Erik Leidecker grew up in Ketchum and began guiding with SVHS back in 1999. After graduating from the local Community School, Erik traveled east to Dartmouth College, but was eventually drawn back to the Sun Valley area, which is a premier venue for mountain sports. He got his start guiding with Stanley, Idaho-based Sawtooth Mountain Guides in 1993 and is now co-owner of the company and director of summer operations. Erik is equally at home on rock, in the alpine, or on skis, and has guided extensively in Idaho and throughout North and South America. He lives in Hailey, Idaho with his wife, Gretchen and two daughters, Sascha and Svea.
While never one to take himself or others too seriously, Bozo does approach all guiding and alpine pursuits earnestly—this dedication is proven by his 20 years of guiding for SVHS. A native of New Hampshire, he’s claimed ski descents on New England peaks as well as many throughout Europe, Canada, the western U.S., and even Mexico while finding the time to become an EMT and an accomplished kayaker. These days Bozo gets to share the mountains and rivers with his son Ben, an enthusiastic snowboarder and boater. Watch out Dad!
Fun-loving and personable, Pat started his guiding career as a fishing guide in the remote bush country of his native Alaska. He first came to Sun Valley as a cross-country ski racer with the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. Pat finally realized that skis were meant for going down hills. He moved to California where he spent his time alpine touring, got an EMT, studied snow safety, and trained avalanche dogs. After 8 years, he found his way back to Sun Valley to work as an avalanche forecaster and joined the Sun Valley Heli Ski team. He now lives in Hailey, has two children who also love skiing. In his spare time, you might see him kayaking, fly fishing, or guiding on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River with Middle Fork Wilderness Outfitters.
A member of the US Ski Team for ten years and one of the most accomplished X Games athletes of all time, Reggie Crist's single career goal is to ski "as much powder as humanly possible." As a retired World Cup downhiller and the only man to win the Skier X competition twice, he's already got a good start. When not on the race course, Reggie and brother Zach are staple big mountain skiers with production companies such as Warren Miller and Rage Films. Reggie has also been featured in several adventure films, claiming first descents on the polar ice cap of Greenland, the Himalayas of Nepal, the Alps of New Zealand, and the coastal giants of Alaska.
Marc Hanselman was born and raised in Idaho. He grew up in Sun Valley where with the help of the outdoor program at the Community School (a local private high school) Marc got an early start with adventure sports. Now he has first ascents in Thailand, Japan, Australia and of course, Idaho. Marc first started with SMG as an intern in 1993, but did not start guiding in earnest until 1999. In between he graduated with a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and taught English for two years in Japan. In the fall of 2011 Marc became a fully certified IFMGA Mountain Guide.
A member of the US Ski Team from 1991-1998, Zach competed on the World Cup for 7 seasons.In 1999, he shifted his focus to the emerging event of ski cross. After 9 X Games appearances Zach tallied gold, silver and bronze medals becoming one of the sports pioneers alongside brother Reggie. Beyond competitive pursuits, Zach and Reggie have been exploring the world as backcountry skiers and guides. Their adventures have appeared in numerous ski films and TV shows featuring first descents in the Himalayas, New Zealand, Greenland, Alaska and at home in Idaho. Zach currently guides for Sun Valley Heli-Ski and Sawtooth Mountain Guides.
In the summer months Zach takes to the water: surfing and kayaking his way through the warm months, with a little mountain-biking thrown in for good measure.
Sara Lundy loves powder skiing. Sara grew up in Idaho and has been a Level II certified Ski Guide since 2003, leading backcountry skiers on day and multi-day trips as well as teaching ski and avalanche courses.
Sarah and her husband Chris recently became co-owners along with fellow guide Erik Leidecker of Sawtooth Mountain Guides. Here she combines her love of both summer and winter activities. Staying true to their mantra, “Never leave home without your skis,” they have explored the backcountry ski terrain of Patagonia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Canada, Alaska and throughout the US. And although Sara loves the helicopter, she has been known to solicit ski-assist transportation from trains, ski planes, gondolas, delivery trucks, ferries, collectivos and the occasional ox-cart. After all her gallivanting, she’s always excited to come home for a winter of face-shots in her own backyard!
Alex was drawn to the West upon his first visit to the Rocky Mountains at age 14 and in 1995 he made his move toward the Pacific. He attended the University of Montana where he earned a degree in Biology and took the opportunity to explore the Sun Valley area while working for the Forest Service during the summers. Rock climbing initially introduced him to the venue of the local mountain ranges but the ski terrain brought him to Ketchum full time in 2003. His resume of descents includes peaks in at least sixteen mountain ranges regionally. His time at SVHS began with fueling and machine wizardry as he worked from the title of honorable fuel boy into the ranks of his cohorts. A zealousness to explore the mountains has driven Alex to pursue accreditation from the American Mountain Guides Association as a Ski Guide. We are happy to have Alex as a member of our guide staff.
Chris Templeton graduated from Bristow Academy in 1994 and returned in 2001 to obtain his Instrument rating. He now flies for Reeder Flying Service.
"I am pretty biased when I say that flying a helicopter for a living is THE best job in the world. To date, my flying has included flight instruction, tours, aerial photography, television and radio news, movie and television production, external load, fire fighting, and heli-skiing to name a few.
I have worked in much of the lower 48 States as well as Alaska. It is diversity such as this that adds to the thrill and challenge of being a helicopter pilot. Getting paid to do something that one truly loves doing still amazes me. Added benefits include witnessing and experiencing things that most other people never will, whether it is flying into an amazing sunset, participating in a harrowing police pursuit, or fighting wild land fires. Just another day in the front office."
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