Rockies for 10 years. In the winter when I am not guiding for Great Canadian I guide ski mountaineering and ski touring. Summers are spent surfing as much as possible.

My certification includes ACMG Ski Guide and Professional Membership in the Canadian Avalanche Association. My favorite part of guiding, other than epic deep powder, is sharing guests ‘Best Day Ever’ – on any day!”

Dave holds a B.A. in Geography. His favorite type of day is a snowy day in January at -10 degrees and skiing the steep and deep trees (like Velcro, Big O, etc). First tracks are always a bonus!

  • Name: Sue Gould
  • Position: Guide
  • Guiding since: 1995
  • Guiding with GCH since: 1996
  • Qualifications: A.C.M.G Apprentice Ski Guide
  • Home Town: Golden, British Columbia, Canada
  • Home Resort: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
  • Languages Spoken: English
Sue Gould

I’ve always had a passion for the mountains even though I grew up playing in piano competitions everywhere. Back in the early 90’s, I put my career in music on hold in order to pursue guiding more seriously. My first job in the industry had me throwing bombs at snow while working for the British Columbia highway avalanche control program. I then spent a bit of time working as a field research technician for Bruce Jamieson – one of Canada’s leading avalanche experts. Once I achieved my guiding certification, I started right away with Great Canadian and never looked back! Right around that time, I met my husband (guide Rob Dalinghaus), married and had 2 kids, Keelan and Neva.

While I’m dedicated to GCH for the bulk of my winter, I also teach avalanche courses for the Canadian Avalanche Association, perform music with several different ensembles both jazz and classical, conduct the Purcell Mountain Orchestra, teach piano, voice and music theory and consult for Kicking Horse Culture. I am also a Rotarian and in charge of Rotary’s local Youth Exchange program. My teenage kids keep me laughing, (or crying depending on the day) and in the off-season, I’m out mountain biking every chance I get. Best day? Face shots on Sly Pig for my 50th birthday!

  • Name: Sylvia Forest
  • Nickname: Syl
  • Position: Ski Guide
  • Guiding since: 1995
  • Guiding with GCH since: 1998
  • Qualifications: A.C.M.G, Mountain Guide
  • Home Town: Golden, British Columbia, Canada
  • Home Resort: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
  • Languages Spoken: English
Sylvia Forest

I started heli ski guiding at Great Canadian in the late 1990’s. From 1990-2013 I was also employed by Parks Canada as a full-time mountain rescue specialist, and from 2005-2013 managed the mountain rescue program in Glacier National Park, which is adjacent to the Great Canadian tenure. Having retired from Parks fall of 2013, I will be at Great Canadian more regularly, and am really looking forward to the coming seasons! As a mountain guide, I also guide during the summer months. I am a professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association, and often teach avalanche courses for them. Guiding at Great Canadian is fun and rewarding. It is very cool to spend time in the mountains with people who love to be there too. Great skiing is also a bonus! Sylvia holds a B.Sc. in Physical Geography.

  • Name: Stan Metcalfe
  • Nickname: Power Tool
  • Position: Ski Guide
  • Guiding since: 2007
  • Guiding with GCH since: 2012
  • Qualifications: ACMG Ski Guide, CAA professional member.
  • Home Town: Golden, B.C.
  • Home resort: GCH / Rogers Pass / Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
  • Languages Spoken: English, French
Stan Metcalfe

Stan’s love of sliding on snow began with family skiing in the Alberta Rockies. After completing university, he lived and skied around B.C. and the Columbia Mountains and finally settled into Golden, a hub of great skiing. Ski guiding came naturally to Stan as the balance between needing to work and ski all winter. It is the best solution for an incorrigible ski bum. When not skiing, Stan works as a Physiotherapist in Golden. He has a wife and two kids at home and is holding tightly to the title of the third best skier in the household. Favorite Run: 40 Watt on a deep snowy day; Bodacious when the weather clears enough.

  • Name: Charles Gerrard
  • Nickname: Chucky
  • Position: Guide
  • Guiding since: 2014
  • Guiding with GCH since: 2014
  • Qualifications: Apprentice Snowboard Guide, CASI 4
  • Home town: Golden, BC
  • Home Resort: Kicking Horse Mountain
  • Language: English, French
Charles Gerrard

“I have been living and working in Golden for the past 7 years and in Western Canada for the past 19. I am new to the guiding industry but have been immersed in the snow industry for 20 odd years through experiences in Switzerland, France, Andorra, New Zealand and Canada. I have worked as custodian/carpenter to back-country huts, taught snowboarding, competed in snowboarding, coaching clubs across western Canada and New Zealand. I evaluate and train snowboard instructors, and am currently just chasing dreams of great lines far from the general thoroughfares. Summers are a mixed bag of projects that include climbing, biking, mountaineering, carpentry, building splitboards….the list tends to drag on.

My favorite part of guiding is the adventure, and individuality of every trip, every day……not much stays the same out there.”

  • Name: Eric Oxner
  • Nickname: Ox
  • Position: Ski Guide
  • Guiding since: 2013
  • Guiding with GCH since: 2013
  • Qualifications: ACMG Full Ski Guide, CAA operations Level II
  • Home town: Golden, BC
  • Home Resort: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
  • Language: English
Eric Oxner

“As an avid skier and mountaineer, I have skied in many exotic locals around the world, but what I love the most, is skiing and ski touring with my family, friends and clients in mountains surrounding my home of Golden, BC. (arguably one of the world premier ski-touring destinations). So, when I had the opportunity to work as a guide in my own backyard at Great Canadian Heli-Skiing, it was like a dream come true…” For the 30 odd years previous to Eric Oxner’s profession as a ski guide, he found work as a Professional Ski Patroller, Avalanche Explosives Technician, Trail Guide, Ski Instructor, Ski shop owner, Race Technician, and professional Ski Bum. He currently resides in Golden, BC with his “hot skier wife and amazing daughter”. Best days and Favorite runs; “My best days are with a fun and positive group at any skill level. One of my favorite runs include any of the Stoli’s; they have huge vertical, optional drops and sick lines.”

  • Name: Jamie Whiteside
  • Nickname:
  • Position: Guide
  • Guiding since: 1996
  • Guiding with GCH since: 2014
  • Qualifications: ACMG Ski Guide
  • Home town: Golden, BC
  • Home Resort: Selkirk backcountry
  • Language: English

Jamie Whiteside

Jamie has spent most of the past twenty years guiding and travelling all over the world. He has a fascination for unique landscapes and interesting people. His most recent trip involved two months in Sub-Saharan Africa. As a kite surfer, biker, climber, paddler, and skier he finds fun and adventure in almost any outdoor environment!

  • Name: Ken MacDiarmid
  • Nickname: Kenny
  • Position: Ski Guide
  • Guiding since: 2011
  • Guiding with GCH since: 2014
  • Qualifications: ACMG Ski Guide, CAA Level 2
  • Home town: Golden, BC
  • Home Resort: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
  • Language: English, french, spanish

Ken MacDiarmid

I love the Canadian Wilderness, and Guiding at GCH gives me a chance to spend lots of time in my favourite mountain range, the Selkirks. When not Heli-Skiing I keep busy trying to work outside. Recent adventures include starting an expedition guiding business ( SandKexpeditions ), guiding arctic trips for Black Feather and travelling in Latin America.

  • Name: John Everts
  • Nickname: The Big Johnowski
  • Position: Ski Guide
  • Guiding since: 2012
  • Guiding with GCH since: 2015
  • Qualifications: ACMG Ski Guide, CAA Level 2
  • Home town: Revelstoke, BC
  • Home Resort: Revelstoke mountain
  • Language: English

John Everts

I was fortunate enough to have been born and raised in the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains in Canmore Alberta. The son of a Park Warden and Avalanche Forecaster I was exposed to backcountry skiing at a very young age. Growing up I mainly focused on Cross-Country Skiing where I was able to represent Canada on the Canadian National Cross-Country Ski Team. I now live in Revelstoke BC with my wife Katherine, and dog Indy. When not at Great Canadian I am out Ski Touring or ripping up Revelstoke Mountain Resort. My summers are spent whitewater kayaking, mountain biking or hiking. I am proud to be a member of a great guiding team and staff here at Great Canadian Heli-Skiing. Let’s go skiing!

  • Name: Nigel Fisher
  • Nickname: Fish
  • Position: Ski Guide
  • Guiding since: 2016
  • Guiding with GCH since: 2016
  • Qualifications: ACMG Ski Guide, CA Professional
  • Home town: Golden, BC
  • Home Resort:
  • Language: English, and possibly pig latin

Nigel Fisher

We welcomed Nigel to our guiding team this season. Born in Kelowna and raised in Edmonton, Nigel now calls Golden home after 10 years living in the mountain town. He’s spent 9 years ski patrolling on Kicking Horse Mountain and working with Golden Search and Rescue. He spends his summers as a member of the North Peace Smoke Jumpers. Nigel is also a proud do father to his golden retriever, Douglas Fur.

  • Name: Jessica Taylor
  • Nickname: Turbo
  • Position: Ski Guide
  • Guiding since: 2011
  • Guiding with GCH since: 2016
  • Qualifications: CSGA Level 2, CAA Level 2, CSIA Level 2, WFR
  • Home town: Revelstoke, BC
  • Home Resort: Revelstoke Mountain Resort
  • Language: Canadian and American

Jessica Taylor

Jessica is also a new addition to our amazing guide team. Based in Revelstoke, she brings her enthusiasm for the mountains and the outdoors to every group she’s with. When she’s not guiding you can find Jessica doing pretty much anything else that involves being outside with a chainsaw, mountain bike, hunting rifle, fishing rod or hanging off a rock face (possibly all at once).

  • Name: Shaun King
  • Nickname:
  • Position: Ski Guide
  • Guiding since: 2004
  • Guiding with GCH since: 2007
  • Qualifications: ACMG / IFMGA Mountain Guide
  • Home town: Canmore, AB
  • Home Resort: The Western Canada backcountry
  • Language: English and french

Shaun King

Shaun is an internationally certified Mountain Guide, Canadian Avalanche Association Level 2 Professional member, and CSIA Level 2 ski instructor. As a member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides for nearly 20 years, Shaun has climbed and skied many of the well known (and not so well known) routes in the Rocky Mountains and Interior Ranges of Canada and knows these areas well. He has completed many of the long ski traverses that Canada is famous for and lived and guided in Switzerland, France and Japan. He looks forward to making your experience a memorable one!