FAMILY

Many of our guides have been with us for 10+ years. Come meet our family!

PASSION

We love our jobs, and want to show you how great our mountains are

SAFETY

Your safety and enjoyment are at the heart of our guiding culture

Our backcountry guides love their jobs, who wouldn’t? Not only do we ski and ride powder for a living, but on a daily basis we get to see the smile on your faces while helping to satisfy a passion for getting deep in the fresh powder of the Steamboat backcountry.

You will find that we are skilled, professional and friendly leaders. Our goals are to provide the safest tour while allowing for a fun filled experience. Our guides have a minimum of Wilderness First Responder and Level I snow safety training. Several of our staff are advanced snow safety professionals and instructors with AIARE – The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education.

Your guides are also: parents, loyal Steamboat Springs residents, carpenters, comedians, fisherman, raft guides, EMT’s, politicians, real estate agents, mountain bike racers, landscapers, excavators, long distance hikers, entrepreneurs, writers, dedicated ski bums, surfers, film makers, small business owners, surveyors, vagabonding travelers, professors, photo journalists and farmers.

Most of our guides have been with Steamboat Powdercats for many years and we have become close friends united in what is Steamboat Powdercats.

Have fun browsing through our current guide list and feel free to request a guide during your next Steamboat Powdercat trip.

Eric Deering

Director of Operations

Started working at SPC in 2001
From California, loves all things snow
Raising his daughter and son with Caroline, his gorgeous wife
Favorite snowcat run is Skeeters

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Kent Vertrees

Master of Chaos

Started working at SPC in 2000
From Ohio, loves rivers more than snow, believe it or not.
Raising two amazing daughters with Jules, his hot wife.
Roxy is Kent’s golden retriver who haunts the office on most days.

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Todd Dills

Administrator/Guide

Started working at SPC in 2003
From Missoui, loves turning the ski slopes and mountains into his playground
Enjoys spending quality time with his wife Sarah and dogs
He studied Resort Management at Fort Lewis College in Durango

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Rex Schiesser

Road Builder Extraordinaire & Maintenance Team

Started working at SPC in 1998
From Glenwood Springs CO

Owner of All Haul Tucking and Excavation

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Mike Rakowski

The Godfather of Snowcat Skiing Guides

Started working at SPC in 1989
Moved to Steamboat Springs in 1979
Married to Sarah and owns a sailboat in the Keys
Knows every inch of Buffalo Pass

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Pete Scully

Backcountry Ski Guide

Started working at SPC in 2000
Been a river guide longer than a ski guide
Loves his Green Bay Packers
Leads our Level III trips and heads up our guide team

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Rob Bannister

Backcountry Ski Guide

Started working at SPC in 2003
Loves being able to guide guests into Buffalo Pass
Married to Candice the director of the Tread of Pioneers Museum
Has 2 daughters and works as a land surveyor when not ripping powder

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Luc Strickland

Backcountry Ski Guide

Started working at SPC in 2009
Is one of our Head of Guides
Originally from Alpharetta, Georgia
Works in the summer as a Colorado River Ranger

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Kyle Pietras

Backcountry Ski Guide

Started working at SPC in 2010
Owns KP Landscaping with his wife Christine
Is the best mountain biker in Steamboat Springs
Has two ripping skier daughters, Ella and Norah

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Nick Kuchulis

Backcountry Ski Guide

Started working at SPC in 2012
Is the most handsomest Firefighter/EMT in Steamboat
Went to the University of Oregon – GO DUCKS!
Loves his mountain biking in the summer

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Britni Johnson

DBackcountry Ski Guide

Started working at SPC in 2013
Native of Chicago
Went to college at Michigan State University
a certified holistic nutritionist, entrepreneur, and soon-to-be certified personal trainer

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Steamboat Powdercats Brynn Gotchey

Brynn Gotchey

Backcountry Ski Guide

Started working at SPC in 2013
Grew up in Steamboat Springs
Just had a baby boy in fall of 2020 named Arlo
Has been a ski patroller and river guide in a past life

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Ben Saheb

Photographer and Videographer

Started working at SPC in 2014
Grew up in the front range of Colorado
Is a professional, outdoor videographer and photographer based in Steamboat Springs
Has an alter ego named Powder Pan that sometimes appears on Buffalo Pass

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Phil Howard

Backcountry Ski Guide

Started working at SPC in 2016
Grew up in Washington, Missouri
Has an Environmental Studies degreee from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado
Lived in Crested Butte as a true ski bum before finding us at SPC

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Jameson Midgett

Photographer and social media maven

Started working at SPC in 2018
He is a freelance photographer and mountain bike guide during the summer
From North Carolina
Has the best mustache here at Steamboat Powdercats

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Michael Sproul

Lead Snowcat Mechanic and all around handy man

Started working at SPC in 2020
Lives in Durango, Colorado when not in Steamboat Springs
Worked in Antartica for 2-seasons before joining SPC
Fights forest fires during the non-powder season

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Chris Titus

Backcountry Ski Guide

Started working at SPC in 2020
Worked as a Steamboat Ski Patroller for 10+years
Grew up in upstate New York and moved to Steamboat in 2003
Is a foreman for a local landscaping company in the summers

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Dan Hohl

Backcountry Ski Guide

Started working at SPC in the 19/20 season
From Southern California and started skiing at age 3
Completed a Masters of Science at Univeristy of Utah
Dan is working on his American Mountain Guide Association Alpine Course

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Jessie Haffener

Backcountry Ski Guide

Started working at SPC in 2020
Is married to Sam who is also a guide at SPC
Originally from Oklahoma
Lived in Alaska doing snow and avalanche forecasting before SPC

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Kelly Mahoney

Backcountry Ski Guide

Started working at SPC in 2020
Taught ski school at Steamboat for a couple years prior to joining us
River guides on the Arkansas River during off season
Originally from Reno, Nevada

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Matt House

Backcountry Ski Guide

Started working at SPC in 2020
Works as a whitewater guide for the past decade
Guided snowmobile tours for years before finding us
Is married to Sally who works at Big Agnes Products here in Steamboat Springs

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Sam Galoob

Backcountry Ski Guide

Started working at SPC in 2020
Is married to our guide Jessie
From Oklahoma
Has worked at avalanche centers in Alaska before coming to SPC

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Our 3 heated cats allow us to group our guests by skiing ability so everyone is at their comfortable level. Our terrain, located on Buffalo Pass Colorado, is conveniently located just 25-min from downtown Steamboat Springs, so we are typically on snow by 9:15 am. We look to match terrain to your ability level and that of the group so it’s very important to figure out what snowcat you should be on.

Buffalo Pass, our point of operations, annually records some of the deepest snow depths in Colorado. In May of 2011, Buffalo Pass actually had the deepest snowpack levels ever recorded in Colorado’s history. The cold, dry and stormy weather in Steamboat Springs makes for localized orographic uplifting conditions that provide us with, at time, extraordinary snow quantity and quality.