It’s the time of year when our ski guides are getting physically and mentally prepared for the upcoming season which starts with a rigorous pre-season Guide Training. For many of our guides, they continue to develop their skills and keep them sharp throughout the off-season. For Lead Guide Crosby Johnson, this included some guiding trips to Mount Blanc. Here’s a quick Q&A about what he has been up to in the off-season along with some photos of his adventures.[nggallery id=5]
Where is home in the off-season? I live in Squamish, BC Canada with my girlfriend Rosie and dog Suzie for most of the off-season. Unless I am traveling to guide mountains in Canada or Europe.
What have you been up to since the end of the 11/12 season? I spent time in Chamonix, France as an IFMGA Mountain Guide this summer. I have also been working in my home town of Squamish as a mountaineering guide and rock climbing guide. If I am not out on the rocks or up on the glaciers you will find me kiteboarding on the Howe Sound. Recently I was appointed Technical Director for the Canadian Society of Mountain Medicine, and successfully instructed the first diploma course.
What was the highlight of your guiding adventures? Meeting new people and getting to show them new places. Also taking photos of the amazing places that I get to go.
What are you doing to get in shape for the upcoming heli ski season? Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, and Kiteboarding plus a daily stretch routine.
A fun fact about Crosby… 12 years ago I was the Janitor for Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing. I had to learn how to ski in order to become a tail guide, because I was a snowboarder at the time. Through the years I have been mentored and taught how to guide by the many long time, valued Mike Wiegele Lead Guides including Mike Wiegele himself. Now I have the dream job of being one of the Lead Guides at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing.