Our Guides

All of the guides at Chatter Creek are trained and certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. They have also completed training and certification with the Canadian Avalanche Association and hold advanced first aid qualification. Tail guides have completed training and certification with the Canadian Avalanche Association and hold advanced first aid qualification.

 

Josh Milligan
Mountain Operations Manager
Josh has been guiding for over 20 years and has worked at Chatter Creek since 2004.

Josh has been working at Chatter Creek since 2004. Over the past 20+ years he’s guided cat skiing, heli skiing and ski touring throughout western Canada and in Europe. In addition to ski guiding he’s had the opportunity to work as a mountain safety consultant on a variety of projects including; Olympic athletic training, industrial risk management and ski media production. He’s actively involved with both HeliCat Canada and the Canadian Avalanche Association as a member of the Standards Committee and the InfoEx Advisory Committee. Josh lives in Nelson BC where he spends the summer months exploring the Kootenays. “Nothing beats deep powder snow and a backcountry lodge.”

Peter Willott
Guide
Mr. Willott is Chatter Creek’s good time’s ambassador and began working at Chatter in 2001.

Mr. Willott is Chatter Creek’s good time’s ambassador. Pete began working at Chatter in 2001. In the summer he works for Parks Canada fixing up the hiking trails in Banff and Yoho National Parks. When not working Pete likes to play outside and dance as often as possible. “Hopefully we will do both your next trip. See you out there!”

Jordan Farquharson
Guide
Jordan moved west for bigger mountains and deeper powder over a decade ago.

Jordan learned to ski in the small hills of Ontario but moved west for bigger mountains and deeper powder. Prior to guiding Jordan spent his winters as a ski patroller and avalanche technician at Panorama Mountain. When the winter ends, he spends most of his time planting trees or rock climbing around his current home of Invermere, BC.

Matthew Garner
Guide
Matt will use almost anything as an excuse to spend time outside in the mountains.
Matt has been part of the Chatter family since 2007. He has cooked your food, spotted your landings, and maybe even tried to give you one of his signature massages. He is excited to be returning this year, out front, leading the charge. When he is not choking on Chatter’s delicious powder, Matt lives in Nelson BC. He keeps himself amused with dirt bikes, skateboards and chainsaws. Matt will use almost anything as an excuse to spend time outside in the mountains.
Brodie St. Julian
Guide
Born and raised on BC powder, Brodie has spent the better part of his winters on skis.

Born and raised on BC powder, Brodie has spent the better part of his winters exploring the mountains on skis. Brodie is looking to share his passion for the sport with others. In the summers you can find him hanging off a rope on one of the many peaks of the Canadian Rockies or working as a wood crafter from his home in the Blaeberry.

Yuji Akiyama
Guide
Yuji came over to Canada from downtown Tokyo Japan in 2002.

Yuji came over to Canada from downtown Tokyo Japan in 2002.  He planned to stay in Canada for only one year to check out the mountains but he’s still here.  Seems he was trapped in Canadian deep pow and can’t get out!  Yuji started working at Chatter Creek in 2012.  When you don’t see him at Chatter, he’s likely guiding ski touring in the Rockies or Japan.  Yuji spends the summer months guiding Japanese hikers and backpackers in the Rockies.  He lives year round in Canmore with his wife and two daughters.

Miles Bate
Guide
Loves powder skiing, loves bacon. A match made in heaven!

Originally from Agassiz BC, Miles started his outdoor career at a young age in the BC logging industry.  He worked his first shift at Chatter in 2006 and has been back every year.  When not skiing at Chatter, he can be found on the alpine race circuit with his son and daughter who are avid skiers, which is no big surprise given he met his wife when she was a guest cat skiing. Miles is also a passionate mountain biker and happy to engage in a discussion regarding his favourite mountain biking terrain in western Canada.

Tim Collins
Guide
Tim resides in Golden where he spends time burning fossil fuels and calories.

Tim resides in Golden where he spends time burning fossil fuels and calories.  When he’s not exploring the mountains on his skis or bike he keeps busy being a dad and running a painting business.

Bryan Anderson
Guide
Bryan Anderson’s first trip into Chatter Creek to guide was in 2011.

Bryan Anderson’s first trip into Chatter Creek to guide was in 2011. He grew up water skiing and surfing on Vancouver Island and moved to the Rocky Mountains to ski patrol in 1992 where he met his future wife who was also a patroller. His first winter guiding cat skiing was in 1998 and has been heli, cat and touring folks in the mountains every winter since then. Bryan lives in Golden with his wife and two kids. Days off in the winter are spent chasing his two young kids through the trees at Kicking Horse Resort. He spent his summers as a whitewater rafting guide until retiring (except for the odd cameo) 10 years ago to work full time in his other trade as a Journeyman Carpenter. Spare time in the summer is spent loading up the dirt bikes, hooking up the trailer, ski boat, toys and heading to a lake with his family. He looks forward to his warm water surf and sand castle building vacation before his winter starts every year.

Rachel Brown
Tail Guide
Downtown Rachel Brown, all the way from Labrador via St John’s Newfoundland.

Downtown Rachel Brown, all the way from Labrador via St John’s Newfoundland. Before Chatter Creek Rachel spent 17 years in Lake Louise where she worked as an avalanche forecaster and ski patroller. Deep and soft snow lured her to the west side of the Rockies in 2006 and she hasn’t looked back. Rachel now lives in Nelson BC where she spends her summers working on the garden and enjoying the West Kootenays.

Diana Christianson
Tail Guide
Diana grew up playing in the Rockies.

Diana grew up playing in the Rockies. After travelling and living in all corners of the province of BC in search of high places and open spaces, she is happy to be back in this neck of the woods.  Diana has been working in the ski and avalanche industry for the last 10 years and is as passionate about her work as ever. In the summertime you will find her wandering in the wilds of northern British Columbia whispering to bears and hunting poachers.

Kurt Carter
Tail Guide
Originally from Manitoba, Kurt got his start in the ski industry at the age of 15.

Originally from Manitoba, Kurt got his start in the ski industry at the age of 15. Working at the local ski hill through high school drove his passion for skiing. After graduating high school, he moved out west to continue his career in the industry. After a few seasons ski instructing at Sunshine Village, Kurt realized he wanted to become a ski guide. 13 ski seasons later Kurt skis year-round and continues to work various roles within the industry from: avalanche forecasting in New Zealand, to ski guiding, instructing, and freeride coaching.

Jan Svasta
Tail Guide
Jan is originally from the Czech Republic and now calls Golden BC his home.

Jan is originally from the Czech Republic. He now calls Golden BC his home, where there is endless opportunity for him to play in the mountains. From ski touring in the winter, to mountain biking in the summer, or at his job as a ropes access technician, hanging off the side of cliffs.

Blake Gooding
Tail Guide
Blake is looking forward to enjoying your ski vacation with you!

Blake has spent most of his career leading people in the outdoor adventure world. These days, you can find him either exploring the backcountry or fighting forest fires around Invermere, BC. The past couple of years he has assisted with the “Braille Mountain Initiative”, helping a friend continue to pursue backcountry mountain sports after vision loss. Blake is looking forward to enjoying your ski vacation with you!

Dave Schenkhuizen
Tail Guide
Dave loves skiing and more than that, just sharing time in these beautiful mountains!
Dave is stoked to be tail guiding at Chatter Creek. Dave loves skiing and more than that, just sharing time in these beautiful mountains! When he’s not tail guiding he can be found ski touring around Golden or explaining how to pronounce his last name. If there’s no snow on the ground he’s most likely clamouring up rock in BC or the Canadian Rockies.
Chris Skinner
Tail Guide
Chasing the dream and the cold smoke.
Chris aka “Skinner” hails from Ontario and moved west many moons ago to work as a lifty.  Nearly 20 years later he’s still here chasing the dream and the cold smoke. Hiking Guide in the summer and ski bum in the winter, Invermere is his home base for all the adventures.
Taylor Hillcoat
Tail Guide
Looking forward to lots of good skiing with good people.

Taylor moved from Ontario to Golden 15 years ago with the need to ski powder. To sustain this lifestyle, he started cooking. Fast-forward to 2016, Taylor found himself cooking at Chatter Creek and knew this is where he wanted to be. Taking this a step further, he decided it was time to shake up his career path and pursue guiding. When there’s no skiing to be had, Taylor can be found fly fishing or hiking the local valleys and peaks, and operating his lawn maintenance company.