Jeff Pensiero


After graduating with a ski business management degree from Sierra Nevada College, "BossMan" or "JP" launched immediately into the snowboard industry and has been living and breathing Baldface for almost 20 years. Not ...

Joel McBurney

Lead Guide

Joel -- the Lead Guide at Baldface -- has a full ACMG certification and over a decade of guiding experience. He has been involved with Baldface since the beginning and never tires of strapping on his skis or ...

Caillin Brown

Head Chef

Caillin, who has been a professional chef for almost two decades, joined the Baldface team 4 years ago and is stepping up into the Head Chef position this year. When he is not cooking or snowboarding, he can be ...

John Buffery

Lead Guide

Buff is the founding guide at Baldface and continues to make guest appearances while helping advise, consult, and inspire our team. He is now employed full time by our BC government as the Senior Avalanche ...

Dave Thomas

Operations Manager

Dave (aka "Goobs"), who has been with Baldface ever since Day One, wears many hats at the Lodge including cat driver and photographer. As the years passed, it became clear that this mechanical ...

Jeff Spearman

Cat Driver

Homie J had no idea the mountains could kick so much ass  until he moved to the mountains with his family when he was 11. He started working at Baldface when he was 18 and has never looked back. In fact he ...

Demian Whitley

Lead Guide

Demian, who grew up here in the West Kootenays, has been working as a snowboard guide for well over a decade. When not playing in the mountains or selling real estate he enjoys spending time hunting down ...

Stella Molnar

Assistant Lodge Manager

Stella, who grew up in Saskatoon, has lived and worked in the mountains for most of her life. When not taking care of Baldface's infinite details, Stella loves hitting the open road and ...

Shawn Colley

Head Chef

Once a pro and still a sponsored snowboarder, this multi-faceted guy works as head chef at the lodge and also responsible for all the retail at the lodge. Awesome! 

Brad McBeath

Lead Guide

Brad is an uber-certified ski guide made up from a mixture of a giant panda bear and Burt Reynolds. He loves the hunting and fishing and raising chickens with his family on his property while running his own lawn ...

Dustin Lalik


Dustin is a self-taught photographer with a focus on action sports, the environment, and travel. Originally from Australia, his first experience of snow was visiting his father’s hometown of Whistler at age 7. ...

Dr. Mike Van Vliet

Doctor & Second Guide

Dr. Mike's background in the mountains is as extensive as his background in medicine. Mike works as a local ER doctor while being on-call for Baldface around the clock. Born and raised ski racing ...

Andy Affleck

Assistant Guide

Andy feels blessed to have spent the last 10 years guiding, riding, and sharing perfect turns with people from around the world. In the off-season, he works as a recreational trail builder in the ...

Terry Maglio

Assistant Guide

Terry has been a friend to Baldface since the very first timbers were raised, and he has overseen every major construction project since. He then stepped up and got certified to join our guiding department ...

Joaquin Klein

Lead Guide

Originally from New Mexico, Joaquin has been living in BC for a very long time.  He jumps off mountains with a parachute, fishes, kayaks, is a fantastic DJ, dancer, father, and dude.  We love his calm ...

Robin Van Gyn

Second Guide

Robin pretty much kicks ass. Not only is she one of the top women's snowboarders on the planet, but she is a passionate and focused trailblazer and she does it all with charisma and style. She lives in ...

Silas Patterson

Assistant Guide

Silas started as a high school student when his work study teacher asked us if we could "use a kid to chop wood or something"!  After he graduated, he became our first dishwasher and the rest is ...

Mark Maarhuis

Assistant Guide

As a young walrus, Mark always dreamed of catching a bigger seal. Finally his ship came in and he logged onto the Baldface team in 2000. Mark's intuitive ability to sniff out some of the best lines in the ...

Cordell "power" Fulton


Originally from Vancouver Island, Cordell was raised in nearby Slocan Valley and joined the Baldface Crew in Year Two! He has been a cat driver and a tail guide, but now spends most of his Baldface days building ...

Shea Guth

Cat Driver

Shea grew up in Saskatchewan and continues to farm there with his dad each summer. On his days off, he loves to snowboard and film in the backcountry.  He races Motorcycles and has a badass Harley.  

Andrew Hill

Second Guide

Not a Homie anymore, but still affectionately known as Homie A, Andrew grew up in these mountains and knows them like home. He is well past a decade in his Baldface career. He’d rather it snowed all year, ...

Graham Jones

Second Guide

Soon after moving to Nelson in 1997, Graham began his Baldface career as a bartender then became one of our first on-staff photographers. He now feels at home in the guiding department. In the off-season, ...

Mitch McCambly

Second Guide

Growing up at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Mitch developed a love of the outdoors and can usually be found splitboarding, canoeing down mountain rivers, or skateboarding. After getting a taste of the ...

Nick Christian


Nick has found his groove on the Baldface Team as a bartender and we are so fortunate to have his positive attitude and sommelier-like wine knowledge in the front lines. Nick's passions include writing, art, ...

Matt Scholl

Assistant Guide

Matt was born in Nelson, grew up in Colorado, then returned to Nelson for his adult years. Matt has been on the Baldface staff since the very beginning and even joined one of the first heli missions as a ...

Jessica Roy

Second Guide

"Chess" started at Baldface as a pastry chef and after a few years in the kitchen, her adventurous spirit lead her into the guiding department where she gets to share her bright vibes with the guests in the ...

Layton O'Dwyer

Cat Driver

Layton stopped moving around when he discovered Nelson almost a decade ago. His multi-faceted skill set keeps him working for Baldface on and off all year long. He enjoys the simple things in life -- any kind of ...

Devon "Jibber" Smith

Second Guide

Devon, a self-proclaimed jibber kid who grew up just a couple of mountain hops west of Nelson, couldn’t be more stoked to be guiding at Baldface and we are lucky to have him on our team. When not at the lodge, ...

Chiara Durfeld

Second Guide

Chiara has lived in Nelson for almost a decade and her passions include snowboarding, mountain biking, crafts and food.

Kevin Sansalone

Second Guide

Sansalone is a pretty amazing guy and we are lucky to have him on our guiding team. He grew up in Vancouver, became a pro rider honing his skills at Whistler until he won the first ever X-Games Snowboard ...

Merri Schwartz

Pastry Chef

Merri -- who was born and raised in the Kootenays near Galena Bay -- left for many years and acquired her impeccable skill set as a pastry chef and master chocolatier. We are thrilled she came back. She ...

Alison Duff


Alison's interests stretch far beyond the bartending at which she is a seasoned pro. Self-proclaimed aviation enthusiast, snow bunny, and wine lover, Alison is also a big fan of awkward dancing and uncontrollable ...

Dini Sigaty


Dini is the welcoming smile and open heart behind our bar and loves to be part of the Baldface team "which is like family". Her passions include hobby farming (alpacas!), yoga instructing, meditating, dancing, ...

Josh Bancroft

Cat Driver

Born on Vancouver Island, Josh now lives in the Okanagan where he is an actual Helicopter pilot in the off season, so snow cats are no problem for this cool cucumber! Josh's hobbies include snowboarding, ...

Garrett Knochenmus

Second Guide

Garrett, who grew up in Conifer, Colorado, came to BC at age 19 to go to school and stayed here for the pow. He started his Baldface career as a housekeeper, quickly moved into a tailgunner position and we have ...

Keith French

Outside Homie

Originally from Rochester, New York, Keith is settling into the Kootenays just fine, thank you. He spends his summers landscaping (Anchorage soil!), and enjoys tossing pizza and hitting up Bingo nights when ...

Rhea Stoochnoff

Garde Manger

Rhea, who has worked and traveled across Canada, always comes back to Nelson where she grew up. When she's not working, Rhea loves being outdoors, cooking, arts and crafts and pugs!  

Dylan Berger

Second Guide

Dylan has been obsessed with powder since birth. Lucky for him, he's a born-and-raised Kootenay Kid -- secret stashes are his speciality. Dylan has been on our guiding roster for four years but his ...

Chuck Arrance

Cat Driver

This awesome dude -- "everybody's favourite redneck" -- keeps us all smiling. From the Land of the Living Sky (Saskatchewan), Chuck loves to snowboard, skate, and ride dirt bikes. 

Brandon Marshall

Cat Driver

Originally from Vancouver Island, Brandon is stoked to call Nelson home and we are stoked to have him on the team. Snowboarding and treeplanting fill up his time.

Pete Cochrane


Born in New Zealand, Pete has been a Nelson local since 2003. He loves to bike, board, and sled and is one of the few year-round mountain staff at the lodge. He has a not-so-secret love of potatoes and moving dirt ...

Ian Butler

Second Guide

Ian, who grew up in the Prairies, moved to the mountains right after high school and bounced around ski hills until he found Whitewater where he soon became the terrain park builder. In the summers, Ian ...

Joel Comely

Cat Driver

Joel has been up at the lodge for many years and always stays busy keeping us all smiling and well taken care of. His hobbies include snowboarding, golf, disc golf, hiking, rock climbing, motorbikes and flipping ...