The Humans

We are thankful for our talented staff of guides, snow safety experts, culinary specialists, wellness gurus, hospitality lovers, and media producers.

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Justin Befu

Residing in South Lake Tahoe, CA and Valdez, AK, Justin Befu has been navigating the Tahoe backcountry for over twenty years.....

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Bobby Lauterjung

Bobby Lauterjung runs our winter operations, staffing, and business partnerships but his main goal is to keep guests stoked.

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Rafal Bogowolski

Rafal Bogowolski (Rafi) is a core member of our team that continues to influence the guest experience. He is also a professional photographer and snowmobile ambassador.

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Jason Champion

Snowboarding for 30 years Jason first took to backcountry snowboarding in the mid-1990’s.

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Max Wittenberg

Max Wittenberg has spent the last decade honing his skills as a guide and is applying that experience by leading Hideout's snow safety program.

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Owen Cassidy

Owen Cassidy is certified with the American Mountain Guide Association, holds his AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Certification, and is a Wilderness First Responder.

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Ben Birk

Ben holds certifications in AIARE 2, Wilderness First Responder, CPR, and is a member of Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue and the Sierra Snowmobile Foundation.

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Balto is an 85-pound Alaskan Malamute certified in the art of sniffing. A lover of snow, food, and his teepee, Balto wouldn’t miss winter in the Sierras for the world.

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Mara Lauterjung

With a background in communications and TV production, Mara Lauterjung has fine-tuned our guests’ stay from start to finish.

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Travis Alley

Travis Alley, a local to Truckee, CA and has been exploring the backcountry of Lake Tahoe for over a decade. As one of our sled ambassadors...

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Erin Paradis

Erin Paradis is a Wilderness Guide, a certified Yoga Instructor, and has been leading backcountry tours since she was 18 years old...

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Candice Duggan

Candice Duggan works in operations for a local aviation business that her family owns. During the summer, she plans and coordinates weddings...

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The Hoover Family

Tom Hoover and his family designed and handbuilt The HideOut. During the summer, the Hoovers host weddings and expand the property.

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Nick Gardella

Nick Gardella, is our Executive Chef and the Owner of the local restaurant Motherlode Deli.

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Ian Kent

Ian Kent is the Owner of Body Slopes Massage at Kirkwood Ski Resort. Ian and his staff have partnered with Hideout Lodge to offer a refined menu of massage services at the lodge.

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Bianca Burton

Bianca is registered as a professional yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance and is the owner of Amador County's premier yoga studio, Amador Yoga.

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Emma Woods

Emma helps lead our wellness program. She's experienced in curating wellness retreats that inspire guests to relax and recharge through mindful activities and experiences.

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Chelsie Moore

Chelsie Moore is a Clinical Nutritionist and Yoga Therapist that's bringing a whole new depth of wellness to Hideout Lodge.

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Wolverine Willie

Willie Martini (AKA "Wolverine Willie") is our Resident Photographer. He's the king of documenting our guest's experiences, running nightly slideshows in the Saloon, and taking the overall guest experience to the next level.


Pacific North Helicopter, Gentemstick, and Karakoram have partnered up with Hideout Lodge to introduce unique and exclusive offerings to Lake Tahoe’s winter community.

Join Our Team

Hideout Lodge is growing! We expect to expand every season. Don’t see a position listed here? Reach out and tell us how you’d like to be involved.

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