Roy Smith

Roy Smith

  • Nickname: Roy
  • Country: New Zealand
  • Guide Experience: 26 years
  • Licenses: IFMGA,  Avalanche Management Level 2, Pre-hospital Emergency Care

JSA head guide, Roy has been full time guiding since the late 80’s and now has guided over 22 summer and winter seasons in the Southern Alps and Southern Lakes Regions as well as finding time for some guiding in the Dolomites, Chamonix and many other mountains in Europe. He has a wide range of guiding experience having worked as head guide for heliskiing operations, glacier guiding and leading many alpine expeditions around the world.


Mike Harris

  • Nickname: Mike
  • Country: New Zealand
  • Guide Experience: 20 years
  • Licenses:  MMGA, Canadian Avalanche Association Level 1, Wilderness First Aid, CIC guide, NZRA Grade4/5 guide

Mike has been guiding in Japan for summers and winters for over 20 years.  He speaks fluent Japanese and has a extensive knowledge of Japans’ mountains, culture and nature. He is also quite knowledgeable on Japan craft beers and sake and definitely doesn’t mind sharing a few at the end of a day of pow!


Tsunehisa Teshima

  • Nickname: Tessy
  • Country: Japan
  • Guide Experience: 10 years
  • Licenses:  JMGA ski guide, Canadian Avalanche Association Level 2, Wilderness First Aid, CIC A. guide

Tessy is our Japanese mountain man. Everyday throughout the winter he is either out exploring new mountains and routes or teaching mountain safety and avalanche courses. He loves split boarding and is a keen mountain photographer. He is a bit of a gear freak so if you want a review about gear Tessy has probably used it before!


Steve Orton

  • Nickname: Stevo
  • Country: Canada
  • Guide Experience: 24 years
  • Licenses: Canadian Avalanche Association Level 1

Stevo was one of the first guides to bring international riders to Japan in the 80’s-90’s. His subsequent production company Tree Top Films, made the first snowboard movies that showed the world how amazing JAPOW really is. He has guided in nearly every area of Japan and has fluent Japanese.