Our Team. Here to make your experience special. - Keefer Lake Catskiing

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OUR TEAM

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OUR TEAM

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The team at Gostlin Keefer Lake Lodge is made up of dedicated professionals hand-picked to make your stay with us memorable.

JEFF GOSTLIN

Owner/Operator/Guide

Keefer Lake has been Jeff's dream to create since he was a teenager. Jeff's dad took him and his brother catskiing at the original cat skiing operation in the Selkirk Mountains. He was hooked immediately. He continued as a guest there for 7 years, and then after taking the required courses, applied to work as a tail guide. That was in 2000. Since then, he has continued his guiding career working at several different heli and cat operations throughout BC. In 2014, Jeff approached his father for support, and together they offered to purchase the tenure and property at Keefer Lake. Construction of the lodge started as soon as the snow melted in the summer of 2015. That  winter, they opened the terrain for catskiing, and the dream became a reality. There has been no looking back since then, as the Gostlin family continues to expand and develop what Keefer has become today, a year round 5 star resort catering to ecotourism with a touch of class. 

Jeff lives at the lodge year round, and is always happy to take you on a tour of the property and tell you his story. In the winter you find Jeff with his skis on with his dog Loki ready to show you the best lines out there. In the summer, he is usually soaking up the sun on the dock with his kids having a blast enjoying the lake and the energy of Keefer Lake. 

NICOLE MURRAY

Guest Relations Manager

Nicole (code name Ninja), could also be referred to as the Gatekeeper of Keefer Lake; if you have ever called or emailed us, you have already met her.  Nicole is taking over our year-round reservations and is excited to add a couple of new faces to her team!  

She is passionate about her family, community, local products, and green living. She loves to make people smile – Capricorn – and is here to do whatever she can to help ensure our guests have a truly magical experience!

DAVE GOSTLIN

Assistant General Manager

Dave, (code name Vader) was born in beautiful Kelowna, BC. He started his ski career as soon as he could walk, at his local Mountain- Big White and is now a CSGA level 1 tail guide here at Keefer Lake. He loves his beautiful Husky, Leia (she’s a Princess) and likes to take her out on the mountain with him when time allows. He is proud to help carry on the family legacy of providing exceptional skiing and lodging in the winter along with a summer packed full of good times on the lake. He strives to be like Sly in “Over The Top”- If he has his hat on backwards look out …he’s the local arm-wrestling champion! 

BRETT RITSON

Property Manager

Brett, (code name Skywalker) is basically the MacGyver of Keefer Lake! He grew up in sunny Summerland B.C. and spent most of his time outdoors. Growing up on a cherry orchard allowed him to develop skillsets at an early age that he still utilizes today. He and his wife Jessica currently reside in Cherryville B.C. with endless adventures available by just walking out their front door. Around the lodge Brett is usually behind the scenes ensuring the power is on, water is flowing, and the lodge is warm, as well as a myriad of other things.

Our Guides

CHRIS WHITEHEAD

Lead Guide
Chris is Lead Guide at Keefer Lake Catskiing. Chris has a CSGA level 3, CAA level 2 and 10 years experience guiding. He is originally from Vancouver Island but likes to spend his winters in the mountains riding snowboards, skiing and snowmobiling. His life long passion for these sports naturally turned into a full time winter career and he couldn’t be happier about it.

BILL PHIPPS

Guide
Bill Phipps has been skiing and tearing up the slopes for 40 years. He currently has a CAA level 2, Avalanche control Blasting ticket, and is certified to tell really, really bad jokes.

KRIS HAWRYLUIK

Guide
Kris came to Keefer to ski, he loved the terrain and staff so much he now works here. Kris has been a professional ski patroller for 29 seasons.

Michael Wigley

Guide
I’m an international splitboarder that has ski toured on 5 continents! Plan to do all 7 one day! I’ve worked for guiding operations in far off lands in Kyrgyzstan to working ski patrol at tiny clubfields in New Zealand. From my own expeditions of camping under the northern lights in the Arctic Circle of the Yukon to touring all day long under the midnight sun in the Arctic Circle of Norway. This is my passion and I’m so excited to share days in the mountains with more passionate souls!

Jon Conway

Guide

Jeff Ruptash

Guide
Jeff is stoked to join Keefer Lake for his first season, assisting the professional guiding team. Jeff is an Aspiring ACMG ski guide, who’s one of the lucky few to marry his passion with his profession. Deep snow, big smiles and repeat.

Sam Lam

Tail Guide

Sams Keefer experience started in 2017 when attending the first ever CSGA Level 1 course hosted at GKLL. Ever since then, he was hooked. Before coming to GKLL, he was a ski patroller for 5 seasons. When not skiing, you can find him taking people kayaking in the remote wilderness of the British Columbia coast.

LOKI GOSTLIN

Tail Guide
Loki is in charge of security and shreds the pow like no other. Follow his yodel down the hill. “woof . . . . woof . . . woof!”

Lodge

SHANNON WESPI

Lodge Manager

A self-professed Jill-of-all trades, Shannon can be found doing anything around the resort from housekeeping, splitting wood, driving tractor and gardening to pouring drinks at the bar and serving up the kitchen’s delicious meals. When not "on the clock" she tries to spend as much time as possible living on the road in a restored 1970’s Boler trailer with her adventure accomplice, DJ Logger Chef Shaggz finding awesome new places to indulge in their passions for hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, camping and basically anything that keeps them outside and enjoying nature.

Shannon loves living and working at Keefer for its serenity and beauty, the diversity of the job and the cool people. She looks forward to always welcoming new guests and sharing with everyone why this place is so magical.

She is also rumored to be in a long-time hot n’ heavy with GOT’s Jason Momoa (it’s true) and notorious for starting the best hot tub dance parties!

Operations

PETE BECHTEL

Cat Operator
Originally from Toronto, Ontario. I played soccer in the U.S for university. After graduating I moved back to Whistler and started working at Powder mtn cat/heli skiing. I’ve been with them for 4years.

JESSE SANBORN

Road Builder / Equipment Technician
Jesse can drive or repair almost any vehicle on the planet. He even has his aircraft mechanic certification. He helps ensure all our machinery is in top shape.

Fergus Bruce

Road builder/ mechanic

Shawn Gray

Maintenance
Keefer Crew Since June 30, 2018. Radio Handel: R2-D2, the Galaxy’s most traveled droid. Cherryville resident, and year round employee at Keefer Lake Lodge. Yard Crew 2018-2019 Current position is Dispatch. Director of Good Times. Professional GTSnowRacer.

Jeremie “Jalapeno” Drainville

Social Media Coordinator & Photographer

Jeremie “Jalapeno” hails from Gatineau, Quebec. His love for snowboarding brought him to BC in 2008 and he’s been a resident of Nelson, BC for the past 10 years. At the end of the 2014 winter, Jeremie fractured his left kneecap snowboarding in a freeride competition called Wrangled the Chutes.

We first met Jalapeno when he was part of the crew that built the Black Bear Lodge known as Gostlin Keefer Lake Lodge.

After building the lodge Jeremie ventured to Peru to complete a 12-day Full transformational Ayahuasca retreat. From there he learned to confront his fear and enrolled into the Professional Photography program at the Centre for Arts & Technology in Kelowna, BC where he graduated with the best student award.

Soon after graduation Jeremie and Jeff were chatting together, and Jeff invited him to a tryout at Keefer for the photographer position during the catskiing season. Jeremie’s two weeks tryout turned into 4 weeks and every other winter after that.

Not only can he take good catskiing photos, but he’s also going to be dropping all the cliffs in sight with his camera gear on!

Since the spring of 2022, Jeremie is now Keefer Lake social media coordinator. We are inviting you to say hello to him on all of our platforms.

Justin "Jay" Darbyshire

Dispatcher
Born on the coast, raised in the West Kootenays and matured in the Okanagan Jay is our resident "Jack of All Trades, Master of Some". When not at Keefer Lake manning the dispatch desk or doing "Jay Jobs" he can be found traipsing around the mountains and wilderness of BC. A fan of all seasons, Jay enjoys climbing and biking almost as much as chasing steep trees and deep snow. If you're looking for some new tunes to help keep the stoke going Jay is your guy. His tastes range from Punk Rock to Bluegrass to Acid Jazz and back again.

KYLE SANGUIN

Photographer
I am born and raised in Kelowna. I was a Wildland Firefighter for 15 years, where I developed my passion for photography; I fought the Okanagan Park Fire of 2003 and had several photos that I took on the fireline featured in different magazines and newspapers around the world. In pursuit of my passion, I attended and graduated from the Photography Program at the Centre for Arts and Technology. I am now working full time as a Photographer. In my spare time I enjoy being in the outdoors, hiking, camping, exploring and playing baseball, volleyball, golf and of course slashing the insanely deep powder in the Monashees at Keefer Lake Catskiing!!!

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