Who are we?

 

Goodguides loves skiing and adventures. We have devoted our lives to going further and doing more. Now we want to take you with us. We specialize in back country tours in Nagano and Niigata Prefectures. Although every year we’re looking for new and exciting locations to explore with our guests. Owner operator Jerry Williams has immersed himself in the local community and aims to not only bring you the best powder skiing of your life but also a cultural trip with points of difference that you will never forget. Join us for a trip of a life time this winter – you won’t regret it.

Jerry Williams

I first fell in love with Japan when I came to teach skiing in Hokkaido when I was 18. I was blown away by the endless amounts of snow, the kindness of the people, and all the new and different foods. Mostly I was impressed with the uniqueness of the Japanese culture. I now have a high level of fluency in the Japanese language and a love of Japan which will ensure you get a well rounded trip with the absolute best in both skiing and culture.

Qualifications:

  • NZMGA Assistant Ski Guide
  • NZ Avalanche Stage 2
  • NZ Avalanche Stage 1
  • Canadian avalanche Association Stage 2
  • First Aid-Pre Hospital Emergency Care
  • NZSI Ski Instructor Stage 2
  • Bachelor of Arts Majoring in Japanese-Wellington Victoria University
  • Japanese Language proficiency test- N2

Kat Maceskova

Kat is a NZMGA qualified mountain guide from the Czech Republic. She is not only a skilled skier and mountaineer, but has a warm and friendly personality that makes her an amazingly well rounded guide. Kat speaks a range of languages and is on her way to mastering Japanese too! (Czech, French, English, German)

Qualifications:

  • NZMGA Ski Level 1
  • Avalanche Studies level 1
  • Pre-Hospital Emergency Care

Clint Kirkham

Another guide with a passion for life Clint has tried his hand at a huge range of outdoor sports and has turned that passion into a lifestyle and career. When Clint is not in the mountains he is teaching children climbing and rope skills in Western Australia and has also worked as a surfing instructor and whitewater rafting guide. A down to earth and friendly guy, Clint will not only find you the best snow he’ll make sure you have a good time in between the turns.

Qualifications:

• Alpine Heliski-Assistant Ski Guide Qualification
• Stage 1 Avalanche Qualification
• NZMGA Ski Guide – Snow & Ice – Ski Assessment Certificate
• NZMGA Ski Guide Training Course
• NZMGA Assistant Ski Guide Qualification
• NZMGA Member

Mike Roberts

Mike is an extremely accomplished IFMGA Mountain Guide with nearly 30 years of experience during his career. Having climbed most of the world’s hardest test pieces along the way. Mt. Everest 9 times, Lohtse, and the Seven Summits, just to name a few.

Qualifications:

  • IFMGA Mountain Guide
  • Level 2 Avalanche and PHEC
  • NZMGA Guide since 1986

Peter Bilous

Peter is an avalanche education industry leader with over 25 years experience heli, cat and ski tour guiding in Alaska, Canada, Asia and home in NZ.

Qualifications:

  • B.S in Mechanical Engineering – Clarkson University – NY
  • B.S in Business Economics – SUNY Oneonta – NY
  • Advanced Rope Rescue (Ropeworks)
  • US Heli Ski Association Level 3 Mechanized Ski Guide
  • Wanaka Alpine SAR team
  • NZMGA Full Cert. Ski Guide
  • AIARE Level II Avalanche Instructor
  • NZ Snow & Avalanche Committee (current chairperson)
  • Avalanche Education Working Group
  • NZMSC Stage II Avalanche Practitioner
  • ISIA Full Cert. Ski Instructor/Examiner
  • NZMSC Stage II Avalanche Assessor
  • Pre-Hospital Emergency Care

 Reece Doyle

Reese was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where his parents began taking him hiking and car camping before he could even walk. Very shortly after high school he headed to New Zealand and was amazed. It only took him one year back in the states to realize he had to return so he boarded a plane and didn’t set foot back home for nearly six years. Eventually a job offer in Alaska was too much to turn down and he finally headed abroad again. He landed and fell in love with the vast land. It didn’t take long for him to buy land at the base of Thompson Pass to build an off the grid cabin. Presently he spends his summers guiding, climbing and working on his house and in his winters exploring as much mountainous terrain as possible.

Qualifications:

  • Alaskan Avlanche School level 2
  • Wilderness first Responder
  • Outdoor Education Certificate, Tai Poutini Polytech New Zealand
  • Pre-Hospital Emergency care
  • American Avalanche Association level 1

Will Rowntree

Will is passionate about Skiing and the mountains. Having spent many years working in the industry, either as ski patrol or guiding alpine ice routes in New Zealand. Other interests include surfing, and rock climbing.

Qualifications:

  • NZMGA Assistant Ski Guide
  • NZMGA Assistant Climbing Guide
  • Avalanche Stage 2, Otago Polytechnic
  • Approved Explosives handler and Controlled Substances License
  • Foundation/Vertical Rope Rescue, LandSAR
  • Pre-Hospital Emergency Care

Lewis Ainsworth

Returning to Japan for his second season having recently joined the elite rank of IFMGA mountain guide. Lewis spent last winter here in Japan and decided to return after seeing the amazing potential the North Alps has to offer.

Qualifications:

  • IFMGA Mountain Guide
  • NZMSC Avalanche  Management Stage 2
  • LandSAR South Westland Team Member
  • Pre-Hospital Emergency care
  • Bachelor of Arts, History and Political Science, University of Canterbury

Stephen Parker

Stephen has an impressive record of travelling, exploring, and adventuring in the mountains. Completing various mountaineering and surf exploration expeditions along the way. He’s also manged to find time to do yoga, run a business, and continue to work on his Ph.D.

Qualifications:

  • Avalanche Operations Stage 2
  • Pre-Hospital Emergency Care

Lee Lyon

An experienced mountaineer and avid skier. Lee has spent countless winter seasons in Japan, and knows the mountains maybe better than most locals.

Qualifications:

  • Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician
  • AAA Pro 1 Avalanche Course
  • Heli-Ski Guide school, Alaska Heli-Ski
  • Alpine Skills Course, AMGA
  • University of Denver, International Studies

Jaime Sanderson

Another guide with an incredibly diverse skill set. Spending many seasons in the around the globe guiding in different locations.

Qualifications:

  • CAA Industry Training Level 2
  • CAA Advanced AVSAR Certificate
  • CSGA Level 1 Ski Guide
  • 80 Hour Wilderness First Aid

Johnny Rembelos

Originating from Ottawa, Canada’s capital, Johnny grew up far from the big mountains, but grew up riding the icy slopes of Ontario and Quebec. After realizing there wasn’t more he wanted to do than snowboard, in his 20’s he moved to British Columbia and the mountains have had hold of him ever since. First coming to Japan in 2015 to experience the culture and famously deep snow, he’s now been living in Hakuba for 4 years now and feels very at home in the northern alps with his wife.

Qualifications:

  • Canadian Avalanche Association Avalanche Operations Level 1
  • Worksafe BC Occupational First Aid 80 hours
  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid 40 hours
  • BC Ministry of Mines Surface Mine Rescue Certificate
  • Conversational Japanese

Tail Guides

Noriyuki Suzuki

When it comes to the mountains in Japan, there’s not many people who know more about them than Nori. He spends most of his time in the mountains regardless of the season, and has probably stood atop nearly every peak in the North Alps.

Qualifications:

  • Japan Avalanche Network Operations Level 1
  • Shinshu Mountain Guide – 信州登山案内人
  • 25 years on skis, 18 of which focusing on back country.

Yuki

Yuki is also the Japanese word for snow.

Qualifications:

  • Japan Avalanche Network Operations Level 1
  • Shinshu Mountain Guide – 信州登山案内人

Mayuko Rembelos

Skiing since she was able to stand on two feet, and starting her ski racing career at 10 years old. Mayuko later went to pursue ski racing at university in Kyoto. After she discovered the bigger mountains and back country skiing her focus then shifted to searching for steeper lines and bottomless powder. Now living in Hakuba for over 5 years she’s familiar with Japans northern alps in both summer and winter.

Qualifications:

  • Advanced Wilderness First Aid
  • 10 years experience as a ski patrol
  • 2017 Japan Freeride Open Womens Champion

Administration

Yuko Hata Gobert

I came to Hakuba for the first time in 2010 and I fell in love with this village. Since then I spent 3 snow seasons, and travelled Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. After all I decided to come back to Hakuba and am now living here.

 Hakuba is the best place for me to live. I am happy to welcome everyone who comes to this very special place!

Kana Kaibara

Originally from Osaka, but living in the Hakuba now for many years. Kana has a keen passion for the mountains and snow. Travel is also another of her pass times continuing to explore the world.

During the winter months she can be found racing around the slopes of Hakuba, and helping to Goodguides team at our base.

Rosie Mabin

Having worked in the ski industry for a number of years, Rosie brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. Also coming from New Zealand she’s no stranger to mountain life and the outdoors.