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

General Manager / Guide
Jeff has a passion for the mountains, and enjoys spending time showing guests the perfect line for them to rip up. He looks forward to meeting you, and ensuring that you have a powder vacation like you have never experienced before.

NICOLE MURRAY

Guest Relations Manager
Nicole Murray . . . is fantastic! She has lived in Cherryville, B.C. for over a decade, with 3 kids and a loving husband. She is our customer service and sales ninja who is passionate about her 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

Lodge Manager
Upon your arrival at the lodge you can be confident that you’re in good hands.

Dave was born in beautiful Kelowna, BC. He started his ski career as soon as he could walk, at his local Mountain- Big White. He loves his beautiful Husky, Leia (she’s his Princess ) and likes to get her out on the mountain with him when time allows. He will never say no to a great cocktail after work and can often be found creating them himself. 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!

If you need anything -just ask Dave.

BRETT RITSON

Property Manager
Brett grew up snowboarding the out of bounds terrain at Apex, always in search to lay down a first track. He has never been one for a desk job and routine, so Keefer Lake is his bread and butter. Around the lodge you might find Brett cutting firewood, operating equipment, fixing maintenance issues, driving the snowcat, or shovelling all the snow that falls out here. “Everyday is an adventure for me and a learning experience up at Keefer. The best part is, it’s my job!”

Nickie Rodger

Operations Manager

Nickie has spent the last 28 years on a snowboard. Her love of snow, mountains and the people it brings together has lead her on some amazing adventures. From the ski fields in Australia to rocky peaks in the Austrian Alps, no matter where she goes, it all leads back to BC. Born and raised in Kelowna; Nickie has traveled extensively but always seems to find herself returning to the amazing mountains she is so thankful to call home. Summers are spent climbing, fishing and enjoying her bees… and waiting for the snow to fall again:)

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.

LEVI LAWRENCE

Guide
Levi shreds both snowboard and skis and can show you the best lines to hit and take you into the best spots. He can operate of any piece of equipment up at Keefer Lake Catskiing and loves to fish, mountain bike and hike in the off-season. Levi loves to meet new people and share his passion for the mountains with all our guests.

ADAM ROONEY

Guide
We are stoked to have Adam back for another year at Keefer Lake Catskiing.

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.

MIKE 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!

JESSE WINKIEWICZ

Tail Guide
Jesse loves skiing deep snowy slopes and capturing memories with his camera. He looks forward to skiing with you whether he’s guiding or behind the lens.

BRIAN POLLICK

Tail Guide
Brian grew up a kid of Michigan winters snapping a set of planks on my feet to slide down the icy hills at the age of 4.

COLLIN MESSELINK

Tail Guide
I grew up in Edmonton Alberta but left the nest as soon as possible to pursue a life in the mountains. I took a guide training course and have been climbing and skiing relentlessly ever since. I’ve traveled across North and South America inspired by rock and snow, and look forward to be inspired by Keefer Lake.

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!”

Sam Lam

Tail Guide

Lodge

DAVIN BENNETT

Head Chef
Davin was born in Ontario and loves golfing, biking, and the mountains and is looking forward to Catskiing. He has an 11 handicap and welcomes any golf related conversation. He also loves the creativity that comes with food. After starting in the golf industry he went to school in Kelowna. He has apprenticed at Two Eagles Golf Course (Westbank), Big White, and Pennask Fishing Lodge. His food? Asian… ramen noodles… short ribs… day to day month to month season to season – always changing and different.

MARK WESPI

Chef
Mark was born and raised in Banff, Alberta and spent a lot of his childhood skiing and exploring in the Rockies. You may see him busting a move in the kitchen from time to time. After graduating, Mark took 6 months off hiking most of New Zealand and spending 4 months in South East Asia. He went on to receive his diploma in Audio Engineering and has 11 years of cooking experience. Mark basically does it all outside of work: gardening, yoga-ing, reading, hiking, mountain biking and working on his travel trailer. Mark is passionate about food especially vegetarian cuisine and healthy, nourishing food in general. His favourite thing about working up at Keefer Lake Lodge is the remote location and being ‘away from it all’. Mark strives to keep a balance of being grounded and ‘out there’ He’ll be here all week, come say hi!

SHANNON WALL

Assistant 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

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.

SEAN ARDIS

Falling Supervisor
A career forest worker, affectionately known as the “Gentleman Faller.” While his role is falling trees to create beautiful glades for skiing and cat access, he is also happy to assist skiers with their own personal falling while at Keefer Lake.

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.

Shawn Gray

Maintenance

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!!!

JEREMIE DRAINVILLE

Photographer
“I jumped into photography when I was 31 and is has been the best decision. I am originally from Quebec but I have now called BC home since 2008. Let’s shred!”

Careers

Open Positions

Check back soon for open positions for the 2019-20 season.

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Keefer Lake Lodge

Gostlin Keefer Lake Lodge
1401 Keefer Lake Road
Cherryville, B.C. Canada

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