Lel Tone grew up in Switzerland and started her skiing career in the Alps at the age of three. She ski raced during her college years in Vermont and even had a short stint competing in Extreme competitions when she moved to Squaw Valley in 1994. Lel has been a member of the Squaw Valley ski patrol and Tahoe resident since 1994.
Lel has been Heli Ski guiding in the Chugach mountains of Alaska since 1999 and in 2000 became a guide at Chugach Powder Guides. Lel is a licensed blaster in the state of California and is an Avalanche control route leader at Squaw. She has her Level 1, 2, and 3 avalanche certifications and is an AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) Level 1 and 2 avalanche instructor. Since 2004 Lel has been teaching avalanche courses in the Lake Tahoe area and far beyond in South America. Lel feels passionately about teaching people about the miracle of snow science and how to travel safely in the mountains. She has been an EMT since 1989.
Lel was fortunate enough to travel to Kasmir, India to heli ski in the Himalaya and film with Warren Miller in the most recent film ”Like There’s No Tomorrow.” She was nominated one of the “Worlds Top 10 Guides” in 2014 by Outside Magazine and Travel Awards: “Best Wilderness Guide” in Sunset Magazine in 2015. Most recently, she has been involved in designing technical outdoor clothing for Eddie Bauer’s, First Ascent line. The whole experience of creating specific pieces for what she needs to get the job done and the guide built process in general has been pleasure to work on.