Guides and Staff

Majestic Heli Ski prides itself on outstanding customer service and ensuring that you have the trip of a lifetime. Our guides, pilots, chefs, wait staff, bartenders, housekeepers, ground crew, massage therapists, drivers and all of our staff look forward to welcoming you to our family and Alaska. Our staff to guest ratio is 1:1 so we can provide you with an exceptional experience. Your expectations and mind will be blown by our mountains, facilities and service team. The Majestic Heli Ski family looks forward to showing you how skiing and snowboarding is meant to be.

  Njord RotaNjord 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 and 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.

  • 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)
  • 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 Avalanche Association – Professional Member
  • US Heli Ski – Member

 

Chris Shelly – Head Guide and Operations Manager

Chris grew up in the Adirondack Mountains of New York and has worked in the guiding and outdoor industry for 30 years (he started young). He has worked around the globe and on both sides of the equator. Chris has guided for over ten different helicopter, snowcat and ski touring operations, as well as having worked at eight ski resorts, which includes managing ski patrols, avalanche mitigation programs and running ski shops. Chris has traveled extensively around the world skiing and consulting, and has also earned a Masters Degree in Education and Human Resources with a teaching license in science.

When not working you’ll find Chris skiing, kayaking, traveling, spending time with family and friends and of course thinking about powder skiing and showing you the trip of your life!  

 

  • CSGA (Canadian Ski Guide Association) Level 1, 2, 3
  • CSGA Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue Course
  • CAA (Canadian Avalanche Association) Level 1, 2, 3 Professional Avalanche Operations
  • CAA Avalanche Search and Rescue Advanced Skills Course
  • CAA Snow Avalanche Mapping Course
  • CAA Weather and Advanced Weather Courses
  • Heli Ski U.S. Level 3 Ski Guide
  • 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)
  • 15 + seasons as ski patrol director/snow safety director/avalanche forecaster

 

Lynn Kennen – Guide

Lynn was born and raised 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 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. She lives in Jackson, Wyoming where she is a ski instructor for Jackson Hole Ski Resort.

When not skiing Lynn works as a whitewater guide, mountain bikes, practices yoga and rides her cruiser bike around town. Her smile and love for skiing is contagious.  

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

 

Jimmy Tart – Guide

Originally from Texas and calling Park City, Utah home for the last twenty years, Jimmy brings a wealth of experience and energy to Majestic Heli Ski. He worked on the Park City Ski Patrol and snow safety department for sixteen seasons, he also works for Park City Powder Cats, guides skiers in South America, as well as working as an avalanche educator for the Utah Avalanche Center and Silverton Avalanche School.

Jimmy is married to a professional chef who makes killer ice cream, has a couple of great dogs and is looking forward to showing you the most amazing trip to Alaska you could imagine.

 

  • AMGA Ski Guide Course
  • AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) Level 1, 2
  • AIARE Level 1, 2 Instructor
  • American Avalanche Institute Level 1, 2
  • American Avalanche Association Pro 2
  • OEC

 

Alan Davis – Guide

Alan is a native of Alaska and studied biology prior to his ski and mountain guiding career. He has travelled the world to far away places such as the Canadian Coast Range, the Cascades, Sierra, Wasatch, Tetons, Cordillera Blanca, the Alaska Range and Himalaya Mountains. Alan has been a Park Ranger for Denali and Mt. Rainer National Parks, as well as a backcountry snowmachine guide, avalanche educator and ski patroller in Park City, UT.

When he is not in the Chugach Mountains he lives in Washington guiding for Rainier Mountaineering Inc. in the Cascades, Alaska, Mexico, and South America. Alan’s passion for showing his guests good lines in wild places is endless.

  • US Avalanche Pro 1
  • AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) Level 1
  • AIARE Level 1 & 2 Instructor
  • AAI (American Avalanche Institute) Level 2
  • AAI Pro Rescue
  • American Avalanche Association Pro Member
  • AMGA (American Mountain Guide Association) Alpine Skills Course
  • AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide
  • EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)

 

Alex Kittrell – Guide

Hailing from Missouri, Alex moved to Montana to attend college where he earned a degree in biology. After college he worked at ski resorts in Colorado and Montana and then as a ski touring guide in Idaho and as a ski patroller in New Zealand. Alex currently splits his winter between the Rocky Mountains of Idaho and the Chugach Mountains of Alaska heli guiding.

Alex spends his summers guiding on the Salmon River in Idaho and working as an arborist. He is also waiting in anticipation to seek out powder and showing his guests how magical skiing is and should be.

  • Heli Ski U.S. Level 3 Ski Guide
  • AMGA (American Mountain Guide Association) Ski Guide Course
  • AAI (American Avalanche Institute) and AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) Level 1, 2, 3 
  • WFR (Wilderness First Responder)

 

Matt Doskocil – Guide

Matt was born and raised in New Hampshire where he learned to snowboard in the White and the Green Mountains of Vermont. He earned a four year degree from Northern Vermont University with a degree in tourism and hospitality. After college Matt came to Majestic Heli Ski as an intern and has done every dirty job. He has a passion for snowboarding, big mountains and ensuring all of Majestic Heli Ski guests feel welcome and at home. 

Matt’s infectious smile and positive attitude will be sure to make your trip to Alaska even better.

 

  • Canadian Avalanche Association Level 1 Professional Avalanche Operations 
  • AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education)  Level 1, Level 2
  • PSIA Level 1 Snowboard Instructor
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Outdoor Emergency Care
  • Pretty Happy Guy Overall
  • B.A. Degree from Northern Vermont University in Tourism and Hospitality

 

Kari Rowley – Management, Reservations, Guest Relations and More…

Kari is from Virginia and moved to Colorado to learn to ski after earning 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 goings-on. When you call or email to book your trip, Kari will be on the other end to answer all of your questions and to get you signed up for the best trip of your life! She lives in Basalt, Colorado with her two children and her fantastic black lab.

Kari loves to ski and cannot wait to speak with you about your trip with Majestic Heli Ski.

  • Black belt in Quickbooks Kung-Fu
  • Human Resources Training
  • Multi tasking like nobody’s business
  • Delightful personality (but don’t mess with her)
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