Rich has been a professional mountain guide since 1992. He has led ski and mountaineering ascents in Alaska, California and Canada. Rich has over 20 years of teaching skiing in Wyoming, Idaho, Montana and New England. He holds a Professional Ski Instructor Association (PSIA) Level III Nordic Instructor certification. As the Nordic Director at Grand Targhee Resort in Alta, WY he was instrumental in bringing national telemark instructors and clinics to the resort. He holds a Level III avalanche instruction, the highest certification available. In 2005, Rich became a co-owner in Yostmark Mountain Equipment where he has been on the cutting edge of ski technology, bringing that knowledge to his clients and students.
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Lynne Wolfe has been a resident of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem since the early '80s. She's been guiding in the Tetons since 1988, and now teaches and guides avalanche courses and backcountry skiing all winter, in addition to her work as editor of The Avalanche Review. She's been a Certified Avalanche Instructor through the American Avalanche Association since 2003, and loves to help students translate theory into practice in the snowy backcountry. She lives year-round in Driggs, Idaho, with her husband Dan Powers and the retired ski dog Chili-dog.
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Josh "Parker" Parker
Known for his exceptional enthusiasm and passion for backcountry skiing, Parker is all about helping you realize your goals in mountains. Ski Guiding in the Tetons since 2006, with nearly 3 decades spent sliding on snow. Parker works as a ski guide and Level 1 Avalanche Instructor for Yostmark Backcountry Tours. In the summertime you’ll find Parker with a chainsaw in his hands fighting wildfires for the U.S. forest service. He and his wife, Sarah, call Teton Valley home. Parker is a Level III Avalanche Certified guide, has completed his American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Ski Guide Course, and is a Member Affiliate of the American Avalanche Association.
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Scott Palmer Lead Guide
Scott Palmer’s love affair with Teton Valley powder began in 2006. He started his career as a snow professional at Grand Targhee working as a snow shoveler. This job provided him with ample time to work on his tele turns and begin exploring the Teton backcountry. After his short stint at Targhee Scott began working for the National Outdoor Leadership School. Here he met many quality mentors, some of whom he has the pleasure of working with at Yostmark Backcountry Tours. From 2008 to present Scott has worked a variety of courses for NOLS including 12 two week winter ski courses in the mountains of Wyoming and Idaho (that’s a lot of time sleeping in a snow cave). In the summers Scott works as an Exum Guide taking people up the Grand Teton and other various peaks in Grand Teton National Park. Scott loves teaching people of all skill sets and enjoys seeing the growth that one can find in the mountains. Let Scott and Yostmark Backcountry Tours provide you, your friends and your family with an unforgettable backcountry experience this winter. Fair warning: powder skiing can be addictive!
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Jamie started skiing at the ripe age of 2 and has been working in outdoor education since 2000, spending the last 10 years in various positions for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). She has focused her teaching on mountaineering, backcountry skiing, hiking, and rock climbing courses. Additionally, Jaime has spent the past four winter seasons helping run the NOLS winter program out of Teton Valley, ID. This will be Jaime's second season teaching and guiding for Yostmark Backcountry Tours. She has worked around the country and the world, including in Alaska, Wyoming, the Pacific Northwest, and India. Jaime recently accepted a half-time position as the Executive Director of the American Avalanche Association and plans to continue her teaching and guiding in the mountains in conjunction with this new professional role. She lives in Victor, ID and enjoys exploring the surrounding mountains during all seasons, especially winter.
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Fitz moved to the area in '97 and began his avalanche career in '02 with NOLS, first as a field instructor and then supervising its winter and avalanche program. Since then, he has been the snow safety director and a guide for Togwotee Snowcat Guides and a lead instructor for the American Avalanche Institute throughout the West. Most recently Fitz was the lead forecaster for the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center in Girdwood, Alaska. John is excited to return to his home range of the Tetons and guide for Yostmark Backcountry Tours. He will migrate north to Alaska for the spring heli season as a guide and forecaster for Valdez Heli Ski Guides. Fitz has completed Professional Avalanche Level 3 and advanced winter weather forecasting and is a professional member of the American Avalanche Association and Heli Ski US.
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