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Our Ski Guides

Our team are all members of the British Mountain Guides Association and fully qualified IFMGA guides. They have chosen to specialise in ski touring in particular during the winter months and the depth of experience, leadership qualities and technical excellence they posess cannot be learned overnight. 
 
Ability alone however, won't guarantee to make a great guide. We always look for people with a patient and cheerful character and good track record before inviting a new member onto the team. From time to time we also bring in other trusted guides, all of whom we know personally and have observed to ensure our standards are maintained.
 
Al Powell - British Mountain Guide
Al Powell
Our head ski guide - who runs most of our off-the-beaten-track ski mountaineering trips.. [read more]
 
Dave Hollinger - British Mountain Guide
Dave Hollinger
As well as ski touring classics, Dave skis in Chamonix, La Grave, the Queyras and Silvretta.. [read more]
 
Jonathan Baird - British Mountain Guide
Jonny Baird
Jonny's passion for mountains started in Scotland, as he grew up in the highlands.. [read more]
 
Jon Morgan - British Mountain Guide
Jon Morgan
Jon is the only British Mountain Guide who is also a practicing doctor.. [read more]
 
Jon Bracey - British Mountain Guide
Jon Bracey
One of Britains leading Alpinists and a keen ski mountaineering racer.. [read more]
 
Rob Jarvis - British Mountain Guide
Rob Jarvis
Rob's most recent ski expedition has taken him to the South Pole... [read more]
 
James Thacker - British Mountain Guide
James Thacker
James has climbed and skied in the Arctic, the Himalayas and... [read more]
   
 
What is an IFMGA Guide?  
To quote the British Mountain Guides Website: "Put simply, it means an internationally qualified guide with the knowledge and skills to lead parties in the world’s most challenging mountain environments. IFMGA Mountain Guides are the most qualified and experienced professionals to lead people in the mountains with a training and assessment that takes many years and exceptional skills to achieve. The International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations (IFMGA), is the body that coordinates the standards and mutual recognition of the twenty-six national mountain guide associations."
 
In the Alpine nations, IFMGA status it is a legal requirement in order to practice the profession of a mountain guide.
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Staff Profiles
 
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  Al Powell - British Mountain Guide   Al Powell - British Mountain Guide skiing  
 

Al Powell

Alpine Guides director, Al is our head ski guide and runs most of our off-the-beaten-track ski touring trips. He also builds and maintains the company website. During the winter months he races for the British Ski Mountaineering Team, having taken part in most of the major alpine classics as well as two World Championships.

In other areas, he has a strong background is in expedition climbing (several first ascents in the greater ranges) and mountain running (elite wins in several mountain marathons, including both the LAMM and the OMM) - Al recently became the first Britain to run the Tour du Mont Blanc (102 miles, 9000m ascent) in under 24hrs.

Between trips, he lives in Yorkshire with his wife Sima and their young family, where he tries to spend as much time on a mountain bike as possible [see Al's Blog].

 
 
  Dave Hollinger - British Mountain Guide   Dave Hollinger - British Mountain Guide skiing  
 

Dave Hollinger

Originally from near Belfast, Dave spends the winter months skiing in the Alps, where in addition to the ski touring classics he has a particularly good knowledge of Chamonix and La Grave, the Queyras and Austria - including the Silvretta, Otztal and Stubai ranges etc.

He has a similar background to Al in both expedition climbing and orienteering (ie a former Irish orienteering champion) - but also has a very strong instruction and training background, having worked at Plas Y Brenin, the national outdoor centre for several years.

In the summer months, he guides in the Alps and runs his own mountain training company back in the UK, delivering mountain leader training and awards.

 
 
  Jonathan Baird - British Mountain Guide   Jonathan Baird - British Mountain Guide skiing  
 

Jonny Baird

Born and bred on the west coast of Scotland, Jonny has been skiing and mountaineering for over 20 years. During this time he has travelled widely in search of adventure, including several trips to the Canadian Rockies, Tien Shan, Peruvian Andes, New Zealand's Southern Alps and rock climbing in Australia.

His passion for mountains started in Scotland, where he built a wealth of experience in the harsh local conditions, before moving out to Europe where he now lives and works full time in the Chamonix valley.

Jonny runs many of our Chamonix based courses, as well as guiding the Haute Route, Western Bernese Oberland, Gran Paradiso and numerous other tours in the Western Alps.

 
 
  Jon Morgan - British Mountain Guide   Jon Morgan - British Mountain Guide ski mountaineering  
 

Jon Morgan

Jon is unique amongst British guides, being the only BMG member who is also a practicing doctor. He divides his time between working as an anaesthetist and ski touring guiding, but also finds time to race in the British Ski Mountaineering Team, competing in international competitions and at several World Championships.

When not skiing, Jonny has in his own words 'an unhealthy addicition to competitive sport'(!), running in at least 30 fell races and mountain marathons a year both locally and at national level.

 
 
  jon bracey - british mountain guide   jon bracey - british mountain guide  
 

Jon Bracey

Jon is one of Britains leading Alpinists and a very successful ski mountaineering racer, having competed for Great Britain at the Ski Mountaineering World Championships, the Pierra Menta, and the Patrouille des Glaciers.

During the winter months he climbs and races and enjoys his ski touring work, balancing this alongside family life in Chamonix, where he lives full time.

 
 
  Rob Jarvis - British Mountain Guide   Rob Jarvis - British Mountain Guide  
 

Rob Jarvis

Rob has a traditional uk mountain background, with thirteen full winter seasons mountaineering, climbing and guiding in the Scottish Highlands. Now resident in the Chamonix valley, he spends most of the winter on skis - principally guiding in Chamonix, but also elsewhere in the Western Alps.

Further afield he has climbed and led expeditions to the ‘Greater Ranges’ on peaks up to 7500m (Chinese Pamir, Nepalese & Indian Himalaya, Argentinean Andes, Pakistani Karakorum, Moroccan High Atlas & Antarctic Ellsworths and Peninsula) as well as having spent nearly two years in Antarctica.

The latter involved working as a guide and safety officer at the British Antarctic Survey, climbing and ski guiding on Mount Vinson most recently guiding a 'Ski South Pole' expedition.

 
 
  james thacker - british mountain guide   James Thacker - British Mountain Guide  
 

James Thacker

James enthusiasm for mountains has taken him to Arctic Greenland, the Himalayas and the "classic north faces" of the European Alps. In the winter months he divides his time between running training courses in Scotland and ski touring - where he has a good knowledge of La Grave, the Ecrins and Queyras in the Southern Alps, Chamonix and the Haute Route, the Gran Paradiso and Silvretta, as well as having toured in remote regions such as East Greenland.

For several years he was actively involved with Mountain Rescue in the Peak District as a member of Derby and Edale MRT's. As such he has developed an interest in altitude medicine and the management of the trauma in the mountains.

In the summer months, he guides in the Alps and runs his own mountain training company back in the UK, delivering mountain leader training and awards.

 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
         
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