Meet Your Guides
Multiple days of guided skiing with three guides for the group means more time on great runs. With over 24 years of hosting Ski Adventures, Kim guarantees that every last detail is covered from the airport transfer, to the optional helicopter skiing, to an afternoon massage.
Kim Reichhelm’s skiing resume is impressive, with two World Extreme Skiing Championships under her belt along with winnings in the U.S. Extremes and the South American Extremes. She has skied with the U.S. Ski Team and the Women’s Pro Tour, made numerous television appearances including “Late Night” with David Letterman and Dateline NBC, and is a frequent commentator/host for ESPN, FOX, OLN andResort Sports Network.
But Kim is much more than just numbers, for 24 years she has coupled her skiing abilities with her vivacious and fun-loving personality to teach people the new skills and confidence in the sport she is passionate about. “A lot of people feel so empowered by their ski experience that it carries into the rest of their lives. That’s a very cool thing to do just by doing a sport I love.”
Nick Hill, “Hilly”, is a native Australian who grew up skiing the Snowy Mountains. When Hilly was old enough, adventure was calling, and he found himself in Austria coaching and guiding in Zellamsee. “Europe was my apprenticeship. The Austrians know how to have the right mix of fun and professionalism. I am fortunate to have spent eight seasons there. It’s the background that got me to Aspen were I have been for the last 10 winters.”
Having obtained his full teaching certification, Hilly went on to become an examiner and trainer in Australia and the US. In 2001 Hilly started private guiding and coaching in Portillo, Chile and in 2008 joined Kim to help.
teach and guide her Ski Adventures in Aspen and Portillo.
“I love seeing guests having a new experience, improving and getting the most out of their skiing. There is nothing more satisfying than making a difference to someone’s skiing experience.”
“Working with Kim and Greg is sensational. Being part of a professional team that offers a great mix of personalities and skills, creates a fantastic environment for our guests. Kim is an amazing host and being part of Kim’s team is something I look forward to every year.
Mike Porter started skiing in California and went on to become a Level 3 Ski Instructor and Examiner in the PSIA Western Region and Director of the Alpine Meadows Ski School. Mike spent 10 years in Australia as a ski instructor, alpine race coach and examiner. Following his time over seas Mike became the Head Coach and Program Director for the Vail Ski Club, helping place numerous athletes on U.S. Ski Team. From Ski Club Vail Porter went on to become Technical Director of the Vail and Beaver Creek Ski and Snowboard School, soon becoming the Managing Director. Mike was also a member and Head Coach of the PSIA National Demonstration and Education Team for 24 years.
Mike now works as a technical advisor for the K2 ski company, determining industry directions and contemporary ski design and development. Mike joins Kim for the first time this season guiding and teaching Steep Skiing Camps in Vail. “I’m looking forward to working with Kim and the Gorsuch family to present a wonderful ski experience. Kim and I have worked together for years at K2 and we all share the same passion for the sport and the desire for our guests to get the most out of their ski experience.”
Dave Stapleton skied on the U.S. Ski Team in the World Cup from 1976 to 1981. He was Alpine Junior Skier of the Year in 1977, Alpine Ski Racing Competitor of the Year and Nor-Am Champion in 1977.
He left the U.S. Ski Team to race the Pro Skiing circuit from 1982 to 1993. He is the only Aspen resident to have a World Cup Trophy. Along with his dad and his daughter the Stapletons represent three generations of AVSC ski racers. David routinely tops the standings of the Aspen Town Race series.
“There’s no substitute for experience in the big mountains, and sharing the adventure with others is extremely rewarding.”
Chasing snow around the globe has been Reggie’s occupation for more than 20 years, with a job description that reads more like a travelogue. His journey began with 10 years of World Cup downhill ski racing before he turned his attention to the new sport of Ski Cross (SX). In 2005, Reggie became the first repeat SX champion at the X Games. He then moved to the big mountains of Alaska and heli-skiing. Reggie and his brother, fellow First Ascent guide Zach Crist, have been featured in several Warren Miller films (including the 2010 release, Dynasty). When he’s not skiing, Reggie can be found charging rivers in his kayak, or chasing surf in Hawaii or Mexico.
Website: Reggie Crist