Backcountry Skiing beartooth mountains montana


Come experience the best that the Cooke City area has to offer! It is our mission to show you around the mountains, obtain any goals, and have a safe experience. With local knowledge and professional training we’ll certainly make sure you get the most out of your trip.

Every guide holds a current Wilderness First Responder Certification, has Avalanche Training and years of personal experience in the mountains.

Ben Zavora – Owner

Ben ZavoraOwner, Ben Zavora has been leading his friends, family and clients around the mountains for the last 20 years and decided to turn his passion into a profession by founding Beartooth Powder Guides in 2012. He has volunteered and been a board member for the Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center for the last 10 years, which includes assisting in field sessions on avalanche awareness courses for snowmobilers. Ben is currently persuing his AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) Ski Guide Certification and expects to take the final exam in the spring of 2018. Ben has completed a Level 3 Avalanche course and spends time every year in contiuing Avalanche Education events to stay up with the most recent Avalanche research. Ben has skied extensively in the Southwest Montana, the Sawtooths, Eastern Sierras and internationally in Europe, New Zealand and South America. Ben is eager to share his enthusiasm for the mountains around Cooke City with you, contact him to discuss your Cooke City POWDER experience! Ben is available at

Nina Hance

Nina Hance
Nina grew up chasing her parents around the mountains of Montana and Alaska. She spent the first three years of her career guiding for a heli- and snowcat-skiing operation in Alaska. She worked as an intern for the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center for two seasons and teaches avalanche awareness classes. She holds an Avalanche Level 3 and is currently working through the AMGA Ski Guide certification. In summers, Nina teaches horseback riding and enjoys rock climbing and mountain biking.

Alan Oram

alan orem Alan is a Bozeman, Montana local and is an IFMGA/AMGA certified Mountain Guide as well as a Physician board certified in Emergency Medicine. He has skied and climbed extensively throughout the Western US, Canada, Alaska and Europe. The Beartooth Range and Cooke City are his local best place and one of those areas that though little known, have some of the best skiing in the world. Read more on Alan’s website



Forrest Madsen

Forrest Madsen Guide
Forrest grew up in Mammoth Hot Springs inside Yellowstone and began skiing at an early age. He is a passionate skier and always in search of aesthetic ski lines, remote locations and good snow. He is an avid climber and skier and has traveled across the US, Canada, Alaska and Mexico to pursue these activities. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design/Architecture from MSU and has worked on the Big Sky Pro Patrol. Currently Forrest works as a climbing ranger for Mt. Rainier National Park during the summer seasons and makes the drive back to enjoy all the powder Montana has to offer during the winters. Forrest is currently pursuing his AMGA ski and alpine guide certification and holds a current EMT as well as Avalanche Level 3 (Pro 2).

Jesse Logan

Jesse Logan
Jesse is a Certified Interpretive Guide, a Leave No Trace instructor, and holds a Yellowstone Association Naturalist certificate. He is also a PhD ecologist who had a successful career in both academia (Colorado State and Virginia Tech Universities) and the US Forest Service. He has ski toured extensively in the Cooke City area and the NE corner of Yellowstone National Park for the past ten winters, spending over 100 days in the backcountry ski-touring each year. He combines this diverse background with a deep interest in Yellowstone’s human and natural history to provide a unique skiing experience in one of America’s wildest remaining landscapes. You just might hear a wolf howl, or follow wolverine tracks, while perusing powder turns with Jesse. During summer, he is a contract instructor for Yellowstone Association leading field seminars that range from high-mountain ecology, to backpacking, to fly-fishing. In a very literal sense, the snow Jesse skis in winter is the water he fishes in summer.


Scotty Barrier

Scotty is an east coast transplant that has been based out of Washington and Montana for the last 10 years. Despite a late start to his ski career, he has been a dedicated backcountry skier from the moment he experienced his first untracked powder run. His pursuits in both skiing and climbing have taken him from the Rockies & Cascades to Ecuador, Mexico & Canada. Committed to professional development, he is working towards his AMGA Ski & Alpine Guide certification, holds and EMT and hopes to complete is Avalanche Pro 2 by winter’s end. Scotty has spent the last 6 summers working as a Climbing Ranger for the Park Service at Mt. Rainier National Park.