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
 

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.”

›› CLICK HERE TO READ AN INTERVIEW WITH DAVE ENRIGHT (OPENS EVERGREEN OUTDOOR CENTER SITE IN NEW WINDOW)




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.”



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.

“Boo-yah-kah-sha.”



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.”



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!”



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.



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.



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.



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.”



Off-Piste Tours

Lift-Accessed Hakuba Powder Tours


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