Jörg Wilz

Jörg is the owner and head guide for OnTop. He grew up in Heidelberg, Germany and has been mountaineering and skiing in the Alps since early childhood. He has climbed and guided many “classics” in the Alps (Complete Peuterey Traverse and Freney Pillar on Mont Blanc, Tempi Moderni at the Marmolada, Dolomites), extensive ski traverses as well as fast Big Wall ascents in Yosemite (Salathe on El Capitan at age 18)  and in the Himalayas (Nameless Tower, Yugoslavian Route, 2nd ascent).

Internationally certified as a mountain and ski guide (UIAGM / IFMGA) by the Technical University of Munich in 1986, he was granted reciprocity by the American Mountain Guides Association(AMGA) in 1997 and the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) in 2000. He also holds CAA (Canadian Avalanche Association) Level 3 certification and a blasting license for avalanche control in B.C. The UIAA Expedition Commission appointed him twice to lead their International Mountaineering Camps, 1993 in Pakistan and 1997 in China. In a former life, he took advantage of his graduate business degree and a CPA diploma by working for an international business consulting firm in Frankfurt and Chicago.

Jörg bases himself for most of the year in Canmore in the Canadian Rockies. He can also be found quite often in the Alps, in Colorado or in Revelstoke BC, where he is putting in first tracks as a helicopter-ski guide for Canadian Mountain Holidays. He speaks German, English, French and Italian.

Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe

Originally from Ontario, Tom found his way to the Canadian Rockies in the late 80s and has been climbing and skiing hard there ever since. His passion for the mountains also lured him into the guiding profession and he passed his last exam in 2010 to become a fully certified Mountain Guide (ACMG / IFMGA). Tom, however, is more resourceful than that: He works part of his time as a computer consultant and network administrator, which only remotely has anything to do with his academic training as a school teacher.

Aside from OnTop, Tom also works for Last Frontier Heliskiing and Outward Bound, where he has countless years of experience leading wilderness youth courses in the Rockies.

Tom speaks also German and lives with his wife and two children in Canmore AB.

Marco Delesalle

Marco Delesalle

Marco Delesalle is a fully certified Mountain Guide (ACMG / IFMGA / UIAGM) with well over 10 years of guiding experience.  He grew up and lives in Canmore AB, where at the age of 6, he started exploring the Rockies with his parents, themselves being well known skiers and mountaineers of the pioneering generation. Marco is bi-lingual French and English. Marco is passionate about every facet of mountaineering and skiing and maintains a very high skill level in rock and ice climbing.

Thomas Exner

Thomas grew up in Mittenwald in the Bavarian Alps of Germany, skiing and climbing from the day he could stand straight. With the Austrian border being only a stone’s-throw away, he ended up going to the University in Innsbruck, where he graduated with a master degree in Meteorology as well as his UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guiding certification.

Thomas moved to Canada in 2005, where he spend his first years doing avalanche control work for the ski resort in Jasper AB and guiding for Yamnuska Inc. His interest in avalanches lead him to pursue a Ph.D. in applied avalanche science in the engineering department at the University of Calgary. Subsequently, he worked and published as a member of the famed safety research group of the German Alpine Club in Munich. Thomas recently moved to Kamloops, BC, where he took on an instructor position in the outdoor guide adventure program at Thompson River University (TRU), where he still holds out to be the only vegetarian Bavarian in Western Canada. Thomas also still spends a lot of time in Europe, where he continues to guide OnTop clients in his old hunting grounds.

Gery Unterasinger

Gery (a.k.a Gerhard) grew up in Lienz in the Tirol province of Austria, only a stone’s throw away from the Dolomites and within eye sight of the nation’s highest peak, the Grossglockner. A full-blood mountain guide for well over 20 years, Gery has not lost a bit of enthusiasm when it comes to skiing and mountaineering. Like few others, he still pushes himself and can routinely be found cranking 5.13 on rock or WI 6 on ice during his time off.

Gery came to the Canadian West in 1994 working as a heli-ski guide for Canadian Mountain Holidays, a position that still keeps him busy for most of the winter. He is also an active instructor and examiner in the Austrian mountain guide certification system, where he passes on his wealth of experience to the younger generation of mountain guides. Gery lives most of the year with his wife and two young children in Canmore AB but can also be found anywhere in the Alps, mainly during the summer. Gery speaks English, German and some Italian.

Mikey Olsthoorn

Mikey Olsthoorn

Mike Olsthoorn is a fully certified UIAGM mountain guide and has been guiding in the Canadian Rockies for over ten years as well as a couple of seasons in the European Alps. Most of his winters he works for Canadian Mountain Holidays as a heli-ski guide in the Columbia Ranges of British Columbia. Mikey lives with his wife and two kids in Canmore, AB. Aside from English, he also speaks excellent French and Dutch.

Lydia Marmont

Lydia Marmont

Lydia Marmont is a certified Ski Guide and Apprentice Alpine Guide (ACMG from Revelstoke, BC). Lydia has been mountain guiding for almost 10 years and has climbed and ski toured extensively all over the world. She also has a background in ski mountaineering racing where she used to be a member of the Canadian national team. Aside from her native English, Lydia speaks French. Lydia also has worked as a heli-ski guide for CMH and has recently taken on the position of an Public SafetySpecialist with Parks Canada in Glacier National Park, where she is involved in avalanche forecasting for the public bulletin and rescues.

mike koppang

Mike Koppang

Mike Koppang is another true Albertan boy! Born in Edmonton but spending most of his life in Calgary until he got his drivers license and headed west into the Mountains. Mike has a degree from the University of Calgary in exercise and health physiology wherein he learnt the best way to stay healthy was to get outdoors and play as much as possible.

In spite of working for the government for over 10 years as a public safety specialist with Alberta Parks Mike has not lost his sense of humor. A certified ACMG ski guide and a professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association Mike is also in charge of avalanche forecasting for Alberta Parks. In his free time, Mike enjoys guiding ski touring, teaching avalanche courses and he frequently guides heli-skiing for RK in Panorama. He is also the proud father of his bear dog “Numa” who learnt quickly that running away from Mike leads to way longer walks. Other than that he maintains he will pursue full guide certification and get married soon.

Paul Vidalin

Paul Vidalin is yet another long time friend, who is a lifetime mountain professional. Starting out as a safety and rescue specialist for Alberta Mountain Parks he quickly became certified as a Mountain Guide (IFMGA / UIAGM) in the 90s. By now, Paul spends most of his time in the services of Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH), currently as the manager of the Monashees Heli Ski Lodge in Mica Creek, BC.

Aside from his native Rockies and Columbia Ranges, Paul also regularly guides for OnTop in the Alps, namely in the Dolomites. Paul is notorious for his practical jokes and sense of humor. He lives with his wife and dog more or less on the other side of the creek from us in Canmore AB.