GUIDE and STAFF PROFILES

Meet the crew that will make your ski experience unforgettable

Njord Rota

Njord Rota

Owner, guide, pilot

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 central 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 also teaches high altitude flying.

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Chad 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.

Chris Shelly

Chris Shelly

Guide

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.

Lynn Kennen

Lynn 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 and began competing in big mountain free skiing competitions, and lined up multiple podium finishes. Lynn works as a trainer for the Alpine Meadows ski school, teaches steep skiing and women’s camps, and tests skis 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.

Amy Pertuz

Amy 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 in the same mountains where she now gets to guide. 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 skiing in the backcountry, by snowcat, and by helicopter. 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.

Andrea Cutter

Andrea Cutter

Chef

Andrea grew up in Oregon and California in a culinary family. Having graduated from the Western Culinary Institute she has spent her whole life in the kitchen and in gardens. Since 1995 Andrea has lived in Aspen and works as a private chef. When not in the kitchen she is passionate about rock and ice climbing, riding her mountain bike, and of course skiing powder.

Teague Bartow

Teague Barto

Ground Operations

Teague grew up in the Southwest in an outdoor family. He has worked as a 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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Brett Menter

Customer Relations / Intern / Aspiring Guide

Brett grew up in Colorado and while doing so he acquired a taste for snowboarding and rock climbing. He is also in pursuit of finishing his college degree and a career in guiding. He has a lacrosse scholarship as well, all of this in-spite of the fact that he has red hair.