About Me

Welcome, I’m Joel O’Rourke. Thanks for dropping by;

I’ve created this blog to share some of my experiences with you.

I started skiing when I was 5 years old in the dreary snowfields of Australia. However, it wasn’t until 2005 that I truely became passionate about skiing when I discovered the joy, adventure and rewards of backcountry ski touring.

Since then I’ve worked as a professional ski patroller in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA and travelled further afield in search of new experiences and places.

The pull of the backcountry brought me to ski guide in Hokkaido for three seasons but I am now splitting my time between the Hakuba region of Japan and the southern alps of New Zealand.

Follow along with me as I continue on the NZMGA certification pathway and travel around the world’s mountains.

NZMGA logo
NZMGA Assistant Ski Guide
Canadian Avalanche Association Professional Member

Joel on Rishiri