Guide Bios

Zeb Blais, Blackbird Guides Lead

Zeb Blais

Zeb is an IFMGA / American Mountain Guide. He has traveled the globe, from Alaska to Antarctica, Hokkaido to the Himalaya, skiing, climbing and guiding in the great ranges of the world. Whether its soaring through the hills on skis, crimping rock or swinging tools on ice, Zeb loves moving in the mountains and working with people. He is fired up to work with you on your next adventure!

​Qualifications​
IFMGA / American Mountain Guide (AMGA)
AIARE Level 3 Avalanche
AIARE Course Leader, Rec 1 and 2
WFR (Wilderness First Responder)

​Notable Climbs and Ski Descents​
Mt Everest (8,848m), 2 summits via Northeast Ridge, 2016, 2017
Cho Oyu (8,201m), 1 summit and full ski descent via West Face, 2016
Lobuche East (6,171m, Nepal), 1 summit and ski descent, 2015
Denali (20,320', Alaska Range), 4 expeditions and 1 ski descent from summit
Aconcagua (6,995m, Andes), 3 expeditions
Pico de Orizaba & Ixtaccihuatl (Mexico), 3 expeditions each
Ishinca, Nevado Urus, Pisco Oeste (Cordillera Blanca, Peru), 1 expedition
Mt Whitney (14,505'), California Sierra Nevada. 5x via East Face, Mountaineers Route w/ ski descent
Mt Rainier (14,411') 100 summits and ski descents via 4 routes (Fuhrer Finger, Sickle, Success Glacier Couloir, DC)
Grand Teton (13,776') 5 summits via Upper Exum, PG, OS, Cathedral/North Ridge and ski descent via Ford Stettner
Mount Fuji (12,388') winter summit with ski descent
Multiple rock, ice climbs in WA, OR, CA, NV, WY and Canada

John Littleton

John's passion is teaching people about snow science and how to travel
safely in the mountains. As an American Institute of Avalanche Research
& Education (AIARE) Lead Instructor, John holds his AIARE Level 3
Certification and is a professional member of the American Avalanche
Association. Having called Lake Tahoe home for over fifteen years John
has been both a Professional Ski Patroller at Squaw Valley Ski Resort
and an Outdoor Educator teaching Experiential Education at Primary,
Secondary and College levels. John maintains both EMT and WFR
certifications.

Qualifications
AMGA ASC (Alpine Skills Course)
AMGA SPI (Single Pitch Instructor)
AIARE Level 3 Avalanche
AIARE Course Leader, Rec 1 and 2
WFR (Wilderness First Responder)
EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)

 

Ryan Huetter

Ryan Huetter grew up near the coastal tidewaters of the Puget Sound in Washington State but has since traded moss and rain for the sunshine and splitter cracks of the Sierra Nevada. Since graduating from Western Washington University in 2006 with a Bachelor's degree in Outdoor Adventure Management, he has called the Sierra home. Ryan is an IFMGA mountain guide certified in the rock, ski and alpine climbing disciplines, and enjoys the unbelievable year-round skiing and climbing the Sierra is known for.  He has also climbed around the world, from Yosemite Valley, where he has climbed over 20 different big wall routes, to seven seasons in Patagonia, where he has made many major ascents, including Fitz Roy and first ascents of remote alpine walls. But year after year the Sierra Nevada remains Ryan's base and he loves introducing people to the Range of Light.

​Qualifications​
IFMGA / American Mountain Guide (AMGA)
AIARE Level 3 Avalanche 
AIARE Course Leader, Rec 1
WFR (Wilderness First Responder)