Joe Royer

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From: San Francisco, CA

Years with Ruby: 38

Why Ruby Mountain: I was working at Snowbird in the early 70's and would travel to Marin, CA in the off season.  I-80 was a two lane road and always an adventure, a relief to make it to the next town.  The Ruby Mountains were a stand out, and had to have some skiing.  The exploring came in the mid 1970's and we are still exploring today.  Seems like we are always learning something new.  Some way to ski new terrain, or some way to make the experice better for our guests.  The business continues to be a work in progress.

The greatest reward is being able to provide a backcountry experience to our clients and hear them say, "That's the best day of skiing in the my life!"

Off Season: Traveling wtih Francy and Mike, fishing, surfing and bike riding.  Wokring on RMH and enjoying life Lamoille, NV.  

 

Fred Alldredge

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From: Salt Lake City, UT

Years with Ruby: 12

Why Ruby Mountain: Met Joe through Snowbird Ski Resort. I had been mountaineering up on Mt. Ranier in Washington and really hit it off with the crew here. Probably one of my favorite parts of being here is working with this crew, that and how quiet it is in these mountains.

Off-season: Rapid Response Helicopter Firefighter with the Bureau of Land Management.

Brian Jensen- Pilot

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From: South Dakota

Year with Ruby: 8

Why Ruby Mountain: I had flown with Joe and the crew once before when they needed a pilot for a day, and after that everything just fell into place. Been here 3 years and look forward to coming back each year.

Off-season: I fly year-round- fighting fires around the western US, mostly in the southwest and northwest when I'm not at Ruby.

Fred Coriell

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From: McCall, ID

Years with Ruby: 8

Why Ruby Mountain: Ran into Joe through Snowbird and had heard a lot about the operation through mutual friends. Came out to ski with these guys a few years back and haven't looked back since. The guides, this range, the guests- it's all a really great experience that we're all really into.

Off-season: I work as a carpenter in the McCall, ID area and kayak as much as I possibly can- usually on the Payette River.

Jonathon Spitzer

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From: Bellingham, WA

Years with Ruby: 7

Why Ruby Mountain: I had heard a lot of positive things about the Ruby Mt. Heli Ski operation while working for another heli ski operation in Alaska.  After visiting the range and getting to know the other guides, I was very excited to be a part of this world-class team. It's really fun to be able to be be a part of people's dream vacations in the mountains.  I'm very fortunate to be here and it's been a great experience since the beginning.

Off-season: During the Spring and Summer seasons, I work as an  IFMGA mountain guide in Alaska and Europe and in the Fall I take people rock climbing in the desert. This is my lifestyle and I love it. During my free time, I love to travel, climb and ski with my wife.

Hans Hjelde

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From: Snowville, UT

Years with Ruby: 6

Why Ruby Mountain: Back in 2000 I was standing on top of a peak in Northern Utah with a former guide Chuck Rose and he pointed West and started talking about the Ruby Mountains.  I was then motivated to look up Joe and check out the Ruby Mountains for myself.  After some great days ski touring and meeting the crew I was sold.  Every year I come back, I feel inspired and lucky to share the experience with our guests.  

Off Season: I spent over a decade immersed in endless winter patrolling and guiding in New Zealand and Utah, but now I spend alot of time riding single-track.  I also enjoy kite surfing when I have free time from kid wrangling and having fun with the family.

Tim Duffy

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From: Portland, ME

Years with Ruby: 4

Why Ruby Mountain: I was drawn in by the friendly and highly talented crew of guides and employees at Ruby.  Of course then there's all the remote beauty and pluscious schussing too.  The fun and friendly skiers keep me coming back for more.

Off-season:  I run and operate an adventure tourism outfit based in Valdez, Alaska.  When I'm not traveling, skiing, biking or surfing you can find me relaxing and hanging out with friends and family.  

Mike Royer

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From: Lamoille, NV

Years with Ruby: Born into it

Why Ruby Mountain: I have grown up around this business, the guides, pilots, kitchen staff and have observed that everyone here loves what they do.  It is this sort of atmosphere that has inspired me to take on all sorts of roles at the company.  It is such a unique business and has been awesome getting to know the guests that come back year after year, as well meeting people who come for the first time.  I look forward to the winter season every year.

Off-season: I am finishing school at Utah State University and will graduate with a degree in communications.  I love hiking, fishing, hunting and any sort of outdoor adventure with my friends and family.

 

Ryan Bailey

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From: Banks, ID

Years with Ruby: 3

Why Ruby Mountain: The juxtaposition of a small Nevada ranch town, composed of two bars,zero ski shops and some of the most epic skiing in the lower 48 that most skiers haven't heard of. There are no egos here, the hospitality is real, and snow that is legit. Joe created a culture that is conducive for the Ruby Mtn. Guides to share an authentic ski experience with our guests in a mountain range that is truly unique.  I'm so grateful that I was invited to be a part of the Ruby Mtn. Heli family and stoked for this season. 

Off-season: I publish a Kayak Magazine and have been a Raft Guide for 15+ Seasons on the Payette River in Idaho, to pay for my Ski and Kayaking lifestyle.  The rest of the time I'm working on keeping my 1971 VW Bus & 1979 Subaru going down the road. 

Cameron Banko

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From: Park City, UT

Year with Ruby: 3

Why Ruby Mountain: I had been working as a heli ski guide in Alaska and met Joe at a winter rescue course in Utah.  He invited me out to Ruby Mountain Heli-Ski to check things out, and I quickly found myself staying for the season.  Ruby is such a well-run operation in a truly beautiful mountain range, with great powder skiing.  I'm already looking forward to skiing with our talented crew and our guests again this season.

Off-season: During the Spring, I guide heli skiing in Haines, Alaska.  The rest of the time, I practice law in Park City, Utah while trying to ski and ride my mountain bike as much as possible.

 

 

Caleb Merrill

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From: Brunswick, Maine
Years with Ruby:
 2
Why Ruby Mountain:
  After ski patrolling at Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah for seven years, I wished to relocate to a more remote area.  After meeting several Ruby guides over the years and hearing such great things about the company, I met Joe and felt lucky to be welcomed in. I am excited to work for such an established operation with top-notch guides and great guests.

Off-season:  During the summer I travel around the west working on an Interagency Hotshot Crew as a wildland firefighter.  This takes me to some of the country's most remote nooks and crannies in an adventurous and challenging job.  While not working I enjoy traveling, mountain biking, and riding my motorcycle.

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