Fred Bernard - IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide
I'm a IFMGA certified mountain guide, ski instructor and mountain bike instructor. I'm originally from the Chartreuse mountain range, between Grenoble and Chambéry in France. My passion for steep skiing starts early on in my mountain guide career. With time, I have specialized in skiing steep technical faces in high altitudes. I spent five years coaching freestyle moguls and was recruited to prepare the French Olympic freestyle mogul team. I took care of the team's physical and mental preparation for the Salt Lake City Olympic games in 2002.
My eyes continue to gaze towards the mountains, and I pursue my skiing objectives at higher altitudes, making an attempt to climb and ski Mount Everest in 2005. The plan is to be lightweight and climb alpine style, without oxygen or Sherpa assistance. After three summit attempts, bad weather and extremely violent and high winds, force me down the mountain.
With over 20 years of experience in the mountains, I have guided clients throughout the world. I have climbed and skied in almost all of Europe's mountain ranges, as well as in Nepal, Morocco, China, Canada, Peru, New Zealand, Iceland and the USA.
As a professional IFMGA mountain guide, I'm involved in managing group safety, choosing back drops for film and photo shoots, organising logistics for corporate clients and much more.
I have also co-founded with my wife Emily a guiding team called PeakPowder. I'm working now together with an amazing team of IFMGA mountain guides : Michael, Laurent and Jérôme. We are a very complementary team. We strive to keep each guiding day personalised and unique, making sure that each client gets the most out of the 'mountain' experience.
I also work as a professional photographer, with a creative eye and natural feeling for light. After spending years in front of the camera as a sports model, I'm now the one taking the shots.