Our Guides

Chatter Creek requires all guides to be trained and certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). In addition to guiding certification, all guides must be graduates of the Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA) Level 2 Avalanche Forecasting program and hold current advanced first aid certification. Tail guides are required to have completed the CAA Level 1 Avalanche Operations course and hold current advanced first aid certification. Some of our guides are also certified to use explosives for the purpose of avalanche control. These are minimum industry standards and most of the guides and tail guides at Chatter Creek exceed these requirements.

Josh Milligan
Mountain Operations Manager

Josh is an ACMG Ski Guide and he’s been working at Chatter Creek since 2004.

Josh is an ACMG Ski Guide and he’s been working at Chatter Creek since 2004. Over the past 16 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 Accreditation Committee and the InfoEx Advisory Group. Josh lives in Nelson BC where he spends the summer months exploring the Kootenays on two wheels. “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 and has completed certification as an ACMG Ski Guide. 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!”

Steve Konik
Guide

Steve is a certified ACMG Apprentice Ski Guide and has been working in the ski industry for more than fifteen years.

Steve is a certified ACMG Apprentice Ski Guide and has been working in the ski industry for more than fifteen years. He began his guiding work as a ski patroller and has spent many years guiding in the backcountry, cat skiing, and heli skiing. Steve started working for Chatter Creek in 2009. In the summer months, Steve can be found kayaking Haida Gwaii where he leads expedition kayak trips. When Steve is not guiding in the mountains or on the ocean, he can be found at home in Canmore, Alberta with his family

Brodie St. Julian
Guide

Born and raised on BC powder, Brodie has spent the better part of his winters exploring the mountains on skis.

Born and raised on BC powder, Brodie has spent the better part of his winters exploring the mountains on skis. Certified as an ACMG Apprentice Ski guide and working towards Mountain Guide certification, 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.

Chatter Creek Stefan Kreuzer
Guide

Stefan started skiing at the age of four and has been in love with the best winter sport ever since.

Stefan started skiing at the age of four and has been in love with the best winter sport ever since. His professional ski career began in 1984 when he began teaching skiing in Quebec. Soon enough the mountains were not big enough, and he relocated to BC to find great snow and big mountains and moved from teaching skiing to ski patrolling and eventually ski guiding for the last thirteen years. Stefan is an instructor for the Canadian Ski Guides Association (CSGA), a Professional Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association, a Level 3 CSGA Guide, an ACMG Apprentice Ski Guide and an internationally certified ski instructor. He is fluent in English, French, and German and also speaks a little Spanish. Stefan is looking forward to skiing the best powder available with you in a relaxed yet safe atmosphere.

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 is a certified ACMG Ski Guide and a Professional Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association. He started working for 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.

Jordan Farquharson
Guide

Jordan learned to ski in the small hills of Ontario but moved west for bigger mountains and deeper powder almost a decade ago.

Jordan learned to ski in the small hills of Ontario but moved west for bigger mountains and deeper powder almost a decade ago. As a recently certified ACMG Apprentice Ski Guide he’s looking forward to guiding groups at Chatter Creek. 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.

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 is an ACMG Apprentice Ski Guide and he 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.

Matthew Garner
Tail Guide

Matt is going into his seventh winter working at Chatter.

Matt is going into his eighth winter working at Chatter. Matt is a Gemini and encompasses the traits of said astrological sign, including a double personality. One is a skier, while the other is a knuckle dragging snowboarder. During the summer Matt spends much of his time praying for forest fires to engulf the province, learning just enough Spanish to get by down south and making skin donations to local area skateboard parks.

Jamie VanDrunen
Tail Guide

This will be Jamie’s second year working at Chatter Creek.

This will be Jamie’s third season working at Chatter Creek. Prior to tail guiding at Chatter she spent 5 seasons ski patrolling at Kicking Horse resort in Golden. In the summer she spends her time chasing unicorns and guiding multi-day river rafting trips in Canada’s north.

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 and looking forward to her third season at Chatter. Diana has been working in the ski /avalanche industry for the last 7 years and is still 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.

Valérie Marticotte
Tail Guide

Originally from Quebec, Val first tasted champagne powder six years ago and never went back.

Originally from Quebec, Val first tasted champagne powder six years ago and never went back. She has been guiding cat skiing, and ski touring for the past 3 years and is excited for her first regular season at Chatter Creek. She spends her summers leading groups up various summits of Alberta and British Columbia while dreaming of snowy peaks. If you can’t find her in the alpine, she might be surfing, sailing or traveling around the globe.