Safety: Our Top Priority

Safety takes precedence over any other decision during your experience with Phantom.  Guides and pilots work together in a comprehensive risk management program to ensure our guest safety goals are met based on the weather and snow conditions.

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All guides are certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG).  Many years of local backcountry guiding experience is combined with meticulous attention to weather, snowpack analysis and record keeping.

All Phantom guides go through rigorous individual and team training to maintain their professional standing.  Each day your guides meet in the AM and PM and develop suitable plans for the day based on conditions.  You worry about getting the face shots, we’ll worry about keeping you safe.

ROSS BERG

Owner and Operator

Ross discovered the mountains as a teenager while visiting western Canada’s best winter destinations as a sponsored snowboarder. At 16, he was introduced to rock climbing through a local Whistler guide. This experience completely captivated him and opened his eyes to the huge potential the mountains present. In the following years, he completed his certification through the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA) to be an international mountain guide. “I feel privileged to be able to work as a mountain guide and look forward to sharing the thrill of the mountains with my guests.”

 

Ross has guided, climbed and skied in the European Alps for the last several seasons. When he’s at home he can be found working as a heli-ski guide in winters and climbing alpine rock routes in summer.

Scott MacDonald

Guide

A life long skier turned ACMG ski guide, the sport plays a major role in Scott’s life.  From meeting close friends, travelling the world and now exploring the further reaches of BC’s incredible Coast Range, skiing is the common theme.  Originally from Vancouver and now a Whistler local, Scott is passionate about the Sea to Sky region and loves showing visitors what makes it so special here.

When not skiing Scott loves to mountain bike, travel and spend time with his friends, family, wife and two kids.

Robert Thor

Guide

Robert Thor has been guiding in the mountains for over 20 years in Iceland, Greenland, and Canada.  His outdoor aspirations began as a volunteer for SAR and a park ranger in Iceland.  Having crossed the Greenland icecap and Iceland multiple times by foot and skis, he decided to explore new challenges in Canada.  Robert is an ACMG certified ski guide and an instructor for the Canadian Avalanche Association.

Now a father of two, Robert is well practiced in keeping calm and keeping his sense of humor in times of chaos.  Always enjoying a diversified life, Robert splits his time between Canada and Iceland.  During his offseason, Robert stays busy as a landscape architect and graphic designer.

Christine Feleki

Guide

Based in Squamish, Christine is one of the hardest working women in the industry. An apprentice hiking guide in summers and Canada’s first woman to be certified as a snowboard guide; no matter the season she is teaching safe backcountry travel. Christine is ahead of her game in so many ways, behind her friendly smile lies a calculated and driven mind that will get you to the goods without sacrificing a good time. Her passion for sharing the mountains with other inspired women is only outmatched by her ability to out-ride most of the guys out there. Whether you’re new or old to the touring world, she has so much to offer.

Brett Menter

Guide

Born and raised outside of Denver, Colorado. Brett expanded his childhood athleticism into the alpine world after a series of life challenges. From the high peaks of Colorado to big beautiful lines in Alaska, the thirst for more powder therapy didn’t stop. Snowboarding went from weekend trips to a full-time focus faster than he ever dreamed. His patience for the process of learning and what it takes to be a safe mountain traveler molded him into a passionate guide and teacher. Brett has found a home now in Squamish, BC and stays busy with a variety of work and play that bring a consistent flow of fresh air and good people. Wherever his guiding journey takes him, gratitude and kindness naturally join along.

Helicopters and Pilots

Our helicopter service provider, Black Tusk Helicopters has an outstanding safety record.  They fly modern A-Star helicopters and follow strict maintenance schedules.  Your pilots are experienced and specially trained for mountain flying and heli-skiing.  Each helicopter is equipped with state of the art communications, first aid and rescue equipment.

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Equipment and Training

Guests are provided with modern avalanche rescue equipment for the duration of your stay.  This includes an avalanche transceiver, probe, shovel, radio and airbag backpack.  Our guides conduct a comprehensive avalanche training session for all guests upon arrival.

Waiver

Safety is the top priority at Phantom and we work diligently to mitigate all risks associated.  However, any form of backcountry skiing comes with inherent dangers, therefore each guest is required to sign the waiver of liability and assumption of risks upon their arrival.

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