|Originally posted by dirtybkr:
I'll be there . Bob , are you employed by JHMR ? As a guide maybe ?
The reason I ask is that as a X-Mass gift ,my wife and the wives of my friends that are coming with me , gave us a gift certificate for guide service through JHMR . Would you have any recommendations for certain guides . Would we be able to request said guides ?
We have never been to JH but we are advanced skiers and very adventurous .
I *was* a guide at JHMR from 1979 to 1986. Now that I live here again, I'm back on the guide operation's radar screen but am not on the guide staff for 2004.
I would highly recommend taking one of the guides, especially if there's been a fair amount of snow lately. They can show you all the cool inbounds spots and they also have all the gear to take you out of bounds.
You can definitely request specific guides, depending on their availability. All of them are excellent, with different personality quirks, etc. Here's a rundown on the ones I know best:
Laurie Davis (aka L.D.) - Co-Lead Guide. Kick-ass skier, fun to be around, tons of experience, safe, smiles all the time, skis K2 Phat Luv's.
Kent McBride - Co-Lead Guide. A bit quieter than Laurie, incredibly good skier, highly competent. I'd go *anywhere* if he said it was okay. Exum climbing guide as well.
Dave Miller (aka Double-O-Dave... ask him about it if you get him). Basically a legend in JH and in Valdez. One of the finest skiers you'll ever see. Unbelievable sense for finding good snow. I've known him longest of all the guides.
Dave Samuels - (aka Sammy). I've skied with Sammy for over 20 years. He knows the resort and backcountry like the back of his hand and is hugely popular with the locals. One of the best flyfishing guides in the western US.
Chris Leveroni - (aka Lever). Was a ski instructor before becoming a guide. Excellent choice if you'd like to combine a bit of instruction with your guiding. Another JH legend. Goes poking around in the backcountry on his days off.
Pat Davidsaver - (aka Slayer). Also a former instructor. Fun to be around and an amazing skier. If your skis need tuning while you're here, his little shop is the best place in the valley.
Tom Turiano - literally wrote the book on backcountry skiing in the Tetons. Probably knows more about the routes and history of ski mountaineering in this part of the world than anyone else. Author of the classic "Teton Skiing - A History and Guide to the Teton Range" and the new "Select Peaks of Greater Yellowstone - a Mountaineering History and Guide". Also an Exum climbing guide.
There are a few other guides that I don't personally know as well as these, but I've seen them in action and they're all good. I don't think you could be disappointed with any of the guides. If you book any of the ones above, tell them I referred you.