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 ShellyChris Shelly – Head Guide and Ops Manager

Chris grew up on skis 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. He has worked at eight ski resorts; from managing ski patrols, snow safety/avalanche control programs and running ski shops. Chris has traveled extensively around the world skiing and consulting. He also has a Masters Degree in Education and Human Resources with a teaching license in science.

When not working you’ll find him skiing, kayaking, traveling, or spending time with family and friends. And always 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 patroller/snow safety director/avalanche forecaster

 

lynn-kennen2-600x600Lynn 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 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

Jimmy brings a wealth of experience and energy to Majestic Heli Ski. Originally from Texas he has called Park City, Utah home for the last 20 years. He worked on the Park City Ski Patrol and snow safety department for sixteen seasons, he ski guides for Park City Powder Cats, guided skiers in South America as well as working as an avalanche educator at the Utah Avalanche Center and Silverton Avalanche School.

Jimmy is married to a professional chef, 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

 

Morgan Dinsdale – Guide

Morgan grew up in Ottawa, Canada skiing her locals hills until she moved to Whistler B.C. to pursue her dreams of skiing full-time. Since then she has travelled the world, skiing recreationally and professionally. Morgan has worked in the States, British Columbia and New Zealand in the mechanized ski industry and as a ski instructor. She has called Jackson, Wyoming home for the last five years.

Morgan is also a free-lance journalist and a Sports Performance Holistic Nutritionist. Morgan loves the mountains and has an unsurpassed passion for guiding and taking her guests the goods and beyond.

  • Canadian Ski Guide Association Level 1
  • Canadian Avalanche Association Level 1 Professional Avalanche Operations
  • AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) Level 1
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • PSIA Level 1 Ski Instructor

 

Alex Kittrell – Guide

Hailing from Missouri Alex moved to Montana to earn a college degree in biology. After college he worked in Colorado and Montana in the ski resort industry. Next he worked 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 in the winter 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)

 

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

Kari grew up in Virginia and moved 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 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 loves to talk 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)

 

Justin Lilly – Lodge Manager and Hospitality

Justin comes to us originally from Colorado, although he tends to wander far and wide, calling Alaska his “home base” for the last several years. With a background in alpine ski and snowboard instruction, including 10 seasons at Keystone Resort, snow-covered mountains are where he feels most at home.

Justin has also spent much of the last few years as a contractor to the National Science Foundation in Antarctica, including two trips to the South Pole and served as a volunteer for the Winter SAR team in McMurdo. He is working towards his private helicopter license, and enjoys traveling and exploring the mountains of the world.

Justin looks forward to sharing with you our beautiful lodge, amenities and exceptional customer service and to ensure you have the trip of a lifetime.

  • PSIA Level 1 Alpine
  • PSIA Level 1 Freestyle
  • American Heart Association CPR/BLS
  • Leave No Trace
  • U.S. Avalanche Level 1, Level 2
  • Mad Bartending, Serving , Organizational and Customer Service Skills
  • Pretty Happy Guy Overall

 

Chad MickschlChad Mickschl – Guide

Chad has a variety of experience in the ski guiding and avalanche safety professions.

He 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 Chad enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, and putting his graduate degree to work focusing on water resource management and hydrology.

 

  • 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 Travel and Crevasse Rescue Course
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
  • EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)
  • OEC (Outdoor Emergency Care)
  • CAIC (Colorado Avalanche Information Center) Weather Course
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