Peter Bilous

Peter is an avalanche education industry leader with over 25 years’ experience heli, cat and ski tour guiding in Alaska, Canada, Asia and his home in NZ.

He employs a systems approach to risk management in the mountains. Peter expects students and clients to fully understand and be able to communicate the risks of a given day and shares/demonstrates how the dangers can best be mitigated; most often via effective terrain selection and management.

Peter feels extremely fortunate to be able to use nature’s largest white board; the mountains, to share these concepts in a way that allows folks to safely return again and again – while sniffing out the best snow available in the process.


  • Points North Heli Adventures Ltd – Cordova, Alaska – Avalanche Forecaster/Ski Guide (2015– Present)
  • Otago Polytechnic – Wanaka, NZ – Avalanche Programme Manager/Principle Lecturer (1999-Present)
  • Harris Mountains Heli-Skiing – Wanaka, NZ – Senior Ski Guide (1996-Present)
  • Shinsetsu Mountain Guides – Niseko, Japan – Ski Tour Guide (2010-2011)
  • Big Red Cats Cat – Skiing Adventures Rossland, B.C. Canada – Chief (Supervising) Guide (2008-2009)
  • Independent Ski Guide/Safety Consultant – Wanaka, NZ (1997-Present)
  • Treble Cone Ski Area – Wanaka, NZ – Ski Patrol (1992-1999)
  • Vail Associates – Vail, Colorado – Backcountry Ski Guide (1992-1994)


  • B.S in Mechanical Engineering – Clarkson University – NY
  • B.S in Business Economics – SUNY Oneonta – NY
  • Advanced Rope Rescue (Ropeworks) (2015)
  • US Heli Ski Association Level 3 Mechanized Ski Guide (2015)
  • Wanaka Alpine SAR team (since 2008)
  • NZMGA Full Cert. Ski Guide (since 2006)
  • AIARE Level II Avalanche Instructor (2006)
  • NZ Snow & Avalanche Committee (since 2006) (current chairperson)
  • Avalanche Education Working Group (since 2005)
  • NZMSC Stage II Avalanche Practitioner (since 1997)
  • ISIA Full Cert. Ski Instructor/Examiner (since) 1995
  • NZMSC Stage II Avalanche Assessor – Current
  • Pre-Hospital Emergency Care – Current

Peter is the mad scientist of snow forecasting. He knows where the good stuff is located!