OUR STAFF

All of our staff are trained through the ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides) or the CSGA (Canadian Ski Guide Association) and are Professional Members of the CAA (Canadian Avalanche Association). We all have current first aid certification and have trained and studied in the many facets involving ski touring and ski mountaineering.

Our priorities while out in the mountains with our guest’s is always first safety, second having fun, third find the best skiing & snowboarding!

We love what we do so much that when we are not guiding or teaching backcountry skills, you can find us off in the backcountry, ski and split-board touring with friends, looking for rad new lines or the deepest powder stashes!

DANIEL MILES MORTON (Slocan Dan)

Founder of Northwest Mountain Experience

  • Association Of Canadian Mountain Guides-Ski Guide
  • Canadian Avalanche Association-Professional Member
  • Canadian Ski Guide Association-Level 2
  • Non-Urban Outdoor Emergency Care Technician

Daniel lives in Slocan BC with his wife Mary & their son Logan.  He started his career as a Backcountry Ski Guide in 2001.  With a strong passion for ski touring and exploring new areas,  he has guided at numerous remote huts, lodges & venues from the BC Coast Range, Interior Columbia Mountains, to the Canadian Rockies.  He has completed several of the classic ski traverses in BC, from Jumbo Pass to Bugaboos, Bugs to Rogers Pass, Rogers Pass to Mica Ck (Northern Selkirks), and traverses in the Rockies along the continental divide.  A highlight of his career was working with a fellow mountain guide and taking 6 guests to the summit of Mt.Logan, the highest mountain in Canada at 5960m Yukon Territory.

Daniel has a deep respect and appreciation for the mountains and the wilderness environment.   He promotes self-propelled adventures, eco-tourism, and teaches his guests & students how we can enjoy these areas and co-exist with our natural surroundings.   His approach to guiding puts priorities to safety & good times, respect our environment & find the best skiing!

MARYLENE SAVAGE (Head Chef)

Mary’s passion for food started at a young age. It was a tradition in her family, and still is, to make jams, pies and tourtieres in the fall for the holiday season. She also remembers looking at her mom’s cookbooks in her spare time and spending hours at the library looking at pictures of decorated cakes in the pastry section.

Mary’s chef’s career started at a backcountry ski lodge, where she was thrown in for a week of catering to replace a friend. She was hooked. She decided to attend a renowned culinary art school in Montreal and learned all about French cuisine. She brought those skills and techniques back to BC and continued her training at luxurious wilderness resorts, notably the Relaix & Chateau establishment Clayoquot Wilderness Resort on Vancouver Island and Nimmo Bay Heli-Fishing Lodge in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Mary as now been a professional chef since 2008 and specializes in cooking in remote settings creating wholesome healthy food made from scratch. She now focuses on working at small backcountry ski lodges in the winter and on boats doing expedition eco-tourism cruises in the summer on the West Coast of BC.

Mary focuses on using local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients as much as possible. She tries to keep things simple by using the natural flavors and freshness of the food. She is constantly amazed by what she doesn’t know about food and is exited to continue the exploration.

Mary lives in Slocan, BC with her husband and son, where they grow a lot of their own food and enjoy adventures in the local mountains.

LOGAN SAVAGE-COLE MORTON (Powder Born)

Born in Nelson, lives in Slocan BC. Been hanging out at ski touring lodges since he was in the womb. He started skiing when he could walk. Logan had no choice, with his parents as backcountry chef & guide they would drag him along to work with them. By 12 years old he had skied from more backcountry huts & lodges than most guides. Logan is skilled with a sharp knife in the hut kitchen, avid baker of fine cookies, big fan of the sauna snow roll and is well trained in the various tasks to make the world go round at a backcountry lodge. He loves skiing, riding his Powsurfer & raspberries. Logan is also known for playing a mean game of chess and connect four. But truly he is a great guy and loves to share the full mountain experience with others.

STEPHANIE VEROT (Chef Steph)

Growing up in Quebec skiing has always been a part of Stephanie’s life. As the daughter of a renowned ski instructor Stephanie learned to ski at a young age. Helping her father with the ski school in Quebec she perfected the eastern technique for skiing fast on hard, ice-crusted snow. Once she visited Western Canada Stephanie fell in love with the big mountains and the soft deep powder conditions here in BC. Stephanie has called Rossland BC home for the past 26yrs where she skis at Red Mtn with her family and now teaches her girls how to ski.

Stephanie has a long resume of cooking for hard working folks in the backcountry. She has cooked at numerous backcounty ski lodges and for remote tree planting camps across BC. Stephanie also runs a catering business in Rossland. With most of her culinary career focused on catering for tree planters & skiers she knows the importance of serving healthy meals that will energize you for big days out in the mountains. She also puts a great deal of effort in sourcing locally grown & fresh seasonal food.

Stephanie brings great energy to our trips, her smile & laugh is contagious, her food is super tasty and she may even share some tips for perfecting your parallel carving turn! With Chef Steph looking out for us we are always in good hands!

HEATHER VANESSA SMITH (Ski Guide)

  • Association Of Canadian Mountain Guides-Assistant Ski Guide
  • Canadian Avalanche Association-Level 2
  • Canadian Ski Guide Association-Level 2
  • Non-Urban Outdoor Emergency Care Technician

After living in a variety of different ski towns, Heather now calls Revelstoke home. She started ski guiding in 2012. Heather believes in the spice of life, and guides ski touring, cat skiing and heli ski trips. However, she truly cherishes working at touring lodges, where she gets to share her love of the mountains and snow with others in a more intimate fashion. Plus, she feels the delicious lodge food tastes better after a day of self-propelled ski tours.

Heather predominantly guides in the Selkirk and Monashee ranges of the Colombia Mountains. With a love of travel and adventure, Heather has found herself guiding ski trips as far away as Chile and Japan. And she is always on the look-out for the next remote adventure.

While not in the snowy mountains, Heather can be found continuing to share her love of nature by guiding ice walks on the Athabasca glacier, or multi-day rafting trips up north in the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Alaska. She can also be found in some B.C. cut block, hard at work planting trees.

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