Blake Votilla

Backcountry Program Manager

Blake was raised on the east coast in Lancaster Pennsylvania, far from the big mountains and deep snow that we call the Tetons.  He moved to Montana in 2010 where he attended the University of Montana.  During his time in college, Blake ran the UM Backcountry Club.  This was the start of his guiding career.  Blake worked guiding backcountry skiing and climbing in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana, Mt. Rainier, and Denali in Alaska.  Skiing has always been a focus of Blake's winters since he moved out west.  He has spent multiple seasons exploring the alps in France, Switzerland, and Italy. Currently, Blake runs the Backcountry Programs at JHSC and works for Exum mountain guides in the winter.  


Sport Specific Background, Experience, and Roles:

  • Multiple technical ski mountaineering ski descents in the Tetons, European Alps, and throughout the Rockies

  • Randonee Racing experience 

  • Backcountry Ski, Mountain, and educational guiding experience


Education, Professional Degrees, and Certifications:

AMGA training, BA from the University of Montana, Leave No Trace training. 


Personal Philosophy or Statement:

Have fun!