Wing Ridge Ski Tours Staff
All staff have Level III Avalanche Training as well as First Aid and CPR.
Connelly "CB" (Manager)|
After two decades of earning his turns and visiting hut operations in Austria, British Columbia, and the Rockies, Connelly settled in the incredible Wallowas, where he is honored to carry on the legacy of backcountry ski huts. Connelly is certified by the National Ski Patrol Nordic, Wilderness Medical Association, WFR, Professional Ski Instructors of America Nordic Downhill Level I, Canadian Avalanche Association Ski Operations Level I, Avalanche Level III Ski Operations, and as a National Interpreters Association Certified Interpretive Guide. During the summer, Connelly rafts Hells Canyon or captains a sweep boat down Idaho's Middle Fork of the Salmon river.
Mike Hatch (Avalanche Instructor/Guide)|
The Wallowas newest backcountry ski guide and avalanche instructor hails from the Sawtooths with a loyal following of powder skiers and chute patrollers. Mike's passion for the winter backcountry has lead him to explore countless ski lines throughout central Idaho's Sawtooth Range and now the Wallowas. He is an Avalanche Level 3, AIARE Level 1 certified instructor, a AAA professional member, and holds a University of Montana BS in resource conservation. Summers find Mike battling blazes to protect vital skier habitat.
Ken Bronec (Guide)|
Ken has been skiing in the Wallowa Mountains since he moved to Joseph over 20 years ago. He is a member of the National Ski Patrol at Ferguson Ridge, near Joseph, Oregon. He is employed by the US Forest Service, where he works as a fisheries biologist. Ken is active in the local nordic ski club, and is on the board of directors at Ferguson Ridge Ski Area.
Jerry Hustafa (Guide)|
Jerry began skiing on the man-made glaciers of the Great Lakes state. Later, while attending the University of Montana, he spent a LOT of time learning to telemark at the Snow Bowl ski area near Missoula and at Big Mountain in Whitefish. Since 1987, Jerry has been living in the Wallowa Mountains, working as a botanist for the US Forest Service and becoming a slave to gravity every winter. For Jerry, backcountry skiing has become a way of life. He and his dogs Sierra and Aluco have a peculiar attraction to tree skiing and double fall-line terrain.