The people at Crescent Spur tend to fit into four key general groupings: Operations, Guides, Aviation, and Support. All of our staff members are avid outdoors-people who love mountain sports, and our senior staff is entirely comprised of experienced skiers. Looking for work? Check our job postings.
Operations is comprised of administrators working to ensure a positive, memorable experience.
Guides are expert skiers with backcountry knowledge and safety training. The Aviation group is made-up of pilots and engineers with expertise in mountain flying/maintenance. Meanwhile, our support staff include chefs, prep-cooks, a bartender, cleaning staff, and a massage therapist. All of us work together to help shape a great heliskiing holiday for you!
Mark was raised in Crescent Spur, but he didn’t realize the potential for heliskiing near his home until he worked as a ski guide, in Southern BC. Today, he collaborates with Regina in the running of Crescent Spur. Mark has extensive knowledge of these mountains, which he continues to explore, in order to develop new terrain. He also plays an active role in the the industry, having served for many years as a HeliCat Canada board member and on a heliski standards committee. Mark is a professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association.
Regina started skiing at 18, while studying Physical Education in university. After a few years of teaching, she chose to change course, finding work at a snowcat skiing operation. She spent the next 10 years guiding at Selkirk Wilderness Skiing, before moving north with her partner, Mark, to start Crescent Spur Heliskiing. Here, she manages all of Crescent Spur’s business related matters and lodge operations—and loves being able to join guests in the mountains. Regina and Mark have a grown daughter, Bryna.
Jessica was born and raised in Calgary,AB. After receiving her BA in Tourism from the University of Calgary she began working in guest services at Crescent Spur in 2002 and acted as our Lodge Manager for 6 years. Today, she runs our office, based in Calgary, where she helps guests plan trips and get a sense for the experience they can expect. She’s mom to daughter Cali (2009) and son Fletcher (2011), and is an avid skier.
A native of Brandon, Manitoba, Christine now makes her home on beautiful Vancouver Island. She brings a wealth of experience to Crescent Spur with over 10 years of experience in customer service and most recently in tourism. As seasonal lodge manager for three years at a prestigious fishing resort off BC’s west coast, Christine joined the Crescent Spur team in 2015. She is acutely attuned to what makes a week special for guests, and fun to be around! In her spare time, Christine’s hobbies include snowboarding, fishing, quilting, and camping.
Nadia was born and raised in the Lower Mainland of BC and spent most weekends and summers while growing up hiking, camping and exploring the Coast Mountains and Vancouver Island. Her love of the outdoors and interest in the adventure tourism industry led herto enroll in the Outdoor Recreation Management program at Capilano University. After finishing at Capilano she relocated to Victoria and spent 2 years working as Guest Services Coordinator for a remote fishing resort on Vancouver Island’s west coast and traveling in South and Central America. We welcome Nadia for her first season at the Spur for 2018.
Keith has always loved spending time in the mountains. Prior to joining Crescent Spur in 2005, he had extensive experience in mechanized and ski-tour guiding. Keith is an ACMG Ski Guide, and a professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association. When he’s not helping guests make the most of the mountain terrain, he works as a journeyman carpenter. Keith also enjoys flying airplanes—and dodging wild owls.
Raised on a farm in the Rocky Mountain Trench east of Prince George, Jesse’s proximity to mountains at a young age attracted him to skiing, snowboarding, and climbing. Prior to joining Crescent Spur in 2012, he completed the Northern Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism Certificate. Here, he helps facilitate safe and memorable ski experiences for guests. Jesse attained his Full HeliSki Guide certification in April 2016, his Full Hiking Guide Certification in 2017, and works summers as a backcountry ranger at Mount Robson Provincial Park, for Parks Canada. He is most at home in the mountains!
Steve is a Mountain Safety Specialist for Jasper National Park, and past President of the Canadian Avalanche Association. He is a fully certified Mountain Guide and has been in charge of public safety for the park since 2008, winning awards for rescue work. He received his B.SC. in Geography and Environmental Science from Trent University in 1985. Steve lives in Jasper with his wife Ange and their 3 kids. He spends a few weeks a season ‘guest guiding’ for the Spur, and in the evenings can be found entertaining the guests with his fantastic guitar playing and rich baritone.!
Christine grew up in Canmore, Alberta, where her dad had her skiing at age two (and quickly tackling moguls bigger than herself). She completed a diploma in Photojournalism, and soon went back to chasing snow. Christine joined the guiding team at Crescent Spur during the 2014 season, where she helps with guest safety and experience. She also puts her photojournalism expertise to use, documenting the skiing and snowboarding that occurs during her tour weeks. Christine recently earned the Adventure Guide Diploma through Thompson Rivers University,and in the spring of 2017 attained her Apprentice Ski Guide Certification. In the summer, she works as a hiking guide for Wells Gray Adventures, and returns home, to Squamish BC.
Born and raised on a farm near Salmon Arm BC, Ari grew up spending a lot of time in the mountains with his family. This led him to enroll in the Adventure Guide Diploma at Thompson Rivers University, where he then furthered his training in winter mountain travel. Ari joined the Crescent Spur guiding team in the 2015 season where he helps facilitate group care and entertainment, and also enjoys filming and taking photos. When he is not at work, he lives in Revelstoke, ski touring and volunteer patrolling. His summers are spent rafting and kayak instructing around BC.
Jesse grew up in his family’s business of sea-kayak outfitting and guiding on the shores of Georgian Bay in Parry Sound, Ontario. Wanting to strike out on his own, he completed an Aviation-Management diploma in Thunder Bay, ON in 2012. Since then he has worked as a floatplane pilot seasonally in Ontario. In his winters off he completed the Adventure Guide Diploma from Thompson Rivers University, with an emphasis on backcountry skiing. He joined the Crescent Spur guiding team in 2017, and takes some sweet powder ski photos!
Trent became a fixed wing commercial pilot in 1989, before switching to helicopters in 1992. Over that time, he’s logged more than 15,000 helicopter hours. Trent’s experience ranges from flying for heliskiing, mining exploration, fire fighting, and power-line work. He has extensive knowledge of winter and mountain helicopter operations, having flown at Crescent Spur Heliskiing for over 16 years. (For the last 9 years, he’s done so as owner of Ascent Helicopters and Ascent Aerospace.) Trent runs his business and lives on Vancouver Island with his family.
Born and raised in Switzerland, Andre trained to become a full UIAGM Mountain Guide (he also completed a degree in Agriculture). Andre holds 7,000+ hours of helicopter time and expertise in a variety of flying situations. He’s completed many years of high altitude rescue work, and particularly enjoys flying in the mountains. Andre has been flying at Crescent Spur since 1993, and lives in beautiful Valemount, BC, with his wife, Brenda.
Chris began his career as an ACMG Rock Climbing Guide and spent many years guiding in the Rocky Mountain and Coastal Ranges of Alberta and British Columbia. He became a helicopter pilot in 1999 and has been flying in the mountains ever since. Chris has 7,800 hours of experience and has worked extensively in mountain rescue, receiving the Province of Alberta’s Emergency Services medal for his service in the mountain parks in 2009. Chris has worked in the heliski industry for 12 years and he is looking forward to his second season with Crescent Spur. He lives in Canmore, Alberta with his family and spends his time off racing mountain bikes and surfing with his kids.
A Red Seal Chef who honed his skills at fine restaurants in Vancouver (and abroad), Greg has worked in the hospitality industry for over 15 years. Since joining Crescent Spur in 2010 he’s come to enjoy the animated response hungry skiers have to good food—which he refers to as, “seeing forks fly.” Greg is committed to creating innovative, nourishing, locally-sourced food. This dedication is also seen in Gregor’s Gourmet, his full-service catering company, situated in the Okanagan region. In his spare time, Greg experiments with new food ideas, making preserves, hot sauces, and sausages—now available through retailers and online!
Born in Bella Coola, and raised on Vancouver Island, Anna moved to England at 18. She spent several years there, before returning to her West Coast roots. She studied Fine Arts at Emily Carr University and has worked in hospitality for over a decade. She loves talking about food, wine, and travels. In her spare time, Anna can be found hiking the mountains around her home city Vancouver or travelling the world! She is passionate about creating. In addition to her painting, Anna is working towards starting her own bakery. Anna joined the Crescent Spur family in 2015.
In addition to the many other professionals at Crescent Spur, 10 dedicated and enthusiastic individuals are hard at work as our lodge crew. These folks include our house staff, a bartender, chefs, and additional support staff—all of whom work as a team to ensure guests have the best holiday possible. Some lodge staff have worked for us for as many as 7 years. Many of them enjoy the outdoors and mountains, and can be seen snowshoeing and cross country skiing around the property. They too look forward to staff days in the mountains.
What kind of a place would any self-respecting heliski operation be, without some canine companionship? Pearl helps in this capacity, at Crescent Spur, and takes her position most seriously.