Speakers

 

Bruce Tremper
Biography
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. He then took over as the Director of Avalanche Control at Big Sky Ski Area in Montana and worked as a backcountry avalanche forecaster for the Alaska Avalanche Center. Bruce has been featured in a number of national and international television documentaries about avalanches including those produced by National Geographic, Discovery Channel and PBS as well as appearing on a number of national network news programs. Bruce wrote the book 'Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain,' published by Mountaineers Books, now in its second edition.

 

Eric Knoff
Biography
Eric is currently an avalanche forecaster with the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center in Bozeman and with the Glacier National Park Going-to-the-Sun Road Avalanche Program. Eric was also a professional ski patroller at Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah for six years, and a professional guide with Exum Mountain Guides in the Teton Range in Wyoming. He has authored numerous popular publications focusing on avalanche education and is also an avalanche education instructor. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Geography from Montana State University and has also worked as a GIS specialist with the Natural Resource Conservations Service. When not hunting avalanches, Eric can be found on the rivers of southwest Montana “working” as a fly-fishing guide.

 

Colin Zacharias
Biography
Colin Zacharias is a certified international mountain and ski guide (IFMGA) who guides in Canada, USA, New Zealand, Europe and other countries. He is an instructor on guide training programs for the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and the American Mountain Guides Association. He is a course leader on Canadian Avalanche Association Level 2 Industry Training Programs and a Level 3 Course Leader for AIARE. Colin has been in the avalanche industry since 1980 and has worked in avalanche control at ski areas and for British Colombia Highways on the Coast Range. He was an avalanche forecaster for the 1988 Winter Olympics and has consulted for various projects and organizations including Heli-cat Canada, Ruby Mt. Heli-skiing. Colin has assisted with curriculum development with the Canadian Avalanche Association and AIARE. He is a former technical director for the ACMG and current member of the ACMG Technical Committee. He is has been the technical director for AIARE since 2003 and is a professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association.

 

LeeAnn Allegretto
Biography
LeeAnn is stationed out of the Missoula National Weather Service (NWS) where she works as the Avalanche Program Leader for Missoula NWS. In this position she is responsible for managing and updating backcountry weather data/ forecasts that affect avalanche prone conditions. LeeAnn has been at the Missoula NWS office for the past 4 years and has previously worked in Alaska and Maine. When avalanche related weather information/ data is not the focus, LeeAnn is also heavily involved with the Missoula NWS Hydrology Program and serves the Missoula office as the Assistant Hydrologist. Her interests in the outdoors are plentiful and include climbing, skiing, snowboarding, and whitewater kayaking. When not working or playing, she is a lover of hot wings, the Pittsburgh Penguins, traveling, and relaxing.

 

Brian Lazar
Biography
Brian is the Deputy Director for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. He has spent much of last 20 years chasing snow in the South when things got too warm here in the North. His professional snow career began as a mountain guide; and later as an avalanche educator, curriculum developer, and as current Executive Director with the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), and member of the American Avalanche Association Education Committee. After over a decade of guiding in a variety of snow climates on both sides of the equator, Brian returned to graduate school where he earned a MS in Engineering, studying snow and ice mechanics in Alaska's Chugach, and conducting research at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. As a consultant, he has worked on numerous snow modeling and climate change impacts studies for the ski industry. In the summers, you can find Brian complaining about the heat, planning his next trip to the snow, trying to keep up with his wife Michelle on mountain bikes and his two young kids in everything else.

 

Seth Carbonari
Biography
Seth Carbonari officially joined the FAC in 2011 as an avalanche specialist, but has been assisting with observations, advisories and education since 2002. He has also worked as the snow ranger at Blacktail Mountain Ski Area and travels on trips into the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area to conduct snow surveys. When not working at FAC, Seth is the Fire Management Officer for the Spotted Bear Ranger District. The similarities between wildland fire and avalanches fascinate him, especially pertaining to decision making/situational awareness, spatial variability and the influence of weather. He considers himself extremely lucky to be able to live in the Flathead Valley where he grew up skiing and playing in the mountains.