GUIDE and STAFF PROFILES

Meet the crew that will make your ski experience unforgettable

Njord Rota at Majestic Heli ski, AlaskaNjord Rota
Owner

Njord holds a unique position in the industry, being both a guide and a helicopter pilot. Njord started his career ski guiding in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen region of the northern Alps and then worked as a ski patroller. Soon after he became a helicopter pilot working for the US Army then continued his career as an experimental test pilot for Lockheed Martin. He’s also been a professional whitewater kayaker, the publisher of Kayak Magazine, and a teacher for aspiring boaters and skiers. He spends his summers teaching high altitude and mountain helicopter flying in Leadville, Colorado and fighting wildland fires.

 

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  • AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) Level 1,2&3 Avalanche Forecaster
  • AIARE Level 1 & 2 Instructor
  • AMGA (American Mountain Guide Association) Ski Guide Course
  • OEC (Outdoor Emergency Care)
  • EMT-B (Emergency Medical Technician – Basic)
  • National Ski Patrol – Alpine Patroller
  • National Ski Patrol – Mountain Travel and Rescue Level 1&2
  • National Ski Patrol – Avalanche Instructor
  • FAA Commercial Helicopter Pilot
  • American Red Cross – CPR for the Professional
  • American Avalanche Association – Professional Member
  • US Heli Ski – Member

 

Majestic Heli ski, AlaskaChris Shelly
Operations Manager

Raised in the Adirondacks Chris headed west after college. He has worked at eight ski resorts (in six states), five snowcat and heli ski operations, and in three countries. He’s been a ski patroller, snow safety director, patrol director, guide, instructor, and has a Masters Degree in Education and Human Resources with a teaching license in science. When not at work you’ll find him skiing, kayaking, traveling, or spending time with family and friends.

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  • CSGA (Canadian Ski Guide Association) Level 1,2&3
  • CSGA Glacier Course
  • CAA (Canadian Avalanche Association) Level 1,2&3
  • CAA Avalanche Search and Rescue Response
  • CAA Avalanche Mapping
  • CAA Weather and Advanced Weather Course
  • AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) Ski Guide Course
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course
  • AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) Level 1,2,&3 Avalanche Forecaster
  • New Zealand Avalanche Operations Stage 1- Milford Road
  • National Avalanche School
  • CAIC (Colorado Avalanche Information Center) Weather Course
  • EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)
  • OEC (Outdoor Emergency Care)
  • WFR (Wilderness First Responder)

 

Lynn Kennen at Majestic Heli ski, AlaskaLynn Kennen
Guide

Lynn grew up in New England where she developed a love for the outdoors and skiing. She started teaching skiing at a young age then moved west after college where she began competing in big mountain free skiing competitions. Lynn has worked as a trainer for the Alpine Meadows ski school, teaches steep skiing and women’s camps, and has been a ski tester for Skiing Magazine. When not skiing Lynn works as a whitewater guide, manages a restaurant, and spends time mountain biking, practicing yoga and riding her cruiser bike around town.

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  • CSGA (Canadian Ski Guide Association) Level 1
  • CAA (Canadian Avalanche Association) Level 1
  • AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) Level 1&2
  • EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)
  • Professional Ski Instructor of America (PSIA) Level 3 Instructor
  • WFR (Wilderness First Responder)

 

amy_bio_150x150Amy Pertuz
Guide

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Amy spent most of her childhood in Atlanta, GA. Amy started climbing rocks while still living in the South and she soon became interested in other types of mountaineering as well as skiing. At 19 Amy took her first trip to Alaska for a 30-day glacier mountaineering course with NOLS. She has extensive experience in search and rescue, wilderness medicine and ski patrol work. Amy also enjoys teaching others about wilderness medicine and the outdoors and is an AIARE avalanche course instructor. She has guided snowcat and helicopter skiing. When Amy is not on skis she can be found climbing rock and ice, going on long trail runs, and trying to grow tomatoes in the San Juan mountains of Colorado.

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AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) Level 1,2&3 Avalanche Forecaster

AIARE Level 1&2 Instructor

EMT-B (Emergency Medical Technician-Basic)

OEC (Outdoor Emergency Care)

Professional Ski Patroller

Licensed Avalanche Blaster (that’s throwing bombs!)

 

Brett Menter
Guide

Brett grew up in Colorado and fell in love with the outdoors at an early age. After receiving numerous athletic awards and scholarship offers Brett decided to follow his true passions of snowboarding, rock climbing, and mountaineering. While pursuing his college degree, he also teaches snowboarding in Colorado and runs a ropes program for Camp Squamish in British Columbia. Brett is in the early stages of his guiding career and hopes to continue exploring beautiful terrain and making new friends along the way.

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  • AASI Level 1
  • AAIRE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) Level 1& 2,
  • WFR (Wilderness First Responder)
  • Leave No Trace Trainer

 

Chad AKChad Mickschl
Guide

Chad has a variety of experience in the ski guiding and avalanche safety professions. Chad has worked as a ski mountaineering guide, heli ski guide, cat ski guide, outdoor education and avalanche safety instructor, avalanche forecaster, and on avalanche rescue teams with Flight for Life. Chad’s experience has taken him to various ranges in Alaska, Canada and the lower 48. When not guiding in the mountains, Chad enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. Chad is also currently in graduate school studying water resource management and hydrology.

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  • AMGA (American Mountain Guide Association) Certified Ski Mountaineering Guide,
  • AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) Level 1,2&3
  • AIARE Level I & II Instructor
  • CSGA Glacier Course
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
  • EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)
  • OEC (Outdoor Emergency Care)
  • CAIC (Colorado Avalanche Information Center) Weather Course

 

Teague BartowTeague Barto
Ground Operations

Teague grew up in the Southwest in an outdoor family. He has worked as a certified diesel mechanic, snowcat operator/technician, a carpenter and as a general contractor on several different types of architectural builds. If it can be built or is in need of repair Teague is the person to do it. He also rock and ice climbs, and mountain bikes with the best of them.

 

Kari Walter RowleyKari Walter Rowley
Office Manager

Kari Walter Rowley grew up in Virginia and moved west to Colorado to learn to ski after getting a Biology degree at Roanoke College. She has been in HR and Finance for over 10 years, and oversees Majestic’s back of the house chaos. She lives in Basalt, Colorado with her two elementary school age crazy kids, fantastic husband and cool black lab.