Alpine Academy

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Alpine Adventures

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Apex Alpine Adventures

Its all about the experience at Apex Alpine Adventures in Sicamous, BC. We are surrounded by pristine lakes, record snowfalls, good people, and some of the best back country riding and access in the world. We take pride in providing you with your outdoor fix in a safe manner. Whether you are learning to ride a snowmobile or snow bike for the first time, touring the back country in a UTV, honing your riding skills, taking an Avalanche safety course or Certified off-road vehicle course – Apex Alpine Adventures has you covered.


Apex Alpine Adventures now also covers Edmonton and Grand Prairie in Alberta. Contact us for courses and bookings in this area.

Apex Alpine Adventures

Meet the Team

Wes Gano

Wes Gano, our lead trainer and guide has over 35 years in the avalanche industry and he has been on the mountain since a young age. He originally came up through the ski patrol ranks and has been working in the snowmobile and search and rescue industry for more than 20 years. Some of his qualifications and involvements include but are not limited to:

  • Avalanche Canada certified instructor
  • B.C. Snowmobile Federation Instructor and Board of Directors
  • Canadian Safety Council ATV/UTV instructor
  • SAR – Shuswap Search and Rescue -Avalanche Tech, Snowmobile team leader, EMR
  • Canadian Avalanche Association member
  • Emergency Medical Licence Branch Certified Emergency Medical Responder
  • Eagle Valley Snowmobile Club Safety Coordinator and Board of Directors
  • Hunters Range Snowmobile Association Board of directors

Jarid Fink

Jarid Fink is a trainer, riding coach and guide that has over 30 years of experience riding snowmobiles and more than 15 years in the mountains. He is trained in Avalanche Canada Companion Rescue and Avalanche skills Training Level 1 and 2 as well as Canadian Avalanche Association Operations Level 1. With a combination of other industry training and first aid he is passionate about safety, mentoring and promoting the sport. Jarid sits on the Board of Directors for the Eagle Valley Snowmobile Club as well as volunteers with Shuswap Search and Rescue.

Steve Portman

With over 25 years of hands-on experience as an avalanche technician and as a respected professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association, Steve Portman is a seasoned expert in avalanche safety. His extensive background and commitment to safeguarding lives in avalanche territory make him an exceptional educator for individuals working or recreating in these high-risk environments.

Steve’s career began in the late 1980s when he joined the Ministry of Transportation in British Columbia. Over the years, he has worked on avalanche control and risk mitigation programs, culminating in his career as Supervisor in the Central Avalanche Program.

What distinguishes Steve as an educator is his pragmatic approach. He excels in bridging the gap between theory and real-world application. Steve’s active participation in Search and Rescue teams for avalanche-related incidents enriches his teaching, enabling him to impart vital skills for preventing and, when needed, responding to emergencies in rugged mountain terrain.

Beyond the classroom, Steve is dedicated to mentoring and volunteering. He has contributed to the development of forecasting programs and avalanche rescue training, further enhancing his value as an educator.

Partners & Affiliations
Shuswap Xtreme Sponsor
Mountain Lab Gear
Ortovox Sponsor
Mountain Sports Distribution
Klim Sponsor
Skevik Sponsor
Alberta Snowmobile Association

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