Adjunct Instructor Outdoor Studies, Avalanche Level 1 and 2
Colorado Mountain College Breckenridge/Dillon
- University Of Connecticut – B.A. Geology
- National Avalanche School – Student / Instructor
- American Avalanche Institute – Level 1 & 2 – Student / Instructor
- International Snow Science Workshop – Lecturer / Attendee
- Colorado Snow And Avalanche Workshop – Lecturer / Attendee
- Aiare Level 1 – Instructor
- Snow Safety Coordinator – Copper Mountain, Mt. Hutt Nz
- Professional Ski Instructors Of America – Level 1 Certified
My passion is snow. With a Russian last name that literally translates as “frost” I have spent my entire adult employment career on snow. From ski teaching to 30 seasons as a professional ski patrolman on 2 continents, to helicopter ski guiding, and operating an avalanche hazard mitigation consulting business, I have seen my fair share of snow packs. Having had as my snow science course instructors and mentors be the very people who wrote the textbooks, I have had an illustrious snow career spanning 4 decades. I started snow and avalanche awareness educating in the 1980’s and haven’t stopped since.
My goal is to help students discover the beauty but also to respect the dangers of the snow climate by developing a strong foundation of the “science” of snow, and with hands on experience identifying snow pack layering and terrain evaluation. It is important to share my knowledge and the experiences I have had with the student, so they can appreciate, understand, and respect the winter environment they recreate within.