Teton Snow GeekOver the last 23 years my experience in the outdoor industry has spanned the roles of undergraduate professor, mountain guide, program director, corporate trainer, SAR trainer, and business owner. Currently, I own and operate Jackson Hole Outdoor Leadership Institute, LLC. An educational think tank devoted to developing and delivering curriculum in the areas of avalanche education and pre-hospital emergency medical training in the urban and wilderness environments. View Full Bio
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"I do uphill skiing; I don't do downhill skiing. I think that's for nerd amateurs." - - -Judah Friedlander- - Backcountry skiing ⛷ is the combination of all types of skiing. Nordic, Telemark, Downhill, Cross Country and Alpine Touring; with the majority of the time...read more
-"Communication - the human connection - is the key to personal and career success." - - -Paul J. Meyer- - -In high risk activities we over communicate...purposely. In short, we take turns being “Captain Obvious”.- - -This preoccupation not only reminds us of the...read more
--Sometimes terrain and access is misunderstood.- - -I rescued a poorly equipped individual who spent two nights in the backcountry in below freezing temperatures, high winds, and heavy accumulations of snow. Despite being adjacent and relatively near a ski area,...read more
During our tour in the Breccia Peak Area near Togwotee Pass today we traveled through primary easterly terrain above 10,000'. During this time we found strong evidence of weak snowpack structure. We observed this through several mediums: 1. Whomphing and collapsing in...read more
I think the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center said it best, "In these conditions expert snowpack stability skills may not suffice. The answer is smart terrain choices. Stick to green light terrain." When you have natural activity, remote triggers, whoomphing and positive...read more
The quality of preseason skiing conditions in Tetons and Togwotee Pass areas varied greatly depending on aspect, elevation, slope angle, exposure to wind and one's willingness to explore. North facing terrain in the Tetons above 9,000' served the best conditions...read more
- -"Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence."- - -Hermann Buhl- - -My belief is that Companion Rescue is a necessary skill that demands a high level of proficiency to enter the backcountry...as a stand alone skill, it’s not a right of passage.- -...read more