Guides and Instructors

Trevor Husted
Guide - Instructor
Strapped into boots and skis against his will as a young toddler may have the best thing that ever happened to Trevor. The instance was a jumping off point that spurred growth towards a new found respect for nature that would became a lifelong journey. From the Cascades to the Alps, the Himalayas to the Andes and the mountain ranges, oceans, and rivers in between Trevor learned to shape and carve out a path that allowed him to share this deep connection and passion for the outdoors with others. As an educator, splitboard, and ski guide he brings his experience to the mountains where he shares his knowledge and skills with eager learners. When not skiing or splitboarding he can be found twiddling his guitar, sizzling up some healthy eats, or seeking waves for surf and tacky dirt for mountain biking at home or on the road. More information and his writings can be found at
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Evan Haines
Guide - Instructor
Evan was born and raised right here in Truckee, Ca. He grew up skiing in the North Lake Tahoe area and has been on skis for nearly his whole life. He began climbing with friends on Donner Summit in high school. After a few years living in Argentina, Evan now splits his time between the Truckee/ Tahoe area, the Ruby Mountains in Nevada-where he works as a guide with Ruby Mountain Helicopter Skiing, the Eastern Sierra, and South America, in either Chile or Argentina. He is an AMGA apprentice ski and alpine guide, a certified SPI, and AIARE instructor. Where ever he is located he is trying to ski or climb. If he is not on the snow or the rock he is likely on a bike.
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Steve Reynaud
Owner - Guide - Instructor
Tahoe Mountain School owner/instructor/guide, Steve Reynaud, has been teaching avalanche courses since 1999 and ski guiding since 2005. He is a certified Level 1 and Level 2 avalanche instructor through AIARE. Steve also works as an avalanche forecaster for the Sierra Avalanche Center. Steve is a certified Ski Guide through the AMGA, a Wilderness EMT and a professional member of the American Avalanche Association.
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Jacob Swartz
Guide - Instructor
Jacob grew up in Alaska, learning to ski and climb in the Chugach Mountains. After graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno he found himself living in Truckee, CA. A ski mountaineer at heart Jacob has skied and climbed mountains all over North America. Jacob is a certified AIARE Instructor, completed his AMGA Ski Guide and Rock Guide courses, and a Wilderness First Responder. When Jacob isn’t in the mountains you can find him standing in a river trying to catch fish.
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Max Wittenberg
Guide - Instructor
Max Wittenberg is Tahoe Mountain Schools’ splitboard specialist. Having been on a board since the ripe young age of 7, he brings a unique perspective to travelling safely in the mountains. Max is a certified AIARE Level 1 instructor, American Mechanized Ski Guide Level 2, US Heli Ski accredited Guide Member and a Wilderness First Responder. Aside from working for TMS, he splits his time as a heli ski guide in Alaska and New Zealand, and is an instructor for Colorado Mountain College in their Outdoor Recreation program. Having worked in wide range of mountains all over North America and the Southern Hemisphere, he knows how to safely manage groups in all conditions. While constantly on the move, he calls Donner Summit his home where endless backcountry opportunities wait out his back door.
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Ben Mitchell
Guide - Instructor
Ben has been in love with the mountains from a young age. He began hiking and skiing with his family and quickly decided he never wanted to stop. After finishing university in Portland, OR Ben moved back to Washington State and began guiding on Mt. Rainier and around the Cascades. For the next many years he followed the seasons, skiing, climbing and pursuing the art of human flight through out the world. He has made expeditions into both polar circles, skied first descents in Afghanistan and climbed throughout the Americas and Europe. When not looking forward to the next adventure he thoroughly enjoys roasting coffee, reading and taking his dog out for walks. Ben is a fully certified IFMGA/AMGA mountain guide, Certified Level III Avalanche Professional, and Wilderness First Responder.
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Daryl Teittinen
Guide - Instructor
Daryl Teittinen is a passionate outdoor lover and adventurer. He grew up "back east" and discovered camping and skiing at an early age, and was inspired to move west. Prescott College in Arizona proved a great fit where he could study Environmental Science and Outdoor Leadership, including focused field classes in Avalanche Forecasting and Wilderness Leadership. A focused period of mountain dirt bagging followed with seasons spent as a Ski Patroller and Avalanche Forecaster, Rock Climbing Guide and Instructor, and healthy doses of J-Tree, Yosemite, Baja, Alaska, and the American West. Daryl now works full time as an Instructor at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village NV, in the Outdoor Adventure Leadership Program. He is a volunteer observer for the Sierra Avalanche Center, a professional member of the American Avalanche Association and graduate of the AAA AvPRO course, CA EMT-1, AIARE 1 Instructor, SRT, and working on a Masters in Education. If he isn't sharing the mountains with students he is out with his wife Christine, and daughter Eliza.
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David Reichel
Guide - Instructor
As soon as David graduated from college he ran to the mountains and has been working and playing in the Sierra ever since. While he guides all aspects of mountain travel, making powder turns is probably his favorite way to spend a day. If he had business cards, they would probably say, snownerd. David is an experienced AIARE Course Leader and has taught more Level 2's than anyone else in California. David is one of two Observers for the Sierra Avalanche Center. He founded the annual California Avalanche Workshop in 2014.
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Quinn Hess
Guide - Instructor
Quinn grew up in the Northwest learning to ski at age 4 at Mt. Hood. After an adventurous childhood spent exploring the rainy forests and mountains of Oregon, he discovered the Sierra Nevada Range and it was love at first sight. Since that point, Quinn’s been on the ride and hasn’t bothered to stop and get off, chasing all types, density, and sizes of snow grains on which to slide all over the world. Usually this looks like ski mountaineering but Quinn is psyched on any form of mountain travel be it on snow, rock, ice, trails, or through the air on a paraglider. Quinn is an AMGA apprentice ski guide, AIARE Instructor, and Wilderness 1st Responder. He loves nothing more than sharing his passion and knowledge of the mountains with others through guiding and instructing. If he’s not in the mountains, you may find Quinn adventuring on the coast of California and Mexico trying to catch a few waves.
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Jan Czyzewski
Guide - Instructor
Jan grew up in New Jersey and attended college in northern Vermont. After years of exploring the green mountains, out west was naturally the next step. Tahoe was instantly home. After 6 years of adventures in the Sierra, sharing and teaching these skills and experiences with others felt right. Jan is a certified AIARE instructor, wilderness first responder, on the Tahoe Nordic SAR ski team and working towards his AMGA ski guide certification.
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