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Committed Heliskiing Professionals and Adventurers

Meet the People Who Will Make Your Adventure

The staff at Crescent Spur tend to fit into four key general categories: 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.

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.

Our lodge staff include chefs, prep-cooks, a bartender, cleaning staff, and a massage therapist. All of us work together to help shape a great heli-skiing holiday for you!

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Mark Aubrey

Mountain Operations Manager, Lead Guide & Owner

Mark was raised in Crescent Spur, but didn’t realize the potential for heli-skiing near his home until he worked as a ski guide in Southern BC. Today, he is proud of the work he has put in to transform his childhood home in Crescent Spur, into a place to share his passion with others. 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 industry, having served for many years as a HeliCat Canada board member and on a heli-ski standards committee. Mark is a professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association.

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Jessica Handley

Business Manager

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. Jessica acted as Lodge Manager for 6 years and has been involved in shaping the culture of Crescent Spur from the time she started. After taking a couple  of years away to raise daughter Cali (2009), and son Fletcher (2011)  she assumed the role of Business Manager. Based in her home office in Calgary, she helps guests plan trips and get a sense for the experience they can expect. Jessica especially loves her days “in the office” where she can experience the mountains with guests who have become family.

Christine Lindenberg

Lodge Manager

A native of Brandon, Manitoba, Christine now makes her home in Cumberland, on beautiful Vancouver Island. She brings a wealth of experience to Crescent Spur with over 15 years of experience in customer service and  most recently in tourism, as seasonal lodge manager for four 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, pottery, and camping.

Alexandra Stott

Assistant Lodge Manager

Alex was born and raised in Cape Breton Island, NS and now lives on Vancouver Island in BC. Growing up in a tourist town, she developed a passion for tourism at a young age. After travelling in Asia, and working at a remote fishing lodge in Northern Ontario, she headed west to explore western Canada. She has been an integral part of the CS lodge service staff, and the Crescent Spur family since 2017.

Keith Libech

Lead Guide

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.

Jesse Milner

Lead Guide

Jesse grew up on a small farm east of Prince George and spent his childhood eating lunch on the chairlift at the local ski hill so he could maximize his runs. Jesse loves Crescent Spur and has been part of the guiding staff since 2012. During his ACMG guide’s training, Jesse was honoured to be the recipient of the Claire Dixon and Cornelius Brenninkmeyer Award, an annual award presented to the top candidate in the Ski Guide program. Jesse is a fully certified IFMGA Mountain Guide and works as a Rescue Technician for Jasper National Park. He enjoys guiding, skiing and climbing around the world. Jesse loves to share his contagious passion for the mountains with others!

Steve Blake

Lead Guide

Steve dedicated most of his career with Parks Canada as a Mountain Safety Specialist in Jasper National Park, winning awards for rescue work. He is a fully certified Mountain Guide and is a past President of the Canadian Avalanche Association. He received his B.SC. in Geography and Environmental Science from Trent University in Ontario. Steve lives a rich life in Jasper with his wife Ange and has 2 adult kids. He spends several weeks a season ‘celebrity guiding’ for the Spur, and in the evenings can be found entertaining the guests with his fantastic guitar playing and rich baritone!

Tom Gruber

Lead Guide

Tom was born and raised in Whistler, B.C., and he was skiing before he could walk! At an early age he developed a passion for wanting to share mountain experiences with other people. Tom is a fully certified I.F.M.G.A Mountain Guide (certified in all types of terrain summer and winter), and has been guiding heli-ski guests since 2004. He has extensive experience in the Cariboo mountains. He joined the CS family full time for the 2020 season. Tom and his wife live in Golden, BC where he enjoys many different types of outdoor activities including rock climbing and mountain biking. A big part of guiding for Tom is connecting with different people and learning from them and their experiences in life as well.

Ari Bruns

Tail Guide

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.

Linus Persson

Apprentice Ski Guide

Born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, Linus’ path to a life in the mountains was not always very obvious. Growing up in the city, Linus took every opportunity he could to ski the mountains of northern Sweden. Eventually his love of the mountains led him to travel to Nepal and Patagonia where he landed a job working remote mountaineering expeditions on the Patagonian Ice Cap. His pursuit of ski guiding soon brought Linus north to British Columbia where he has completed the Adventure Guide Diploma at Thompson Rivers University. Linus successfully completed his ACMG Apprentice Ski Guide exam in March of 2021. His summers are spent hiking guiding in Wells Gray and exploring the mountains of BC on his free time with his wife Natalie.

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Trent Lemke

Heliski Pilot

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.

Andre Lafferma

Heliski Pilot

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.

Ken Gray

Heliski Pilot

Ken lives in Canmore Alberta and has been flying helicopters since 1986. During that time he has accumulated over 17,000 hours of experience in oil and gas exploration, fire fighting, power line work, mounting rescue and over 25 years of heli-skiing. He joined Crescent Spur’s team in the 2019 season.

Dave Hawrys

Heliski Pilot

Dave lives in Fernie, BC and runs the Ascent Helicopters Base there. Dave joined the CS team as a regular fixture in 2020.

Greg Fuchs

Head Chef

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!

Lodge Staff

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, 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 10 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.