Our Guides

Kevin Krein

Co-owner/Lead Guide

Dr. Kevin Krein is a lifelong Alaskan and has been skiing for as long as he can remember. He has been skiing and guiding in the Juneau area and around the world for over 20 years. In addition to being a mountain guide, Kevin is a professor of philosophy and outdoor studies at the University of Alaska Southeast, where he teaches courses ranging from Avalanche Hazard Evaluation to Philosophy of Sport. Kevin founded Alaska Powder Descents with Sean Janes in 2007. His latest book, Philosophy and Nature Sports, was recently published by Routledge Press.

Dawn Riley-Good


A native of Juneau, Alaska, Dawn has been a professional guide for over a decade, and has been with APD from the beginning. In recent years, she spends summers as a safety coordinator with film crews in Alaska, works as a snowboard guide in Japan’s early winter season, returning to Juneau for our spring heli season. 

Ed Shanley

Co-owner Lead Guide

Raised in Juneau by a passionate ski bum father, Ed strapped onto his first set of skis at the ripe old age of two. He grew up to ski race at Montana State University and has lived, skied, and climbed extensively throughout Alaska, the Rockies, Sierra, and the Alps. When not guiding helicopter skiing, Ed works as an avalanche technician for Alaska Electric Light and Powder. Ed has been lead guide on a number of professional ski and snowboard film projects throughout the state of Alaska, including Jeremy Jones’s “Further” and “Higher.” Teton Gravity Research (TGR)

John Bressette

Co-owner/Lead Guide

Johnny was born and raised in Juneau and has been skiing here for 30 years.  He has been guiding heliskiing in Southeast Alaska for the last 20 years. He specializes in working with film crews and is regularly a lead guide for Teton Gravity Research (TGR) when they are filming in Alaska. When he isn’t snowboard guiding, Johnny works as an avalanche forecaster for the local power company AEL&P and spends his summers salmon fishing.

Chris Eckel

Lead Guide

Chris has led and worked with wilderness rescue teams on two continents. He regularly guides in Japan in the early season and he recently spent a season in the Eurasian country of Georgia, guiding heliskiing in the Caucacus Mountains. Chris is an avalanche control leader for Eaglecrest Ski Area, and an avalanche forecaster for Juneau’s Urban Forecast program.

Sam Roche


Sam is originally from Minnesota and moved to Juneau in 2010 after graduating from Montana State University in Bozeman.  He splits his winter guiding season between Japan and Alaska.  He loves riding on Douglas Island and gets into the higher peaks of the Coast Range whenever he can.  Sam spends the summer season guiding fly fishing trips throughout Alaska.