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Our Guides – Season 2019

Group 2019

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: Sue Gould
  • Position: Guide Manager
  • 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: Rob Dalinghaus
  • Position: Operations Manager
  • 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: Eric Oxner
  • Nickname: Ox
  • Position: Head 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: 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: Jamie Whiteside
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  • Position: Lead 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: Stan Metcalfe
  • Nickname: Power Tool
  • Position: Lead Guide in Training
  • 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. He received his ACMG certification in 2007. 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. After an extensive search Stan has settled into the best ski program imaginable. When not skiing, Stan works as a Physiotherapist in Golden. He has a wife and two kids at home.

  • Name: Sylvia Forest
  • Nickname: Syl
  • Position: Full Time 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

Sylvia (Syl) Forest is a mountain guide living near Golden, BC. She finished her B.Sc. in Physical Geography in the mid 1980’s, and she completed her UIAGM Mountain Guide certification in 2001. Syl worked as a Park Warden and Mountain Rescue Specialist in Jasper, Lake Louise and Glacier National Parks for 23 years. She managed the Mountain Rescue Program in Glacier Park for eight years, until her retirement in 2013. Syl started heli ski guiding at Great Canadian in the late 1990’s, working a few weeks each winter. Since her retirement from Parks Canada in 2013, Sylvia works full time at Great Canadian – and loves it! Syl also teaches avalanche courses regularly for the Canadian Avalanche Association; she instructs and examines for the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, and she works the summer months guiding mountaineering trips.

  • Name: Wayne Sobool
  • Nickname:
  • Position: Full Time Guide
  • Guiding since: 2005
  • Guiding with GCH since: 2019
  • Qualifications: ACMG Ski Guide, CAA Professional Member
  • Home town: Golden, BC
  • Home Resort: KHMR
  • Language: English

Wayne Sobool

A slightly wasted youth as a jazz and blues musician, but managed to acquire three degrees despite the choice of occupation. This was followed by thirteen years as a park warden/ranger in Banff and the Bugaboos. Guiding since 1990 ski touring, cat skiing and heli-skiing. Very excited to be part of the GCH team.

  • Name: Jessica Taylor
  • Nickname: Turbo
  • Position: Full Time Guide
  • Guiding since: 2011
  • Guiding with GCH since: 2016
  • Qualifications: ACMG ASG, CSGA Level 2, CAA Level 2, CSIA Level 2
  • Home town: Golden, BC
  • Home Resort: The Mountains
  • Language: Canadian, American

Jessica Taylor

Originally from the quaint but rugged Vancouver Island logging town of Duncan, Jessica made her way to the Rocky Mountains to study Environmental Biology at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado on an athletic scholarship for cycling. It was there that she developed a deep passion for mountain adventure, which eventually brought her to the British Columbia Interior where she pursued her dream of becoming a certified ski guide. During the winter, you’ll be chasing her down steep lines and off pillow drops. During the summer, you’ll find her working on a variety of technical rope access mountain construction projects in wild and remote places or running a chainsaw on a coastal heli-logging operation. If she’s not working, you’ll most likely find her riding her mountain bike as fast as she can or rock climbing at the crags and in the mountains. She has a somewhat manageable addiction to dark chocolate. Her favourite author is Edward Abbey. She also enjoys the occasional dram of a peaty single malt. And she can’t wait to show you around her backyard mountain playground!.

  • Name: Jaromir Malcek
  • Nickname: Jaro
  • Position: Full Time Guide
  • Guiding since: 2013
  • Guiding with GCH since: 2017
  • Qualifications: CSGA Level 2, ACMG assistant ski guide,CAA operations Level 2, Wilderness First Aid (80 hr), CSIA 2, CASI 2
  • Home town: Revelstoke
  • Home Resort: Selkirk mountains
  • Language: English, spanish, czech, polish, slovak

Jaromir Malcek

Jaro grew up skiing and snowboarding in Europe. Since 2000 he has worked in the ski industry as a ski and snowboard instructor before moving on to patrolling and guiding for several Cat and Heli Ski operations.
In 2010 he moved to BC and after tasting what BC had to offer now calls Revelstoke home.
If Jaro is not skiing, he is either mountain biking, surfing, or searching for new lines all over the globe.
For 2018/2019 season he is looking forward to a second season in deep Selkirk powder with the amazing Great Canadian Heli-Skiing company and hopes to share “the best day ever” with you.

  • Name: Tyson Rettie
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  • Position: Full Time Guide
  • Guiding since: 2011 season
  • Guiding with GCH since: 2018 season
  • Qualifications: CSGA level 2, CAA Professional Member, AWFA
  • Home town: Radium Hot Springs
  • Home Resort: Panorama
  • Language: English, Basic Spanish, Enough Mandarin to get you to bottom

Tyson Rettie

My first mechanized ski experience was with my Dad for my 18 th birthday at RK Heliski. It was a life changing experience to say the least. The following winter I started my Ski Guide career as a tail guide at Big Red Cats in Rossland B.C. I’ve been guiding every winter since. In the summer I currently work at Toby Creek Adventures as an ATV guide in Panorama B.C., guiding guests from all over the world, showing them our beautiful corner or the Purcell Mountains. I am also a Journeyman Welder, A Class 1 driver and have experience running various pieces of heavy equipment. When I’m not skiing I’m usually thinking about skiing, planning the next ski trip or wondering if it’s time for new skis.

  • Name: Alison Cardinal
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  • Position: Full Time Guide
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Alison Cardinal

  • Name: Ken MacDiarmid
  • Nickname: Kenny
  • Position: Part Time 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 Thornton
  • Nickname: JT
  • Position: Part Time Guide
  • Guiding since: 1985
  • Guiding with GCH since: 2002
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  • Home town: Banff, Alberta
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John Thornton

When asked, Why do you guide? Answer: The powder, mostly. Any last comments? Answer: I don’t know, I try not to think of it… Probably my last comments will be something like, “is there any powder in heaven?” or “I love you kids. Look after each other and your mom for me.”

  • Name: Martin Vidak
  • Nickname: Marty
  • Position: Part Time Guide
  • Guiding since: 1998
  • Guiding with GCH since: Since 2017, though I guided here the winter of 1998-1999 as well.
  • Qualifications: ACMG Ski Guide/ Hiking Guide; CAA Level 2
  • Home town: Golden, BC
  • Home Resort: The Selkirk Mountains
  • Language: English, some Spanish

Marty Vidak

I have been fortunate to have spent my entire life working and living in the mountains. I got a degree in Forestry, and worked as a timber cruiser for 13 years. We got the winters off, so I began backcountry skiing, going to wild places for untracked snow and for the solitude. I started climbing, and travelled to Peru, Nepal, New Zealand and Pakistan to climb bigger mountains. The experiences I had eventually landed me a job with the Jenny Lake Climbing Rangers, in Grand Teton National Park, one of the best mountain rescue teams anywhere. That job changed my life and I worked there for 18 years. I mainly ski tour guide when not working at Great Canadian, and I have worked at many of the backcountry lodges of western Canada, as well as a few cat skiing operations.
The powder and terrain of the Selkirks is the best in the world, and it’s great to work with such an experienced, enthusiastic, and motivated crew. And as usual, there is more snowfall forecasted.

  • Name: Ryan Vrooman
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  • Position: Part Time Guide
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Ryan Vrooman