Our Guides

Any guide landing a job with Pro Guiding Service will be highly qualified and will be involved in an internationally accredited certification program.  The UIAGM (Union Internationale des Associations de Guides de Montagnes) and the AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) run internationally recognized certification programs for aspiring mountain guides. It requires three to four years of intense training, testing, and supervised guiding to become fully certified. For more information about UIAGM and AMGA qualifications, check the AMGA home page at www.amga.com

 

 

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Our Guides

Most of our trips are guided by one of the guides listed below. Depending on the demand of a given trip, extra guides may be hired to meet the needs of the trip and keep our client-to-guide ratios low. Any guide landing a job with Pro Guiding Service will be highly qualified and will be involved in an internationally accredited certification program. The UIAGM (Union Internationale des Associations de Guides de Montagnes) and the AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) run internationally recognized certification programs for aspiring mountain guides. It requires three to four years of intense training, testing, and supervised guiding to become fully certified. For more information about UIAGM and AMGA qualifications, check the AMGA home page at www.amga.com

The order of appearance has nothing to do with the rank or importance of the guides in our guiding service. All the individuals listed here are carefully chosen guides and their contribution to Pro Guiding Service is much appreciated. 


 



 

Our Guides - Martin Volken

Martin Volken

Martin is the owner of Pro Ski Service and Pro Guiding Service and is a UIAGM certified Swiss Mountain Guide. He was born and raised in Switzerland in the village of Stalden outside Zermatt. This is where he received his formal training as a Swiss Mountain Guide. Martin moved to the Seattle area in the late 1980's. He also works as an instructor/examiner for the AMGA ski mountaineering program. Martin guides all facets of mountaineering.


 

 Our Guides - Trevor Kostanich

Trevor Kostanich

Trevor Kostanich is a native Washingtonian who loves exploring snowy mountains. He utilized a civil engineering degree to land a career and home on Snoqualmie Pass. When not ski touring in his backyard, Trevor has spent long periods of time skiing in India, Alaska, New Zealand, and Argentina. He is an aspiring ski mountaineering guide.


 

Shane Robinson

Shane Robinson

Shane is an AMGA certified Ski Guide and an AIARE Instructor.  Originally from Colorado, Shane has lived in Seattle since 2002 where he loves exploring both the Cascades and the big city. Prior to moving to the Northwest, Shane worked as a ski patroller at Squaw Valley in Tahoe, CA and Copper Mountain in Summit County, CO.  Shane simply loves skiing, and when he is not ski guideing, he is likely skiing with his wife and dog, or sneaking a trip up to Canada for more skiing.  When the snow melts you can find him whitewater kayaking, looking for a good swimming hole, or counting down the days until the next snowfall.  


 

 

Our Guides - Dave Jordan

Dave Jordan

Dave Jordan is an aspiring ski mountaineering guide and is pursuing AMGA certification. He grew up in the northwest and lives in North Bend, Washington. He learned to ski and climb in the cascades and spends his time exploring new ski descents and climbing routes.


 Kurt Hicks

Kurt Hicks

 

Kurt Hicks is an IFMGA Aspirant Mountain Guide. He has been climbing, guiding, and teaching in Washington for over a decade and is proud to call the Northwest home. Always happy to be in the mountains, he especially enjoys exploring the hidden nooks of the Snoqualmie Pass area in the winter months. Kurt serves on the Board of Directors for the American Mountain Guides Association and is involved with local climbing access organizations. He is the author of Snoqualmie Rock, a comprehensive guidebook to the rock climbs near North Bend.
 

 
 
Our Guides - Ben Haskell

Ben Haskell

Benjamin Haskell is an AMGA certified Ski Mountaineering Guide and AMGA Single Pitch (rock climbing) Instructor who has been with Pro Guiding Service since 1998. Ben has a passion for the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, which he has been exploring since the mid 1980s. He has also guided in Alaska, Canada, and Europe. Ben grew up skiing and hiking in New Hampshire. He lives in Seattle, where he also works as a firefighter/EMT.


 

Seth Waterfall 

Seth Waterfall

Seth is an AMGA Certified Ski Guide and a Climbing Ranger at Mount Rainier National Park. His home base is in Enumclaw, WA but he's climbed and skied all over the world. He's skied from the summit of Denali and summitted Mount Everest three times. Seth loves taking people out and showing off the amazing terrain that the Washington Cascades have to offer, especially at Snoqulamie Pass and in the Crystal Mountain Back Coutnry. 


 

 
Our Guides - Mike Hattrup

Mike Hattrup

Mike is an AMGA certified ski mountaineering Guide and an aspiring AMGA alpine guide. He manages the K2 Telemark and Backcountry program and has starred in numerous ski films. Mike is a former mogul specialist on the US freestyle Ski Team.


 

Our Guides - Rinaldo Borra

Rinaldo Borra

Rinaldo is a UIAGM certified Swiss mountain guide and guides in the Alps, Canada and the US in all facets of mountaineering. He currently lives in Grindelwald at the base of the Eiger Nord Wand. 


 

Our Guides - Forest McBrian

Forest McBrian

Forest is a UIAGM Certified Mountain Guide based in Seattle. He grew up in Oregon where he began wandering in the mountains at a young age, and discovered mountaineering in Chamonix when he was 17 years old. Forest holds a BA in English and French and works full-time, year-round as a mountain guide. In his spare time he explores new ski traverses, ski descents, and alpine routes in the Cascade mountains.


 

 

Our Guides - Chris Simmons

Chris Simmons

Chris left the US Navy in 1997 and traveled the ski-bum circuit for a few years before landing in Washington and pursuing a career as a mountain guide. He has traveled, climbed and skied around the world, including memorable trips to China, Mexico, New Zealand and Antarctica. He earned a BA from Western Washington University in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2007, and became a UIAGM Certified Mountain Guide in 2011. Chris now lives in Seattle and guides rock, alpine, and ski mountaineering, year-round.


 

 

Our Guides - Erin Smart

Erin Smart

Erin Smart is an AMGA certified Ski Mountaineering Guide, AMGA certified Single Pitch Instructor, an AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) lead instructor, and is pursing the full AMGA/IFMGA certification.  She is a Seattle native who has dedicated her life to skiing and climbing in the mountains. She grew up skiing and climbing all over the Cascades of Washington State and has been ski mountaineering in La Grave and Chamonix, France since she was 15.  While France is fun, she keeps returning home to the Cascades, which inspire her.  Erin holds a BA in Natural Resource Management, and speaks French and some Spanish.  View her recent article in Backcountry Magazine.


 

 

Solveig Waterfall

Solveig Waterfall

Solveig is an AMGA certified Ski Mountaineering Guide.  She was born and raised in the Alpental Valley of Washington State.  She first clicked into ski bindings at less than a year old, and has been in hot pursuit of fresh snow ever since.  Mountaineering was a natural progression in the search for steeper, more interesting terrain, and the biathlon of ski-mountaineering soon became a lifelong passion.  Solveig started guiding while getting a BA from Western State College of Colorado, and has since worked in the Sierra's, the Cascades, the Alaska Range, and Internationally on the Mexican Volcanoes and Argentina's Aconcagua. Personal climbing and skiing aspirations have taken her to Sikkim in the Indian Himalaya, and the Waddington Range in British Columbia.  After five years of ski patrolling in the winter months, Solveig now guides full time for both Pro Guiding and Rainier Mountaineering Inc. in Ashford, WA.  She spends the winter months teaching avalanche education courses and leading backcountry skiing seminars.  She has 70 summits of Mount Rainier via 5 routes, and has worked 3 expeditions to Denali.



Aaron Richards

Aaron Richards

Aaron Richards has been guiding and instructing since 2010. He’s an AMGA-certified rock guide, and apprentice ski mountaineering and alpine guide, and an AIARE avalanche instructor. He went to Oregon State University where he got a bachelor’s degree in botany. Newly returned to the Pacific Northwest after six years’ guiding in California’s Eastern Sierra, he’s looking forward to the deep Washington snowpack and quick access to his Canadian homeland. 

 


Jere Burrell

 

Jere Burrell

Jere Burrell’s passion for adventure has taken him through the Rockies, Sierra Nevada, Cascades, and all points in-between. As an avid splitboarder he has spent more than a decade riding backcountry venues around Colorado, Mt. Baker, and Valdez, Alaska. Jere is an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, and has completed the AMGA Rock Guide Course, Ski Guide Course, and Alpine Guide Course in the pursuit of AMGA certification. He holds an Outdoor Recreation Leadership Degree and Wilderness Emergency Medical Services Certification from Colorado Mountain College.


 

Guiding Office Administration:

                                                                               Gina Volken


Gina Volken
Guiding office manager

Gina handles the administrative work for both Pro Ski and Mountain Service (our retail store) and Pro Guiding Service and is the office manager for Pro Guiding Service. She enjoys working with our guides, our shop employees and talking to clients about upcoming trips and courses. She also gets to join in on trips or courses regularly and has the best mountain guides around to guide her!