Alana Beard is a Registered Maine Guide and a member of the Maine Wilderness Guides Association. She has been cross country skiing here in Acadia since she was a child, and loves showing people the quiet beauty of the park in the winter. Alana has been an outdoor instructor and wilderness guide for over 10 years, leading mainly sailing, canoeing and winter camping trips. Her guiding experiences have taken her all over the state of Maine and into Northern Quebec and Labrador. Her love of the outdoors and interest in extended wilderness tripping in northern country was fostered at an early age through yearly Allagash canoe trips with her father. Alana credits many of her winter and backcountry camping skills to her college Outward Bound semester course set in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, and a dogsledding apprenticeship with a guide service in western Maine to whom she returned in subsequent winters as a ski guide on multi-day trips. Alana holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic, and her previous employers include the Chewonki Foundation and Mahoosuc Guide Service. During the non-winter months Alana is now a self-employed personal-chef and gardener here on Mount Desert Island.