Meet Our Guides
Lets Ride Adventures focuses on providing top quality avalanche education, as well as top quality video edits. Our goal is to be informative, fun, and save lives through avalanche education. Our instructors, athletes, and production crew all share this same outlook and we are proud to have them on our team.
Lead guide, owner
Duncan has been using the backcountry for nearly his whole life of 39 years. He grew up in Lake Tahoe so the backcountry was really his back yard. From professional big mountain snowboarding, down hill mountain bike racing, to trekking around the globe Duncan is always out on adventure. Snowmobiling became an everyday thing in 2002, and Duncan proceeded to become a snowmobile industry pro with multiple film segments each year. In 2008, Duncan along with 3 other friends/ riders, founded Alpine Assassins which is a pro riders collective and produces a leading snowmobile film each year. Duncan’s riding, route finding, and safety skills are top-notch and he is devoted to giving clients the ride of a lifetime.
Duncan started Lets Ride Adventures in 2013 in hopes to share his passion with the rest of the industry. Over the past few years there have been many ups and downs, but the path has kept on going. Now Duncan has committed much of his time to instructing avalanche education for snowmobilers. He sits on the Board of Directors for AIARE (american institute of avalanche research and education) who develop curriculum for avalanche courses. He is also a course lead instructor and provides snowmobile specific level 1’s and awareness classes world wide. Between avalanche education, and the Lets Ride Adventures Video Series, Duncan is on the go.
AIARE Avalanche Education – AIARE Course Leader / AIARE Trainer Instructor
Wilderness First Responder / CPR
Cheetah Factory Racing
Xtreme Air Vents
Beach Hut Deli Rocklin
“I live to snowmobile the backcountry, and feel that I have lots to offer with my experience and knowledge. I am fired up to share with people the epic rides that I get to experience being a professional snowmobiler.” -Duncan Lee
Justin Sheaff is the definition of a snowmobiler. He is the most fired up individual you might ever meet, and wants to share that with everyone on the snow. His day job is working for Cal Fire instructing at the academy. But when he gets days off you will find him holding that throttle wide open and attacking the backcountry like no other. Justin loves the mountains and outdoors and also lives in Lake Tahoe. In fact you can ride from Justin’s back yard to Duncan’s backyard because they are about 8 miles away separated by some awesome tree riding. Anytime Justin is on a ride he is helping everyone, either getting unstuck, annualizing a new line, or just providing comedic relief. He is the guy that makes sure everyone else is having a blast, and thats when you know he is loving every minute.
Justin has been riding in the Lets Ride Adventures Video Series for a few seasons, and helping Duncan instruct avalanche education courses over the past three years. This season he will be also instructing level 1’s along side Duncan, and believes in promoting avalanche education to the snowmobile community. You will also find him at various Skidoo Dealer and industry events. Justin’s stoke makes everyone around him get fired up, and his knowledge makes sure everyone is doing it right. If you catch a pow day with Justin you are bound to come away with an ear to ear grin.
CAL Fire Academy instructor
AIARE course instructor
“When I needed a hand in instructing avalanche courses my first thought was of Justin Sheaff, he is not just a good instructor, but he truly believes in what we are doing. He is also super fun to be around, and people love to ride with him. When we are out filming for the video series, its insane to try and follow him through the trees, he picks lines that are so fun and challenging, sometimes I wonder how he makes it through!”- Duncan Lee
James Cole has been snowmobiling for over 20 years. He is what you would call a true enthusiast to the sport. Not only does James spend most of his winter riding, but he is also the main videographer and photographer for Lets Ride Adventures. He went to Brooks Institute specifically for photography and is one of the leading professional photographers in the Tahoe area. His love for creating amazing photos, and capturing epic video footage truly shines when he is in the elements directing athletes to “get the shot” !!! You will find James Coles Photos all over our marketing, as well as a few of this industries major companies marketing. He is our principle videographer and makes the Lets Ride Video Series a high end production. James holds a current AIARE level 1 avalanche course completion, and is quite the crafty one when it comes to being in the backcountry. When he is filming you will find him riding with more gear then you would ever want to ride with in his pack as well as on his sled. He knows what it takes to capture the right shots.