Expert

Dale Atkins

Dale Atkins has dedicated over 30 years of his life to understanding avalanches. He is one of the nation’s top experts and has trained avalanche professionals and mountain rescuers around the world. He has experience in all facets of avalanche work including rescue, forecasting, research, education, and technology development. He worked for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center for 20 years and currently works for RECCO AB.

Doug Chabot

Doug Chabot is the director of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center as well as the co-founder of the nonprofit Iqra Fund, which serves to improve education for women and girls in northern Pakistan. Doug is an expert climber and has been involved in expeditions to Alaska, Nepal, India, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, chalking up many first ascents along the way. He has decades of experience on snow an in the mountains, and demonstrates a keen passion for avalanche science and forecasting.

Grant Statham

Parks Canada is lucky to have Grant Statham as their Mountain Risk Specialist. For over 25 years, he has balanced that delicate relationship between risk and reward while exploring the biggest mountain ranges around the world, putting up many first ascents and descents along the way. To his core, Grant is motivated by sustainability in his sports. He has dedicated his life to safety, education, and the continuing search for better ways to predict avalanches and transmit that information to the public.

Mark Mueller

Mark Mueller is an avalanche forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center and the Colorado Department of Transportation. He is also the Executive Director for the American Avalanche Association and owns Wolf Creek Backcountry, which offers backcountry yurt trips as well as avalanche education classes. If you drive Wolf Creek Pass in Colorado during a storm, your safety depends upon Mark, his team, and his heavy artillery.

Bruce Tremper

Bruce has been the Director of the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center since 1986. Bruce grew up in the mountains of western Montana where his father taught him the basics of avalanches at the age of 10. After a successful 15 year ski racing career, he did avalanche control at Bridger Bowl Ski Area in Montana, earned a Masters Degree in Geology from Montana State University, studying under the well-known avalanche scientists Dr. John Montagne and Dr. Bob Brown.

Keoki Flagg

Keoki Flagg is a Tahoe based photographer with images in publications including Powder, Skiing, Ski Journal, Outside, Men’s Journal and Rolling Stone. Keoki has captured some of the most dramatic and inspiring photos of Squaw Valley including timeless images of the late, great Shane McConkey. In 2012, Keoki was a member of an expedition to bring the first parapalegic athlete to the South Pole, a trip he called the most challenging experience of his life.

Todd Offenbacher

Todd Offenbacher is best known as the face of the South Lake Tahoe ski scene, as a host of Resort Sports Network. He is also the founder of the Lake Tahoe Adventure Film Festival. Once a professional body builder, Todd’s passion for fitness evolved into backcountry skiing and rock climbing and he has climbed El Capitain in Yosemite over 20 times. As the father of a baby girl, Todd's perspective is one of both risk taker and parent.

Brandon Schwartz

Brandon Schwartz is the chief forecaster for the Sierra Avalanche Center, a job that is becoming more important as the number of backcountry skiers increases. His work takes him into the backcountry nearly every day of the ski season. Brandon's experience, combined with his insight on skiing and backcountry travel, make him an expert on avalanche accidents and prevention.

Lel Tone

Lel Tone has been a ski patroller at Squaw Valley since 1994 and an assistant avalanche forecaster for Squaw since 2005. She has also been a heli ski guide in Alaska since 1999 and has worked for Points North, Chugach Powder Guides and Tordrillo Mountain Lodge.