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 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)
  • EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)
  • 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 guided around the globe and on both sides of the equator. Chris has guided for ten different helicopter and snowcat operations. He has worked at eight ski resorts; from running ski shops to managing ski patrols and snow safety/avalanche control programs. Chris has also traveled extensively around the world skiing and consulting. 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. And thinking about powder skiing in Alaska and showing you the heli 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)

 

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 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, 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
  • 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)

 

Brett Menter, Guide

Brett grew up in Colorado and fell in love with the outdoors at an early age. After receiving a lacrosse scholarship he decided to follow his passions of snowboarding and climbing. During the summer he works as a backpacking, kayaking, rock and mountaineering guide. Brett also teaches Outdoor Studies at Colorado Mountain College and spent several winters as a snowboard instructor.

Brett also has an AGS Degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership from Colorado Mountain College. He may be our only snowboard guide, but we still like him and you will too. Brett will always take you to the goods, whether you ski or snowboard.

 

 

  • CSGA (Canadian Ski Guide Association) Level 1, 2
  • CSGA Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue Course
  • CAA (Canadian Avalanche Association) Level 1, 2 Professional Avalanche Operations
  • CAA Avalanche Search and Rescue Advanced Skills Course
  • CAA Weather Course
  • AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) Level 1, 2
  • ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides) Top Rope Climbing Instructor
  • AASI (American Association of Snowboard Instructors) Level 1 Snowboard Instructor
  • WFR (Wilderness First Responder)
  • Associates Degree in Outdoor Leadership and Recreation

 

Amy PertuzAmy 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.

Amy will take you to the best skiing of your life and doesn’t take up much room in the helicopter to boot.

 

  • 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!)

 

Alex Kittrell, Guide

Alex splits his winter between the Rocky Mountains of Idaho and the Chugach Range of Alaska heli guiding. Hailing from Missouri he moved to Montana to earn a college degree in biology. Alex began his career in the ski industry as a lifty in Colorado and Montana and he has also worked as a ski touring guide in Idaho and as a ski patroller in New Zealand. And of course heli guiding in the lower 48 and Alaska.

Alex spends his summers guiding on the Salmon River in Idaho, falling timber, working as an Arborist throughout the Western U.S. and waiting in anticipation to seek out powder in the winter and showing his guests the best time possible.

 

  • Heli Ski U.S. Level 3 Ski Guide
  • AMGA (American Mountain Guide Association) Ski Guide Course
  • AAI and AIARE Level 1, 2, 3 Professional Avalanche Training and Certification
  • WFR (Wilderness First Responder)

 

Kari Walter RowleyKari Rowley, Guest Relations, Reservations 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 chaos. 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 a fantastic cool black lab.

Kari loves to ski and loves to talk 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)

 

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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