Kailey Mckenna

Backcountry Coach

Kailey grew up in Maine, where she fell in love with skiing. Kailey comes from a racing background and began backcountry skiing in 2011. After spending a semester with the National Outdoor Leadership Institute in the Rockies Kailey moved to Durango Colorado. While exploring the mountain west Kailey attended Fort Lewis College earning a degree in Adventure Education and a minor in Psychology. Kailey has guided and instructed in Wyoming, Alaska, Colorado, and Utah. Currently, Kailey is an AIARE instructor and assistant office manager at Jackson Hole Mountain Guides.


Sport Specific Background, Experience, and Roles:

Ski mountaineering descents in Wyoming, California, Colorado, and Washington


Education, Professional Degrees, and Certifications:

  • Fort Lewis College: Major Adventure Education, Minor Psychology

  • AIARE Pro 1, AIARE Instructor trainer course 

  • AMGA training 

  • Leave No Trace Educator


Personal Philosophy or Statement:

The mountains are the best place to grow, learn, and have fun!