About Evergreen Backcountry Guides

“Returning people to nature…”

Hailing from all corners of the globe, the Evergreen Backcountry Guides bring to Hakuba a wealth of knowledge and experience so you can safely enjoy skiing Japan powder in the Hakuba backcountry.

What do we do on our days off? The same thing we do with our guests everyday, we return ourselves to nature! We love our job, it’s as simple as that. The EBG team understand the impact these experiences can have when we visit these natural spaces, the profound way that this time spent outdoors can filter back to the decisions we make, and how we choose to live from that moment forward.

Life challenging and thus life changing experiences… simply put, this is what we want to share with you.

Meet the Guides


Evergreen Backcountry Guides CEO and Chief Guide, Dave Enright, has over 2 decades of mountain guiding experience beginning in his own backyard, the Coast Mountains of B.C. Canada. A Professional Member of the internationally recognised Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA) and qualified guide with the Canadian Ski Guides Association (CSGA), Dave had a pioneering role in avalanche education and safety since his arrival in Japan over 20 years ago.

Dave’s attitude toward safety is founded on years of involvement in the worldwide avalanche community and his own development as a qualified mountain professional.

Under this leadership, we have assembled a team of guides who are highly trained and certified in avalanche risk management, backcountry travel and first aid.

Each one of our Guides brings something unique to the team, but we all share a passion for the mountains and intimate knowledge of Hakuba’s best lines. Operationally, we meet daily to collaborate and discuss snowpack data, weather observations and tour itineraries to make sure you are headed to the best snow in safe conditions every day.

dave enright guide profile 2017Dave Enright – Canada

Owner / Director of Evergreen Outdoor Center and Chief Guide

Husband, father of 2, outdoorsman & environmental enthusiast.

“We should try not to be complacent with the lives we are given and the jobs that we do and if we find ourselves becoming such then it is a time for a change.”


25 years outdoor guiding experience 9 years Ski Patrolling; First Aid and Avalanche Control
Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA) Level 3 Avalanche Canada, Avalanche Skills Training Instructor
Canadian Ski Guide Association Level 1 18 years backcountry ski-guiding and avalanche instruction
Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors, CASI Level 2 Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance, CSIA Level 2
Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors CANSI Level I Avalanche Control Team, Founding Member
Outdoor Emergency Care Technician Wilderness Medical Associates, Wilderness First Responder
Red Cross Japan CPR / AED Capilano University, Outdoor Recreation Management Diploma
British Columbia Mountaineering Club, Rock Rescue Canadian Ski Guide Association Glacier Ropes Rescue
Recreational Canoe Association of B.C., Flatwater Instructor Swift Water Rescue Technician
International Rafting Federation Trip Leader Class 4/5 New Zealand Rafting Association (NZRA) Advanced River Rescue
Commission Internationale de Canyoning, Guide Module 3 International Mountain Bike Association, Instructor
Tree Climbing Japan, Basic Tree Climber Hakuba Village, Outdoor Meister

bill glude guide profile 2017Bill Glude – Alaska

Guide/Avalanche Course Instructor/Avalanche & Weather Forecaster

Bill Glude is the owner of and lead consultant, forecaster, researcher, and instructor for Alaska Avalanche Specialists, a Juneau, Alaska-based international earth science consulting company that specializes in all phases of avalanche work, including education, recreation, transportation, and industrial consulting; including risk analysis, mapping, planning, operational and structural mitigation, project management, program operations, education, training, artificial release including helicopter and hand blasting, and research.

Bill has been working with Evergreen every winter since 2006; teaching avalanche courses, doing our daily weather and avalanche forecast, training guides, scouting new areas, and guiding on skis and splitboard.His forty-plus years of professional avalanche experience include backcountry and heliski guiding and training the guides in Alaska and Japan..

“I’m a bit of a snow nerd.”

20 + years guiding experience American Avalanche Association Instructor
Avalanche Risk and Avalanche Control Consultant Wilderness First Aid & CPR
CAA Avalanche Skills Training 1 & 2 :Instructor International Kite Organization: Level 1 Instructor

james robb guide profile 2017James Robb – Canada
Evergreen General Manager / Senior Guide often seen wandering Hakuba’s streets at night with a turntable under each arm.


15 years guiding experience B.A. in Physical Education and Kinesiology
Canadian Ski Guide Association: Level 1 Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance: Level 2
Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors:  Level 2 Canadian Avalanche Association: Level 1
Commission Internationale de Canyoning (CIC) : Guide Module II IMBA  Mountain Bike Instructor : Level 2 
New Zealand Rafting Association: Advanced River Rescue Interpretive Guides Association Professional Level
Canadian School of Mountaineering Rock and Alpine Courses Rescue 3 International: Swift Water Rescue Technician
Tree Climbing Japan: “Tree Climber” International Rafting Federation (IRF): Trip Leader 3
Advanced Explorer First Aid & CPR (certified by Wilderness Alert Japan) Languages: English, French, Japanese

skiing japan powder with Demelza ClayDemelza Clay – Australia
Mountain Girl & Salt Gypsy

Born and raised in the King Valley at the foothills of Australia’s Snowy Mountains, Demelza was trained and certified as a guide in Canada, where she worked for various Heli and Cat Skiing operations throughout BC. A competent and worldly outdoors woman, Demelza is also a passionate Salt Gypsy who balances her career guiding surf charter boats in the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean.

“Eat my tracks boys”

BappSci. Human Movement Science Canadian Ski Guides Association: Level 1
Canadian Avalanche Association: Level 1 Australian Professional Snowsports Instructors: Level 4
Canadian Ski Coaches Federation: Level 2 Surfing Australia Surf Coach: Level 1
Certificate IV in Leadership, Coaching & Mentoring Polestar Pilates Matwork Instructor

Bumsti RatschillerBumsti Ratschiller – Austria
Ski Guide.

“Bumsti” grew up as a little mountain dwarf in the Austrian alps and learned to ski before he could walk. In his early years while he ski raced, he spent all his spare time in the mountains learning from his Dad who had 30 years mountain rescue experience. Before long, Bumsti was using an avalanche transceiver before he got his first gameboy, and knew about putting people into the rescue recovery position before he could do the chicken dance in kindergarten.

After attending an Austrian skiing high school and studying architecture in college, he joined the mountain infantry in Austria for about 6 years before he started training ski instructors and guiding as a full time job. In these years after the army this little mountain dwarf completed the Austrian Ski Diploma (The ‘Staatlicher’ – full cert trainer/examinator qualification), then had a role in two international freeride movies, competed in various freeride competitions and shared his love/passion for sking from St.Anton, Austria, to Australia and now Japan.

Skiing with Bumsti is an experience in itself… A high energy alpine adventurer who can’t live without mountains and nature for more than two weeks, who simply thinks life without snow would be a mistake!

mitsu kaeriyama profileMitsu Kaeriyama – Osaka
Senior Canyoning Guide / Manager, BC Guide & Avalanche Skills Training (AST) Assistant Instructor.

“I love anything where I’m riding sideways.”

8 years guiding experience 15 years snowboard experience – sponsored by C*LOVER surf & sports, PLAY design and Scooter
Japan Avalanche Network (JAN) Avalanche Skills Level I Snowshoe Guide
Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors:  Level 1  Avalanche Skills Training Assistant Instructor (Japanese)
Commission Internationale de Canyoning (CIC) : Guide Module II IMBA  Mountain Bike Instructor : Level 2 
Tree Climbing Japan: “Tree Climber” Rescue 3 International: Swift Water Rescue Technician
Advanced Explorer First Aid & CPR (certified by Wilderness Alert Japan) Junior High & High School Physical Education Teaching Certificate
Languages: Japanese, English

Robbie Chmelyk - 2018 guide profileRobbie Chmelyk – Canada 
Backcountry Guide / Off Piste Guide

Robbie hails from the frozen peaks of the Alberta Rockies and has been snowboarding since the sports early days. Robbie spends his free time climbing and guiding from his base near the Canadian Rocky Mountains and will be returning to Hakuba again this winter for more powder adventures. With a true love of alpine ascents, rock climbing and split-board touring, Robbie brings a wealth of experience and shred-ability to the Evergreen team.

“Lets go ride some powder!”

Canadian Avalanche Association Professional Member Canadian Ski Guide Association Level 1
Association of Canadian Mountain Guides Via Ferrata Guide Association of Canadian Mountain Guides Top Rope Climbing Instructor
Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine “Advanced Adventure Medic”  Peak Emergency Response Training “Non-Urban Emergency Care” & “Advanced Protocols”
IRATA and SPRAT dual certified rope access technician Interpretive Guides Association Hiking Guide

antoine galode guide photoAntoine ‘Jaja’ Galode – France
Snowshoe & Nordic Ski Guide /  Assistant BC & Off Piste Guide / International Schools Manager.

“I love crepes.”

6 years guiding experience Advanced First Aid & CPR (certified by Wilderness Alert Japan)
New Zealand Ski Instructors Association:  Level 1  Canadian Avalanche Skills Training 1 & 2
Commission Internationale de Canyoning (CIC) Guide Module II Canoe/Kayak & Raft Guide
IMBA  Mountain Bike Instructor : Level 2 Tree Climbing Japan: “Tree Climber”
Snowshoe Guide Nordic Ski Guide
Rescue 3 International: Swiftwater Rescue Technician Languages: French, English, Japanese

joel o'rourke - ebg profileJoel O’Rourke – Australia
Backcountry Guide / Off Piste Guide
Originally from Sydney, Australia, Joel spends his time in perpetual winter, travelling the world looking for mountain related adventure and new experiences. Joel has an extensive background in avalanche control work and is an accredited New Zealand assistant ski guide. He is always on the lookout for the best terrain and snow and that has brought him to Hakuba for the northern winter.

4 years guiding experience 9 seasons ski patrolling
New Zealand Mountain Guides Association – Assistant Ski Guide Canadian Avalanche Association Operations Level 2 and Professional Member
Australian Ski Patrol Association Advanced Emergency Care (First Aid)

Melanie Weisse profileMelanie Wiese – Germany
Backcountry Guide / Off-piste Guide
Born in Germany’s flattest part with the least amount of snow, Mel never got tired of driving all the way to the Alps to get on her snowboard. She chose to study in the south of Germany, only to be able to spend more time in the mountains. Still not satisfied with being only a weekend warrior, she decided to spend a year in Canada. She never returned to Germany since she found her perfect life concept in British Columbia: spending winters on her Splitboard in Nelson and summers on the coast Kitesurfing. She got her avalanche education and first guiding experiences in BC and joined us now for her first season in Japan, introducing the beautiful Hakuba backcountry to our guests.

Canadian Avalanche Association Level 1 Wilderness First Aid & CPR
German Snowboard Instructor DSV Level 2 Canadian Ski Instructor CSIA Level 1
IKO Kitesurfing Instructor Level 2

brad chadsey - ebg profileBrad Chadsey – America
Backcountry Guide / Off-piste Guide
After spending the last eight years guiding people throughout Southeast Alaska’s icefield’s and glacial fjords, Chad was eventually drawn to the deep powder of Japan’s Alps. He studied ski mountaineering, glacier travel, ice climbing, and high altitude climbing at the University of Alaska Southeast’s guiding program under professionals in the heli-ski and high altitude mountaineering industry.

American Avalanche Institute Level 1 and 2 Canadian Avalanche Operations Level 1
Emergency Medical Technician Certificate  8 years guiding experience throughout Alaska’s Glaciers
Professional Ski Instructor of America American Alpine Institute Technical Self Rescue Certificate 
University of Alaska Outdoor Studies Certificate University of Alaska BLA Adventure Sport Philosophy

Camille Logeay Hattori profileCamille Logeay Hattori – Swiss French
Backcountry Guide / Off Piste Guide / AST Instructor
Camille was born between France and Switzerland and raised by a family who pushed him early on to travel the mountains and discover Europe. In his 20s, he decided to pack his bag and wander off to discover North America and Asia, targeting national parks and mountainous regions. Naturally, he went from being a simple backpacker to a trip leader, which is how a guides’ course in Canada and subsequently became an Outward Bound instructor and a ski guide. Camille now spends his summers enjoying the beauty of the Arctic while his autumns are spent hiking around Japan and his winters riding down the magic powder of the Japanese Alps. With over five seasons as a ski guide, Camille has a passion for guiding that is fueled more than ever by the wonder that travelers experience when being led on an adventurous journey and he is eager to share with you.

Swiss snowboard instructor WFR
Outward Bound Canada certified instructor Whitewater Rescue Technician L2

jaime sanderson guide profileJaime Sanderson – Canada
Backcountry Guide / Off Piste Guide
Jaime is a Star Wars nerd, an engineer and a snow science enthusiast. She has not ski-toured the remote ice planet of Hoth, yet. But she has ventured into the Rockies, the Andes, the Alps, the Caucasus, the Tian Shen, the Japanese Alps, the NZ Southern Alps, and the Himalayas in search of the perfect pow. She’s currently researching white room navigation at lightspeed.

“Our goggles can’t repel face shots of that magnitude!”

CSGA-L1 CAA Ops 2 (Mods 1 & 2)
CAA Ops 1 80h Wilderness First Aid
Level 1 SPRAT & IRATA Ropes Access Technician CAA Advanced Weather
CAA Advanced AVSAR CSCF Level 1

Nate Goodman - 2018 guide profileNate Goodman – America
Backcountry Guide / Off Piste Guide / AST Instructor
Nate grew up in a small rural town in the flat lands of the United States. Skateboarding and skiing on Michigan’s minor hills inevitably led to Snowboarding, and ignited a lifelong passion and pursuit of gravitational influence. At 18, he moved to Colorado to attend University, and ended up studying Mountains. Put simply, Nate loves snow. Guiding is important to Nate because it allows him the opportunity to help others experience and enjoy what is absolutely simple and special about our world. Nate has snowboarded extensively across the American West, with a focus on the Colorado high peaks, and embraces winter in Japan. He spends his summers guiding in Grand Teton National Park.

“Snowboarding is a catalyst for authenticity and liberation.”

AMGA Assistant Snowboard Guide AMGA Assistant Rock Guide and Certified SPI
AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide. AIARE Level 3 Certification
AIARE L1 and 2 Course Leader Certification CAA Operations L-1 Certified
Leave No Trace Trainer Wilderness First Responder
AAA Active Member CAA Member Affiliate

kana kaibara profileKana Kaibara – Osaka
Administration & Reservations

After several years of living in different places in the city and on the mountains, overseas and in Japan, Kana finally settled in Hakuba after falling in love with the incredible Japan Alps mountain range. Working with Evergreen gives her lots of opportunities to learn and enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities which she finds amazing.

Hobbies:  Snowboarding, trekking, travelling



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