Mark is a skier and a well-respected professional New Zealand ski guide. He is a humble character with a calm nature and a passion for powder snow.
Mark is also an author, photographer, filmmaker and guest speaker. His adventures form the basis of his creative life, documenting expeditions and storytelling in various forms. He is the founder and Director of the NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival, New Zealand’s premier adventure film festival, celebrating adventure sports and lifestyles.
Mark has worked professionally as a guide for the Adventure Consultants in the Himalaya, Chief Ski Guide for Harris Mountains Heli Ski in Wanaka NZ, Lead guide for Kashmir Heli Ski in Gulmarg, India. He is a respected avalanche forecaster and has taught guiding and avalanche courses at all levels, from beginners to professional guiding qualifications.
During his adventure filled career Mark has accumulated an eclectic logbook of achievements and expeditions:
• Mark was the first person to climb and ski all 18 mountains over 2,500m in the Queenstown Lakes District; this included several first ski descents. This adventure was documented in a film Mark filmed and produced called Kora Ma (White Gold).
• Mark has guided 20 Himalayan ski and climbing expeditions including summiting Mt Everest.
• Mark has guided 11 ski and climbing expeditions to Antarctica. Mark captured his most recent Antarctic expedition as the cameraman for the film ‘Spectre Expedition – To The End of the Earth’ by producers Leo Houlding and Alastair Lee. The project included an epic 90 day, 2,000km kite ski and climb of the Spectre Mountain in the Gothic Range of the Transantarctic Mountains.
• Mark wrote and contributed photography for a book called Classic Rock Climbing in NZ, he also co-wrote Adventure Consultant’s Climbers Guide with Guy Cotter
• Mark has guided in Europe, Alaska, the Arctic, the Antarctic, South America, Indonesia and extensively in New Zealand amassing around 40 full time winters on skis. He likes to seek out different places to ski such as India, Iceland, Canada, Morocco, Europe, Greenland and Argentina.
• Mark was a finalist in the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year for his Antarctic photo essay on the Spectre Expedition.
• Mark has completed over 20 first ascents on rock and ice in NZ and Antarctica.
Mark lives in Lake Hawea, near Wanaka in the South Island of New Zealand. In his spare time you will find him climbing the hills to paraglide home, kitesurfing in Peru, on his bike or taking photos, filming or writing to capture this adventurous lifestyle.