Meet The Guides And Staff
Ryan Murray - Owner/Guide/Instructor
Co-owner of CPC, Ryan was introduced to skiing by his parents at the age of two, and has worked and skied at Schweitzer, Squaw Valley, Bridger Bowl, and Kirkwood since he first moved out west from Chattanooga in 1998. In addition to scheduling groups and making sure everything is in line for your perfect powder day, Ryan can be found guiding clients, taking weather and snowpack observations, and issuing daily forecasts. Every spring Ryan makes the pilgrimage to Alaska's Chugach Range. From March-April you can find him hanging out with his other family at Points North Heli in Cordova. Ryan's favorite part of the job... exploring terrain while ski touring and searching for the perfect location for our next yurt somewhere in the PNW! Certs: WFR, AIARE Level 1-3 Avalanche, AMGA SGC
Aaron Mainer - Owner/Guide/Instructor
A native of Washington State and Co-Owner of CPC, Aaron was introduced to the outdoors at an early age by his parents, who often took he and his sister skiing, backpacking, and boating. He attended the University of Puget Sound, where he graduated with a degree in International Political Economy. He has been a professional mountain guide for nearly a decade and in that time has guided over 100 trips to the summit of Mount Rainier, several trips to Alaska, Antarctica, South America, and the Himalaya, including Mount Everest. His passion is for ski mountaineering and he has skied throughout Washington, Canada and Alaska, including first descents on Rainier, Shuksan, and Denali. He is an IFMGA Certified Guide through the American Mountain Guides Association, holds an AIARE Level 3 Certification, is a Wilderness First Responder, AIARE Level 1 Instructor, and Leave No Trace Trainer. He currently splits time between Leavenworth and Enumclaw, but does not like Germans or horses.
Austin Shannon - Owner, Guide, Instructor
Austin Shannon is a Leavenworth resident and Co-Owner of CPC. He grew up in Bend Oregon where his love for the mountains began. He followed that passion to Colorado for college at Colorado Christian University. During his time in Colorado he enjoyed all that it had to offer, from rock climbing and ice climbing, to snowboarding and mountaineering. Austin had been professionally guiding since 2008. During that time he has climbed all over the world in places such as South America, Alaska, and Mexico. Austin has had training in Wilderness First Responder, Avy III, and Leave No Trace and is an AMGA certified rock and alpine guide. When he's not guiding you're likely to find Austin attached to a rock face somewhere or on his skis pointing downhill.
Mike DeSisto - Guide
Mike DeSisto is from Washington State, here in the Cascades he learned to climb and snowboard. Spending summers ascending peaks by foot and in the winters by split board. Mike has worked as a mountaineering and rock climbing guide, professional ski patroller, backcountry educator, and challenge course director. His background also includes a degree in Outdoor Recreation from WWU. In the winters along with his work at CPC, he travels the country teaching wilderness and rescue medicine as a Lead Instructor for Wilderness Medical Associates. In the summers Mike works for the U.S. Forest Service as a firefighter on the Wenatchee Valley Rappel Crew. He holds a AIARE Level 2 Avalanche certification, and is a WEMT. Mike currently lives in Leavenworth, WA.
Kevin Bibby - Guide
Kevin is a Leavenworth native and long time northwest guide. His resume speaks for itself with experience guiding all over the PNW including over a decade of ski guiding in Washington, BC, and Alaska. His resume's mission is as follows:
To have passion for life, always staying humble to bring the best to each challenge.
When not skiing, flying, or shredding on his bike, Kevin works as a paramedic for Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth.
Cascade Powder Guides Team
Oyvind Henningsen - Instructor
Tino Villanueva - Guide/Instructor