White Marmotte was started by Ian Huyton, Stine Keyes and a love of mountains. We are based in Les Deux Alpes, on the edge of the Ecrins National Park, and we operate across the Alps. We offer hiking trips and ski touring, as well as mountain & navigation skills courses for walkers and skiers. We also run ski instructor training courses.
Ian started climbing at the age of 5, and got his first pair of skis when he was 7. After a degree in physics, he decided that he really belonged in the mountains, and set about qualifying as a ski instructor.
His teaching career began at Nevis Range in the Scottish Highlands back in 2004, and since then he has taught skiing in countries on 3 continents before settling in France.
He achieved his International Mountain Leader Qualification in 2017, and has guided groups around many European long distance treks, including Tour du Mont Blanc and the Haute Route. When not working or playing in the mountains, he writes for 2alpesnet.com and other websites
BASI Level 4 International Ski Teacher Diploma (full French and European equivalence)
International Mountain Leader Award
European Mountain Safety Award (Eurosecurité)
Freeski Development Coach Level 2
Rock Climbing Instructor (formerly Single Pitch Award)
Fluent in French, Spanish and English
He also has a degree in physics, but that was a long time ago.
Stine is also a physicist by training. She grew up walking in the mountains in Norway and Dublin, and from a young age was happiest outdoors.
Stine organises most of the logistics and admin for White Marmotte. She has hiked extensively across Europe and Asia, and is currently working towards her International Mountain Leader.
She also an accomplished road cyclist and mountain biker, and is familiar with most of the big Cols in the Alps. She has cycled the highest roads across Europe, South America and the Himalayas, and has worked as a cycling guide in Mallorca.