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Mel Makepeace


Nationality: Canadian

Localism: Canada, New Zealand, Japan

Languages spoken: English

Favourite mountain: Squamish Chief

Special Power: Expert instructor


  • ACMG Apprentice Ski Guide

  • ACMG Top Rope Climbing Instructor

  • Professional Member of the CAA

  • CAA Operations Level 2

  • Outdoor Emergency Care Tech

  • Icelantic Ski Ambassador

Aurora Backcountry is very lucky to have Mel Makepeace as part of our guide team. She is the proud owner of Mountain Addicts; an avalanche education and ski guiding company based on Fernie, British Columbia. After graduating from University in 2005, Mel moved from Eastern Canada to British Columbia, where she turned her back on the ocean and fell head over heels for the mountains.


Since 2008, Mel has worked as a ski patroller, a ski guide and avalanche educator. She has experience working all over BC, New Zealand, and Japan, and currently spends the majority of her winters teaching avalanche safety and burning the legs off of her guests at Last Frontier Heliskiing in Revelstoke. When she’s not knee deep in the snow, Mel can be found hanging around on the granite cliffs in Squamish as she pursues the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides rock guides program.

Mel's favorite snack is popcorn with "dill pickle salt", she eats it every day.