Our Team

Guest safety is our highest priority at GNPG. We are committed to ongoing training and certifications. Every guide, operator, and photographer has a minimum of Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification as well as AIARE Avalanche Level 1 certification. We host a variety of Avalanche training courses onsite throughout the year.

 

EXPERT GUIDES

Lead Guides

Lead guides for Great Northern Powder Guides have five years of extreme backcountry experience. All of our guides are Wilderness First Responder trained and certified.

Tail Guides

Tail guides for Great Northern Powder Guides are up and coming lead guides and have a good knowledge of the area we are skiing.

Snowcat Operators

The snowcat operators for Great Northern Powder Guides have tremendous experience and extensive road building knowledge. All of our operators are outdoor emergency care technicians or wilderness care responders.The Operators stay busy running and working on heavy equipment in the summer months, and have knowledge with the workings of Pisten Bully’s. The operators also attend Alpine Service Schools, and they have grown up skiing and snowmobiling in the same area as we are currently skiing in now.

 

THE GNPG CREW

Jay Sandelin

Owner

Owner of Great Northern Powder Guides, as well as operator, guide, cook, and janitor. Started skiing at the age of 3 in Steamboat Springs Colorado. Ski raced, ski jumped, and Speed Skied in the U.S. and in Europe.

Kylanne Sandelin

Owner

Jay’s wife, Tarn and Dayne’s mama…Ky handles bookings, guest services, and manages the office (oh, and babysits Sway).

Tarn Sandelin

Cat Operator

Pisten Bully operator extraordinaire as well as part owner, mechanic, and fabricator. Tarn brings years of running and maintaining heavy equipment to our team as well as snow road building. He is safe, brave, and competent in the backcountry. Tarn has grown up skiing and snowmobiling in the very terrain we can now share with the public .

Dayne Sandelin

Guide

Part owner and guide is greatly missed around these parts lately. He’s living his dream as a helicopter mechanic for Temsco. Splitting his time between Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway he is training and preparing for our next big adventure!

Ken Manuel

Guide

Ken started skiing in Lake Tahoe at the age of four and spent his early years ski bumming there as a lift-op at Squaw Valley. Ken started Ski Patrolling and continued his way in the ski industry in Tahoe. Ken guided for Pacific Crest Snowcats for ten years, he also worked Heli-guiding in Valdez at Alaska Backcountry Adventures.

Jude Spors-Murphy

Guide

Jude is our tail guide and loves the winter, as skiing is his passion! He grew up skiing in the hills of the Midwest always dreaming of the mountains of the west. He lives his dream here in Montana.

Scott Lawhead

Guide

Clinical Laboratory Scientist (lab tech) for Kalispell Regional HealthCare since 1996. Scott has a great wife and daughter. Enjoys snowboarding, Telemark skiing, rafting, rock climbing, winter touring, mountain biking, riding my dual-sport motorcycle, and climbing peaks in Glacier. I’ve travelled a bit of the world (Thailand, Costa Rica, Chile, Argentina and India, I love long walks in the snow and fine dining (PBJ’s in-between laps on tours in Canada). I am very excited to be the first splitboard guide with GNPG and look forward to a fantastic season!

Carl Hubbell

Guide

Carl grew up in Washington, were he began snowboarding at the age of six and instructing at 15. He moved to Montana six years ago and has spend much of that time exploring the state’s vast mountain ranges and quiet streams and spends his summers as a king salmon guide in the Alaskan bush.

Kira Frye

Kira is a fourth generation Montanan who developed her love for the outdoors at a young age, hiking the trails near her family’s cabin high in the Beartooth mountains. Family outings each summer provided the opportunity to explore other areas of Montana, including Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, while snowboarding at Big Sky and Bridger Bowl kept her active during Montana’s cold winters. Kira attended college at Montana State University, Bozeman, where she earned a degree in cell biology and neuroscience. She continues to pursue her passion for outdoor adventure expanding her backpacking and snowboarding adventures across the globe. She also enjoys whitewater rafting, mountain biking, climbing, yoga and cooking. Kira believes travel is an important part of her continuing education and strives to learn more about other cultures and new environments. Guiding has allowed her to experience the best of both worlds by sharing stories, experiences and laughs with people from all different walks of life.

Emily Barge

Photographer

Emily is a lifelong local of the Flathead Valley with a passion for the mountains that has been instilled since childhood. She has been a professional photographer for over 10 years, If she’s not shredding the backcountry. Emily has an intense drive that shows in everything she puts her mind to, and her mind is on skiing-bring on the powder!9

Alex Bogner

Alex grew up in Woodstock, New York, and learned to ski in the Catskills at 5 years old. He has now skied all over the contiguous U.S., Alaska, Canada, and Peru. In 2017, Alex graduated from Lyndon State College in Vermont, where he earned a Bachelor’s in Mountain Recreation Management. Alex ski patrolled for 3 seasons, both in Vermont and Washington. He guided sea kayak tours and glacier hikes in Seward, Alaska for two seasons, and has guided several backcountry ski trips in the Northeast. Alex loves powder skiing, especially that Whitefish, Montana cold smoke, and he is excited to share his stoke with the guests at GNPG!

SWAY THE BOBCAT

Official mascot

SWAY had a cameo in the Warren Miller’s “Ticket to Ride” AND was Ski Magazines “Mascot of the Year”