Mark Baumgardner

Celebrating 30 years as a ski guide!

After racing, coaching and teaching skiing in the Midwest through high school and college in the early 70’s, Mark found himself working in a ski shop in Sun Valley, Idaho. After his wife bought him a gift-certificate for a day of heli-skiing, Mark bought the business and has been dedicated to heli-skiing and showing friends the back-country ever since.  

Mark also owns and runs the Smoky Mountain Lodge, the only fly-in heli-ski lodge in the lower 48 states, surrounded by National Forest and some of the best heli-skiing terrain in North America.  “Augmenting our daily operations with a multi day custom package for a small groups in some of the most remote terrain in the Lower 48 has always been a dream of mine. The Lodge is a very special place indeed.”