At Big Sky Backcountry Guides, professionalism, safety, and service come above everything else.

That's why we employ AAA and AMGA-trained guides, and operate with small guest/guide ratios. But guiding isn't only about finding the safest route and deepest snow; it's about sharing experiences, making connections, and ensuring the very best Montana experience possible. Let our team of friendly, experienced guides and educators show you an amazing time in the mountains of Southwest Montana.


Drew Pogge

BSBG Owner/Lead Guide

  • Level 3 Avalanche

  • Wilderness First Responder/CPR

  • Professional Member, American Avalanche Association (AAA)

Drew has lived and skied in Bozeman for nearly 20 years, and in addition to founding Big Sky Backcountry Guides, is former editor-in-chief of Backcountry Magazine, contributing editor at Skiing Magazine, and an award-winning freelance writer and photographer. Ski mountaineering has led him around the world--to the ultra-remote Torngat Mountains in Labrador, the Yukon's Tombstone Range, Arctic Norway, the volcanoes of Ecuador and Chilean Andes, Iceland, Alaska (Denali, the Boundary Range, and elsewhere), and all over the continental U.S. He enjoys skiing at high altitude and specializes in technical ascents and descents in very remote locations with complicated logistical considerations. When all is said and done, however, Montana has his heart.


Tucker Cunningham

Lead Guide/Educator

  • LEVEL 3 AVALANCHE

  • Wilderness First Responder/CPR

  • American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) ASsistant Ski Guide

  • Professional Member, American Avalanche Association (AAA)

Tucker Cunningham is an Oregon native with roots in the Sierra Nevada and the many ranges of Montana. Currently based between Bozeman and Santiago, Chile, Tucker is excited about all that the mountains have to offer from powder skiing to technical mountaineering. Tucker has eight years of guiding experience on three continents and is always excited to explore new peaks. When he's not on the mountain he's eating empanadas, enjoying pisco and perfecting his Spanish through his many travels with his wife and two dogs.


Spencer Jonas

Lead Guide/Educator

  • Level 3 Avalanche

  • Wilderness First Responder/CPR

  • EMT

Spencer grew up Girdwood, Alaska and got his first taste for the backcountry at 12 years old on an old pair of hand me down telemark skis from his dad. Throughout high school he cut his teeth in the Chugach, learning from his elders and making mistakes with his peers. He came to Montana for college and hasn't left--even after forays abroad, he's always drawn back to the cold smoke of SW Montana. Spencer spends his summers guiding whitewater in Alaska, California, and Montana, and the only thing he finds more satisfying than a powder turn is throwing a high five after making a powder turn.


Ty Guarino

Assistant Guide/Educator

  • LEVEL 3 AVALANCHE

  • Wilderness First Responder/CPR

  • American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) ASsistant Ski Guide

Ty found the backcountry at age 12 in the icy and unforgiving Presidential Range of central New Hampshire. After realizing that skiing powder is much more enjoyable than side-slipping 45 degree alpine ice, Ty migrated west and has been living in SW Montana since 2008. A seasoned Outward Bound instructor and year-round mountain guide, Ty enjoys all seasons in the backcountry. Whether it is rock, ice, dirt, sand, or snow, Ty embraces all types of adventures and loves nothing more than inspiring others to enjoy our public lands and backcountry treasures.


Derek Lennon

Assistant Guide/Educator

  • LEVEL 3 AVALANCHE

  • Wilderness First Responder/CPR

  • American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) ASsistant Ski Guide

  • Professional Member, American Avalanche Association (AAA)

Derek has worked full time in the ski industry since 2004 and loves sharing his passion for the great outdoors with others. For nearly a decade, Derek chased endless winter as a ski instructor and ski guide in North America, Chile, and New Zealand. Today, Derek is based in Big Sky, Montana and also works as an inbounds guide and instructor at Big Sky Resort, leads telemark education events for PSIA-NRM, and runs MountainJourney.com. When Derek isn't exploring the local backcountry in search of steep lines and deep powder, he's likely on an adventure in some far flung mountain range.