JACKSON, WY \u2014 Like many of us, Brendan Burns\u2019 passion for snowboarding and love of the mountains are what brought him to Jackson Hole over twenty years ago.\r\n\r\n\u201cI knew I wanted to be a backcountry guide before I moved here,\u201d says Burns, whose new company Burns Guiding won bronze for Best Mountain Guide in this year\u2019s Best of Jackson Hole. He pursued his love for the mountains and his sport, working his way from a \u201chole-in-the-wall snowboarding shop to instructing on the mountain, and eventually becoming a certified back-country guide.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn the wintertime, Burns can be found guiding backcountry tours through JHMR, for whom he has now worked for twenty-two years. Like many of his peers, he has found a way to tap into his skills and the market for backcountry guiding as a freelance guide as well. Through Burns Guiding, he offers tours all over the world including Japan and Europe.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s very difficult to acquire permits for backcountry guiding in this area,\u201d Burns explains. \u201cMajor companies already own the rights to those permits, and it\u2019s near impossible to get your hands on them as a freelance guide.\u201d As a result, Burns has turned his business model outward, offering Jackson Hole skiers and snowboarders opportunities to experience world-class skiing in exciting and different parts of the world.\r\n\r\n\u201cI try to bring a sense of adventure and passion to what I like to do,\u201d he says, \u201cI\u2019m just trying to share my love of traveling through the mountains.\u201d\r\n\r\nHis adoration for the mountains runs deep and does not run off with the snowmelt. In the summer, Burns guides for Exum Mountain Guides, bringing patrons up major summits such as the Grand Teton throughout the warmer months.\r\n\r\n\u201cI didn\u2019t even climb when I first moved here,\u201d he laughs, \u201cI went for my first climb at the old Teton Climbing Gym.\u201d Despite his novice, Burns honed his skills quickly and began guiding for Exum thirteen years ago. \u201cI love the history and community of Exum,\u201d he says, \u201cthey\u2019re unbelievable people: accommodating, professional and trusting, they\u2019re always open to new ideas.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn his free time, Burns can be found enjoying the \u2018brown pow,\u2019 his summer love. \u201cIt\u2019s my real passion, I just love mountain biking,\u201d he says.\r\n\r\nWhen asked what placing in the Best of Jackson means to him, he explained that it reflects how hard he\u2019s worked to get where he is professionally and that he\u2019s grateful that the community recognizes his hard work.\r\n\r\nAs for his favorite business in the valley? He had to admit it\u2019s his wife\u2019s company, Shannon White Design. \u201cShe and her business enable me to do what I do. We really work together as a team.\u201d Having met as employees of JHMR, their romance was sparked on a party flotilla on the Snake River one hot August day. Both now successful business owners, and parents to three-year-old Damian who will join the local\u2019s program on the mountain this winter, theirs is a true Jackson Hole love story.