The Board of Directors of EpicQuest joins the staff and management team in welcoming Walter Bruns as President of the company.
Walter has been a leader in the heli-skiing world for decades, joining EpicQuest after 25 years with Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH) – the
world’s largest heli-skiing and heli-hiking operator. Starting in the industry as a van-driver and being promoted through the ranks under the tutelage of legendary heli-skiing pioneer Hans Gmoser, Walter would eventually become President of CMH. Walter brings a lifetime of guide and management expertise in heli-skiing and the luxury-adventure travel industry to EpicQuest, joining its own world-class team of guides and ski professionals.
As President of EpicQuest, Walter will assume management responsibility for all skiing operations, overseeing the daily operations of the company’s teams based in Girdwood, Alaska and Sun Valley, Idaho. He will also oversee the development and management of new ski programs elsewhere around the world as EpicQuest expands its offering of premium ski destinations. Walter will also be involved in Epicquest’s portfolio of adventures in other sports, including its new mountain biking facility in Sun Valley (“The Bike Ranch”) as well as programs in Europe and Africa.
“Walter is well known and highly respected in the industry,” said EpicQuest Board Member Craig Pattee. “We’re very proud of what we have built at Chugach Powder Guides in Alaska, and with Sun Valley Heli Ski Guides in Idaho; we are lucky to have an incredible team of people. Walter brings a wealth of experience in customer service to the teams and will fit right in with our company’s strong culture of excellence and commitment to the client.” Bruns added: “Skiing, mountains, guiding, and the heli-ski business have been my passions in life. That is exactly what EpicQuest is all about, and much more. It is my privilege and an honor to join this wonderful team. It is a tremendously exciting and new opportunity to build the dream into reality.”
Walter joins a seasoned team of skiing and world-class adventure professionals and athletes. Mike Overcast will continue to oversee the programs at the Tordrillo Mountain Lodge. Chris Owens will continue to oversee EpicQuest’s public relations and strategic partnerships. Dave Hamre remains a Senior Advisor and Consultant to the company. EpicQuest’s experienced staff and team of guides in Sun Valley and Girdwood will continue to provide outstanding service to our guests.
Walter Bruns joins the team as President beginning June 1st. He will split his time between EpicQuest’s operations in Alaska and Sun Valley.