Guides and Instructors

Owner - Guide - Instructor
Tahoe Mountain School owner/instructor/guide, Steve Reynaud, has been teaching avalanche courses since 1999 and ski guiding since 2005. He is a certified Level 1 and Level 2 avalanche instructor through AIARE. Steve also works as an avalanche forecaster for the Sierra Avalanche Center. Steve is a certified Ski Guide through the AMGA, a Wilderness EMT and a professional member of the American Avalanche Association.
Ben Mitchell
Guide - Instructor
Ben has been in love with the mountains from a young age. He began hiking and skiing with his family and quickly decided he never wanted to stop. After finishing university in Portland, OR Ben moved back to Washington State and began guiding on Mt. Rainier and around the Cascades. For the next many years he followed the seasons, skiing, climbing and pursuing the art of human flight through out the world. He has made expeditions into both polar circles, skied first descents in Afghanistan and climbed throughout the Americas and Europe. When not looking forward to the next adventure he thoroughly enjoys roasting coffee, reading and taking his dog out for walks. Ben is a fully certified IFMGA/AMGA mountain guide, Certified Level III Avalanche Professional, and Wilderness First Responder.
Everett Phillips
Guide - Instructor
Guiding at Tahoe Mountain School is a privilege for Everett who lives to cruise along through snowy forests and mountain sides. Going into the backcountry with new faces brings a unique dimension to the adventure. As a result each day out with TMS provides great opportunities for learning as well as for skiing. Having fun is important, but our safety is always the highest priority. Everett is a National Registry EMT and a Professional Member of the American Avalanche Association.
Sarah Reynaud
Guide - Instructor
As soon as David graduated from college he ran to the mountains and has been working and playing in the Sierra ever since. While he guides all aspects of mountain travel, making powder turns is probably his favorite way to spend a day. If he had business cards, they would probably say, snownerd. David is an experienced AIARE Course Leader and has taught more Level 2's than anyone else in California. David is one of two Observers for the Sierra Avalanche Center. He founded the annual California Avalanche Workshop in 2014.
Nick Schiestel
Guide - Instructor
Nick grew up in northern California and moved to the Tahoe area in pursuit of becoming a mountain guide. He took his first avalanche class in 1988 and started working as a professional ski patroller shortly after that. Nick has been guiding people in the backcountry and involved in avalanche education for over 25 years. He is an AIARE level 1 course leader and AIARE 3 certified, PSIA level 1 ski instructor, WFR, and a certified rock climbing instructor with the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). In the winter you can find Nick teaching avalanche classes and backcountry skiing. In the summer he guides on Mt. Shasta, Donner Pass and the High Sierra.
Jacob Swartz
Guide - Instructor
Jacob grew up in Alaska, learning to ski and climb in the Chugach Mountains. After graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno he found himself living in Truckee, CA. A ski mountaineer at heart Jacob has skied and climbed mountains all over North America. Jacob is a certified AIARE Instructor, completed his AMGA Ski Guide and Rock Guide courses, and a Wilderness First Responder. When Jacob isn’t in the mountains you can find him standing in a river trying to catch fish.
Daryl Teittinen
Guide - Instructor
Daryl Teittinen is a passionate outdoor lover and adventurer. He grew up "back east" and discovered camping and skiing at an early age, and was inspired to move west. Prescott College in Arizona proved a great fit where he could study Environmental Science and Outdoor Leadership, including focused field classes in Avalanche Forecasting and Wilderness Leadership. A focused period of mountain dirt bagging followed with seasons spent as a Ski Patroller and Avalanche Forecaster, Rock Climbing Guide and Instructor, and healthy doses of J-Tree, Yosemite, Baja, Alaska, and the American West. Daryl now works full time as an Instructor at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village NV, in the Outdoor Adventure Leadership Program. He is a volunteer observer for the Sierra Avalanche Center, a professional member of the American Avalanche Association and graduate of the AAA AvPRO course, CA EMT-1, AIARE 1 Instructor, SRT, and working on a Masters in Education. If he isn't sharing the mountains with students he is out with his wife Christine, and daughter Eliza.
Max Wittenberg
Guide - Instructor
Max Wittenberg is Tahoe Mountain Schools’ splitboard specialist. Having been on a board since the ripe young age of 7, he brings a unique perspective to travelling safely in the mountains. Max is a certified AIARE Level 1 instructor, American Mechanized Ski Guide Level 2, US Heli Ski accredited Guide Member and a Wilderness First Responder. Aside from working for TMS, he splits his time as a heli ski guide in Alaska and New Zealand, and is an instructor for Colorado Mountain College in their Outdoor Recreation program. Having worked in wide range of mountains all over North America and the Southern Hemisphere, he knows how to safely manage groups in all conditions. While constantly on the move, he calls Donner Summit his home where endless backcountry opportunities wait out his back door.

Tahoe Mountain School

PO Box 1976

Truckee, CA 96160

Ph. 530-414-5295

info@tahoemountainschool.com