Born and raised in Chicago, Lesia fell in love with the mountains as a skier during college. After graduation she moved west to Lake Tahoe where she dedicated almost a decade of winters to professional ski patrol. Although Lesia now lives in Washington, she began her guiding career on Mt. Shasta. In addition to guiding and skiing, Lesia works as a registered nurse in the Emergency Department. She speaks fluent Ukrainian, paraglides, mountain bikes and spends days at the coast trying her best to become a surfer.
Take 5 with the Guide
Favorite childhood breakfast cereal
What was your first mountain? When did you climb it? Who were you with?
Mt Haleakala in grammer school with my parents and sisters
In another life I’d…
Likely be from another planet
What’s always in your snack bag?
Mount Shasta (40+ ascents, 7 routes)
Various ski descents in California’s Eastern Sierra
Emergency Medical Technician/CPR
Outdoor Emergency Care
AIARE Pro 1 Avalanche Course
Leave No Trace Trainer