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Our Team, Our Staff, Our Big Family

We believe the skiing experience and how much fun you are having is not only made up of how good the snow is but also determined by the people that surround you. We are super thankful to be able to spend the winter months here in the BC wilderness with the best group of people. We love our staff, they are all part of our big family and we hope that they also add to your heliskiing experience with us.


Martin Wehren
General Manager

Skeena Heliskiing, Martin Wehren

Martin grew up in the Swiss ski resort of Meiringen-Hasliberg. He is an enthusiastic skier, snowboarder and mountain biker and has skied in many places around the world. His passion for the outdoors, sports and travel sets his standard high for ski vacations, which is what we do at Skeena Heliskiing.

Martin worked for over a decade for Scott Sports in marketing, events and product management. His past experience has created the ideal teammate for Skeena. He is knowledgable with our equipment, companies, and the evolving world of sports.

Since 2011 he has lived in the Kispiox Valley just 40 minutes from the Bear Claw Lodge. He now calls this area his home. Martin oversees many logistics of the operation  from the moment our guests book to when they arrive and enjoy their heli skiing holiday.

Martin is fluent in German, English and French. He has several certificates that compliment his position at Skeena.


Giacum (Jake) Frei
Lead Guide 

Skeena Heliskiing, Kaestle Skis, Giacum (Jake) Frei

Jake was born and raised just 3 hours south of the Skeena Mountain range to Swiss parents. Jake left Canada at a young age and started his career as a professional skier and guide in Europe. In 2003 he started exploring the new skiing terrain of the Skeena and subsequently launch Skeena Heliskiing.

Working in the heli skiing industry for over 20 years, Jake has also been involved with many other heli skiing operations, various avalanche control activities, ski resort safety planning and numerous year round guiding activities around the globe.

Jake’s experience in the industry and commitment to developing a world renowned heli skiing operation has helped him develop the best possible team to ensure our clients safety and enjoyment in the air and on the snow.


Robert Reindl
Lead Guide

Robert Reindle

Born and raised in an Austrian ski village, Robert has been on skis since the age of three. After finishing his ski instructor and guiding certificates, the search for endless powder made him move to Canada in 1994 - where he has guided heli skiers ever since. 

Skiing and guiding at numerous operations in BC and Alaska gave Robert a good understanding of how to put together a great heli skiing program. The promise of exploring new terrain combined with the relaxed atmosphere at Skeena Heliskiing brought Robert to our team here, where his years of experience will flow into the program offered at Skeena Heliskiing.

Robert and a group of Canadian downhill racers still hold the world record for the most vertical feet skied in one day.


Martin Kitzenegger
Lead Guide 

Skeena Heliskiing, Martin Kitzenegger

Martin was born in Austria and started skiing at the age of three. Fully committed to the skiing cause, he completed and became a fully certified Austrian ski instructor, ski guide and ski coach.

Martin has been working in the ski industry for over 25 years and moved to Canada to become a heli-skiing guide in 1999. During this time until he started guiding for Skeena Heliskiing, he worked at Mike Wiegele, Pantheon and Klondike Helicopter Skiing.

Martin never really stops skiing, he basically skis all year. After the heli skiing season, he is a ski coach working in New Zealand or Australia during the summer and in Sweden and Austria during the fall.


Daryl Kincaid
Lead Guide 

Skeena Heliskiing, Daryl Kincaid

Born on the west coast of BC Daryl inherited a great love of the mountains and wild places from his parents. He has been a guide and member of the ACMG for over 30 years and continues to enjoy sharing the magic of the mountains with anyone who wishes to experience it. Guiding since the early days of heli skiing and being involved of every aspect of the business, Daryl knows what it takes to make a great ski experience.

A chance telephone conversation and a similar vision of what heli skiing can be, brought Daryl to Skeena Heli Skiing. Intimate groups, commitment to safety and service and the exceptional family atmosphere of Bearclaw Lodge were the right combination to lure him North.

Daryl also guides ski touring in Whistler, is active in the local mountain rescue community and lives a portion of the year on the ocean off the East coast of Vancouver Island in a new house he and his wife are just completing. He enjoys sea kayaking, fishing, expedition white water rafting and of course mountain biking.


Lee Boland
Lead Guide

Lee Boland, Skeena Heliskiing

Lee started skiing in Oz in his late teens at Mt Buller. Later he went on to St. Anton in Austria were he spent over 10 winters. We are sure that the snow quality and mastering the German language were not the only reasons for his extended stay. Nevertheless, he completed his ski guiding courses in Austria and moved over the Atlantic to discover Canada. Lee started guiding at Big Red Cats and later at Mike Weigele Heli-skiing.

After spending 8 years in Rossland, Lee now lives in Smithers and is a first class carpenter during the summer. Lee loves vegemite, Richmond Tigers and the colour green.


Martin Fichtl
Assistant Ski Guide

Skeena Heliskiing, Martin Fichtl


Craig Roy
Helicopter Pilot

Skeena Heliskiing, Craig Roy

Craig has been with Skeena Heliskiing since its inception and has over 10,000 hours of flying time. His local knowledge and experience with our Heliskiing operation ensures that our clients access the best possible terrain for the conditions.

A local man from Terrace BC Craig has a love for all engines from the smallest to the biggest ones. His favorite mode of speedy transportation during the winter months is his beloved "Enticer" snowmobile (Circa 1971).


Gene and Joy Allen
Bear Claw Lodge Owners / General Managers

Gene Allen, Joy Allen, Bear Claw Lodge, Skeena Heliskiing

Gene Allen:

Local identity, renowned bronco rider, local fishing guide, Gene and his wife Joy have been involved with Skeena Heliskiing since its inception. Gene is a true host, making sure your stay is full of laughter, great stories and memories.

Additionally Gene is a Director on the Quality Waters Strategy Board, Skeena Fisheries Angling Committee and the Skeena Watershed Coalition. He’s involved with the Land Resource & Management Plan for the Forest District and the Swan Lake Wilderness Area. Gene has initiated many clinics for rodeo athletes and has taught and recommended rodeo athletes to colleges and universities. Gene is a past president of the British Columbia Rodeo Association and won the Lifetime Achievement Award in Rodeo.

In October of 2011, he was awarded the "Rodeo Person of the Year" in B.C. 

Gene is a fishing guide, coordinates the mountain pack trips and is involved in every aspect of the Bearclaw Lodge.

Joy has always had an active life with horses, competing in both rodeo and horse shows. She conducted barrel racing clinics for many years and was the Director of Women‘s and Children’s events for B.C. rodeos.

Joy has served as President of the Kispiox Valley Rodeo Club for nearly 30 years and is the Vice President of the local Community Association. Joy won the "Today’s Woman Award" for Community Enrichment for the Yukon and B.C. Interior and was the first recipient of the Hank Vogel: Rodeo Person of the Year Award in B.C. She initiated the Conservation Camps for kids at Bearclaw and continues to be actively involved in all facets of the lodge programs.


Bear Claw Lodge 

To view all the staff at Bear Claw Lodge, have a look at their team page:

http://www.kispioxriver.com/kriesi/about-us/

Joy and Gene Allen - Owners / General Manager
Kaleigh Allen - Marketing Manager
Paul Aiken / Heather Muir - Chef
Natasha Erbel - Sous Chef
Danielle Bradford - Guest Services
Amelie Lafortune - Massage Therapist & Guest Services<
Eve Jones - Massage Therapist

Photos from our Team Album

Skeena Heliskiing, Guides, Staff, Robert Reindl

Skeena Heliskiing, Guides, Team, Staff, Martin Kitzenegger

Skeena Heliskiing, Guides, Team, Staff, Martin Kitzenegger

Skeena Heliskiing, Guides, Team, Staff, Robert Reindl

Skeena Heliskiing, Guides, Team, Staff, Daniel Bradford

Skeena Heliskiing, Guides, Team, Staff, Jim Allen

Skeena Heliskiing, Guides, Team, Staff, Natasha Erbel

Skeena Heliskiing, Guides, Team, Staff, Craig Roy

Skeena Heliskiing, Guides, Team, Staff, Daryl Kincaid

Skeena Heliskiing, Guides, Team, Staff, Robert Reindl, Daryl Kincaid, Martin Kitzenegger

Skeena Heliskiing, Guides, Team, Staff, Gene Allen, Joy Allen

Skeena Heliskiing, Guides, Staff, Robert Reindl

Skeena Heliskiing, Pilot, Jacob Fort

Skeena Heliskiing, Guides, Staff, Robert Reindl

Skeena Heliskiing, Pilot, Craig Roy

Skeena Heliskiing, Guides, Staff, Robert Reindl

Skeena Heliskiing, Pilot, Craig Roy, Daniel Bradford

Skeena Heliskiing, Pilot, Jacob Fort

Skeena Heliskiing, Staff, Jim Allen

Skeena Heliskiing, Pilot, Craig Roy

Skeena Heliskiing, Pilot, Craig Roy

Skeena Heliskiing, Guides, Staff, Daryl Kincaid