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 – 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.”
Bill 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.”
Mitsu Kaeriyama – Osaka
Senior Canyoning Guide / Manager, BC Guide & Avalanche Skills Training (AST) Assistant Instructor.
“I love anything where I’m riding sideways.”
Robbie 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!”