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 fighting wild land fires and teaches high altitude and mountain helicopter flying in Leadville, Colorado.

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  • AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) Level 1, 2, 3
  • AIARE Level 1 & 2 Avalanche Instructor
  • AMGA (American Mountain Guides 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 Adirondack Mountains Chris headed west after college. He has worked at eight ski resorts, five snowcat and heli ski operations and in three countries. He’s been a ski patrol director, snow safety director, whitewater kayaking instructor/guide, 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 Professional Avalanche Operations
  • CAA Avalanche Search and Rescue Response Course
  • CAA Snow Avalanche Mapping Course
  • 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
  • New Zealand Professional 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
  • CSGA Glacier Course
  • 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

Amy was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and grew up in Atlanta, GA. She began rock climbing at a young age and then fell in love with skiing. At 19 Amy took her first trip to Alaska for a 30 day mountaineering course and was hooked. She has experience in search and rescue, wilderness medicine, ski patrolling and snowcat guiding. Amy also teaches wilderness medicine and is an AIARE avalanche course instructor. When Amy is not on skis she can be found climbing, going on long trail runs, and trying to grow tomatoes at her home in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.
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  • AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) Level 1, 2, 3
  • AIARE Level 1 & 2 Avalanche 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 a lacrosse scholarship 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.

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  • AASI (American Association of Snowboard Instructors) Level 1
  • AAIRE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) Level 1, 2
  • WFR (Wilderness First Responder)
  • Leave No Trace Trainer
  • Master of the fuel truck and van driving

 

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, snowcat guide, outdoor educator, avalanche educator, avalanche forecaster and with Flight for Life. Chad’s experience has taken him to various ranges throughout North America. 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 Guides Association) Certified Ski Mountaineering Guide,
  • AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) Level 1, 2, 3
  • AIARE Level 1 & 2 Avalanche 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.

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  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Master Carpenter

 

Kari Walter RowleyKari Walter Rowley
Human Resource 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.

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  • Black belt in Quickbooks Kung-Fun
  • Human Resources Training

 

Justin Lilly

Justin Lilly
Guest Services and Lodge Manager

Justin grew up in Colorado and began his seasonal transition to Alaska in 2011. He has a degree in Natural Resource Management and has worked extensively on state and national based outdoor ethics programming. Justin splits his year between Denali National Park during the summer and the ski resorts of Colorado during the winter. He has been a ski instructor for 9 seasons, is a Wilderness First Responder, and has worked for two different helicopter companies in Alaska in various roles including guest relations and hospitality, ground support and heli-hiking guide.