John Buffery has spent the better part of three decades teaching avalanche safety and escorting professional and amateur skiers, snowboarders, filmmakers and vacationers into some of the most awe-inspiring and dangerous terrain on earth. The longtime Nelson, B.C., resident is one of the world’s most respected backcountry mountain guides, and he’s parlayed his intimacy with the province’s mountain ranges into a role as a senior avalanche officer for the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. He spoke with Canadian Business staff writer Jeff Beer. Below you can hear Buffery in his own words and see him working in his unusual environment.
The Performer: Mountain guide John Buffery
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