Colorado Backcountry Tours

BVMA guides and instructors are certified, highly trained backcountry professionals


BVMA guides are not only AIARE Avalanche Instructors and have Wilderness First Responder—they are selected because of their passion for the outdoors. We are confident that you’ll have as much fun as we do exploring the Continental Divide with us.

Join us for a custom adventure where you experience amazing snow, abundant wilderness and the awesome challenges of out-of-bounds winter sports. Are you proficient at skiing and riding in-bounds and seeking new challenges? Are you a seasoned backcountry skier wanting to maximize your experience in the area? BVMA provides the best wilderness experiences that Buena Vista, Colorado has to offer.

Locally owned and operated

Meet the Buena Vista Mountain Adventure Crew

Tommy Gram

Guide & Instructor

Originally from Wisconsin and proud to have called Buena Vista, Colorado home for the last five years. Tommy enjoys spending as much time outside as possible and is a Ski Guide and AIARE Avalanche Instructor by winter and a Whitewater Kayak and Swiftwater Rescue Instructor by summer. Tommy has been teaching others how to have fun and stay safe in wilderness environments for nine years and is passionate and dedicated to a career in the outdoor industry. Tommy holds an AIARE L2, EMT Certification, Wilderness First Responder Certification, and is an AIARE Course Instructor. Additionally, Tommy is an American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid Instructor and a Whitewater Kayak and Swiftwater Rescue Instructor Trainer for the American Canoe Association.

John MacKinnon

Guide & Instructor

John is an AMGA certified Rock and Ski Guide based in Leadville, CO. He joined BVMA as an instructor and guide in the winter of 2016/2017. He currently splits his time between guiding climbing and backcountry skiing, instructing AIARE avalanche courses, and teaching in the outdoor programs at several community colleges. John is also a member of the AIARE Instructor Trainer Team and an AAA Pro 1 Instructor. Prior to moving to Leadville John lived in Crested Butte where he worked as an avalanche forecaster for four years and as a backcountry ski guide for seven years. When he isn’t working, John enjoys reading, cooking breakfast, and exploring the year-round recreational opportunities in the Arkansas Valley with his wife, Reed, and their impulsive cattle dog. 

Devin Toll

Guide & Ski Patroller

Devin has been guiding for BVMA since 2015. He originally came to Buena Vista in 2009 to become a raft guide. Devin came for the Colorado summers but stuck around because of the Colorado winters. He started his guiding career with rafting, backpacking, and rock climbing trips in the Arkansas Valley. In the winter, he works full time as a ski patroller at Copper Mountain. When he isn't guiding in the winter, Devin is probably still skiing the mountains and exploring new terrain.  He is twice as happy as the normal person when it snows because he loves to ski fresh powder and it makes him think about getting to kayak all that snowmelt come springtime. He still can't decide which CO season he loves most. Devin is a WEMT and is AIARE Level II Avalanche Certified.


Anna Toll

Trip Photographer

Anna married into the BVMA family this past year with her husband, Devin, being a guide. Hailing from the great Tar Heel state of North Carolina, she moved out to the Rocky Mountains for a summer in 2013 and never left. Her "real job" is working for a real estate developer, but her heart is on the river or in the backcountry with her camera in hand. She is a self-taught photographer who shoots portraits and weddings but is most happy capturing people in the outdoors.

Chris Nicewarner



Chris is the owner of BVMA. His love of the winter backcountry grew out of his time training with the U.S. Marine Corps and various NATO soldiers in the mountains of Norway and the Sierra Nevada Range in California. Chris and his wife, Tina have a love of hospitality and sharing the beauty of the mountains with other people from around the world. When Chris is not in the backcountry, he enjoys hanging out with friends and family and consulting for a leadership development consulting firm called Silverstone Leadership Ventures. Chris is a Wilderness First Responder, is AIARE L2 Avalanche Certified, and is a graduate of several U.S. Military and NATO mountain training programs.