The guides of Sun Valley Trekking are what set us apart. Each of us has extensive teaching and guiding experience, many with an advanced degree in a related field, and all with a deep love for what we do. Sharing the joy of the backcountry while caring for the comfort and safety of our guests is our mission. Our trips are geared towards each person's experience and comfort level. Whether you are a skier, snowboarder, snowshoer, mountaineer, naturalist, photographer, kayaker, backpacker, fisherman or woman, or aspire to be any of these, we share excellent food, friendship, and laughter in the incredible wildlands of Idaho, Wyoming, and Alaska. All of our guides at Sun Valley Trekking are certified
Wilderness First Responders, have extensive avalanche forecasting
and rescue training, years of teaching experience in the outdoors,
and are licensed by the Idaho Outfitter and Guide's Board.
St. Onge earned a BA in Outdoor Education from Prescott
College in 1994. Since then, his talent and ambition as an educator
and mountain guide have taken him to many of the world's great
ranges. He's guided climbing and ski expeditions throughout the
contiguous United States, Alaska (including ascents of Denali and
multiple first ascents/descents in the St. Elias Range), Ecuador,
Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Nepal and Pakistan. He has also returned to Prescott College
to teach as an adjunct professor in their Outdoor Education and
Wilderness Leadership degree programs. In between expeditions,
Joe co-founded an environmental education program in Crested Butte,
Colorado and earned a masters degree in Geography at Utah State
University and is a certified Ski Mountaineering Guide with the American Mountain Guides Association. Joe has been the chief of guiding operations for Sun Valley Trekking since 2000 as well as a backcountry carpenter and wood cutter for the six huts. Joe and Francie now have two little girls, Neve and Soleil, who they hope will take over the trail-breaking duties in the future.
St. Onge hails originally from Minnesota, where some
say she skied out of the womb. She completed a Bachelor of Science
in Forestry-Resource Conservation at the University of Montana
in 1995. Since then, she has guided wilderness expeditions throughout
the inter-mountain west and Alaska, Co-founded a winter environmental
education program in Crested Butte, Colorado, and worked as a naturalist
in Denali National Park. Francie completed an MS degree in Recreation
Resources-Environmental Education at Utah State University. In 2009 Francie started the first Wolf-Ecology program based in Sun Valley. Chief
guide for SVT’s Chix programs, Francie's enthusiasm for wild
places has a contagious effect on our guests. Francie runs the office operations for Sun Valley Trekking while guiding, training for x-c ski marathons and raising her beautiful little girls, Neve and Soleil.
Jonas is founder of Sun Valley Trekking. After 20 years
guiding the fortunes of SVT, Bob has a part-time role in our Yellowstone
operations, and as a guide. In his 60’s, the "old man" of
the outfit is happy to leave business management to the young bloods
so he can repair to the wilds at anytime, any season. Bob is the
author of a book, Ski
Magazine's Total Skiing. He is also director
of the Wild Gift, a non-profit he recently founded,
which sponsors young leaders on exceptional wildlands experiences.
Bob is a former salmon fishery biologist (Alaska and Greenland),
and also worked as a middle school teacher in Idaho. A Sun Valley
native, in 2002 Bob notched his 56th season as a skier, which includes
countless days in the backcountry, millions of runs down Sun Valley's
incredible resort slopes, and a stint as ski instructor and coach
in the 1960s.
Patrick Graham earned a B.A. from Johnson
State College in Outdoor Education with a concentration in wilderness
leadership and adventure education in 2004.
During school Patrick
honed his skiing and climbing skills in the icy mountains of
Vermont, and since then has been putting them to good use exploring
the wild ranges of the world on his skis. Patrick has worked extensively as a guide and instructor in therapeutic wilderness programs as well as guiding skiers throughout Idaho and Chile. Patrick's insatiable stoke for the mounatins is infectious and will surely add fun and adventure to your experience with him in the lead.
Marc Hanselman was born and raised Sun
Valley and has been skiing and snowboarding since the ripe age
of 3. After completing a degree in Art from the San Francisco
Art Institute, Marc has made a life of guiding.
Marc works as
a rock climbing guide in the summer and a ski guide and a professional
Ski Patroller in the winter. Marc has traveled throughout Asia
and Oceania, completing first ascents of rock climbs in Thailand
and Australia, back country skiing in Japan, and trekking in
Vietnam, Japan and Tibet. Marc has completed the guide training program through the American Mountain Guides Association is a an IFMGA certified guide, the highest international standard for mountain guides.
Mark Puleio is a native New England skier who has been pursuing ski lines
since he was 3 years old. Graduating in 1994 from Prescott College with a degree
in Wilderness Leadership, Mark has been professionally guiding in the mountain
environment ever since. Mark guides expeditions to several South
American venues including Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador and has guided climbing and skiing
extensively throughout North, South America and Europe. He has a level 1 certification
with the Canadian Avalanche Association and is a Wilderness First Responder
with five years full time ski patrolling under his boards. Mark has completed extensive training through the American Mountain Guide Association and is fully certified with the International Federation
of Mountain Guides Association. Mark also works with
college and university outdoor education programs helping to
create and run curriculum based programs of study. When he is
not guiding trips he enjoys being at home with his three children:
Stokely, Frances and Harper, and his wife, Kimberly in a quaint village
in the hills of Vermont.
Tom Boley was born in Seattle, Washington. He grew up in an active outdoor family, learning early to "check the landing." He attended the Evergreen State College and graduated with an emphasis in Outdoor Education. He earned an MHSA in 1986 from Antioch New England Graduate School. Tom has dedicated over 30 years of professional life to commercial guiding and outdoor programs. He worked for Outward Bound at several schools around the nation and spent 6 years specifically working with "youth-at risk." He moved his family to Sun Valley, Idaho in 1989 to develop and direct the Outdoor Education Program at the Community School (a private K-12 school). He has designed and guided skiing, climbing, backpacking and rafting trips all over the Inter-Mountain West. Climbing and skiing have been life long passions, with first ascents in the Cascades and several trips to Alaska, South America, the Alps and Eurasia. He is an AMGA SPI certified rock instructor and has Level II certification from the American Avalanche Institute. His goal is to continue chasing his "Inner Child" thru loads of fun in the mountains!
Ed Zinader's love of the mountains began at an early age, but blossomed during his time in Missoula, Montana studying forestry at the University of Montana. After school, his passion to explore took him to many a mountain summit, 3 years in Malawi for Peace Corps and finally to Sun Valley where he fell in love with the lifetime of skiing opportunities. Ed worked as an apprentice for 3 years with Sun Valley Trekking learning the local mountains and the skills of the trade. He is now proud to split his time working as a licensed backcountry ski guide during the cold months and chasing after various livestock during the summers as a farmer!
Brian Vaughan Brian Vaughan earned a BA in outdoor education from Johnson state college. After learning how to ski on hills in new Hampshire he took his skills to the bigger mountains of Vermont. While honing his first aid skills on ski patrol and learning how to ski powder at Stowe mountain, he realized he yearned for a larger landscape. SO, the next year he started as an intern for Sun Valley Trekking and has been moving up in their food chain ever since. During the summers he journeys 3000 miles north to Alaska were he is the owner operator of Ptarmigan Ptrails, building trails for all types of recreational users but truly enjoys building bike parks and flow trails which he uses regularly.
Kyle Coshow grew up on the east coast with frequent ski trips to Vermont. He has a B.A. from Johnson State College in Outdoor Education with a concentration in adventure and wilderness leadership. He has expedition experience from Alaska to South America.
On the off-season he is part owner and operator of Peak Expeditions Inc., which privately vends summer adventure programs through Smugglers’ Notch Resort in northern Vermont. He has been with Sun Valley Trekking since the winter season of 2006-2007.
Jonathan Preuss grew up in the hills of New Jersey. Seeking more adventure and exploration, JP went to school at Johnson State College, Vermont, studying Outdoor Education and Biology. After completing his education, JP needed bigger mountains, which led him to the Sawtooth National Forest. He was able to build on his mountain skills and snow science after interning as a Hut Meister for SVT, pushing him to gain his Idaho guiding license. JP also enjoys climbing on rock and is a certified AMGA SPI rock instructor. He continues to explore the vast system of terrain in Idaho and wishes to further his education through the AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide program.