Jason Harper – Guide/Owner
Jason Harper grew up in the Washington DC area and spent his free time between skiing/snowboarding in Colorado and surfing in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. As a backcountry enthusiast, Jason has been exploring the mountains in Colorado for decades. In 2013 Jason, and business partners Steve and Rachel Chaney, purchased Powder Addiction with the hope of continuing to make the epic backcountry adventure available to all. Jason and Powder Addiction feel that safety and experience are paramount in having a successful team of guides and affiliates.
Jason’s certifications include: AIARE 1/AIARE 2 and Wilderness First Responder (11/14).An engineer by trade, Jason left the corporate world in 2001 to pursue independent ventures.
Jason splits his time between Denver, Colorado and Fraser Colorado where he lives with his wife Jen,their son Bryce, daughters Natalie and Hayden, and 2 dogs.
Josh Hochalter – Guide
Josh grew up skiing and snowboarding along the front range. He feels fortunate to have been born to parents who instilled the importance of living and enjoying the outdoors, weather it be rock climbing, ice climbing, or hiking/skiing any one of Colorado’s majestic mountains.
After receiving his BS from Creighton University in 1998, Josh moved back to Colorado and started making skiing a priority in his life. After a close personal friend was killed in an avalanche in 2005, Josh decided he needed to dedicate his skiing time to exploring the backcountry of Colorado. Josh has skied all over the US, and will be skiing for the first time in Alaska this March with fellow guides Eric Tollund and Brian King. He is AIARE level 2 certified, and has attended numerous lectures and classes furthering his outdoor education.
Josh joined the Powder Addiction team as an intern in 2013, and now believes working as a full time guide will afford him the opportunity to help people find that one amazing Colorado experience. He says there really is no other feeling than helping someone find the perfect run, weather it be in deep powder on Jones Pass, or in a steep technical couloir on one of Colorado’s high peaks.
When not entertaining clients on Jones pass, Josh is a 12 year veteran with the Denver Fire Department, assigned to Truck 8 located in Denver’s busy Capitol hill area. He is married to his beautiful wife of 6 years Jess, and has two kids/dogs Boris and Niko.
Eric Tollund – Guide
Eric Tollund was born and raised in Denver and grew up skiing Colorado’s front range. He discovered telemark skiing in high school and hasn’t locked his heel since. While in college in Durango, Co. he was introduced to backcountry skiing in the majestic San Juan mountains and thus began a love affair with searching out the perfect run amongst the simple and quite solitude of the high alpine environment. He has since traveled the world climbing and skiing peaks in Norway, Sweden, France, Switzerland, Italy, Chile and Japan, constantly dreaming about where to go next. He is AIARE Level 2 avalanche certified and has lectured on Colorado’s unique snowpack in Norway and has attended workshops and symposiums concerning backcountry skiing and snow studies throughout the US and Europe.
There is a child like joy that emerges when one is fortunate enough to ski powder and it is often magnified when one is able to share that feeling with friends. Eric’s mission as a guide at Powder Addiction is to bring people together in the unique terrain Jones Pass has to offer and to watch that joy and happiness emerge as guests ski turn after turn with hoots and hollers and great big smiles on their faces. His core values revolve around a healthy respect for the mountains and the responsibility to safely engage in experiencing them as well a being a steward to help teach and introduce those values to others.
Eric loves talking snow, mountains, travel and pretty much anything that has to do with skiing. He speaks fluent Norwegian, works full time as a lieutenant with the Denver Fire Department and lives in Denver with his wife, their young son and two happy dogs.
Scott Hefel – Guide / Photographer
At 17, Scott was introduced to skiing by a friend and his father. His first love was found. He immediately bought a season pass to Sundown Mountain Resort in Dubuque, IA where his passion and love for skiing grew. After his first year of college, Scott moved to Colorado where amongst graduating from CSU, working a stint in corporate America, and living in the city, he made skiing his life. Scott suffered a personal tragedy when a very close friend was taken in a slide on Berthoud Pass in 2005. Scott then focused on obtaining a life of avalanche and back country education and fulfill his dreams of educating people in the mountains, snow, and skiing.
When Scott is not guiding or operating, he fills the spot of staff photographer and also runs his own free lance photography business specializing in outdoor adventure, nature landscapes and details. Scott is also the proprietor at Riverside Liquors at the base of Winter Park. In December Scott married long time love and best friend under a full supermoon in a private ceremony on top of Berthoud Pass In Colorado. Scott Emily and Sammy, their yellow lab live in Tabernash, Colorado where they enjoy skiing, mountain biking, hiking and living their dream in a beautiful mountain town.
John Gibbons: Guide/Assistant Medical Director
John is a New Jersey native, grew up at the shore, surfing and listening to Bruce Springsteen. He served in the US Army with the 82nd Airborne Division, 1/504 Parachute Infantry Regiment as a paratrooper and Medic.
He attended the University of Colorado – Boulder where he graduated with a degree in Biology. Throughout college he worked as a professional ski patroller at Eldora Mountain Resort and for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) guiding mountain and river trips throughout the country. He spent several seasons guiding and safety boating on the Gauley river and New river in West Virginia.
He attended Rutgers University for his Physician Assistant training in 2000, and has been a PA-C for over ten years working in both mountain resort, rural and urban emergency departments and urgent care clinics.
He is AIARE level 2 certified and holds certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Wilderness Advanced Life Support.
He lives in Golden with his wonderful wife and kids, and of course, two dogs.
Jerry Federico, MD: Medical Director
Steve and Rachel Chaney: Owners